Personal Summary / Bio
As a scholar, George Bozarth specializes in nineteenth-century studies, especially the music of Johannes Brahms and musical life in 19th-century Boston, and the early history of the piano. He is the founding Executive Director of the American Brahms Society and co-author of the article on Brahms for the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000). Bozarth is the editor of The Brahms-Keller Correspondence (University of Nebraska Press, 1996), Brahms Studies: Analytical and Historical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 1990), On Brahms and His Circle: Essays and Documentary Studies by Karl Geiringer (Harmonie Park Press, 2006), the Brahms memoirs and correspondence of George Henschel (Harmonie Park Press, forthcoming), and the complete organ works of Brahms (G. Henle Verlag and the Neue Brahms-Ausgabe).
He has published numerous articles on Brahms, focusing on compositional process, problems in chronology, documents, word-tone relationships in the songs and piano music, editorial issues, and questions of performance practice. Bozarth has also edited the cantata Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2, for the Neue Brahms-Ausgabe. His current projects include books on musical life in late 19th-century Boston, the musical self-education of Amy Beach, and the Irish fortepiano maker William Southwell. He has held grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A fortepianist who owns a collection of early pianos and specializes in accompanying German art song, Bozarth founded the ensemble The Classical Consort and is Artistic Director of the Seattle early music series Gallery Concerts.
Bozarth took his Ph.D. in historical musicology at Princeton University and is Ruth Sutton Waters Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle.