Rudolph Ganz, classical music composer

Rudolph Ganz


Rudolph Ganz (24 February 1877, Zürich, Switzerland – 2 August 1972, Chicago) was a Swiss pianist, conductor and composer. He claimed direct descent from Charlemagne.

A pupil of Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin, Ganz became head of piano studies at the Chicago Musical College in 1901. From 1921 to 1927 he was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and did much to raise it to the top rank of orchestras. While in St. Louis, he was initiated as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1924 at the University of Missouri. From 1928 he returned to teach at the Chicago Musical College, serving as its president from 1934 to 1958.

Ganz was active in the promotion of new music throughout his career. In 1923 he received the Légion d'honneur of France for his introduction of the works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel to American audiences, and in later years he performed and conducted pieces by Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Arthur Honegger. Ravel, in a letter to Ganz, thanked him for his performances of Ravel's work, and dedicated Scarbo the third part of his composition Gaspard de la Nuit to him in gratitude.

His pupils included Abby Whiteside, Mollie Margolies, Beatrice Sharp Karan, Adrian Lerner Newman Goldman and Vera Bradford.

Composer Title Date Action
Rudolph Ganz Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, Op. 32 03/30/2009 Play Add to playlist