Walter Hautzig is a native of Vienna, now living in New York, who studied at the Jerusalem Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers were Mieczyslaw Munz and Artur Schnabel. He has played concerts in more than 50 countries worldwide, earning particular acclaim in Japan, where he has also recorded extensively. His playing is known to American record collectors through discs issued by Haydn Society, United Artists, Vox, Monitor, Connoisseur Society and Americus. Hautzig's extensive repertoire has emphasized the Viennese classicists as well as Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and various Russian and Latin-American composers. For many years, Hautzig was a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory. He also formed a long-term musical partnership with cellist Paul Olefsky, with whom he has often played sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert.
As of 2003, the Hautzig Collection contains a small number of programs and publicity fliers documenting a portion of Hautzig's concert activity. Mr. Hautzig has also donated to IPAM a substantial number of private recordings of his concert and recital appearances. It is anticipated that further material will be added in the near future.