Austin Conradi papers
The Austin Conradi papers contain concert programs, school essays, newspaper clippings, correspondence, scores, and a photograph relating to the life and career of pianist Austin Conradi.
- 1913 - 1971
- Conradi, Austin (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.
.50 Cubic Feet (1 letter half-size box and 1 flat box)
Biographical / Historical
Austin Conradi was born in Baltimore in 1890. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory, he studied piano with Ernest Hutcheson and composition with Otis B. Boise. Conradi held many positions in his career, including head of the piano department, Hambourg Conservatory at Toronto, Canada, 1917-1918; teacher of piano, Curtis Institute, 1925-1926; director of the piano department, Chautauqua Institution, New York, 1935; member of the faculty, Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, 1936-1937; and soloist with the New York, Russian, Baltimore, Chautauqua, and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 1935, he was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by St. John's College. Conradi also Peabody taught piano at the Peabody Conservatory for over 40 years. He died in 1965.
Scope and Contents
The Austin Conradi papers, 1913-1971, contain a variety of material created and collected by Conradi during his career. These include concert programs, school essays, newspaper clippings, and a photograph. The bulk of Series 1 consists of correspondence primarily between Conradi and his former student Elizabeth Burnham, as well as letters from Conradi to his mother. Series 2 contains manuscript and published scores, transcriptions, and orchestrations, including a transcription by Austin's older brother, Luther Conradi, of J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Letters from Austin Conradi to his mother, Minna, donated by Austin's daughter Connie in 1984. Letters between Austin Conradi and Elizabeth Burnham and some scores donated by Elizabeth's husband, Donald L. Burnham, in 1994.
Processed by Isaac Greene and Jennifer Ottervik in 2015.