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Victor Labunski (Composer, Arranger)

Born: April 14, 1895 - St. Petersburg
Died: January 26, 1974 - Kansas City, Missouri, USA

The Polish-born American pianist, teacher, and composer, Victor [Wiktor] Labunski, brother of Felix Labunski (composer, pedagogue, pianist, and music critic), was a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Nikolayev (piano) and Kalafati and Wihtol (composition). After further training with F. Blumenfeld and Safonov (piano), he studied conducting in Poland with Mlynarski.

Victor Labunski was head of the piano department at the Kraków Consrvatory from 1919 to 1928. In 1928 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York. After teaching at the Nashville Conservatory in Tennessee from 1928 to 1931, he was a professor and director of the Memphis College of Music in Tennessee from 1931 to 1937. He became a teacher at the Kansas City Conservatory in Missouri in 1937, serving as its director from 1941 to 1971.

Victor Labunski's compositions followed along traditional lines.

Works

Piano Concertino (1932)
Symphony (1936)
Piano Concerto (1937)
Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1945)
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (1951)
many piano pieces; songs

Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

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Bibliography

J. Belanger: Wiktor Labunski: Polish-American Musician in Kansas City, 1937-1974 (dissertation, Columbia University, 1982)

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