Kathleen Long

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Kathleen Long (born July 7, 1896 in Brentford , † March 20, 1968 in Cambridge ) was an English pianist and music teacher .

Long had private piano lessons since 1900. From 1910 to 1916 she studied with Herbert Sharpe at the Royal College of Music , where she herself taught piano from 1920 to 1964. One of her students was the Welsh composer and pianist Eiluned Davies. During her studies she already appeared in college concerts (including concert studies by Sergei Lyapunov ), and when she graduated in 1916 she played Camille Saint-Saëns ' Piano Concerto in G minor under the direction of Charles Villiers Stanford .

From her debut at the Aeolian Hall in 1917 until she retired due to illness in 1967, Long was an integral part of London's musical life as a piano accompanist, chamber musician and soloist. Her repertoire focused on classical piano music (especially the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ) on French piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as piano works by contemporary English composers. Its world premieres include a piano concerto by Edmund Rubbra (1933), the Rhapsody Phantasm by Frank Bridge (1934), the piano concerto by Anis Fuleihan (1938), the Concertino leggiero by George Dyson (1951) and the Concertino by Gordon Jacob (1955).

As a duo partner, Long worked with violinists such as Symour Whinyates, Orrea Pernel, Adila Fachiri, Eda Kersey and Antonia Brosa, cellists such as Pablo Casals , Guilhermina Suggia , Antoni Sala and James Whitehead, and with singers such as Flora Nielsen and Marc Raphael. In addition to her appearances in London concert halls, she also made concert tours to South Africa, Canada and the USA, played on the BBC radio and recorded numerous works on records. For her commitment to French music, she was honored with the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1950 , and in 1957 she was appointed Commander of the British Empire .