The late Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009) was a brilliant virtuoso pianist and composer. His performance career lasted from 1963 until 2009 and took him to more than 45 countries with extensive performances in Australia, England, the United States, Russia, Hungary, and China. As the full details of his career are assembled, it is becoming clear that he had one of the most extensive repertoires in the history of the piano, including nearly 200 concertos, a vast number of solo works, numerous chamber works, and vocal music. Details of his performances will be published in Geoffrey Tozer: Pure Genius, Tozer's official biography, as well as details of his enormous recorded output.
The Tozer Archive includes more than 12,000 documents, 750 recordings of his performances, and a number of interviews from around the world, 3000 photographs, four portraits, film and video, prizes and awards from around the world, personal effects including performance apparel, 29 archival boxes of Tozer's annotated performance scores, 1500 books on music from his personal library, and his own drawings, caricatures and paintings, and more than 200 original Tozer compositions.
Given Tozer's prolific output, it is hardly surprising that the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Paul Keating, described Tozer as an artist worthy of recognition alongside the legendary Australian names of "Melba, Grainger and Sutherland" (see: Keating, After Words, Allen & Unwin, 2011)
Tedeschi on What Makes Tozer A Great Pianist
Recently, the Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi, explained why Geoffrey Tozer ranks among the Great Pianists. On ABC Classics, Tedeschi presented film of Tozer's great recital in China on 28 December 2004, during which Tozer played the extraordinarily difficult Paul de Schlözer concert Etude, a work Tozer had performed throughout his career. Tedeschi declared that Tozer's perfect performance made the Etude look "like chopsticks", and placed Geoffrey Tozer in the pantheon of the greatest pianists.