Alma Haas

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Alma Haas , born as Alme Hollaender (born January 31, 1847 in Ratibor , Upper Silesia , † December 12, 1932 in London ) was a pianist and music teacher in Germany and England.

Youth and education

Alme Hollaender came from a musical family; her father Isaac Hollaender was a music teacher, the mother a pianist. Her brother was the pianist Alexis Hollaender . Her cousins, the musicians Victor , Gustav and the writer Felix Hollaender lived in Leobschütz . At the age of ten she attended Mr. Louis Wandelt's music school in Breslau and then continued studying music in Berlin. In the years 1862–1867 she studied with Theodor Kullak and appeared in 1868 in the Gewandhaus (Leipzig) .


From 1868 she was on tour as a pianist in several major German cities and in 1870 she gave concerts in London. In 1871 she traveled to England again and married Prof. Ernst Haas in London in 1872. Alma Haas appeared regularly in the London concert series as a soloist and chamber musician and was considered an excellent interpreter of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann . In the years 1876–1886 she worked in London as a music teacher at Bedford College, London University . She then took over the management of the music department at King's College London in 1886 and worked briefly at the Royal College of Music in 1887 .

In London, her cousin Victor Hollaender was also the musical director of the Royal Opera Comique for several years . His son Friedrich Hollaender was born there in 1896 .

Alma Haas regularly organized her own piano recitals on the grand piano , which she gave in London's Steinway Hall . In June 1914 she performed in a concert with Ada Crossley and Ernest Groom.

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