Ferdinand Rauter

Pianist and teacher, born June 4, 1902 in Klagenfurt, died 1987 in London


Biography

Ferdinand Rauter studied music and chemistry in Dresden from 1920.

In 1929 he formed a partnership with the singer Engel Lund, who had grown up in Iceland and had a unique talent for performing folk songs from all over the world in their original languages. Rauter wrote the accompaniments for these, and they performed them together in hundreds of concerts in Britain and on several tours of Europe and the United States before and after the war. He made several recordings of songs with Engel Lund for BBC and for EMI.

Rauter emigrated to Britain in 1929. Interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man in 1940, he co-founded the Refugee Musicians Committee in 1941, and later the Austrian Musicians Group and the Anglo-Austrian Music Society. Rauter gave frequent concerts at the National Gallery during the war and later worked as music therapist in Scotland between 1945-46.  

In addition to his musical output, Rauter was also a world expert on mushrooms and an excellent cook.


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