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RALPH HOKANSON - PIANIST

Uncommon autographed 8” x 10” vintage glossy publicity photograph of the American pianist.

Hokanson (1915 - 2018) made it to 103 and with no cognitive decline and strong hands played until the end in public.  Hokanson was from Seattle and studied locally through high school.  He began giving public recitals at the age of 15 during the heart of the Depression, playing in Washington State, Oregon and Vancouver.  He was awarded a scholarship in 1936 to study at the Royal College of Music with Harold Samuel and Myra Hess and also studied with Carl Friedberg and Hoard Ferguson until 1939 when he returned to the United States and became a concert pianist managed by Columbia and played regular Columbia Concerts recitals and concerts with orchestra in the Northwest and Canada.  He joined the Army in 1942 and served as an interpreter in the Signal Corps in France.  He made his New York debut on December 17, 1947 at Town Hall and was praised his accuracy and technique.  His career embarked from there and he performed at that time throughout the United States in recital and with orchestra. Wanting to remain in Seattle as his base, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the University of Washington in 1949, where he stayed on until his retirement in 1984, that said, he was literally a presence there until the end of his life at 103.  His British professional debut in 1962 was praised for his mature artistry and technique.  At this point he became a travelling concert pianist who played throughout the world.  At the time of his retirement, The University of Washington released a 9 disc set covering Hokanson’s “University Years” from 1949 - 1984.  Interestingly, Hokanson was known for his performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt and Debussy.  While he played Chopin throughout his career, he did not consider himself a “Chopin pianist” until late in his ‘90’s. 

 

 

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