Teodor Leszetycki

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Theodor Leschetizky

Teodor Leszetycki (sometimes also referred to by a germanised name Theodor Leschetizky, June 22, 1830 - November 14, 1915) was a Polish pianist, teacher and composer. He was born in Łańcut, Poland (at the time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

From an early age he was recognized as a prodigy, and after studying in Vienna with Karl Czerny and Simon Sechter he became a teacher at fourteen; by the age of eighteen he was a well-known virtuoso in Viennese music circles. Besides performing, he became a very influential piano teacher, first at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, which he co-founded, and subsequently in Vienna. His students included many of the most renowned pianists of their time, including Ignacy Paderewski, Artur Schnabel, Alexander Brailowsky, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Mark Hambourg, and many others. Leszetycki was also a composer, having under his name over seventy piano pieces, two operas, several songs, and a one-movement piano concerto. He died in Dresden, Germany.

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