ROSALYN TURECK: Performer - piano, harpsichord,
clavichord, organ, conductor; Editor, Educator; born Chicago, Illinois,
Dec. 14, 1914; died New York, July 17, 2003.
Studies: Piano with Sophia Brilliant-Liven,
1925-9, Jan Chiapusso, 1929-31, Harpsichord with Gavin Williamson,
1931-32, Olga Samaroff, 1931-35, Juilliard School of Music, 1935, 2
Theremin instruments, Theremin, New York City, 1931-32, Grad. cum laude,
Honorary Mus.D.: Colby Coll., 1964, Roosevelt U.,
1968, Wilson Coll., 1968, Oxford U., Eng., 1977, Music and Arts Inst., San
Honorary Fellowships: Visiting Fellow, St.
Hilda's College, Oxford University, England 1974-, Honorary Life Fellow,
St. Hilda's College, Oxford University 1974-; Visiting Fellow, Wolfson
College, Oxford University, 1975-.
Lecturer: Mem. Faculty Philadelphia. Conservatory Music, 1935-42,
Mannes Sch., N.Y.C., 1940-4, Juilliard Sch. Music, N.Y.C., 1943-55,
Columbia U., N.Y.C., 1953-5. U. California., San Diego, 1966-72; Visiting
Prof. Washington U., St. Louis, 1963-4, Life Fellow, St. Hilda's College,
Oxford University, 1975, Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford
University, 1978, U. MD, 1981-5, Yale U., 1991-3, Regents Lecturer U.
California, 1995; lectr. numerous ednl. instns., U.S., Eng., Spain,
Denmark, Holland, Can., Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Chile; lectr. Royal
Inst. Great Britain, 1993, Boston U., 1993, '94, Smithsonian Instn., 1994,
U. California., Santa Barbara, 1995, Hebrew U., Israel, Royal Institution
of Great Britain, London, 1994, U. Southampton, Oxford U., 1993, 10th
International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science,
Florence, Italy, 1995, Annual Master Classes, Oxford University, since
1995; Institute for Advanced Musical Studies, Oxford, 1997-.
Founder: Composers of Today, New York City, 1949-53,
Society for Contemporary music; Founder, Dir. Tureck Bach Players, London,
1957, N.Y.C., 1981, with Bach festivals, Eng., Ireland, Spain, 1959-,
N.Y.C., Carnegie Hall Series, 1975-; Founder, Dir., International Bach
Soc., Inst. For Bach Studies, N.Y.C., 1968; Annual 3-week Symposia -
Lectures, Performances at Lincoln Center, New York City; Founder Dir.
Tureck Bach Research Foundation, Oxford, UK, 1994, First Annual Symposium,
Structure: Principles and Applications in the Sciences and Music, Dec.
15-17 1995; Second Annual Symposium, 19, 20, 21 April 1997, Structure; The
Notion of Authenticity; Third Annual Symposium, 9, 10 May 1998, Structure,
The Concept of Concept. Director, International Institute of Advanced
Musical Studies, August 1997, December 1997, August 1998, December 1998,
June 1999. Fourth Annual Symposium, May 13-14, 2000.
Television: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (complete)
Granada TV, Eng., 1961; numerous TV appearances, US, Canada, 1961-,
including Wm. F. Buckley's Firing Line, 1970, '85, '87, '89, '99, Today
Show, CBS, New York; Rome, Telecom 1996, '97.
on Television - 2 Films, CBS, 1960s, released by VAI; Rosalyn Tureck Plays
Bach, 'Fantasy and Fugue', CBS, 1972; Rosalyn Tureck plays on Harpsichord
and Organ, 1977; 'Joy of Bach', 1978; Camera Three: 'Bach on the Frontier
of the Future', 1975; CBS film, Ephesus, Turkey.
Debut: solo recital,
Chicago., Age 9, 1924, soloist Ravinia Park, Chicago., 1926, 2 all-Bach
recitals, Chicago., 1930; Carnegie Hall, Theremin electronic instruments,
1932; N.Y.C. debut Carnegie Hall with Philadelphia. Orch., 1936; series 6
all-Bach recitals, Town Hall, N.Y.C., 1937, ann.
Debut: Copenhagen, 1947, Bach series, 3 recitals.
