|born on||2 December 1928 at 11:20 (= 11:20 AM )|
|Place||St.Pölten, Austria, 48n12, 15e37|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||10°01' 19°17 Asc. 07°19'|
At the age of six, Demus received his first piano lessons. Five years later, at the age of 11, he entered the Vienna Academy of Music, studying piano and conducting. His debut as a pianist came when he was still a student: at the age of 14, Demus played in the Brahms-Saal for the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. He graduated in 1945, then 17 years old, after which he continued to study conducting with Josef Krips and Hans Swarowsky. Demus studied in Paris with Yves Nat from 1951 to 1953. In 1956 he won first prize at the Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.
He has been active as a Lied accompanist and a chamber music partner, appearing with such singers as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling and Peter Schreier and string players like Josef Suk and Antonio Janigro. He has performed widely as a soloist both on modern and on historical instruments and has collaborated with Paul Badura-Skoda on the concert platform and in a book on the interpretation of Beethoven's piano sonatas.
He received the Mozart Medal of the Mozartgemeinde Wien in 1979.
Arno Müller, vol 2
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (pianist)