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Austrian, later American, pianist and composer.

Career Summary

Bruno Eisner was born in Vienna on December 6, 1884. He studied with Robert Fischhof, Hans Schmitt and Robert Fuchs at the Vienna Conservatory, after which he embarked on a career as a concert soloist. He taught at the Berlin Stern Conservatory 1910‒14, at the Vogt Conservatory in Hamburg in 1914, and at the Berlin Musikhochschule 1930‒33. Thereafter he emigrated to the United States and settled in New York, where he taught piano in the late 1930s and 1940s. He taught at the Philadelphia Music Academy 1948‒50, was a visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloomington 1951‒54 and professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins 1956/57, while continuing to make concert tours. He edited the keyboard works of Car Maria von Weber.

Eisner and Schenker's circle

Eisner is mentioned in correspondence from Oswald Jonas to Schenker in 1934 as the resident composer at the Mendelssohn House in Berlin (OJ 12/6, [33]). Both men had previously been teaching at the Stern Conservatory, and Jonas claimed to be introducing him to Schenker's theories.


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