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Rudolph Ganz (1877 - 1972)

Rudolf Ganz’s musical experience began with the cello, but he then studied piano with Robert Freund in Zürich, and at the Lausanne Conservatoire had lessons in composition from Charles Blanchet. More studies in Strasbourg preceded Ganz’s journey to Berlin where he studied with Ferruccio Busoni. At his Berlin debut he played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Op. 73 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 11 and a year later conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of his own Symphony No. 1. Ganz then undertook a major European tour and visited the United States for the first time in 1901, where his association with the Chicago Music College began in the same year. His debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra came in 1903, and with the New York Philharmonic in 1906. After heading the piano faculty of the Chicago Music College for five years Ganz again toured extensively throughout America and Canada. During the 1920s he was director of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, being made a member of the French Légion d’honneur for his services to music in the United States. In 1929 Ganz became director of the Chicago Music College, and five years later on, becoming president, he invited Arnold Schoenberg to join the faculty; but Schoenberg’s health would not permit his living in Chicago. Ganz’s association with the Chicago Music College lasted from 1901 until his retirement in 1954. During the late 1930s and 40s he conducted a series of concerts for young people with the New York Philharmonic and San




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