Jörg Demus

Jörg Demus
Jorg Demus, Manfred Jahn.jpg
Jörg Demus in 2016
Born(1928-12-02)2 December 1928
Died16 April 2019(2019-04-16) (aged 90)
Vienna, Austria
  • Pianist
  • Composer
  • Academic teacher
Demus in 1972, dedicated photo from a South Africa tour

Jörg Demus (2 December 1928 – 16 April 2019) was an Austrian classical pianist who appeared internationally and made many recordings. He was also a composer and a lecturer at music academies. In composition and playing, he focused on chamber music and lieder. He played with singers such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as a piano duo with Paul Badura-Skoda, and with string players such as Josef Suk and Antonio Janigro. Demus was instrumental in bringing the historic fortepiano to concert podiums. He was a member of the Legion of Honour, among many awards. He is regarded as one of the leading Austrian pianists of the immediate post-World War II era.[1][2]

Early life and education

Demus was born in St. Pölten; his father was an art historian and his mother a concert violinist.[2][1] At the age of six, Demus received his first piano lessons. Five years later, at the age of 11, he entered the Vienna Academy of Music, studying piano, composition and conducting.[3] He made his debut as a pianist when he was still a student: at the age of 15,[4] he played in the Brahms-Saal of the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde[1][5] Bach's Das wohltemperierte Klavier.[2] He graduated in 1945, then 17 years old, after which he continued to study conducting with Josef Krips and Hans Swarowsky.[6] Demus studied in Paris with Yves Nat from 1951 to 1953. In 1953 he further studied interpretation with Wilhelm Kempff, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Edwin Fischer, and attended master classes with Walter Gieseking.[6]

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