Rafael Joseffy  

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Rafael Joseffy (July 3, 1852, Hunfalu – June 25, 1915, New York City) was a Hungarian pianist and composer.


His youth was spent in Miskolcz (now: Miskolc), and there, at the age of 8, he began his study of the piano. He studied in Budapest with Friedrich Brauer, the teacher of Stephen Heller. In 1866 he went to Leipzig, where his teachers were Ignaz Moscheles and Ernst Ferdinand Wenzel. In 1868 he became a pupil of Carl Tausig in Berlin, remaining with him for two years. Later he spent two summers with Franz Liszt in Weimar.

He made his debut in Berlin in 1872 and was immediately acclaimed as a master pianist of great brilliance. Template:Citation needed He moved to the United States in 1879, where he lived in New York. He made his American debut in New York in 1879, with an orchestra under Leopold Damrosch. He soon after played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently made many appearances in New York and other American cities with Theodore Thomas and his orchestra. His style was broad and comprehensive, yet his playing had a certain incisiveness. Template:Citation needed

He produced numerous popular compositions for the piano as well as editing works of Chopin and other composers for G. Schirmer music publishers. Later in life he virtually retired from the concert platform and devoted his attention to teaching. He was a very reserved man. Henry Wolfsohn claimed to have offered Joseffy huge sums for concert tours but the pianist found concert life so severe upon his nerves that he would not accept. He preferred the smaller income of a teacher to the glare of the footlights. Joseffy continued to care absolutely nothing for fame or applause. To him his art was supreme and other things mattered little. While in New York, he spent his summers in Tarrytown.

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