Obituary: Pianist Jacob Lateiner, 82

Posted on: December 14, 2010

In Tuesday’s (12/14) New York Times, Margalit Fox writes, “Jacob Lateiner, a concert pianist renowned for his interpretations both of Beethoven and of 20th-century music, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 82 and lived in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by the Juilliard School, at which Mr. Lateiner (pronounced la-TYE-ner) had taught from 1966 until his retirement last year. He was also a longtime faculty member of Mannes College the New School for Music. … As a soloist, Mr. Lateiner appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, among them the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, the Boston and Chicago Symphonies and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he performed frequently with the violinist Jascha Heifetz and the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Lateiner commissioned Elliott Carter’s Piano Concerto, whose premiere he gave in 1967 with the Boston Symphony, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. He also gave the premiere of Roger Sessions’s Third Piano Sonata, composed in 1965. … Among Mr. Lateiner’s recordings, a series he made for RCA Victor in the 1960s is especially esteemed by critics and collectors.”

Posted December 14, 2010