Ralph Berkowitz Collection
Berkowitz was born in New York City in 1910. In 1928, he enrolled at the Curtis
Institute in Philadelphia. He later became a member of the Institute's staff,
teaching form and analysis, directing the Historical Series (concerts), and
coaching vocal students. He remained in that position until 1940 when he became
the accompanist for cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. He continued in that role for 30
years, appearing with Piatigorsky in recitals throughout the world until the
cellist's death in 1972.
Berkowitz was executive assistant to Serge Koussevitzky at Tanglewood from
1946 to 1951. He became Dean of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in 1951
and remained in that position until his resignation in 1964.
In 1953, he took on the dual role of executive director and principal pianist
of the June Music Festival in Albuquerque. After commuting from the East coast,
for five summers, he moved to Albuquerque in 1958 and became business manager of
the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra. He resigned that post in 1969.
In addition to teaching, lecturing, and performing, Ralph Berkowitz is also a
painter. His paintings, pastels, woodcuts, and drawings are in numerous private
collections in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and Albuquerque.
In Albuquerque, Berkowitz did a lecture series on television called The Arts
consisting of 63 half-hour shows dealing with some aspect, of music, painting,
or literature. He has also had articles published by Penguin Books (London),
Etude Magazine, and The Juilliard Review.
As a composer, Ralph Berkowitz wrote "A Telephone Call," for singer and
orchestra, based on a Dorothy Parker monologue.
In March of 1992, Ralph Berkowitz donated his personal papers, comprising
photographs, correspondence, programs, and newspaper articles and clippings, to
the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland.
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