to the Editor
Subj: tracing a pianist
I am trying to find info on a concert pianist from Germany named Ellie
Nye (not sure of spelling) , can you help? Have you heard of her?
Subj: re: tracing a pianist
I think you may be referring to: Elly Ney (b. Dusseldorf, Sept.
27, 1882; d. Tuteing, Mar. 31, 1968).
She is listed in my page of "Yesterday's Concert
Pianists" but without any links, so I haven't found a page of biographical
material already on the web to link her to.
She is listed in all of the important music
biographical dictionaries: Baker, Groves, Riemann, Thompson, etc., and
there was an article about her published in FANFARE, Vol. 5, 1982.
George Kehler in "The Piano in Concert" states:
"Her teachers were I.Seiss and K. Bottcher at Cologne, Sauer and Leschetizky
in Vienna. She taught piano for three years at the Cologne Conservatory;
later she began the career of a concert pianist and has toured throughout
the world. Her talent won her many honors, such as the Mendelssohn and
Ibach prizes; since 1939 she was in charge of a piano master class at the
Hochschule fur Music "Mozarteum" at Salzburg. After the war she lived in
retirement at her home in Tutzing, Bavaria, appearing frequently with late
works of Beethoven until three weeks before her death. Ney was noted by
critics for her delicately brilliant and poetical playing. She also had
a fluent and rippling technique, with the effect of transparent fluency in
music that requires it. She was an interesting pianist that could find
something to communicate out of a common run."
Several of her recordings have been transferred
to CD and are available.
Hope this helps,
Editor, Women at the Piano
Subj: Anna Antoniades
I have come across a very rare Polydor 1928 shellac with amazing playing
by Anna Antoniades. I have found nothing, I mean literally NOTHING, even
related to her name. I wonder if you would like to search with me. All
I have are the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Only Book 1.
Must thank Andrys Basten for leading me to your site! Hopefully you will
have a link to her Argerich page!(http://andrys.com/arg-arti.html)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Subj: re:Anna Antoniades
I finally got to the library and found Anna Antoniades biography in
George Kehler's book: "The Piano in Concert". It is listed under "Xydis"
and I looked up other reference books but non had her listed with either
name. Kehler does not have her dates, but does list 8 recital programs of
hers from 1936 (Bachsaal, Berlin) to 1974 (Carnegie Hall). I looked in
an online necrology file of musicians (which lists death dates) but she wasn't
there. Here's the Kehler entry:
XYDIS, ANNA ANTONIADES
Greek pianist, was born at Krasnodar in South Russia during the First
World War, of Greek parents. Antoniades first saw her ancestral country
as a student at the Athens Conservatory, where she won the Gold Medal upon
her graduation. A debut with the Athens Philharmonic under Mitropoulos
followed. The young girl played the Tschaikowsky Concerto. Then as a holder
of a government fellowship she went to Berlin for three years of study at
the famed Hochschule fur Musik. There she worked under Leonid Kreutzer
and Vladimar Horbowski and in the summer attended the master classes of
Edwin Fischer at the Stern Conservatory of Potsdam. The years that followed
saw her launched on a successful career as a concert artist. She toured
Germany several times, gave recitals, radio concerts, and was heard as soloist
with practically every major symphony orchestra in the country. She first
appeared in 1938 under Karl Bohm with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
She made recordings for Victor of the Brahms Paganini Variations and of
works by Chopin, Schumann, Prokofieff , and Moussorgsky. In Berlin, the
Philharmonic Orchestra engaged her there as soloist three times and she
played the Beethoven C minor Concerto, Richard Strauss Burleska, and the
Rachmaninoff Second Concerto. With the Vienna Philharmonic it was the Schumann
Concerto and back again in Athens the Rachmaninoff Second. In Belgium and
in Holland Anna Antoniades made brilliant debuts. In 1940 Antoniades made
a Town Hall (New York) debut, and a year later, she gave her first Carnegie
Hall recital on Tuesday evening, March 3, 1942. The major works on her
program were the Chopin Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor and Schumann's Carnaval.
In the middle of the 50's she made a concert tour through Europe and excelled
herself especially as an interpreter of the works of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy
, and Prokofieff."
editor, Women at the Piano
Note: I was later sent an email from a rare recording distributor
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Subj: Pamela Ross
(By the way) Baldwin must have changed their
URLs lately, anyhow, here is their active artist list, scroll down to letter
"R" and there I am:
Thanks for the link to my site from your wonderful website. Would you
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of my published stories and essays:
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Pamela Ross:published articles and stories
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