Debut: 1953, Bach series, 3 recitals
World Tours: in Far East, India, Europe, 1971,
S. Am., 1986, '87, '88, '89, '91, '92, Europe, Israel, Turkey, Spain,
1986-90, Argentina, Chile, 1989, '90, '91, '92, Casals Festival, 1991;
N.Y.C. series, Met. Music Art and Carnegie Hall, 1969-; including all-Bach
series, varied recital programs, soloist and soloist/conductor with
leading orchs. U.S., Can., Europe, S. Africa, S. Am., Israel and the
Tureck Bach Players, London, Glynebourne, Dublin, Wales, New York.
Annual all-Bach series: N.Y.C., 1944-54, '59 - - '80s,
London since 1953 - - - - - -, Copenhagen , 1956- - - -, Pasadena, CA.,
California Institute of Technology, 1938 - - , 1960 - - -'70s
Festivals: All-Bach Programs, solo recitals and as
conductor of Tureck Bach Players (see below)
Extensive Annual International tours since 1947-; continuing annual
concert tours, recitals, master classes - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Eng.,
Russia, Germany, Far East - Hong Kong, Singapore, India, U.S., Denmark,
Sweden, Norway, France, the British Isles.
Collegium Musicum, Copenhagen, 1957, London Philharm. Orch. 1959-,
N.Y. Philharm., 1960, Tureck Bach Players, London, 1960-72, San Antonio
Symphony, 1962, Scottish Nat. Symph., Edinburgh, Glasgow, 1963, Israel
Philharm., Tel Aviv, Haifa and Kol Israel orchs., 1963, Glyndebourne
Tureck Bach Players, N.Y.C., 1967-, Kansas City Philhar., 1968, Washington
National Symph., Washington D.C., 1970, Madrid Chamber Orch, 1970, Israel
Festival, Tureck Bach Players, 1967, '69, '70, Carnegie Hall, N.Y.,
1975-86, St. Louis Symph. Orch., 1981, conductor - soloist - Rome,
Awards: Officer's Cross of the Order of
Merit, Fed. Republic of Germany, 1979; recipient 1st prize Greater
Chicago. Piano Playing Tournament, 1928, 1st Town Hall Endowment Award,
1937, Phi Beta award, 1946; First prize Schubert Memorial Contest winner,
1935, First prize Nat. Fedn. Music Clubs Competition, 1935, Musician of
Yr., Music Tchrs. Nat. Assn., 1987; National Endowment for the Humanities
grantee. Fellow Guildhall Sch. Music and Drama (hon.); member Royal Mus.
Assn. London, Am. Musicological Soc., Inc., Soc. Musicians (London), Royal
Philharm. Soc. London, Sebastian Bach de Belgique (hon.), Am. Bach Soc.,
Oxford Soc. Five Honorary Doctor's Degrees; Oxford University (fourth
American woman in history so honoured), Roosevelt University, Colby
College Maine, Institute of Arts and music, San Francisco, Wilson College,
Pennsylvania. Philips Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century - Entire
Clavierubung, J.S. Bach, CDs, 1999 and 2000.
Introduction to the Performance of Bach, 3 vols., Oxford
University Press, 1960, Authenticity, Boston University, 1994,
Cells, Functions, Relationships, in Musical Structure and
Performance, Proceedings of the Royal Inst. Of Great Britain, Oxford
University Press, August 1996. Also revised and enlarged in
Interaction, Journal of the Tureck Bach Research Foundation,
Proceedings of the First Annual Symposium, Vol I, 1997. Numerous articles:
J.S.Bach and Number, Symmetries and Other Relationships, Musical
Authenticity - Is it a legitimate offspring of Janus?
Interaction, Vol. II, 1998.
& editor of journal Interaction, Proceedings of the Symposia of the
Tureck Bach Research Foundation, Oxford, U.K. Volume 1, April.1997. Volume
2, December 1998; Tureck Bach Urtext Series: Italian Concerto, 1983, 2nd
ed., 1991, Lute Suite, E minor, 1984, C minor, 1985, Schirmer Music, Inc;
Paganini-Tureck: Moto Perpetuo, A. Scarlatti: Air and Gavotte, Carl
Fischer; Bach-Sarabande, C minor, 1960 Oxf. Univ. Press
of Societies: Composers of Today, New York, 1949-54; Tureck Bach
Institute, New York, 1966-90; Tureck Bach Research Foundation, Oxford,
Clubs: Century (N.Y.C., Oxford and Cambridge,
London), Bohemians (N.Y.C.) (hon.).
The papers and manuscripts of
Rosalyn Tureck are housed in the Mugar Memorial Library of Boston
All Rosalyn Tureck's recorded tapes and materials of
her films, Master Classes, recitals and lectures are housed in New York
Public Library archives at Lincoln Center.
Short Biographical Notes