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ANDY--Katja, dies at 106. Born Kate Aschaffenburg in Cologne, Germany, pianist Katja Andy was a prominent student of the great Edwin Fischer in Berlin. She performed with Fischer on two pianos and traveled through Germany with his chamber orchestra. At the brink of a brilliant career, she escaped from the Nazi regime in 1933. She fled to Paris and subsequently to the United States, where she became an American citizen. In America, she established herself primarily as a teacher, taught at De Paul University in Chicago before moving to Boston, where she joined first the Boston Conservatory, then the New England Conservatory where she received an honorary doctorate in 1987. Katja was loved and respected by her colleagues, family and friends, and many students who remained in touch with her until the end of her life. She was widely admired for her unique and impeccable musicianship. Artists of renown came to play for her to seek her advice. She passed away in New York City on December 30, 2013.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 19, 2014