Geoffrey Tozer

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Born: November 5, 1954; Mussoorie, India   Died: August 21, 2009; Melbourne, Australia  
Australian Geoffrey Tozer was one of those rare pianists who attract attention not only for their immense talent but for the force of their unique personalities and the often unintended controversies they create. Tozer was typically associated with repertory by neglected composers like Nikolay Medtner, Alan Rawsthorne, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Roberto Gerhard, Percy Grainger, and a spate of others, some totally obscure. But he also performed a Read more sizable array of standards by Mozart, Liszt, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartók, J.S. Bach, and many more. Tozer made numerous recordings, mostly for the British label Chandos.

Geoffrey Tozer was born in Mussoorie, India, on November 5, 1954. His mother was a talented pianist who raised her son in India until he reached age four, when she relocated with him to Australia. She was his first teacher, and young Geoffrey quickly developed into a prodigy, making his debut at eight in a televised concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a performance of J.S. Bach's F minor Concerto No. 5.

In addition to his mother, Tozer's teachers included Eileen Ralf and Keith Humble (in Australia), Maria Curcio (England), and Theodore Lettvin (U.S.). Tozer gave his London debut at 15 in an acclaimed performance at the Proms of the Mozart Concerto No. 15, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Colin Davis. In 1982 the locally popular Tozer was invited to perform at the Melbourne Concert Hall's inaugural concert. Throughout the 1980s he steadily built his international reputation, and in 1990 signed a contract with Chandos Records. He immediately embarked upon recording the three piano concertos of Medtner, as well as other works (eventually all) by that Russian master.

Tozer unintentionally slighted Australians when, in 1997, he declared he was moving from Melbourne to Europe to get away from the provincialism of Australia. He eventually returned and has since remained a celebrated figure in his homeland. In a 2001 concert broadcast live on television from China, Tozer became the first westerner to perform the so-called Yellow River Concerto on Chinese soil. By the end of 2004 he had made his fifth tour of China. Tozer remained busy in the new century with a heavy concert schedule, touring Australia, Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere and making many recordings. Among his recordings is the 2005 release of Vol. 8 of the complete piano works of Medtner. Around that same time, Tozer was diagnosed with liver disease, which claimed his life in August, 2009. Read less

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Born: November 5, 1954; Mussoorie, India   Died: August 21, 2009; Melbourne, Australia  
Australian Geoffrey Tozer was one of those rare pianists who attract attention not only for their immense talent but for the force of their unique personalities and the often unintended controversies they create. Tozer was typically associated with repertory by neglected composers like Nikolay Medtner, Alan Rawsthorne, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Roberto Gerhard, Percy Grainger, and a spate of others, some totally obscure. But he also performed a Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Capriccio: Allegro molto - Presto
II. Chaconne: Andante con moto
III. Tarantella: Vivace
I. Allegro piacevole
II. Allegro molto
III. Intermezzo: Adagio semplice
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro di bravura
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto con moto
I. Presto
II. Andante rapsodico
III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto
No. 1. 4 Old Tunes: Rubato
No. 2. 4 Old Tunes: Andante
No. 3. 4 Old Tunes: Poco rubato
No. 4. 4 Old Tunes: Andante
No. 5. Scherzo: Allegro
No. 6. Ballade: Andante
No. 7. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
No. 8. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 9. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 10. Old Dance Tunes: L'istesso tempo
No. 11. Old Dance Tunes: Assai moderato
No. 12. Old Dance Tunes: Allegretto
No. 13. Old Dance Tunes: Poco piu vivo
No. 14. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
No. 15. Old Dance Tunes: Allegro
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 1. Moderato
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 2. Andante
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 3. Lento
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 4. Allegro vivace
Book 2: No. 5. Menuetto
Book 2: No. 6. Air
Book 2: No. 7. Marcia delle bestie
Book 2: No. 8. Tambourine
Book 3: No. 9. Preludio -
Book 3: No. 9. All ungherese
I. With Drums and Pipes
II. Barcarolle
III. Musette
IV. The Night's Music
V. The Chase
I. Allegro moderato
II. Sostenuto e pesante
III. Allegro molto
I. Bagpipers
II. Bear Dance
III. Finale
No. 1. Bot-tanc (Stick Dance)
No. 2. Braul
No. 3. Topogo (The Stomper)
No. 4. Bucsumi tanc (Bucsumi Dance)
No. 5. Roman polka (Romanian Polka)
No. 6. Aprozo (Quick Dance)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Largo
III. Vivace spiritoso
I. Tiento: Allegro
II. Diferencias: Adagio
III. Folia: Molto mosso
I. Prelude: Quasi presto, arditamente -
II. Fantasia: Sostenuto, quasi adagio -
III. Ciaconna: Allegro risoluto
I. Moderato - Allegro moderato -
II. Adagio molto -
III. Presto - Andante - Tempo I
I. Moderato
II. Lento - Andante con moto -
III. Passacaglia: Allegro energico


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