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Luna Alcalay

Luna Alcalay

Pianist, educator and composer
Luna Alcalay
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Intro Pianist, educator and composer
Was Musician Educator Composer Music educator Pianist
From Austria
Type Academia Music
Gender female
Birth 21 October 1928, Zagreb, Zagreb County, Croatia
Death 9 October 2012, Vienna, Austria (aged 84 years)
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Luna Alcalay (21 October 1928 – 9 October 2012) was a Croatian-born Austrian pianist, music educator and composer.


Alcalay was born in Zagreb, Croatia to a Jewish family. She studied piano under Bruno Seidlhofer and composition under Alfred Uhl at the Vienna Academy of Music and received a scholarship in 1958 to continue her studies in Rome. After completing her studies, she returned to Vienna, where she became a professor of piano at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

Composition prizes

  • Darmstadt 1963 and 1964
  • Gaudeamus competition 1967
  • Berlin 1972
  • International ISCM competition Italy 1973
  • ORF Steiermark 1973
  • "Preis der Stadt Wien" 1992


Selected works include:

  • Apostroph (violin solo)
  • Apostrophen (violoncello solo)
  • Gyroskop for viola solo (1998)
  • un sogno à tre for flute, viola and harp (1990)
  • relatif à la sonorité (string trio)
  • Touches (two pianos)
  • conversations à trois (woodwind trio)
  • L'intérieur des pensées (string quartet)
  • Applications (for sixteen strings)
  • Pas de deux (two clarinets)
  • Trio (alto saxophone, drums, double bass)
  • Syntax (percussion)
  • En circuit · Der alte Friedhof in Prag (mezzo-soprano and ensemble)
  • Bagatellen (piano solo)
  • Transparenzen(piano trio)
  • Sentenzen (violin concerto)
  • Quasi una Fantasia (violin and piano)
  • Touches (piano concerto)
  • Der übergangene Mensch (Music drama)
  • A Game for Two (percussion (2 players))
  • Due sentenze (mezzo-soprano, oboe d'amore, piano)
  • 3 poems (marimba)
  • En passant (flute solo)

Alcalay's work has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Der Tod Des Trompeters/Heiligenlegende (Audio CD - Dec 1, 1995)
  • Vienna Modern Masters VMM3020
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