The great-nephew of the philosopher Johann Eduard Erdmann completed piano training in Riga with Bror Möllersten and Jean du Chastain and music theory lessons with Harald Creutzburg . In 1914 he moved to Berlin, where he studied piano with Conrad Ansorge and composition with Heinz Tiessen until 1918 .
In the 1920s Erdmann was a member of the jury at the Donaueschingen Chamber Music Festival for contemporary music . In 1926 he was the soloist at the opening concert of the Bauhaus concerts in Dessau . From 1925 to 1935 he taught piano at the Cologne University of Music . After he resigned from his position in protest against reprisals by the National Socialists against Jewish colleagues, a performance ban was imposed on his works. Erdmann then joined the NSDAP on May 1, 1937 (party number 4,424,050) and only worked as a pianist. In the final phase of the Second World War , in August 1944, he was included in the list of the most important pianists, approved by Adolf Hitler , which saved him from being deployed in the war.
Since 1950 he has taught at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater . He composed four symphonies , a piano concerto , a concert piece for piano and orchestra, other orchestral pieces, chamber music works and songs . In 1953 he was awarded the City of Kiel's Culture Prize.
Erdmann collected books, especially German literature in the first complete edition. On 26./27. In May 1959 the Hauswedell company in Hamburg auctioned large parts of this extensive library.
Erdmann was married and had 4 children: Jolanthe, Piers (married to Christa), Jobst and Judith. Jolanthe became Emil Nolde's second wife .
Eduard Erdmann's grave is on the Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg, Bm 67 (west of Chapel 13).
- An den Frühling , lyric piece for violin and piano, 1912
- Burlesque, from Bagatelles op.5, 1913
- On Lake Garda , symphonic poem, 1914
- Rondo for orchestra , dedicated to Heinz Tiessen , 1918
- 1st Symphony , dedicated to Alban Berg , 1920
- Violin solo sonata for Alma Moodie , 1921
- 2nd symphony , dedicated to Ernst Krenek , 1923
- The sprung island , operetta, 1925
- Piano concerto , 1928
- Serenade for orchestra, 1930
- String quartet , dedicated to Emil Nolde , 1937
- Concert piece for piano and orchestra , 1946
- 3rd symphony , 1947
- 4th Symphony , dedicated to Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt , 1951
- Capricci , 1952
- Monograms , 1955
- Christof Bitter, Manfred Schlösser (ed.): Encounters with Eduard Erdmann . Agora, Darmstadt 1968 (3rd edition 1998).
- Werner Grünzweig , Gerhard Gensch (ed.): Eduard Erdmann. Commissioned by the Archives of the Academy of Arts (= Archives for the Music of the 20th and 21st Century, Vol. 15). von Bockel, Neumünster 2018, ISBN 978-3-95-675024-3 .
- Horst Jordt, Volker Scherliess (ed.): From Klimbams garden. Irene and Eduard Erdmann in personal memories. Wachholtz Verlag, Kiel 2018, ISBN 978-3-529-05187-6 .
- Volker Scherliess: Erdmann and Nolde (Seebüller Hefte, Vol. 1), Neukirchen 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-029590-4 [incl. Audio CD, contains recordings by Eduard Erdmann, Tilman Krämer and the Artemis Quartet].
- Helmut Scheunchen : Lexicon of German Baltic Music . Published by the Georg Dehio Society. Harro von Hirschheydt publishing house, Wedemark-Elze 2002, ISBN 3-7777-0730-9 . P. 63 f.
- Works by and about Eduard Erdmann in the catalog of the German National Library
- Baltic Historical Commission (Ed.): Entry on Eduard Erdmann. In: BBLD - Baltic Biographical Lexicon digital
- Detailed website about by Eduard Erdmann
- Extensive article on the life and work of Eduard Erdmann ( Memento from October 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
- Marek Bobéth : Eduard Erdmann (1896–1958) life and work of a Baltic German artist . Carl Schirren Society (PDF file)
- Eduard Erdmann Archive in the Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
- Eduard Erdmann Society V.
- Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, p. 1437.
- Ernst Klee : The culture lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 139.
- Celebrity Graves
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Erdmann, Nes; Erdmann, Eduard Paul Ernst|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German-Latvian pianist and composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 17, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wenden , Livonia|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 21, 1958|
|Place of death||Hamburg|