William Masselos


William Masselos

William Masselos (11 August 1920 - 23 October 1992) was a famous American pianist who studied with Carl Friedberg, a disciple of Brahms and Clara Schumann, and also with Nelly Reuschel at New York's Institute of Musical Art (later called Juilliard School).

William Masselos was born on August 11, 1920 in Niagara Falls to a Dutch mother and a Greek father. He made his New York The Town Hall debut at the age of 18, in 1938. In 1952, at the age of 32, Masselos played the Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor in his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Dimitri Mitropoulos. This impressive debut was the first in a long line of appearances with major orchestras which also included the New York Philharmonic under Monteux and Bernstein, the Montreal Symphony under Klemperer, the London Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, the American Symphony under Stokowski, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy, and numerous others.

Known as a champion of contemporary music, Masselos premiered many works including the Charles Ives Piano Sonata No. 1, the Piano Fantasy by Aaron Copland, and most of the piano literature by Ben Weber, including the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and the Fantasy (Variations), Op.25. He was the soloist in the the first performances of piano concertos by Alan Hovhaness, Johan Franco, Marga Richter, Carlos Surinach, and William Mayer, in addition to solo pieces by John Cage, Dane Rudhyar, Robert Helps, Carlos Chavez, and many others.

As an heir, through Carl Friedberg, of the Schumann and Brahms tradition, he was also particularly noted for his interpretation of the Schumann Davidsbündlertanze Op. 6 and the Brahms Sonatas, both of which he recorded for RCA in the early 1970s and are highly esteemed record collector items.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Orchestrette Classique — (changed to Orchestrette of New York) Formation 1932 Extinction 1943 Type All women classical Chamber Orchestra Purpose/focus To present little known works by classical masters and new works by American composers, and …   Wikipedia

  • Радьяр, Дэйн — Дэйн Радьяр Dane Rudhyar Дэйн Радьяр, 1939 год Имя при рождении: Daniel Chennevière Дата рождения …   Википедия

  • Horacio Gutiérrez — (born in 1948, Havana) is a virtuoso pianist originally from Cuba. He moved with his family to the United States in 1961, at the age of 13, and studied in Los Angeles with Sergey Tarnowsky (1882 1976), Vladimir Horowitz s first teacher in Kiev,… …   Wikipedia

  • Burnett Thompson — Burnett Thompson, is a United States pianist, composer, and educator. He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Further studies included work with pianist William Masselos… …   Wikipedia

  • Dixie Dregs — Andy West and Allen Sloan of the Dixie Dregs live in 1999 Background information Origin Augusta, Georgia …   Wikipedia

  • Carl Friedberg — Carl Rudolf Hermann Friedberg (September 18, 1872 Bingen, Germany September 9, 1955 Merano, Italy) was a German pianist and teacher.He studied piano with James Kwast and with Clara Schumann at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt. He later became a… …   Wikipedia

  • Daming Zhu — was born in Shanghai, China, where he began his piano studies at the age of nine. In 1966, Mr. Zhu s music learning were interrupted by China s Cultural Revolution. Denied the right to continue his studies and sent to work on a state farm, he… …   Wikipedia

  • BRONFMAN, YEFIM — (1958– ), Russian born Israeli, later American pianist. Bronfman began his training with his mother, a piano teacher. When he was 15, the family immigrated to Israel. There he studied piano with arie vardi , then head of the Rubin Academy of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Felice Beato — (born 1833 or 1834, died c. 1907), sometimes known as Felix Beato, was a Corfiote photographer. [Beato has long been described as British and Italian. He was a British subject, born in Corfu, of Italian heritage (Corfiot Italian).] He was one of… …   Wikipedia

  • Беато — Беато, Феликс Феликс Беато Felice Beato Портрет Феликса Беато, 1866 год. Автор неизвестен. Дата рождени …   Википедия