Edmund Battersby, IU professor and pianist, died on March 25, 2016.

Jacobs School of Music professor of piano Edmund Battersby died in his home Friday at age 66.

He completed both bachelor of music and master of music degrees at the Juilliard School. After teaching at Montclair State College and at the Kneisel Hall School of String and Ensemble Music in Blue Hill, Maine, Battersby joined IU’s faculty in 1995.

Deiran Manning, a first-year master’s student in piano performance, is a former student of Battersby. He said he came to IU specifically to study with Battersby.

“He had an incredible insight into how to approach a piece of music,” Manning said. “He also had great insight into composers’ intentions.”

Battersby’s interpretations of music often had a historical basis, 
Manning said.

He was a very understanding instructor, he said.

“He gave a different set of expectations for different students because he understood that students are capable of different things,” Manning said.

Battersby was the artistic director of Harbor Music, a summer chamber music festival in Maine, where Jacobs students take classes from an international faculty and perform in concerts.

Battersby was praised highly by audiences, critics and colleagues, according to the music school press release. His recording of “Goyescas of Granados” was placed on the 1992 Grammy short list.

The 2012 release of Battersby’s recording “The Early Romantic Piano” received a positive response from Fanfare Magazine, which called it “a beautiful recording that should be heard by everyone,” according to the release.

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