Hungarian teacher and composer Leó Weiner was born in Budapest on 16 April 1885, and studied music and piano initially with his elder brother. At the Academy of Music in Budapest, studying with János (Hans) Koessler, he won several composition prizes.
From 1908 he taught at the Budapest Academy of Music - music theory from 1908, composition from 1912 and chamber music from 1920, retiring in 1949 as emeritus professor. His students included Antal Doráti, Georg Solti and János Starker.
His compositions, which include several orchestral works and much chamber music, were conservative and Romantic, with elements of Hungarian folk music.
Leó Weiner died in Budapest on 13 September 1960.
Spotlight. Virtuosic Flair - Gerald Fenech recommends dance music played by Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. 'Daniel Hope's fiddle-playing is just phenomenal ...'
CD Spotlight. Music of Wit and Charm - Works by Ernst von Dohnányi and Leó Weiner, heard by Geoff Pearce. '... fine and unfamiliar music, played to perfection by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Paternostro.'
Ensemble. Showing the Wild Side - A clarinet and piano recital by Hannah Gobbett and Hugh Morris, entertains Mike Wheeler