Name: Bardas, Stefan (1915-2008)
From UNT News, 2008:
Stefan Bardas was born in Germany to a musically prominent Austrian family and survived the Holocaust by attending school in Rome at the Conservatory of Saint Cecilia, earning his bachelor's degree in music during World War II.
After arriving in New York, he played popular music in piano bars and taught aspiring students. Before coming to North Texas as artist in residence, he served as a piano teacher at Carroll College, Wesleyan University and Northwestern University.
He was well known for his performances of the 32 pieces in the Beethoven Cycle of Sonatas and for the piano fingering technique he developed for pianists with small hands. He was one of fewer than 1,400 pianists worldwide carrying the distinction of "Steinway Artist."
After retiring from North Texas, he continued to teach piano part-time at El Paso Community College, was an adjunct faculty member at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and taught private lessons.
Memorials to a scholarship to be established in his memory, made payable to the UNT Foundation, may be sent to the UNT Division of Advancement, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, Texas 76203-1250.