Emil Danenberg Collection
Danenberg was born in Hong Kong in 1917. His initial studies were with
his father, a graduate of the Leipzig Conservatory. After his family emigrated
to Los Angeles in 1926, Danenberg continued his piano studies with Abby De
Avirett and Edward Steuermann while also studying theory with Arnold Schoenberg.
Danenberg received B.A. and A.M. degrees from UCLA and honorary degrees from
Marietta College and Franklin College. He made his New York debut in 1950
followed by a Town Hall recital in 1953 in which he played a diverse program
ranging from Bach to Kirchner. Concerts followed in Darmstadt, Salzburg, Vienna,
Graz and throughout the United States and Canada. Danenberg maintained an active
chamber music career, collaborating with violinists Matthew Raimondi, Stuart
Canin and Andor Toth, and cellist Pierre Fournier.
Danenberg commenced a
long association with Oberlin College in 1944 by joining the piano faculty. He
would serve as the Dean of the Conservatory of Music, and later was appointed
President of Oberlin College. As an administrator, Danenberg was responsible for
expanding and diversifying Oberlin’s curriculum to encompass new courses and
majors in early music, jazz and ethonomusicology. Emil Danenberg died in 1982.
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International Piano Archives at Maryland
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