Ignaz Friedman (Solomon Isaac Freudman) was a Polish pianist and composer. Critics as. Harold C. Schonberg and colleagues as Sergei Rachmaninoff alike placed him among the supreme piano virtuosi of his day, alongside Leopold Godowsky, Moritz Rosenthal, Josef Hofmann and Josef Lhévinne.
Carl Czerny (21 February 1791 – 15 July 1857) was an Austrian pianist, composer and teacher. He is best remembered today for his books of études for the piano. Czerny's music was profoundly influenced by his teachers, Clementi, Hummel, Salieri and Beethoven.
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Józef Wieniawski (23 May 1837 – 11 November 1912) was a Polish pianist, composer, conductor and teacher. He was born in Lublin, the younger brother of the famous Polish violinist Henryk Wieniawski. After Liszt, he was the first pianist to publicly perform all the études by Chopin and to appear with Liszt in recitals in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Brussels, Leipzig and Amsterdam.
Parashkev Hadjiev graduated from the State Academy of Music (1936) majoring in Piano under Andrey Stoyanov and Composition under Pancho Vladigerov. In 1937 he specialised with Joseph Marx in Vienna. From 1938 to 1940 he studied Composition with H. Tissen at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. Upon return he taught Harmony at the State Academy of Music. In 1947 he was appointed Full Professor of Harmony and Composition, a post he held for over forty years. He wrote textbooks of harmony and music theory essentials. He chaired the Union of Bulgarian Composers.
Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar was a Mexican composer active in the 20th century. His work as a composer, music educator and scholar of Mexican music connected the concert scene with a usually forgotten tradition of popular song and Mexican folklore. Many of his compositions are strongly influenced by the harmonies and form of traditional songs.