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Veronica Jochum (Piano)

Born: Germany

The German-born pianist and music pedagogue, Veronica Jochum, daughter of eminent conductor Eugen Jochum (1902-1987), has been associated with musical greatness since childhood. She was a former student of piano legends Josef Benvenuti, Edwin Fischer and Rudolf Serkin (who invited her to study with him in America).

Veronica Jochum has performed music ranging from J.S. Bach to contemporary in more than 50 countries, and collaborated with many of the world's premier orchestras like the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de France, and under the batons of such renowned conductors as Eugen Jochum, Jiri Belohavek, Sir Colin Davis, Lukas Foss, Bernard Haitink, and Gunther Schuller. She has also collaborated with a myriad of musicians in the chamber music setting, performed her innovative “commentary concerts” around the world. Hailed by critics as "an institution at the piano" (Leipziger Volkszeitung), "a splendid pianist" (New York Times), "a commanding artist" (Los Angeles Times) and "the last Grand Dame of the piano" (Süddeutche Zeitung), Jochum continues to be a vital performer on the world stage.

Over the course of the past few seasons, Veronica Jochum has performed with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Gunther Schuller conducting the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Berlin Philharmonia Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, Berliner Philharmoniker Concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa, and violinist Josef Silverstein among many others.

In October 2004, Veronica Jochum gave the world premiere performance of MacArthur winner and 2006 Musical America Composer of the Year Osvaldo Golijov's first-ever work for solo piano, Levante: Fantasy on a Chorus from the St. Mark Passion. Her recent concert schedule highlights also include a performance of selections from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the site of Stalag 8-A (the Nazi prison camp where it was written and premiered) and a recital at the landmark Arts and Reconciliation Festival in Pretoria, South Africa. Most recently, she has given several concerts in honor of Mozart's 250th birthday (2006), including performances of her original program "Mozart: A Journey (Featuring the Music and Letters of W.A. Mozart)," with new translations of letters from Mozart, his friends and family by noted German scholar Robert Spaethling.

In addition to her esteemed performing career, Veronica Jochum has also taught two generations of pianists as a member of the piano faculty at Boston's New England Conservatory (NEC).

Veronica Jochum has recorded for labels like Deutsche Grammophon, GM Recordings, Phillips, CRI, Laurel, Tahra, and Tudor among others.

Source: Veronica Jochum Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2013)

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