June 1969: 4 “ x 6 “ b/w private photo made in Buenos Aires. Signed “ Herzlichst Alexander Jenner, Juli 69 “. Not common.
Alexander Jenner (who was born in 1929 in Vienna) studied from 1945 on for almost ten years at the "Musikakademie" in Vienna. During the first three years with Paul Weingarten, and the years after with Bruno Seidlhofer and Richard Hauser. In 1951 Jenner won the second price at the International Contest of Geneva (a first prize was not given), and the following year a second prize at the Viotti Contest in Vercellie (other contestants were René Pouget from France, Walter Blankenheim from Germany and Andrej Wasowski from Poland). In that same year he won the "Kranichstein Music Award for Modern Music Interpretation" (Kranichsteiner Musikpreis für Neue Musik-Interpretation) in Darmstadt. After he had completed his studies in 1957 he participated in yet another contest: The Rio de Janeiro Contest for Pianists. Other participants were Augustin Anievas, Michael Vosskrensky, Nelson Freire and Arthur Moreira-Lima. Jenner won First Prize and the jury was unanimous in that vote. In those years Alexander Jenner not only played the classics but also performed music which was not considered standard repertory at the time. He probably was the first Austrian pianist to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F, Khatchaturian's Piano concerto (which he performed also with the composer conducting) and he gave the first perfomance of Strawinsky's 'Petrouchka for Piano Solo'. As early as 1951 he gave the first performance of the 12 tone compositions of Hanns Jelinek. Lateron he turned more and more to the classics from the romantic period: Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and Grieg, in solo recitals and as a soloist with the leading orchestras of Europe: Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden. He travelled to Poland, the Czech Republik, Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Italy. He performed in Brasil and Japan and gave concerts with Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnányi, Wolfgang Swallisch, Vaclav Neumann, Mariss Jansons, Karanchevsky, and in his early years with legends like Ernest Ansermet, Josef Krips, Volkmar Andreae, Paul Kletzki, Rudolf Kempe and Hans Swarowsky. In 1969 Alexander Jenner became a professor at the "Wiener Musikhochschule", he conducted masterclasses and gave courses in Austria, Japan, Germany, USA, Taiwan, Spain and Latin America. He also is a valuable jurymember at international piano competitions and judicated at various competitions: Beethoven (Vienna), Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Chopin (Warsaw), Busoni (Bolsano), Schubert (Dortmund) and Schumann (Zwickau), and the Hamamatsu Competiton and other contests organized in Munich, Tokyo, Cologne, Petria, Sydney and Nagoya. Upcoming invitations are to this year's Enesco Competition in Bucharest and in 2002 he will be a member of the jury of the Rachmaninoff Competition in Moscow. Alexander Jenner has been honored with many national and international orders of merit.
Biography after R.A.Bruil, July 2001
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