File MS-5-2, Box 1, Folder 13 - Letter from Josef Hofmann to Ellen Ballon

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Letter from Josef Hofmann to Ellen Ballon

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MS-5-2, Box 1, Folder 13

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  • 1953 (Creation)
    Hofmann, Josef

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Born outside Kraków, Poland, Josef Hofmann was a pianist, composer, conductor, and professor of piano and harmony at the Warsaw Conservatory. A child prodigy, he performed from an early age, before studying with Anton Rubenstein and Moritz Moszkowski. He moved to the United States during World War I and became an American citizen in 1926. He was the first head of the piano department at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to performing and teaching, he also composed a symphony, piano concertos, and solo piano music, which he published under the name "Michel Dvorsky." He died in Los Angeles, California on February 16, 1957.

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File contains a letter from Josef Hoffman granting Ellen Ballon permission to use his name in a scholarship. Hofmann was Ballon's teacher from 1914-1916 in Switzerland.

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This letter was originally accompanied by a photograph (see Box 1, Folder 14).

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Description revised by Rebecca Shaw on January 10, 2018.

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  • Box: MS-5-2, Box 1