Joseph Bloch Collection
Joseph Bloch was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 6, 1917. He was
best described by the New York Post as a musician who "has that rare trio: a
head, a heart, and skill". Through high school, he studied with Bomar Cramer and
then with Rudolph Ganz at the Chicago Musical College. After earning his
Bachelor of Music degree, he enrolled at Harvard University for his Master's
degree in Musicology. While in graduate school, Bloch commuted to New York in
order to study with Olga Samaroff.
World War II, Bloch was stationed at Lawry Field in Denver, Colorado, where he
gave informal recitals and also appeared as a soloist with the Civic Symphony.
He was in the Army Air Forces from 1941-1946 and discharged as captain.
In 1946, he was appointed head of the piano department at the University
of Denver and two years later, joined the faculty at Juilliard. He taught piano
literature classes there and had a significant influence on accomplished
pianists such as Garrick Ohlsson, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter and John Browning.
In 1950, Bloch made his debut at Town Hall in New York City and since
then, he has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, Europe,
and East Asia. He has travelled throughout the world, giving lecture-recitals
and concerts in countries such as France, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, and
China. His recital programs included works by Scriabin, Honegger, Alkan, and by
his life-long friend, Benjamin Lees. He has made recordings for Composers
Recordings, Inc. of piano music by Robert Moevs, Jacques de Menasce, and Ruth
Crawford Seeger. He has also written a monograph on Charles-Valentin Alkan.
Joseph Bloch died at his home in Larchmont, NY on March 4, 2009.
SERIES I - PERFORMANCE
SERIES II - RECORDINGS BY BLOCH
SERIES III - WRITINGS BY BLOCH
SERIES V - AWARDS
SERIES VI - PHOTOGRAPHS
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SERIES VIII - SCRAPBOOKS
SERIES IX - SUBJECT FILES
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Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
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University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA