Famous Austrian Pianists

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Franz Peter Schubert
(Austrian Composer and One of the Greatest Piano Virtuosos of the Late Classical and Early Romantic Era)
Franz Peter Schubert
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Birthdate: January 31, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Austria
Died: November 19, 1828

Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert was one of the most prominent figures of the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods. He initially performed at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. His compositions include over 600 vocal works and several symphonies, operas, and piano sonatas. One of his most-talked-about works is the Unfinished Symphony.

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Joseph Haydn
(Composer of the Classical Period Known As 'Father of the Symphony' & 'Father of the String Quartet')
Joseph Haydn
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Birthdate: March 31, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rohrau, Austria
Died: May 31, 1809

Joseph Haydn was an Austrian composer who played a key role in the progression of chamber music during the Classical period. He is often referred to as the Father of the String Quartet and Father of the Symphony for his contributions to musical form. Joseph Haydn is also credited with mentoring and tutoring Mozart and Beethoven, respectively.

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Andras Schiff
(Pianist)
Andras Schiff
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Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born to Holocaust survivors, Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff began learning the piano at age 5. He is now best known for his interpretations of legends such as of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. His numerous awards include a Grammy. He was also knighted for his achievements.

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Alfred Brendel
(Pianist, Composer)
Alfred Brendel
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Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Loučná nad Desnou
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Maria Anna Mozart
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Birthdate: July 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: October 29, 1829
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Artur Schnabel
(Composer and pedagogue known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician)
Artur Schnabel
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Birthdate: April 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lipnik, Poland
Died: August 15, 1951
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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
(Pianist, Composer, Conductor, and the Youngest Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
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Birthdate: July 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 29, 1844

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Constanze. He followed in the footsteps of his father and went on to become a pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. However, unlike his father, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was introverted and often underrated his talent. He also had a constant fear of being compared to his father.

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Carl Czerny
(Austrian Pianist and Composer Known for His Pedagogical Works for the Piano)
Carl Czerny
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Birthdate: February 21, 1791
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 15, 1857

Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer, pianist, and teacher of Czech origin.  Born into a musical family, he started playing the piano as a toddler and began composing at the age of seven. He was prolific in his music production and composed over a thousand works, with his music spanning the late Classical and early Romantic eras.  

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Friedrich Gulda
(Austrian Composer and Pianist)
Friedrich Gulda
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Birthdate: May 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 27, 2000
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Anastasia Huppmann
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Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tver, Russia
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Rudolf Serkin
(Bohemian-Born Austrian-American Pianist Regarded as One of the Greatest Beethoven Interpreters)
Rudolf Serkin
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Birthdate: March 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheb, Czechia
Died: May 8, 1991

Rudolf Serkin was a Bohemian-born Austrian-American pianist who won a number of prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and National Medal of Arts in 1988. Rudolf Serkin is considered one of the 20th century's greatest Beethoven interpreters.

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Paul Wittgenstein
(Former pianist notable for commissioning new piano concerti for the left hand alone, following the amputation of his right arm during the First World War)
Paul Wittgenstein
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Birthdate: November 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 3, 1961
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Therese Malfatti
(Musician best known as one of the possible dedicatees of Beethoven's famous bagatelle, Für Elise, WoO 59)
Therese Malfatti
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Birthdate: January 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 27, 1851
Maria Theresia von Paradis
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Birthdate: May 15, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 1824
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Viktor Ullmann
(Composer)
Viktor Ullmann
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Birthdate: January 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cieszyn, Poland
Died: October 18, 1944
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Sigismond Thalberg
(Austrian Composer and One of the Most Distinguished Virtuoso Pianists of the 19th Century)
Sigismond Thalberg
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Birthdate: January 8, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 27, 1871

Swiss pianist Sigismond Thalberg started performing at age 14 and soon became a court pianist in Vienna. Known for his signature melody that he played in the middle of the keyboard, he later toured to places such as Paris, London, and Brazil, mesmerizing audiences with his tunes.

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Felix Weingartner
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Birthdate: June 2, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Died: May 7, 1942
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Marianna Martines
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Birthdate: May 4, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 13, 1812
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Kurt Adler
(Austrian Chorus Master and Opera Conductor Who Was Known for His Three-Decade-Long Tenure)
Kurt Adler
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Birthdate: March 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jindrichuv Hradec, Czechia
Died: September 21, 1977

Kurt Adler began studying music at age 6 and delivered his first public piano performance at 14. Though his parents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp, Adler fled to the U.S. and settled in New York. The master conductor is best remembered for his association with the Metropolitan Opera.

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Henri Herz
(Austrian-born French Composer, Pianist, and Piano Manufacturer)
Henri Herz
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Birthdate: January 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 5, 1888
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler
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Birthdate: July 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Died: August 20, 1927