Miriam Solovieff

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Miriam Solovieff (also: Myriam Solovieff ; born November 4, 1921 in San Francisco ; † October 3, 2004 in Paris ) was an American violinist and music teacher.

The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish emigrant from Russia had piano lessons from the age of three. From 1928 she also had violin lessons with Robert Pollack at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music . After he went to Japan, she was tutored first by Kathleen Parlow's assistant Carol Weston , then by Kathleen Parlow herself.

After appearances at the Pacific Musical Society and in the Community Playhouse , she made her debut in 1932 in the Young People's Symphony Concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Basil Cameron and was then invited by Artur Rodziński to a regular concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra . From 1933 to 1937 she studied with Louis Persinger , the teacher of Yehudi Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci . In 1934 she appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in front of an audience of 1,000 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Ossip Gabrilowitsch with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and in 1937 she made her debut in the Town Hall of New York. In 1938 she traveled to Europe to study with Carl Flesch and gave concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands and England.

In 1939, Solovieff was an eyewitness when her father shot her mother, sister and ultimately himself because of marital problems; she escaped unharmed. During the Second World War she worked as a violinist for the troop support of the US Army and also gave concerts in the liberated concentration camps of Buchenwald and Auschwitz. In 1946 she gave a concert with the Wiener Symphoniker under the direction of Jonathan Sternberg . In the 1950s, Solovieff settled in Paris as a violin teacher. In the mid-1960s she recorded all of Johannes Brahms' violin sonatas with Julius Katchen , but the recordings were never published commercially.