Friedrich Gulda

Biography

Born: May 16, 1930; Vienna, Austria   Died: January 27, 2000; Vienna, Austria  
Born in Vienna in 1930, Friedrich Gulda started piano lessons at the age of seven. At 12 he enrolled in the Vienna Music Academy, and four years later he received first prize in the Geneva International Music Festival. In 1949 Gulda toured Europe and South America, earning international acclaim for his treatments of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the following year he made a successful debut at Carnegie Hall. He also began recording for Decca Read more around this time. Gulda was often grouped with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda; all were young Viennese pianists oriented toward the heart of the city's musical tradition.

Gulda's involvement with jazz began after a 1951 encounter with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie following a performance with the Chicago Symphony. Five years later, Gulda played his first American jazz concert at New York's Birdland club, followed by a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. After this, Gulda formed the Eurojazz Orchestra, a jazz combo and big band that drew from both jazz and classical compositions. In 1966, ten years after his Birdland appearance, Gulda organized a modern jazz competition in his native city. He was awarded the Vienna Academy's Beethoven Ring in 1970, but later returned it to protest what he regarded as a constricting educational system. A lone wolf to the end, Gulda developed a core of admirers but didn't have much interaction with adherents of the then-flourishing third stream trend of fusing classical and jazz.

Over time, as he began to pursue parallel careers and even combine classical and jazz elements within a single concert, there developed a perception of Gulda as an eccentric. He gained the dubious moniker of "terrorist pianist." This reputation intensified when the pianist abruptly called off major performances more than once. One such incident occurred in 1988, as organizers of a Salzburg music festival objected to Gulda's inclusion of jazz musician Joe Zawinul on the program; Gulda and Zawinul would collaborate often in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After faking his own death in 1999 and staging a party in honor of his own resurrection, Gulda experienced the real thing on January 27, 2000, after a heart attack in Vienna. Although he continued to perform classical music for his entire life, the bulk of Gulda's classical recordings date from the 1950s through the 1970s. He has been honored with inclusion in EMI's Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century series. Read less
Mozart No End / Friedrich Gulda And The Paradise Band
Release Date: 08/28/2007   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4187   Number of Discs: 1
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Friedrich Gulda Plays Beethoven & Bach
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2058698   Number of Discs: 1
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The Meeting / Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101634   Number of Discs: 1
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Friedrich Gulda & Friends / Hancock, Corea, Economou
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101672   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Gulda Plays Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412115 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 27.
    The Meeting / Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410397 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Churchill,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Chick Corea,  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 28.
    Strauss: Burleske;  Beethoven: Symphony No 7 / Gulda, Böhm, Vienna Po
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 710081 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas K 570 & 576, Fantasia K 475 / Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431084 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 30.
    Gulda Non-stop / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52499 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 31.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3, Sonatas / Gulda, Rossi
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms, Schumann, Strauss / Gulda, Keilberth, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 746071 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4 / Gulda, Vienna So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 745071 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart No End / Friedrich Gulda And The Paradise Band
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4187 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Friedrich Gulda,  Horace Silver,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradise Band,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerti Nos 3 & 4 /Gulda, Stein, Vienna Po
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 430216 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Mozart No End And The Paradise Band / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48082 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Horace Silver,  Barbara Dennerlein,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Dennerlein,  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradise Band
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    Original Masters - Beethoven: Cello Works / Fournier, Gulda
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689402 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Original Masters - Beethoven / Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491102 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Ruggiero Ricci
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Desert Island Collection - Beethoven / Gulda, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 277 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Libero Lana,  Dario De Rosa,  Renato Zanettovich
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Trio di Trieste
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  • 41.
    Gulda - The Early London Records 1951 - 1954 / Boult, Böhm
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4239 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467424 Release Date: 10/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Best Of Wiener Philharmoniker - Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775077 Release Date: 07/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Leonard Bernstein,  Alfred Prinz,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Valery Gergiev,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Love Moods - The Most Romantic Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000174302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Teresa Berganza,  Gil Shaham,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi,  Karl-Heinz Loges  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Masterpieces - Mozart: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Gulda
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Denis Matthews,  Friedrich Gulda,  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky,  Paul Angerer,  Antonio Janigro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Friedrich Gulda Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 25 & 26;  Beethoven / Gulda
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Beethoven: Sonatas No 2, 14, 31, 32 / Gulda
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 591021 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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  • 48.
    History - Mozart: Concertos, Etc / Rosbaud, Brain, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93064 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco,  Maria Bergmann,  Arthur Grumiaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 26 / Gulda, Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89091 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 14, 26, 31, Etc /Friedrich Gulda
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 166 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
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