Anton Kuerti has been part of the Canadian classical music scene for so long that we almost forget he was born in Vienna, the city that was also home to Beethoven and Schubert. Add Schumann and Brahms, and we arrive at the heart of Kuerti's musical world. His performances of works by the great German and Austrian composers are praised by music critics around the globe for their musical integrity.
His family moved to America when he was a toddler. At the age of 11, young Kuerti performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops, and a few years later he won the coveted Leventritt Award. As host of This Is My Music, Anton Kuerti talks about his teachers: the legendary pianists Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Loesser and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
In the mid-'60s, Kuerti moved to Canada where, besides performing, he has mentored new generations of musicians. In 1979 he founded the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario, a summer festival that's still going strong. 20 some years later, Kuerti directed the world's first Carl Czerny festival in Edmonton. He also now runs Mooredale Concerts in Toronto, a series founded by his late wife, cellist Kristine Bogyo. Kuerti is also a conductor and composer, and in 2008 he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement.
Anton Kuerti hosts This Is My Music on CBC Radio 2 on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10:05 a.m. to noon in most of Canada, 11:05 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Atlantic Canada.
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