Remembering the Melodic Maestro: Ingrid Haebler's Musical Journey from Vienna to Worldwide Acclaim

Ingrid Haebler, a renowned pianist recognized for her exceptional performances and recordings of Mozart's works, passed away on May 14. Even in her twenties, she captivated critics with her graceful interpretations, setting her apart from her contemporaries. Decca Classics, the label that released "Ingrid Haebler: The Philips Legacy" in the previous year, a comprehensive collection of her recordings for the Philips label, announced her death on Facebook. While the Austrian newspaper The Salzburger Nachrichten confirmed her passing, the specific location of her death was not disclosed.

Born in Vienna, Ingrid Haebler entered the world on possibly June 20, 1926 (although some reports indicate 1929). Her father held the title of baron, and her mother, who played the piano, became her first teacher during her early childhood. At the tender age of 11, Ingrid gave her inaugural public performance. The family initially resided in Poland but later settled in Austria in the late 1930s.

During her teenage years, Ingrid dabbled in poetry and composition. However, at the age of 19, she made the decision to wholeheartedly pursue the piano, forsaking many of her other interests. Ingrid received training at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria and began garnering acclaim at European piano competitions in the early 1950s. Her recordings with the Pro Musica Symphony of Vienna for Vox started gaining attention in the United States by 1954.

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