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date: 17 May 2021

Kreutzer, Leonidlocked

  • James Methuen-Campbell

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(b St Petersburg, March 13, 1884; d Tokyo, Oct 30, 1953). Russian pianist and teacher. He was a piano pupil of Yesipova at the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he also had lessons in composition from Glazunov. After spending two years in Leipzig, he went to Berlin in 1908 and from 1921 to 1933 served as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik. His pupils there included Franz Reizenstein, Peter Stadlen, Franz Osborn, Istvan Antal, Władysław Szpilman, Alexander Zakin and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel. Kreutzer gave recitals in the USA in 1926 and 1928. In 1935 he went to Japan, where he settled and worked both as teacher and performer. Throughout his career he was also active as a conductor. A refreshingly unmannered and spontaneous interpreter, Kreutzer was a noted Chopin player. Of particular interest among his recordings is a fine version of Schumann's Dichterliebe, sung in Japanese, in which he accompanies the Japanese tenor T. Kinoshita. Kreutzer composed some music, of which only the pantomime ...

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