Ernest Seitz

Ernest Seitz

Canadian pianist and composer.
Date of Birth: 29.02.1892
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Ernest Seitz
  2. Music Career
  3. Composer and Pianist
  4. Later Life

Biography of Ernest Seitz

Ernest Seitz, a Canadian pianist and composer, was born in 1879. He studied under Augustus Stephen Vogt in Toronto and then went on to study with Joseph Levin in Berlin from 1910 to 1914. However, the outbreak of the First World War forced him to abandon his touring prospects in Europe and return to Canada.

Music Career

Back in Canada, Seitz embarked on a successful concert tour throughout the country. In 1922, he made his debut in New York and also accompanied renowned musicians such as Luigi von Kunits. From 1916 to 1946, Seitz served as a professor at the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Composer and Pianist

Seitz's compositional legacy primarily consists of popular songs, which he signed under the pseudonym Raymond Roberts. One of his most famous songs is the ballad "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," with lyrics by poet and actor Gene Lockhart. This song has been recorded by over a hundred different artists, including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Les Paul, and Oscar Peterson. The Beatles even recorded their own version of the song on a home tape recorder in the late 1950s.

Later Life

In the mid-1940s, Seitz shifted his focus away from music and became involved in his family's automobile trading business. Despite stepping away from his music career, Seitz's contributions as a pianist and composer continue to be celebrated and remembered.