Tobias Matthay


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(b London, 1858; d High Marley, Haslemere, 1945). Eng. pianist, composer, and teacher. Joined staff RAM 1876, becoming prof. of pf. 1880–1925. Gave up career as concert pianist to teach. Opened pf. sch. in London 1900. Pupils incl. Myra Hess, Irene Scharrer, Harriet Cohen, and York Bowen. Evolved own method of teaching, based on close observation of physical and psychological aspects of pf.-playing. Comp. much mus. and wrote several books on the pf.

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