Gerson-Kiwi, (Esther) Edith
- Israel J. Katz
(b Berlin, May 13, 1908; d Jerusalem, July 16, 1992). Israeli musicologist and ethnomusicologist of German origin. She studied at the Stern Conservatory (1918–25) and in 1930 she obtained a diploma in piano from the Leipzig Musikhochchule, working principally under Ramin. In 1931 she studied the harpsichord with Wanda Landowska at the Ecole de Musique Ancienne; she then returned to Germany to study musicology with Gurlitt at the University of Freiburg and Kroyer at the University of Leipzig; she completed the doctorate in 1933 under Besseler at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation on the 16th-century Italian canzonetta. In 1934 she taught at the Liceo Musicale, Bologna, while studying palaeography and earning a diploma in library studies at Bologna University (1934).
The nascent Nazi regime prompted her and her parents to emigrate in 1935 to Palestine where they settled in Jerusalem. From 1937...