Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Peter Feuchtwanger (26 June 1939 – 18 June 2016)

4:23, 28th June 2016

Pianist Peter Feuchtwanger has died aged 76.

Born in Munich, Feuchtwanger studied the piano with Gerti Rainer, Max Egger, Edwin Fischer and Walter Gieseking. He also studied Indian and Arabic music, philosophy, and composition (with Lennox Berkeley and Hans Heimler).

Best known as a teacher, he also composed, wrote and adjudicated at competitions, and was vice president of the UK branch of the European Piano Teachers Association.

Daniel Grimwood wrote that ‘without his guidance and generosity of soul I doubt I would be a musician today. He criticised perpetually (with characteristic vibrancy and charm), strove to make me realise my finest self, instinctively understood me, was a considerate listener, was a fountain of naughty jokes, never doubted me and proved to be far more than merely my piano teacher.’

Fellow former student Warren Mailley-Smith has dedicated the final recital in his 11-month Chopin cycle to Feuchtwanger, who initially suggested the project. ‘I am devastated that he will not be there for the grand finale on 15 July.  I owe so much to him,’ he said.

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