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Nicholas Tochka

(b Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula, May 22, 1910; d Tirana, Albania, Oct 6, 1985). Albanian pianist, arranger, pedagogue, and composer. Born in an Albanian-speaking enclave in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, she received early training in ballet and piano while growing up in a middle-class merchant family. After relocating to Korça, Albania in ...

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Angelina Petrova

(b Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, Oct 27, 1952). Bulgarian composer, pianist, harpsichord player, and pedagogue. He graduated in piano (under Prof. Sturshenov) in 1977 and in composition under Prof. Hadzhiev. He continued with postgraduate studies under Yvonne Lefébure, Zuzana Růžičková (1983), and Milan Schlechta (...

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Ivan Čavlović

(b Kishinev, Russia, Jan 10, 1914; d Sarajevo, March 25, 1998). Bosnian pianist and pedagogue of Russian origin. Blum began her piano studies in her hometown of Kishinev, continuing them at the Prague State Conservatory, where in 1939 she graduated from the Master School for pianists in the class of Viléma Kurza and Jana Hermana. In Prague she met her future husband, the engineer and eventual mayor of Sarajevo Emerik Blum, with whom she moved to Sarajevo. In Sarajevo she performed as a soloist and a chamber musician and served as one of the founders of Collegium Artisticum, a society for the promotion of modern art. In ...

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Gary Galván

(b Schenectady, NY, March 17, 1949). American composer, educator, and pianist. She studied briefly at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Michigan State University before settling at the University of Michigan to complete a BMus in music theory and embark on graduate studies in composition with George Balch Wilson, ...

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Sophia Kompotiati

(b Athens, Greece, 1921; d Athens, March 6, 2005). Greek pianist and piano teacher. From a very young age she showed significant musical talent. She graduated from the National Conservatory of Athens and, with a scholarship from the Athens Municipality, she continued her studies at the Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, with the Italian composer, conductor, and pianist ...

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Antigona Rădulescu

(b Bucharest, Romania, 2/Dec 15, 1887; d Bucharest, Aug 9, 1991). Romanian pianist and pedagogue. Displaying unique artistic inclinations, she studied at the Music and Declamation Conservatory in Bucharest (1894–1901), in the piano class of Ștefan Sihleanu and Eduard Wachmann. She was accepted at the National Conservatory in Paris, where she specialized in the piano with Isidor Phillippe and Alphonse Duvernoy (...

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(b Picardy, France, c1766; d Charleston, SC, Feb 25, 1831). French pianist, teacher, and music retailer. DeVillers immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina, by December 1795, when he is known to have concertized as a pianist with a number of other recently arrived French refugee musicians. Over the next two decades he appeared frequently in concert, especially as a concerto soloist. He joined a number of other professional musicians in forming Charleston’s Philharmonic Society in ...

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Martina Bratić

(b Krapinica, Croatia, Sept 11, 1874; d Zagreb, Croatia, Dec 12, 1948). Croatian composer, organist, music educator, theoretician, and writer. Dugan had his first musical experience during his choir lessons in an archiepiscopal secondary school. He then studied theology and took organ lessons with the principal organist of the Zagreb Cathedral, Vatroslav Kolander. In ...

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Ruth M. Wilson and Nicholas Michael Butler

(b Eschwege, Germany, Nov 24, 1757; d Charleston, SC, Nov 10, 1833). Organist, pianist, composer, and teacher of German birth. He came to the United States as a musician with Hessian troops. After the Revolutionary War he settled in Richmond, Virginia, where he probably was organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He moved to Charleston in ...

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Lilia Stoytcheva

(b Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug 9, 1914; d Aug 4, 1989). Bulgarian pianist and teacher. A significant figure in Bulgarian musical culture, Encheva is famous not only in Europe, but in Asia and Australia. Encheva mastered piano performance at an early age; her first introduction to the instrument came from her mother, Nevena Encheva....

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Christian Carey

(b Denver, CO, Nov 25, 1959). American composer, pianist, and teacher. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and began formal composition studies in 1977 with Robert Beadell at the University of Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Colorado (BM 1982) and Boston University (MM ...

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Irina Boga

(b Iaşi, Romania, 1874; d Bucharest, Romania, 1961). Romanian pianist and teacher, considered one of the founders of the modern Romanian school of piano. The daughter of the historian Constantin Erbiceanu, she began studying the piano at five with her mother and continued with Z. Lubicz Skibowski. At 17, she was admitted to the Leipzig Conservatory, where she studied the piano with Carl Reinecke and music theory and composition with S. Jadassohn. She graduated in ...

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Paula Morgan and Jonas Westover

(b New York, NY, Oct 5, 1879; d New York, NY, June 1, 1951). American author, educator, and pianist. He studied piano with Carl Walter and composition and orchestration with Edward MacDowell. After completing his education at Columbia University (BA 1900, MA 1901...

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Anya Laurence

(b Jackson Heights, NY, Nov 13, 1941). American concert pianist and lecturer. She graduated from Trinity College of Music, London. As a pianist, she was known for her wide repertory and became an early champion of American and women composers. She has performed across the globe, appeared as soloist with many major symphony orchestras, and appeared in recital with her first husband, Jules Eskin, principal cellist of the Boston Symphony. In addition to her engagement with European music from Beethoven to the contemporary Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova, she has recorded the music of many Americans, including Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, George Chadwick, Arthur Foote, Joseph Lamb, and Ruth Crawford. Albany, Classical Arts, and Koch International are a few of the labels on which her recordings appear. In ...

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Richard Jackson

(b Paris, France, 1781; d New York, NY, Jan 17, 1859). American pianist, teacher, and conductor. He was a student of François-Adrien Boieldieu and Charles-Simon Catel and recipient of the first prize in both piano and accompaniment at the Paris Conservatoire in 1800...