Eleanor Sokoloff

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Eleanor Sokoloff

Eleanor Sokoloff (born Blum , born June 16, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio ; † July 12, 2020 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ) was an American classical pianist and renowned piano teacher . From 1936 she taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, even in old age.


Sokoloff was born in 1914 to a barber and a housewife, an amateur singer. At the age of eight she began her studies under Ruth Edwards at the Cleveland Institute of Music . In 1931 she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music and studied under David Saperton . She later studied duo piano playing under Vera Brodsky and Harold Triggs and eventually formed a famous duo with her husband, the pianist Vladimir "Billy" Sokoloff . Since 1936 she has taught piano for beginners at the Faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music (1936–1949), received her diploma on May 17, 1938 and in 1950 became a full member of the piano faculty.

Vladimir Sokoloff also taught as a faculty member and pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1938 to 1950 . Her daughter Laurie is the piccolo flutist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra , who also teaches at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University . Her daughter, Kathy , worked as a development manager at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia until she retired .

In 2001 Eleanor Sokoloff received the Curtis Alumni Award in recognition of her tenure and in 2014 the Lifetime Achievement Award. She turned 100 on June 16, 2014. She died on July 12, 2020 at the age of 106.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Eleanor Sokoloff: Piano. Curtis Institute of Music, accessed March 28, 2018 .
  2. ^ A b Peter Dobrin: Ebony and ivory - and longevity: A master's influence reverberates over 73 years at Curtis. The Inquirer, December 1, 2011, accessed March 28, 2018 .
  3. Eleanor Sokoloff, 106, who taught at Curtis Institute for more than eight decades, dies. Retrieved July 13, 2020 .