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Alexander Satz

Alexander SatzAlexander Satz was born in Moscow in 1941 into a family of scholars. His musical career was quite unusual. He did not take up music in a professional way until the age of 14, when he started having piano lessons with Leonid Brumberg who is himself a pupil and assistant of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus (Genrikh Nejgauz). After only one year of intensive practice he was accepted in the 8th form of the Gnesin-School of Music for highly gifted children, which he completed with distinction in 1956. In the same year he became student in the second year of the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow (now the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesin), where he graduated with distinction in 1963 and in the same year became professor of solo piano. It took him only eight years to become a full professor. For almost forty years, since 1963, A. Satz has been teaching students.

Since 1991 A. Satz has been living in Austria, where he is a professor at the Academy (now: University) of Music and Fine Arts in Graz. He has been a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1999. He regularly holds master-classes in many European countries and in Australia. His pupils have won numerous international competitions, and at least two of them - Lilya Silberstein and Boris Berezovsky - are pianists of worldwide recognition.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities A. Satz leads a very busy concert life. The wide scope of his repertoire includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, the masters of the Vienna school, and by Russian composers, such as Metner, Rakhmaninov and Scriabin. He toured many regions of the former Soviet Union, Austria, Italy, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Taiwan. Another important feature in his work is chamber music: he played with well-known soloists such as Daniel Schafran and Tanja Gridenko, and took part in prestigious festivals of chamber music, such as the Guidon-Kremer-Festival at Lockenhaus (Austria) and the Orlando-Festival (Netherlands). A. Satz also taught master-classes in chamber music within the European Mozart-Academy in various countries of Eastern Europe.

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