Kuyper, Elisabeth [Lize] (Lamina Johanna)
- Helen Metzelaar
[Lize] (Lamina Johanna)
(b Amsterdam, Sept 13, 1877; d Viganello, Feb 26, 1953). Dutch composer and conductor . She studied with Daniël de Lange and Frans Coenen in Amsterdam (piano-teaching certificate 1895) and then with Max Bruch at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, where from 1908 to 1920 she taught theory and composition – the first woman to do so there. She was also the first woman to win the Mendelssohn State Prize for composition, in 1905. The Berlin PO performed a number of her works: the Serenade (1905), the Ballade for Cello and Orchestra and the Violin Concerto (1908). After conducting the Sängerinnen-Verein of the Deutsche Lyceum-Club, she founded the Berlin Tonkünstlerinnen-Orchester in 1910. In the early 1929s she collaborated with Frederik van Eeden on several stage works. She then founded women’s orchestras in London (1922–3) and New York (1924–5). Both were well received but were forced to disband owing to lack of funds. With the London Women’s SO Kuyper conducted the première of her ...