Augusta Scheiber was a concert pianist and chamber musician born in New York in the first hours of the 20th century; she died there in 1993. Critics called her “an intensely intelligent musician,” and noted “her amazing technical equipment and a contagious honesty in her music making.”

Scheiber studied with Samuel Chotzinoff and took master classes with Wanda Landowska. In a seven-decade career, she performed many solo concerts and recitals, and played regularly with ensembles that included the Perolé Quartet and the Schubert Music Society. Her concerts at Town Hall between 1937 and 1959 were reviewed in the New York and national music press. She also performed around the country, in Costa Rica, and in live radio concerts on WNYC, WQXR, WOR, and other stations.

For many years, she was on the faculty of the Chatham Square Music School (later Mannes College of Music), where her students included Giacomo Oliva and David Holtzman. Although she gave her last public concert in 1975, she continued to practice and to play for the rest of her life.

Scheiber left behind recordings of her work, including of live concerts and radio broadcasts, as well as of studio performances of her concert programs. We hope to make these available to share her musical legacy with others.

 

 

 

 

Augusta Scheiber at the piano

 

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