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Subj:Anna Gourari
Date: 6/1/2002
From:JTooon
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Please list this incredible pianist. She has the most amazing performance of the Chopin Scherzo #1 I have ever heard. Faultless, seamless to a T. ANNA GOURARI - OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE at www.gourari.com.


Subj:pianist Evelina Vorontsova
Date:6/5/2002
From:wim@wdehaan.demon.nl (wim de haan)
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Hello,

You might like to check out the following website at http://www.evelinavorontsova.com/

This 30 year old pianist from Russia has her base in the Netherlands and had her study at the Tschaikovsky State Conservatoire in Moskow, she graduated cum laude and they offered her the post-graduate course, which she followed with great success. In July her first CD will be released, please check the sound samples as under CD release and the loudspeaker gif. For the moment the webpage is in Dutch only, but the page will be updated very soon and an English version will be available as well. Hope you will add / mention this very talented pianist on your webpage.

Already many thanks for your effort.
W. de Haan
The Netherlands


Subj:Michal Hambourg
Date: 6/9/2002
From:info@arbiterrecords.com (Allan Evans)
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Would you consider adding Ms. Michal Hambourg (b. 1919-) to your site? She is the daughter of Mark Hambourg, studied with him, a friend of Debussy, and recorded in 1934 with her father, and for us in 1997 and on. Please check our website's catalog page for CD 109 The Hambourg Legacy and peruse the liner notes. She is the last living link to pianism's Golden Age and an extraordianry musician.
Best wishes,
Allan Evans
www.arbiterrecords.com

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Subj: Re: Michal Hambourg
Date: 6/11/2002
To: info@arbiterrecords.com

Dear Allan Evans,
Thank you very much for telling us of Michal Hambourg. It is always fascinating to read about and hear these "mature" yet neglected artists that still have so much to offer.
Sincerely
Rose Eide-Altman
editor, Women at the Piano
www.PianoWomen.com


Subj:another pianist
Date: 6/9/2002
From:marc@stedmanproductions.com (Stedman Productions)
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Would it be possible to add Angela Jia Kim as a contemporary pianist on your site? Her website is: www.AngelaJiaKim.com.
Thank you.


Subj:Introducing OKSANA
Date: 6/16/2002
From:PianistOksana
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Greetings.

I came across your website and thought I'd send you the link to Oksana's website. in case you'd like to list her among your talented female pianists. www.oksana-k.com.
I have taken the initiative of adding your site to our 'favorite links' page (www.oksana-k.com/links.html)
Would love to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Alex Concas, Manager
for OKSANA, pianist & composer


Subj:Morales von Sauer
Date:6/18/2002
From:maria.eugenia.t@wanadoo.fr (Maria Eugenia Tapia)
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Dear Ms.Eide-Altman,

Donald Manildi told me about your webpage, and he told me that you have listed Angélica Morales von Sauer, but do not have any biogaphical information.

I would be more than happy to supply it if you would like. Just let me know. I wrote my dissertation on her career in 1995, and have continued research/interviews towards publishing a full-length biography.

All best wishes,
Maria Eugenia

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Subj: Re: Morales von Sauer
Date: 6/19/2002
To: maria.eugenia.t@wanadoo.fr

Dear Maria Eugenia,

Thank you very much for visiting www.pianowomen.com and offering information on Angelica Morales von Sauer. What I am attempting to do is provide biographical information for each woman listed, but so far I have only had time to provide links to pages already on the internet. I have written a few biographical pages, but would prefer to publish biographical information written by experts like you.

I would be happy to publish online anything you would like to provide about Angelica Morales von Sauer. It could be just a few paragraphs or something longer, which I could organize into several pages. A list of sources and bibliographical sources would be helpful to include. Also include several sentences about yourself as the author.

Many sources focus exclusively on the subject's professional statistics, such as their concerts and recordings. I would also like to include personal information like examples from her life that other women and artists can relate to.

I have Morales listed only as Angelica Morales. Would you prefer that I use the married name Angelica Morales von Sauer? Which name did she perform under?

I enjoyed reading your article on her in Piano & Keyboard and in my originial research on each woman on the site I saw your dissertation listed in the "Music Index Online". It listed the name and date, but not the school. I'd like to add your dissertation to the page of biographies and usually include the school.

Thank you very much for your inquiry, I look forward to adding your information to the web so others can read about this artist.

Sincerely,
Rose Eide-Altman
Sykesville, MD, USA
editor, Women at the Piano
www.PianoWomen.com

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Subj: Re: Morales von Sauer
Date: 6/19/2002
From: (Maria Eugenia Tapia)
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Dear Rose,
Thank you very much for writing at length, and giving me a better idea about your page. I found your page quite interesting and complete. Let me think for a couple of days what I can contribute, and I will write again with ideas. I am currently working on several articles, and would like to have my mind clear.

PianoWomenEditor@aol.com wrote: " I have Morales listed only as Angelica Morales. Would you prefer that I use the married name Angelica Morales von Sauer? Which name did she perform under?"

Angélica Morales used all three names: Angélica Morales in her youth, Angelica Von Sauer-Morales in Europe and Angélica Morales von Sauer in Mexico and the US after her marriage.

"I enjoyed reading your article on her in Piano & Keyboard and in my originial research on each woman on the site I saw your dissertation listed in the "Music Index Online". It listed the name and date, but not the school. I'd like to add your dissertation to the page of biographies and usually include the school."

My DMA is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thank you again for writing, and congratulations on doing such a service for researchers in this area. Could you tell me a little bit about you. Can it be found on the webpage?

Best wishes,
María Eugenia

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editor's note: it is at www.pianowomen.com/EideAltman.html


Subj:French Pianists
Date: 7/19/2002
From:Obilix
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Hello:

I am trying to locate any information or source of information on the French pianists Lucette Descaves and Henriette Foll (sp?). I am giving you the phonetic spelling of Foll as I have no information on her other than two broadcasts from 1951 where she performs with Andre Cluytens and The Paris Conservatory orchestra at the Besancon Festival in '51. I have contacted the Besancon website editors and haven't heard back from them.

Many thanks,
Gordon Skene

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Subj: Re: French Pianists
Date: 7/14/2002
To: Obilix

Dear Gordon Skene,

Thank you for visiting "Women at the Piano" and your interesting inquiry. The place to read about French Pianists is Charles Timbrell's book entitled "French Pianism: A Historical Perspective", 2nd edition 1999, Amadeus Press. Lucette Descaves was a very famous pianist/teacher and should be on my site, I'll have to add her. Timbrell includes many references about her throughout the book, as well as a short biography (which I will print below), interviews with two of her students about her, one of which was Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and insights into her teaching throughout the interview of another famous student, Brigitte Engerer. She also taught the Labeque sisters.

Here is the biographical paragraph of Descaves from page 158:
"Lucette Descaves was born in Paris on 1 April 1906. She studied from an early age with Marguerite Long and won a first prize at the Conservatoire in the class of Yves Nat in 1923. A champion of modern music, she performed Prokofiev's Third Concerto in Paris in 1932 (after being coached by the composer) and played the premieres of numerous works, including Jolivet's Danses rituelles and Piano Concerto. She was especially identified with the latter work, which she performed more than one hundred times.

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