Eckhardt-Gramatté, S(ophie)-C(armen) [Fridman-Kochevskoy, Sonia de; Friedman(-Gramatté), Sonia]
- Gaynor G. Jones
[Fridman-Kochevskoy, Sonia de; Friedman(-Gramatté), Sonia]
(b Moscow, Dec 25, 1898/Jan 6, 1899; d Stuttgart, Dec 2, 1974). Canadian composer, pianist and violinist of Russian and French parentage. As an infant she was placed with foster-parents in England for four years before her mother, a pupil of Nicholas Rubinstein, took her to Paris in 1904 and began to teach her the piano. She started to compose her first piano pieces in Paris in 1905, and in 1910 her Etude de concert was published there. From 1908 to 1913 she studied the piano and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. A child prodigy, she made her début at the age of 11, playing the violin and piano in Paris, Geneva and Berlin. She moved to Berlin in 1914 and studied the violin with Bronisław Huberman; by 1919 she was performing concertos on both the violin and piano as well as becoming increasingly drawn towards composition, particularly of larger-scale works. She married the Expressionist painter Walter Gramatté in ...