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Malcolm Frager
°1935 - †1991
United States of America
piano
Biography
Malcolm Frager was a younger contemporary of Leon Fleischer (b. 1928), John Browning (b. 1933), and Van Cliburn (b. 1934). Like them he became a major prizewinner, starting with the Michaels Memorial Award in Chicago, followed by the Leventritt in 1959, and a year later the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

At the age of 14 Malcolm Frager undertook six years of study in N.Y.C. with Carl Friedberg, a pupil of Clara Schumann, and during that period was privately educated. He went on to Columbia University, majoring in Russian studies and graduating in 1957. The Leventritt Award opened doors both in the U.S. and abroad; he made his first concert tour in 1959. In 1963 he played not only in Central and South America, but in the U.S.S.R. for the first (but not last) time. In 1969, he added the Far East to his concert itinerary, and Australia in 1969.

His specialties included Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Schumann, but not at the expense of twentieth-century composers, Prokofiev and Bartók in particular. He spent considerable time in search of original versions of music, unearthing the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 that Nicolas Rubinstein had damned so brutally in 1875, and the 1841 Fantasie in A minor that later became the first movement of Schumann's only Piano Concerto. He became interested in eighteenth-century fortepianos on which he played and recorded Haydn and Mozart and wrote scholarly articles in his free time.
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Activities
ActivityFunction
PIANO 1968Member of the jury
Gala concert 1960: Malcolm FragerSoloist
Laureates' concert 1960 : Malcolm FragerSoloist
Concert 1st laureate 1960 : Malcolm FragerSoloist
Final 1960: Malcolm FragerSoloist
PIANO 1960First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Audio
Concert 1st laureate 1960: Malcolm Frager
Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 22 in F major op. 54
Concert 1st laureate 1960: Malcolm Frager
Domenico Scarlatti : Piano Sonatas
Final 1960: Malcolm Frager
Joseph Haydn : Sonata in E flat major Hob. XVI:49
Final 1960: Malcolm Frager
Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 2 in G minor op. 16 (ONB, Franz André)
Concert 1st laureate 1960: Malcolm Frager
Sergey Prokofiev : Concerto n. 1 in D flat major op. 10 (ONB, Franz André)
Concert 1st laureate 1960: Malcolm Frager
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto in D major KV 451 (ONB, Franz André)
Final 1960: Malcolm Frager
Marcel Poot : Concerto (ONB, Franz André)
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