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Herman D. Koppel (1908-98) was one of the greatest Danish musical personalities of the twentieth century. Hard-working as a composer, pianist and teacher, he was the patriarch of a musical dynasty that has become a Danish counterpart of the Bach family in Germany.


In Denmark the name of Koppel has become synonymous with musicianship of highest standards ranging over three generations and innumerable genres. The Koppel family put down its roots in Denmark in 1907 when Herman D. Koppel’s parents, a Jewish couple, moved from the Polish village of Blaszki to Copenhagen. This was an age of emigrations when one in ten Danes emigrated, but when Denmark also received new blood from abroad, including thousands of poor Eastern European Jews.


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Ignaz Friedman, Polish Jewish Pianist, to Settle in Norway


November 30, 1939


OSLO (Nov. 28)


The famous Polish-Jewish pianist, Ignaz Friedman, foremost interpreter of Chopin, is shortly settling in Norway. Since Hitler’s advent to power Friedman lived in Switzerland and later in Denmark, but both countries refused to extend his residence permit.



Ignaz Friedman (also spelled Ignace or Ignacy; full name Solomon (Salomon) Isaac Freudman(n),  February 13, 1882 – January 26, 1948) was a Polish pianist and composer. Critics (e.g. Harold C. Schonberg) and colleagues (e.g. Sergei Rachmaninoff) alike placed him among the supreme piano virtuosi of his day, alongside Leopold GodowskyMoriz RosenthalJosef Hofmann and Josef Lhévinne.


Born to an itinerant Jewish musician in Podgórze near Kraków, Ignaz Friedman was a child prodigy. He studied with Hugo Riemann in Leipzig and Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna, and participated in Ferruccio Busoni's masterclasses.

Friedman lived in Berlin until 1914 and settled in Copenhagen in 1920.


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