Monday, February 2, 2009

Composer, conductor and pianist Lukas Foss dies at 86

Lukas Foss, an American pianist and composer of contemporary music, has died. He was 86.

The German-born composer died Sunday at his home in New York, according to his wife, the artist Cornelia Foss.

Foss also had a career as a conductor, working with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony.

His works include solo pieces for piano, choral and chamber music and many orchestral works in styles ranging from neo-classical to contemporary.

Born Lukas Fuchs in Berlin Aug. 15, 1922, he studied piano and music theory and composed music from an early age.

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