CARL LACHMUND: Direct connection with Liszt
Carl V. Lachmund (27 March 1853 – 20 February 1928) was an American classical pianist, teacher, conductor, composer and diarist. He was a student of Franz Liszt for three years, and his detailed diaries of his time with Liszt provide an invaluable insight into that composer’s teaching methods and some aspects of his character. He founded the Lachmund Conservatory in New York and ran it for 22 years, and he founded the Women’s String Orchestra, conducting it for 12 seasons. From 1912-1913 he was the Dean of the School of Music at the University of Oregon.
The University of Oregon School of Music has a direct link with Liszt through one of his Weimar students: Carl Lachmund. Lachmund was the Dean of the School of Music in Eugene from 1912-1913. To celebrate this exciting connection, the Oregon Chapter organized the 2012 Festival of the American Liszt Society in Eugene, and the Medal of the American Liszt Society was awarded posthumously to Carl Lachmund. Members of his family were in town to receive the medal.