- Piero Weiss
(b New York, Nov 9, 1918; d New York, June 19, 2006). American conductor, composer and writer on music. He began his musical career as a cellist. He took the AB in 1939 at Columbia University, where he continued his studies under Lang (MA 1941, with a dissertation on the solo violin repertory before Bach). After military service (1942–6), he studied conducting with Stiedry and Koussevitzky, and composition with Martinů, Lopatnikoff and Honegger. In 1951 he was appointed conductor of the Huntington SO in West Virginia. Having taught at Hunter College, CUNY, from 1941, he joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1953 as conductor of the university orchestra and professor of music; he succeeded Jack Beeson as chairman of the music department in 1972. As a conductor Shanet was noted especially for his support of new music and of unjustly neglected works of the past; he was for a time the conductor of the Music-in-the-Making Concerts in New York and was also responsible for the première of Chávez's ...