History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

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Abbey Henry Simon (1920 – 2019): American Concert Pianist and Teacher

  • Taught by Josef Hofmann at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
  • 1940 won the Naumberg International Piano Competition.
  • Performed in Carnegie Hall and toured throughout Europe and South America.
  • Has been called a 'a pianist's pianist,' and super-virtuoso.
  • Additional awards: Federation of Music Clubs, National Orchestral Association, Ford Foundation, Harriet Cohen Medal, and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge.
  • Jurist: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Geneva International Music Competition, Leeds International Piano Competition, Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, Sydney International Piano Competition, and South Africa International Piano Competition.
  • Taught at Juilliard, Indiana University, and University of Houston; he holds a Cullen Distinguished Professorship at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.
  • 1984 Founded the International Piano Festival at the University of Houston.
  • He is a featured Yamaha Artist.
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A Conversation With Abbey Simon. 1

Page Sources

Tim Duquette.  "A Conversation With Abbey Simon."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 6 March 2009.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Psales, Chris.  "Piano’s Old Pro Drops By for a Visit."  Los Angeles Times.  23 Oct. 2001.  Los Angeles Times, 2019.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
  • Schonberg, Harold C.  "Abbey Simon: Evolution of 'a Pianist’s Pianist.'"  The New York Times.  26 Feb. 1988.  The New York Times Company, 2019.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
  • Emery Mike.  "Chat with Piano Legend Abbey Simon."  Houston Chronicle.  31 Jan. 2014. Hearst Newspapers, LLC., 2019.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
  • Duffie Bruce.  "Pianist Abbey Simon: A Conversation with Bruce Duffie." BruceDuffie.Com  19 Feb. 1988.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
  • Opera Musica.  "Abbey Simon"  OperaMusica.Com  n.d. Mathieu Abelli 2019.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
  • Faculty.  "Abbey Simon."  UH.EDU.  University of Houston, 2019.  Web.  9 Aug. 2019.
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