Louis Plaidy (28 November 1810 in Hubertusburg, Saxony – 3 March 1874 in Grimma, Saxony) was a celebrated German piano pedagogue and compiler of books of technical music studies.[1][2] He initially focused on the violin, and toured as a concert violinist, but he later studied the piano, particularly the technical aspects of playing.[1] Plaidy was renowned for his ability to impart technical skills to his students.[3]

Louis Plaidy
Photo of Louis Plaidy wearing a long coat, standing by a chair.
Born(1810-11-28)November 28, 1810
Hubertusburg, Saxony
DiedMarch 3, 1874(1874-03-03) (aged 63)
Grimma, Saxony
OccupationPiano pedagogue
Notable work
Technische Studien: für das Pianofortespiel

In 1843, Felix Mendelssohn invited Plaidy to join the faculty of the Leipzig Conservatory to teach the piano.[1] The Conservatory attracted many international students, including the original directors of the Oberlin Conservatory (founded in 1867 in Ohio, US), who went on to use Plaidy's piano methods.[4] Plaidy was Edvard Grieg's first piano teacher at the Conservatory,[5] although Grieg found Plaidy's style of teaching uninspiring.[6] Plaidy remained at the Conservatory until 1865, when he went on to teach piano students privately.[1]

Plaidy published a book on piano pedagogy, Technische Studien: für das Pianofortespiel, which was highly thought of and is still used today,[1][3] and a pamphlet, Der Klavierlehrer, said to be of little worth.[1][7]

Notable studentsEdit

See: List of music students by teacher: N to Q#Louis Plaidy.

Plaidy's notable students included:


  • Technische Studien: für das Pianofortespiel (in German). Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. 1868.
  • Der Klavierlehrer [The piano teacher] (in German). Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. 1874.


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