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date: 15 September 2019

Suggia, Guilherminalocked

  • Robert Anderson


(b Oporto, June 27, 1888; d Oporto, July 31, 1950). Portuguese cellist. After lessons with her father, she was playing publicly at the age of seven, leading the cellos in the Orpheon Portuense at 12. A royal scholarship took her to Leipzig in 1904 for study with Julius Klengel; in 1905 she joined the Gewandhaus Orchestra and appeared as a soloist under Nikisch. She worked and lived with Casals, 1906–12, and was billed on some programmes as ‘Mme P. Casals-Suggia’, but they were never married. She later moved to England, where her performances were highly admired for many years and where she recorded Haydn’s D major Concerto with Barbirolli and Saint-Saëns’s A minor Concerto under Collingwood. In 1923 her portrait (see Violoncello) was painted by Augustus John, who gave dramatic expression to her grace, style and magnetism as a performer. She came out of retirement in Portugal to appear at the ...

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