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Date: 4/2/2002
From: TGrabbs
To: PianoWomen

I'm trying to locate a former concert pianist who went by the name of Mrs. Jewel McCasland. She lived in Tyler, Texas in the late 1960's and early 1970's. She had retired at that time and was teaching piano. I took from her and would be interested in knowing more about her.
Terri Grabbs

editor's note: nothing further was found in research; maybe a reader could supply more information.

Subj:Looking for a great film
Date: 4/3/2002
To: PianoWomen

I am looking for a video to give to a little girl that wants to learn to play the piano. She loves old movies, especially Judy Garland, Doris Day, and Shirley Temple. Is there any movie that comes to mind that would feature a female pianist?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Sammy Barnes


Dear Mr. Barnes,
At the moment I don't know of any feature movie specifically with a female pianist, but I'll ask around. One friend was telling me of all the old movies that featured pianists, so I'll ask them about it. I'll also publish this in my letters-to-the-editor column next month and maybe a reader will reply. There is a Yahoo group that discuss classical pianists, so maybe ask there: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/classical-pianists.

There are two videos featuring clips of famous pianists: "The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century" and "Piano Grand" (which includes young and old pianists as well as jazz artists). There is also a video about a famous woman pianist: Teresa Carreno, which is a play by a woman pianist: Pamela Ross. The video is called "Carreno", there's more about it at the link on my site to Pamela Ross. The other two can be ordered through Amazon.com. But I realize none of these is what you had in mind. I've heard that many early movies featured pianists, but I haven't seen a list (or made one yet).

Thank you for visiting "Women at the Piano". Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I'll keep your question in mind. Best wishes for encouraging the young girl.

Rose Eide-Altman
Sykesville, MD, USA
editor, Women at the Piano

p.s. from September 2002: Visit the new webpage of Women Pianists on Video featuring professional films of live performances.

Subj: In Search of Anka Bernstein Landau
Date: 4/22/2002
From: uppuckheads
To: PianoWomen

Dear PianoWomen Editor,
By family reputation, my grandmother, Anka Bernstein Landau, was a noted pianist who performed and taught in Vienna from the early 1900s through the mid-1930s. I know that she was at "the Conservatory" in Vienna, and was close to Georg Szell, Pablo Casals, and other notables. She died at the age of 96 in 1972.

I cannot locate any information about my grandmother: whether she was a noted concert pianist in Vienna, or more noted for teaching, for example. Are you aware of any information about Anka, or might you direct me to any places where I could search on my own for information about Anka?

Thank you for your time and attention in replying.
Norm D. St. Landau

editor's note: nothing further was found in research; maybe a reader could supply more information.

Subj: Swedish Concert pianist
Date: 4/24/2002
From: mia
To: PianoWomen

Dear Madame,
We have just released a CD with one of Sweden's foremost concert pianists, Francisca Skoogh. This is her second CD, her other one can be found at amazon.com. We would like to recommend this brilliant pianist to your page, and invite you to take a look at our website http://www.nytorpmusik.se for more information on her latest CD. The website is under reconstruction, therefore it isn't entirely up to date, and we will gladly send you a copy of the recording.
Best regards,
Mia Nauclér - Director

Nytorp Musik
phone: +46 (0)413 694 68
fax: +46 (0)435 30047

Subj:contact Rosemary Stuart, New Zealand pianist
Date: 4/27/2002
From: HlryD
To: PianoWomen

I'd like to make contact with Rosemary Stuart who was a piano student in London in the early 1980s and returned to New Zealand, appearing regularly on the radio there as a professional accompanist, under this name. She played for me at that time. What are the chances of my being able to locate her in such a small country, given that she's married now?!
Hilary De Santos

editor's note: maybe a reader would be able to supply this information

Subj: Ruth Schonthal
Date: 5/2/2002
From: adina
To: PianoWomen

Dear Editor,
I believe that you should also mention the very important composer and pianist Ruth Schonthal (*1934). There is a large article on her in the newest Groves, and much material available. Please let me know if you would like me to forward you biographical and bibliographical information, contact information for her publishers, etc.
Thank you for your attention to this request. I enjoyed visiting your site and found it very useful.

Adina Mornell

Subj:Denise Restout
Date: 5/5/2002
From: clenz2
To: PianoWomen

I'm wondering if I might obtain information as to how to get in touch with Denise Restout, the Wanda Landowska biographer. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Cliff Lenz

editor's note: her last known residence was at Landowska's home/museum in

Subj: Re: Marta Deyanova
Date: 5/6/2002
From: sl...@cox.net
To: PianoWomen

I just wanted to mention this pianist. I ran across a disk of hers at a library sale and was rather taken with her playing of Scriabin. She recorded Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov also on the Nimbus label. Also the complete Mozart sonatas I found out on the web.
Let me know and I'll type up the short bio on here from the CD if you like and send it to you.
Enjoyed your site immensely by the way! :) (I am a male former pianist though).
Scott Leather

