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Carl Friedberg

Carl Rudolf Hermann Friedberg (September 18, 1872 Bingen, Germany - September 9, 1955 Meran, Italy) was a German pianist and teacher of Jewish origin.

He was son of Eduard Friedberg ( -1937) and Elisa Landau (1844-1926) from Bingen. The Friedberg were wine merchants in Bingen since 1700.

Friedberg studied piano with James Kwast and with Clara Schumann at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt. He became a teacher there (1893–1904) and later at the Cologne Conservatory (1904–1914). From 1923 until his retirement in 1946, Carl Friedberg was principal piano teacher at the New York Institute of Musical Art (the institution which later would become the Juilliard School of Music). His pupils include Gertrude Lightstone Mittelmann, William Browning, Malcolm Frager, Bruce Hungerford, Nina Simone, William Masselos, and Elly Ney. See: List of music students by teacher: C to F#Carl Friedberg.

Friedberg's career as a performer spanned over 60 years in both Europe and America. He made his official debut in 1892 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Mahler. This performance received a positive review from Edward Hanslick.

In 1893 he had given an all-Brahms recital in the presence of the composer, who highly admired his playing and who later coached him in private on the performance of the majority of his piano works. As a chamber musician he replaced Artur Schnabel in the Schnabel-Flesch-Becker Trio in 1920 and played in that ensemble until 1932. Friedberg gave many recitals with Fritz Kreisler throughout America and in 1937 formed his own trio with Daniel Karpilowsky and Felix Salmond.

Though widely known to disdain the sound of the recorded piano, Friedberg did, at age 81 (1953) record a single commercial LP for Zodiac Records (LPZ-1001), released in two editions (limited early release with pink cover and full, later release with piano graphic) Unreleased takes from this recording session were released 30 years later on IPAM1102 and 1103. Although Friedberg's repertory was wide, he became associated with the music of Beethoven, and especially of Schumann and Brahms.

In 1955, at age 82, he planned a concert tour in Europe. He took an ocean liner to Italy, but contracted pneumonia on board. He went to Meran (Merano) for a cure, but died and is buried there.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 18th, 1872 (Bingen am Rhein), Died September 8th, 1955 (Trieste)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, piano


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-27690 12-in. 3/30/1923 Adagio Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Victor B-29413 10-in. 1/24/1924 Slavonic lament Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Victor B-29414 10-in. 1/24/1924 Menuet Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Victor B-29415 10-in. 1/24/1924 Old French gavotte Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Victor CVE-38948 12-in. 12/31/1926 Rondo Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Victor BS-77824 10-in. 9/21/1933 Old French gavotte Alexander Schmidt Violin solo, with piano arranger  
Edison 3869 10-in. 6/10/1915 Waltz in C sharp minor Carl Friedberg Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Edison 3870 10-in. 6/10/1915 Gavotte al antico Carl Friedberg Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Friedberg, Carl," accessed September 28, 2021,

Friedberg, Carl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from

"Friedberg, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

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