HENRICH NEUHAUS - PIANIST
One page autographed, typed professional certificate on Moscow Conservatory letterhead stating the qualifications of the pianist Vera Grigoryevna Ostrovskaya and also countersigned by pianist and professor Leonid in his political guise, Leopold Lukomsky, Moscow, April 14, 1936. Neuhaus signs in his capacity as Director of the Moscow Conservatory. We include a 5” x 7” photograph of Neuhaus, perfect for display!
The certificate states:
MOSCOW STATE CONSERVATORY
14 April 1936 No. 287.
This real testimony was issued to OSTROVSKAYA Vera Grigoryevna, who was born in 1903 and in the fact that, having entered the Moscow State Conservatory in 1925, she graduated from the Faculty of Performing Arts in 1930, piano department, piano class of Associate Professor S. A. KOZLOVSKY.
During her stay at the University, she listened to basic and special courses and completed practical exercises in the following disciplines:
BASIC COURSES SPECIAL COURSES
1. Choral class 1. PIANO
2. Harmony 2. PIANO ENSEMBLES
3. Analysis of forms 3. CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
7. Workshop on styles
8. History of music
9. Sociologist of Art
10. Folk art
11. History of socialism
12. Hysteria VKP / b /
13. Political economy
14. State. and households. Right
15. Eastern math
16. Modern literature
17. Fundamentals of Leninism
18. Trade union movement.
gr. OKTOVSKAYA produced practice and performed at student evenings MGN.
DIRECTOR / NEUHAUS
ZAV. F / P. BRANCH / LUKOMSKY
Neuhaus (1888-1964) came from a family of musicians and they all participated in his piano studies. His father Gustav Neuhaus was his first teacher, followed by his uncle Felix Blumenfeld and his cousin, Karol Szymanowski. He also consulted with Artur Rubinstein. He was a wunderkind and made his first public appearance at the age of nine. At 16 he made his first European tour in Germany. He then spent time studying composition with Paul Juon in Berlin and in Vienna from 1912-1914 with Leopold Godowsky. His lessons with Godowsky were curtailed due to the outbreak of World War I. He returned to Russia in 1914 and taught in his hometown of Elizavetgrad. After the War he taught at the Kiev Conservatory (1918-1922). From 1922 until his death, he was the leading piano professor at the Moscow Conservatory, where he was the Director from 1934-1937. His pupils included: Sviatoslav Richter, Gerard Fremi, Emil Gilels, Anton Ginzberg, Julian Gutman, Tamara Guseva, Tikhon Khrennikov, Vladimir Krajnev, Yevgeny Liberman, Radu Lupu, Yevgeny Malinin, Lev Naumov, Nina Svetlanova, Yakov Zak and Isaac Zetel among others.
As a performing artist, Neuhaus initially was not as sure of himself as he should have been. In 1912, after hearing his friend Artur Rubinstein perform the 2nd Szymanowski Concerto, he became despondent as he did not have faith in his skills. He actually fled to Florence where he attempted suicide with both Rubinstein and Szymanowski hot on his trail to stop him. After his studies with Godowsky, that all changed and he was in regular demand as a concert artist in Russia. Today there are several films of him performing both in concert and in master classes he led. There are also numerous recordings, with quite a bit in the German romantic repertory, though he was also admired for his interpretations of, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
Leopold Lukomsky (1898—1962) was a pianist, pedagogue and composer. He studied piano with Karl Kipp and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1924. He entered the Masters program studying piano with Konstantin Igumnov and composition with Gyorgy Catoire and Reinhold Gliere. He then spent the next six years studying privately with Nikolai Medtner. He taught from 1924-1942 at the Moscow Conservatory, appointed a head of the Piano Department in 1939 and was also Dean of the Faculty. As a pianist he performed recitals, in particular he was known for his performances of Beethoven’s sonatas. He also performed duets with pianist Grigory Kogan.
Vera Grigoryeva Ostravskaya (1903-1975) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1930 where she studied with Sergei Kozlovsky. From 1930-1936 she was an accompanist and soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic. From 1937 to 1939 she was the accompanist of the Moscow Jewish Theatre. In 1939 she was appointed Concertmaster of the Moscow Conservatory. During World War II she often went to the front to perform recitals and in concert for the troops. In 1947 she was appointed Professor at the Moscow Conservatory and taught piano until her retirement in 1972.
This certificate essentially are the working papers for a piano pedagogue in the Soviet Union. Interestingly, she spent most of her career teaching at her alma mater.
This is only the second Neuhaus autograph we have seen in over 20 years.