Hopekirk [Wilson], Helen
- Pamela Fox
(b Edinburgh, May 20, 1856; d Cambridge, MA, Nov 19, 1945). American pianist, composer and teacher of Scottish origin. Following early studies in piano and composition in Edinburgh, she attended the Leipzig Conservatory from 1876 until 1878. There she studied with Carl Reinecke, Salomon Jadassohn (composition), Louis Maas (piano) and E.F. Richter (counterpoint), and formed lifelong friendships with fellow students Carl Muck and George Chadwick. Following successful débuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (28 Nov 1878) and at the Crystal Palace (15 March 1879), London, she toured England and Scotland. She married the music critic, painter and businessman William A. Wilson in 1882, and, with her husband as manager, made her American début on 7 December 1883 with the Boston SO. Following three highly successful years touring the USA, she felt the need for further development; in Vienna she studied the piano with Theodor Leschetizky and composition with Karel Navrátil. In ...