- Donald Ellman
(b Bingen, Sept 18, 1872; d Merano, Sept 9, 1955). German pianist and teacher. He studied piano with James Kwast and for a short while with Clara Schumann at the Hoch Konservatorium, Frankfurt. He too became a teacher there (1893–1904) and later at the Cologne Conservatory (1904–1914), and from 1923 until his retirement in 1946 was principal piano teacher at the New York Institute of Musical Art. His pupils included Malcolm Frager, Bruce Hungerford, William Masselos, Elly Ney and his biographer, Julia Smith (Master Pianist: the Career and Teaching of Carl Friedberg, New York, 1963).
Friedberg's playing career spanned over 60 years in both Europe and America. He made his official début in 1892 with the Vienna PO under Mahler, receiving praise from Eduard Hanslick. This was followed in 1893 by an all-Brahms recital in the presence of the composer, who admired his playing and who later demonstrated to him in private the majority of his piano works. As a chamber musician he replaced Artur Schnabel in the Schnabel-Flesch-Becker Trio in ...