Edward Auer

Edward Auer was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles, where his principal piano teacher in youth was Aube Tzerko, a protégé and former assistant of Artur Schnabel. In his ‘teens he also studied theory and composition with Leonard Stein (a Schönberg disciple) and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. After piano studies at Juilliard, where his teachers included Rosina Lhevinne, he was awarded a Fullbright Grant, enabling him to pursue further studies in Paris with renowned concert pianist Julius Katchen.

Though often identified with the music of Chopin—not least because of his highly acclaimed recordings of Chopin’s music—Edward Auer has demonstrated consummate artistry in a repertoire ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann, to Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and other 20th century masters. He has concertized extensively, making numerous tours of the U.S., Europe and Asia, and performing solo recitals and concerti in over 30 countries on five continents. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 tours, playing in every major city and with every major orchestra.

The mid-60s were a pivotal time for the young pianist: in addition to his success in the Warsaw Chopin Competition, Auer won the Young Concert Artists International auditions (1964), was a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1966) and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels; won second in the Vienna Beethoven competition. and took First Prize in the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris (1967). In the midst of these successes, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall playing the Chopin Second Piano Concerto, and launched his first U.S./Canadian tour (1965-1966), giving recitals and appearing with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also served on the juries of prestigious international competitions such as the Warsaw Chopin Competition (1985, 2000) and the Long-Thibaud Competition, among others.

Concurrent with his busy schedule of concert engagements, Edward Auer devotes much time to teaching, and has served for the latter half of his career as Professor of Piano on the artist faculty of the I. U. Jacobs School of Music. For several years, he has been at work on an ambitious series of recordings of the works of Chopin, projected to eventually consist of at least eight volumes. The first, Chopin Nocturnes Volume 1, has been released to great acclaim, and received a stellar review from New York Concert Review’s Harris Goldsmith. Aside from frequent appearances at Indiana University, he still actively tours abroad, notably in Asia. In a 2008 appearance in Daejeon, South Korea, he performed both Chopin concertos in a single concert.