Prof. em. Frederick Marvin, born in Los Angeles, is a concert pianist and music scholar. He studied with Milan Blanchet and Arthur Schnabel. Marvin began his concert career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Los Angeles. His New York debut garnered him the Carnegie Hall Award for the best debut of the season. Claudio Arrau became Marvin’s mentor. After several years spent touring around the USA, Marvin moved to Vienna and gave concerts all over Europe and overseas.
Aside from his concerts as a concert pianist, he also accompanied Martha Mödl at her Lieder recitals. He also received international recognition for his work as a music scholar, rediscovering the old Spanish composer Padre Antonio Soler (1729–1783) and Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760–1812) from Bohemia. He published a selection of Soler’s works in diverse musical editions, on records and CDs, likewise with J. L. Dussek’s piano sonatas.
Marvin has been awarded several honours including the “Orden Merito Civil-Comandador” by the Spanish Government as well as the “Medaille de Vermeil-Croix de Commandadeur” by the “Société des Arts-Sciences-Lettres” in Paris. He was “Artist in Residence” at the University of Syracuse, New York, and was visiting professor at the German Phillips University in Marburg. On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Frederick Marvin gave a piano recital in Vienna with works by Soler, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.