Sutherland, Margaret (Ada)
- David Symons
(b Adelaide, Nov 20, 1897; d Melbourne, Aug 12, 1984). Australian composer and pianist. Her father was a writer and amateur pianist, and other relatives included musicians, artists, scientists and academics. Her musical education included studies with Edward Goll (piano) and Fritz Hart (composition) at the Marshall Hall (now Melba) Conservatorium and later at the Melbourne University Conservatorium. At the age of 19 she was invited by Verbrugghen, the director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, to appear as soloist with the NSW State Orchestra in public concerts under his direction. She gave recitals and taught theory and piano during World War I and up to 1923, and wrote a number of short teaching pieces for the piano. She left Australia in 1923 for further study in composition, orchestration and conducting in London and Vienna. In London she was for a time a pupil of Bax; during this period she produced her first published works, including the Violin Sonata, which received especially warm praise from Bax. She returned to Melbourne in ...