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ERENESTO CONSOLO - PIANIST

Autographed 6” x 8.75” presentation photograph of the Italian pianist, New York, May 20, 1913.

For my dear pupil Maude Hurst with heart wishes for her future.

Consolo (1864-1931) was born in London to Italian parents.  He studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatorio in Rome with Liszt’s mentee Giovanni Sgambati and in Leipzig at the Conservatory with Carl Reinecke.  He embarked on a European tour after great critical success after a series of Beethoven concerts from 1892-1894 at the Milan Conservatorio met with great critical success.  In 1896 he built upon that fame with a tour of Germany and Scandinavia met with similar acclaim.  He appeared in Paris with the “Quartor de Paris” playing Brahms and Dvorak quintets.  The next year he was hired as Professor of Piano at the Chicago Musical College, but in 1909, left to revive his concert career in Europe.  He also played duo concerts with the violinist Arrigo Serato and then the cellist Enrico Mainardi. He returned to the United States in 1910 and was appointed Professor of Piano at the School of Musical Arts in New York City, which eventually became Julliard.  Gustav Mahler gravely ill conducted his final performance of his life with the New York Philharmonic on February 21, 1911.  Consolo was playing the Martucci concerto in B flat minor op. 66 as the soloist with Martucci, Toscanini and Busoni in the audience.  A further concert was held on the 24th, but Mahler was too  ill to conduct and shortly thereafter went back to Vienna to die.  Consolo gave two additional concerts in the years to follow with the New York Philharmonic with Walter Damrosch as conductor.  He founded a piano school in Geneva for “virtuosos” and he was on the examination committee for pianists at the Paris Conservatoire.  Eventually he accepted a professorship at the Cherubini Conservatorio in Florence and concertized throughout Italy including the Maggio Musicale in Florence.  The composer Luigi Dallapiccolam was a favorite pupil, who dedicated his “Match” for Orchestra and Soprano in his honor.