Albert Hirsh
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ALBERT HIRSH, 88, a pillar of Houston's classical music scene for four decades, died December 27 at home in Overland Park, Kansas, one month after being diagnosed with cancer. Launching his career at age 19 with a New York Town Hall recital, Hirsh later performed throughout North America and abroad. He gained his reputation as a consummate chamber musician through collaboration with many of the best-known musicians of the times, such as Menuhin, Milstein and Perlman. After moving to Houston in 1950, Hirsh soloed with the Houston Symphony and before long was a founding member of numerous local concert series. He taught piano and chamber music at the University of Houston for 40 years. He was head of the Piano Department and director of Applied Music. He was also Artist-in-Residence, appearing in concert regularly with fellow faculty as well as performing regularly elsewhere in Houston and all over the United States. He also taught privately, and for seven years was on the summer faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Hirsh served Houston as a member of the Municipal Arts Commission and the Miller Theater Advisory Council. He retired from UH as Professor Emeritus in 1985 but continued teaching there part-time through 1990. He then moved to Kansas to be closer to family. He is survived by Mildred Wile Hirsh, spouse of 65 years; brother Bernard L. Hirsh, Chicago; son Oliver Hirsh, Klippinge, Denmark; son Ethan Hirsh, Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Son Conrad Hirsh died in 1999. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Albert Hirsh Scholarship Fund, c/o Moores School of Music, 120 School of Music Bldg., University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4201.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2003.
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January 5, 2004
Mr. Hirsh was my piano teacher my senior year in college at Prairie View A&M. He was inspiring, challenging and always encouraging. He was a giant among giants! I shall always remember him as one of the most important forces in my life. My love to Mrs. Hirsh and the family.
Danny Kelley
January 1, 2004
My heart and my prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. With much l love and affection, the Caven Family.
Kay Caven
January 1, 2004
What a significant difference Mr.Hirsh brought to our city and the campus at U. of Houston with such beautiful music. Please extend our love to his family --his wife Mil, his sons, Ethan, Oliver as well as their grandchildren.

Diane Lambert, Houston
Diane Lambert
December 30, 2003
It was always a thrill to watch Albert perform. You could see as well as hear each musical idea be presented. He is a master of masters. Houston's music world has missed him. Our love to Mil and the family. Friendships live on. Much love, Barbara & Bob Johnson
Barbara & Bob Johnson
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