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BERNHARD BÖTTNER - PIANIST

Autographed 5” x 7” original Mark Schuck of Weimar reverse blind stamped photograph of the German virtuoso pianist and conductor.

Böttner (1924-2013) was a pupil of the composer Gunther Raphael, who was half Jewish and whilst he lost his teaching position at the Leipzig Conservatory was kept from the concentration camps by friends. He also was tubercular.  Shortly before the end of the War he enrolled at the  Leipzig Conservatory where he studied piano with Sigfrid Grundeis, conmducting with Hermann Abendroth and composition with Johann Nepokuk David.  He made his professional debut with the Dresden Staatskapelle in 1947.  Böttner moved to East Berlin and toured widely and regularly with the important Eastern Block orchestras, as well as many in the West.  From 1964 on he based himself out of Prague and continued to tour.  He also played with the Prague Quartet on a regular basis.  In 1969 he was appointed Director of the piano department at the Nuremburg Meistersinger Conservatory.  He stayed in this position until he retired from teaching.  After the Second World War, Böttner in a nod to his teacher Gunther Raphael made it his mission to bring out and perform the works of composers whether Jewish, or not whose works were buried by the Nazis’.