Death of Austrian pianist, 73

Death of Austrian pianist, 73


norman lebrecht

March 11, 2021

The pianist and teacher Harald Ossberger has died after a severe illness.

He was a professor at Vienna’s univeristy of music, an international soloist and a member from 1974 of ensemble xx. jahrhundert. He was also president of the Austria Music Council.

His wife Ulrika is a former archivist of the Vienna Opera.





  • Petros Linardos says:

    Very sad news.

    Harald Ossberger was a very fine pianist. His many activities included being Henryk Szeryng’s piano partner in the 80s.

    I remember Harald as an excellent teacher. He was erudite, supportive, and a catalyst for deep conversations where he seemed unafraid to speak his mind. He was one of the few professors (at least back in the 80s) who asked the students to address him by his first name and in the informal second person pronoun (“du”, not “Sie”).


  • CK Lau says: