Sloman, Jane [Torry, Sloman]
- Naomi André
(b Ipswich, Dec 15, 1824; d after 1850). English composer, also active as a concert pianist and singer. As a child prodigy, she studied with Louise Dulcken (pianist to Queen Victoria), made early appearances at court and played privately with Nicolò Paganini and Sigismond Thalberg. She was one of the first female virtuoso pianists in the USA when she arrived in 1839. She gave piano lessons to a few students before she made her American début at Niblo’s Gardens in New York on 16 July 1841; this was part of a concert tour that included performances in Philadelphia and Boston. Her first concerts were accompanied by a biographical sketch which established her as a child prodigy who was entirely self-taught in composition, yet also modest and of the ‘good character’ appropriate for a Victorian professional woman. The date of her death is unknown; her last concert took place in ...