Subj:Celia Beaudry
Date: 5/9/2002
To: PianoWomen

I am hoping you may be able to help me. I am looking for any information on my great grandmother. I was told that she was a concert pianist who played in a number of places (none of which anyone seems to remember at this point). Her name was Celia Marguerite Beaudry, she was born in MA 1891. I do know that she did move at some point to New York.
Any information you might have would be helpful. I am trying to learn a little about her--where she played, what kind of music and such. I have a picture that was taken for a playbill for one of her concerts, but it is just the picture, it has no other information.
I appreciate anything you may have.
Janet Hookstra

Subj:from Graham Wade concerning the pianist Gina Bachauer
Date: 5/9/2002
From:Graham.Wade(Graham Wade)
To: PianoWomen

from Graham Wade
Could you please include in your list of books my biography of Gina Bachauer entitled GINA BACHAUER, A PIANIST'S ODYSSEY, by Graham Wade, published by GRM Publications, Leeds, England, 1999, 402 pages, with Prefaces from H.M. King Constantine of the Hellenes, H.R.H. Princess Irene of Greece, and Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Heath, formerly Prime Minister of Great Britain. This is the official biography of Gina Bachauer, commissioned by her family. (Available in England from GRM Publications, 383 Queen Street, Withernsea, HU19 2NZ, England, and in the USA from The Bold Strummer.)
Many thanks.

Date: 5/14/2002
To: PianoWomen

Hello! My father was a former student of Wanda Landowska, and I am trying to find Denise Restout to pass on some things. Please pass on any info you may have to help me.
Thank you,
Diana Hulet

Subj:valentina igoshina
Date: 5/16/2002
To: PianoWomen

I am looking for any info and photos of Valentina Igoshina. She does not seem to have a website of her own. Your listing is the Bath Festival website. Can you direct me to any sources that make available videos of this incredibly talented pianist? Any help would be appreciated.
Joe Townley http://www.JoeTownley.com/Home.html

Subj:Polina Osetinskaya
Date: 5/20/2002
From:portia (Dawn Euringer)
To: PianoWomen

Dear Editor, Polina Osetinskaya in her native Russia is considered a super star in a group of her contemporaries Vadim Rapin, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin. She attended the very exclusive Moscow Special School, studied with Anaida Sumbatien, the teacher of Ashkanazy, and with Verna Gornastaeva. She is a regular season soloist with two of the world's most important orchestras - the Svetlanoff/Moscow Symphony and the Temirkanov/St. Petersburg Symphony and has recently recorded a CD with Dimitry Yablonski, the son of pianist Oxana Yablonskaya.

Subj:Katherine Chi
Date: 5/21/2002
From:raeburn (Andrew Raeburn)
To: PianoWomen

You may want to add Alessandra Maria Ammara and Katherine Chi to your list of contemporary pianists. I attach their biographies. Many thanks.

Andrew Raeburn
President & Artistic Director
Barron Building
600, 610 Eighth Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2P 1G5
tel 403 299 0134 fax 403 299 0137

Subj:Zora Mihailovich
Date: 5/22/2002
To: PianoWomen

Dear Editor:
we just came across your wonderful site with important women pianists of today, past etc. Most of the prominent names are there and is really very useful for lovers of piano music to have this site. Congratulations!
One oustanding lady at the piano, Ms Zora Mihailovich, is however missing for the this top list. We feel she should be included and here is short info for you.
We had a chance to hear her outstanding performances here in Rochester NY in three different recitals since she moved almost two years ago from Los Angeles, including a recital this April that she gave as recenlty appointed Artist-in-Residence at the College of Music University of Rochester. She truly has an international carrer, is a Steinway Artist, is an outstanding recording artist with several recently released highly acclaimed CDs on Centaur labele with Chopin Sonatas, Rachmaninoff Sonatas, Mozart Sonatas etc, and other labels. She is Belgrade-born Amercan pianist.
For your convenience I am enclosing a link to her web site at her agency Ann Summers Intl. that represents her worldwide www.sumarts.com/roster/mihailovich.html. At that site you can find her bio, recent 10 pages interview for Fanfare, and some mosr recent reviews. Also, regarding her recent appointement as Artist-in-Residence at the College of Music University of Rochester I am also providing you with the University Press Release site and contacts www.rochester.edu/prNEWS/NEWSReleases/people/zoramih.html.
Hope you may like to have this information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,
Berislav V. Zlokovic, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chairman Neurosurgery
Chief, Division of Neurovascular Biology
Director, Frank P. Smith Neurosurgical Laboratories
Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 645
Rochester, New York 14642
716.273.3132 Fax: 716.273.3133
E-mail: Berislav_Zlokovic@urmc.rochester.edu

Subj:Bloomfield Zeisler
Date: 5/25/2002
To: PianoWomen

Just came across your WEB site. Thought you might be interested in not only the Nissman issues on our label (Pierian) but also our two disc set of the Welte Rolls by Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler. A review can be found in the current issue of the International Piano Quarterly.
Our discs are distributed in the US by Albany and in the UK by Priory.
Karl Miller
for Pierian

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