Ernst von DohnÃ¡nyi (1877--1960) was one of the most highly respected musicians of his time. The young DohnÃ¡nyi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such 19th-century masters as Johannes Brahms and EugÃ ̈ne d'Albert. He is remembered for his technique and interpretive skills as a pianist and conductor, as well as for the masterpieces he composed for piano, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. As a teacher and administrator, DohnÃ¡nyi was responsible for the training of an entire generation of musicians in Hungary, and for helping to shape the country's musical culture. After World War II, his career foundered when he was falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer. In 1953, at the age of 76, DohnÃ¡nyi returned to international prominence with a triumphant "re-debut" at Carnegie Hall. Ernst von DohnÃ¡nyi: A Song of Life, written from a firsthand perspective by DohnÃ¡nyi's widow, is the first full English-language biography of the artist.
Ilona von DohnÃ¡nyi (1909-1988) was a journalist and historical novelist who also wrote biographies of composers Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioacchino Rossini, and Robert and Clara Schumann. Her other books include From Death to Life and Message to Posterity from Ernst von DohnÃ¡nyi.
James A. Grymes established the Ernst von DohnÃ¡nyi Collection at Florida State University. The author of Ernst von DohnÃ¡nyi: A Bio-Bibliography, his research has appeared in such journals as Music Library Association Notes and Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.