Phyllis Kraeuter



Competition Winner

Born: 1907 (Columbus, OH)

Died: November 8, 1964 (Milan, NY)

Phyllis Kraeuter made her NY debut in 1927 as the winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's first prize in cello, which carried with it a public debut. A critic called her performance "highly successful" and said that she had displayed a "firm, light touch" and a "tone of bright and singing quality."

Ms Kraeuter, part of a musical family from Ohio, made her professional debut at age 7. A student at the Institute of Musical Art, she entered in 1918 at age 12 where she studied with Willem Willeke and chamber music with Franz Kneisel. She received a cello diploma in 1922,  a teacher's diploma in 1924, and an artist diploma in 1925. She taught cello and chamber music at the Juilliard School of Music's preparatory division for 30 years beginning in 1934.

With her brother, violinist Karl Kraeuter, they often played together as duos, or with various pianists as the Kraeuter Trio, throughout the U.S. and Canada.  They also were guest soloists with the New York Philharmonic.

In addition, she performed at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall as a member of the Marianne Kneisel Quartet.

Phyllis Kraeuter died instantly at age 58 in a car accident on November 8, 1964 on the Taconic State Parkway at Milan, New York. Her brother was critically injured in the accident.

Phyllis Kraeuter, cello (center) with her sister, pianist Leonore Kraeuter and brother, violinist Karl Kraeuter
Phyllis Kraeuter, Grant Johannesen at the piano, Karl Kraeuter with Aaron Copland discussing Copland's "Vitebsk" Trio
From 1940 - The Kraeuter Trio: Karl Kraeuter, violin; William McGregor, piano and Phyllis Kraeuter, cello


1926 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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