Florida International University’s (FIU) collection of classical music is more expansive today after accepting the diverse Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection, an archive of over 27,000 classical music recordings. The collection was donated to the College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) and includes albums, tapes, videos, books and sheet music. It is believed to be one of the largest private collections of classical piano music.
“Given the breadth and depth of the Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection and the lifetime it has taken to amass, it is highly unlikely that such a collection can be assembled again,” said Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Architecture + the Arts. “We, at CARTA, are honored to have such a rich and comprehensive collection of recorded classical piano music. Our students will benefit greatly from having access to this wide-ranging archive.”
CARTA (www.carta.fiu.edu) will house the inclusive Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection in the Green Library at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade. With an appraised value in excess of $632,000 the collection features Soviet, British, German and Japanese pianists’ recordings, as well as orchestral, operatic, vocal, instrumental and chamber music works.