Tag: violinists

Tchaikovsky made me do it

An addendum to the subject of the last post on Joachim’s student Lili Schober Petschnikoff. Lili’s memoir tells of her whirlwind engagement to violinist Alexander Petschnikoff, who had become famous almost overnight after his debut in Berlin in October of 1895. She describes in her own unique language the first time she heard him: He […]

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Profiles of Joachim’s Students: 2. Lili Petschnikoff

Lili Petschnikoff (1874-1957) was born Lili Schober in Chicago. She was the youngest daughter of German parents who moved to Berlin with her when she began studying at the Hochschule with Joachim. In her memoir, she admitted that “accepting this career was not of my own choosing; it was my dear mother who had placed […]

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Profiles of Joachim’s students: 1. Joseph Kotek

“It’s perfect now,” Kotek said. “It’s fine, it’s beautiful!” “You played it beautifully,” Peter Ilych said, with his arm around Kotek’s shoulder. “You could play it in public at a moment’s notice, my friend.” “Really, Peter Ilych? Do you really think so?” Kotek’s young sensitive face flushed almost scarlet with pride and gratitude. But presently […]

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17 April 1907

The violinist Florizel von Reuter is giving yet another concert, with the pianist Arthur Newstead and the Mozart-Saal Orchestra, conducted by Paul Prill. (In researching what became of this child prodigy, I came upon a book he wrote about his experiences communicating through a medium with the spirit world, specifically with the spirit of Paganini. […]

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The lady violinist, an exhibition of grace

The “Violin Girl” as a solution to the “Piano Girl” Around 1890, English-language press started describing a trend in which women musicians were choosing the violin over the piano. “Violin playing is all the rage now, and is a welcome relief after the feminine piano banging one is forced to endure. Girls do not realize […]

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Profiles in Joachim’s students: Geraldine Morgan

Young women violinists from the United States made headlines such as this in the late nineteenth century. The most frequently profiled were Dora Valeska Becker (1870-1958), Maud Powell (1867-1920), Leonora Jackson (1879-1969), and Geraldine Morgan (1867-1918). While publicizing their very real achievements, these news items also emphasized their conventionally feminine charms. In the “American Girls” […]

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