Geoffrey Tozer

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Age 69
Birthday November 51954
Birth Sign Scorpio
City Australia
Country Australia
Profession Pianist

Geoffrey Tozer is a famous Pianist, born on November 5, 1954 in Australia. As of December 2022, Geoffrey Tozer’s net worth is $5 Million. He considered Melbourne pianist Noel Mewton-Wood to be ‘the most stimulating and intellectually powerful pianist Australia has ever produced’ and arranged some of Mewton-Wood’s music from 1944’s Tawny Pipit for solo piano.

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Geoffrey Tozer Biography

Classical musician who knew more than 100 concertos, including works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. Tozer also championed another Melbourne prodigy, pianist Noel Mewton-Wood, who died in 1953. Tozer said of him: “He was the most stimulating and intellectually powerful pianist Australia has ever produced. He had been completely forgotten before his work reappeared on CD and everyone realised how revolutionary his playing was.” Tozer first heard of him when he prepared to play Bach and Beethoven as a seven-year-old for Mewton-Wood’s former Melbourne teacher, Waldemar Seidel. “I played a few bars and he jumped up shouting, ‘Noel’s come back’. I had never heard of him, of course. But, after listening to his records, I realised it was the greatest musical compliment I’ve ever received.” Tozer arranged for solo piano some of the music written by Mewton-Wood for the 1944 film Tawny Pipit..

His mother Veronica Tozer was also a talented pianist. She taught music to support her two sons after her divorce from Major-General Donald Tozer.

In early 1954 she visited Tasmania to recover from a serious medical condition. There she met Geoffrey Conan-Davies, who was the son of an Anglican priest and who had studied theology himself during his years at Oxford University. He was a retired colonial administrator, formerly of East Africa, who was married to Ermyntrude (née Malet), with whom he had four children.

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Conceived in Tasmania, Tozer was born in 1954 at Mussoorie, a hill station in the Indian Himalayas. His mother was Veronica Tozer (née Hawkshaw), a gifted musician and pianist who had become a music teacher to support herself and her two sons after her separation and subsequent divorce from Colonel (later Major-General) Donald Tozer.

Geoffrey Tozer Net Worth

Geoffrey Tozer is one of the richest Pianist & listed on most popular Pianist. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Geoffrey Tozer‘s net worth $5 Million.

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He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship when he was 13, becoming the youngest recipient at that point.

Conceived in Tasmania, Tozer was born in 1954 at Mussoorie, a hill station in the Indian Himalayas. His mother was Veronica Tozer (née Hawkshaw), a gifted musician and pianist who had become a music teacher to support herself and her two sons after her separation and subsequent divorce from Colonel (later Major-General) Donald Tozer.

Geoffrey Peter Bede Hawkshaw Tozer (5 November 1954 – 21 August 2009) was an Australian classical pianist and composer. A child prodigy, he composed an opera at the age of eight and became the youngest recipient of a Churchill Fellowship award at 13. His career included tours of Europe, America, Australia and China, where he performed the Yellow River Concerto to an estimated audience of 80 million people. Tozer had more than 100 concertos in his repertoire, including those of Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Bartók, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Gerhard.

In 1962, at the age of eight, Tozer performed Bach’s Concerto No. 5 in F minor with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra under Clive Douglas, in a concert that was televised nationally on ABC TV. In April 1964, at Melbourne’s Nicholas Hall, he performed the same concerto with the Astra Orchestra under George Logie-Smith. In February 1965 he performed the Haydn Piano Concerto in D before a live audience at the Myer Music Bowl, a performance which can be heard on the disc issued to coincide with his Celebration Forty tour in 2004. Within four years he had played all five Beethoven concertos.

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Tozer received several major awards twice in his lifetime. He won his first Churchill Fellowship at 14 and won a second at 17; this was possible only because the Churchill committee decided to lower the minimum age by five years in recognition of Tozer’s talents. He was also twice awarded Israel’s Rubinstein Medal, in 1977 and 1980; on the first occasion, he was handed the prize personally by Arthur Rubinstein who described him as “an extraordinary pianist”.

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Ranked on the list of most popular Pianist. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in Australia. Geoffrey Tozer celebrates birthday on November 5 of every year.

Keating described the death of Tozer as “like Canada having lost Glenn Gould, or France, Ginette Neveu. It is a massive cultural loss, the kind of loss people felt when Germany lost Dresden.” He compared Tozer to the pianists Emil Gilels, Arthur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, Ferruccio Busoni, Artur Schnabel, and the soprano Maria Callas, who died alone in Paris in 1977. Keating said, “In the end, his liver failed. But I think I have to say we all let him down. … We should have cared more and done more.”

Tozer performed at the inaugural concert of the Melbourne Concert Hall in 1982. In the early 1980s he taught at the University of Michigan. From 1983 he based himself in Canberra and briefly taught at the Canberra School of Music before his touring and recording schedules made this impractical. His early recordings were not commercially released; his first commercial recording, in 1986, was of John Ireland’s Piano Concerto in E-flat major with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Measham, still considered by many the best recording of the work. In 1989 he worked with Peter Sculthorpe to record a disc of Sculthorpe’s works for piano and strings.

He was awarded two consecutive Australian Artists Creative Fellowships, worth more than A$ 500,000 in total, in the 1990s. The grants were inaugurated after Paul Keating met Tozer while he was teaching at St Edmund’s College, the Canberra school where Keating’s son Patrick was a student. Keating, who cites Tozer as Australia’s greatest pianist, said he felt “ashamed” that a pianist of Tozer’s talents was earning only A$9,000 a year, so he introduced the fellowships (they are sometimes referred to as “the Keatings”) and the first five-year award in 1989 (A$329,000) went to Tozer. He was the subject of at least one political cartoon.

When Tatiana Nikolayeva visited Australia in the 1990s, she asked to be introduced to “the one who plays like a Russian” (meaning Tozer). In 1993, Tozer made his first tour of China, appearing in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and other cities. In 1994, he made the first complete recording of the four piano concertos of Ottorino Respighi, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Edward Downes.

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