Norton studied from 1922 to 1924 at the University of Minnesota with William Lindsay. This introduced her to Myra Hess, who gave her training at the famous music teacher Tobias Matthay in England. In 1927 she was awarded the London Bach Prize and the Chappell Gold Medal.
In the same year she made her debut with the Queen's Hall Symphony Orchestra under Henry Wood, who immediately took a concert tour with her. She also appeared in this time with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamilton Harty and Adrian Boult on.
She gave concerts in Vienna, The Hague; Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest and Paris, came in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. In the U.S., she made her debut at Carnegie Hall and played in concerts in the Town Hall premieres of several contemporary works. Sergei Kussewitzki invited them to concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of Leopold Stokowski took Paul Hindemith's chamber music No. 2, and they went with the most prestigious American orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Issay Dobrowen, Henri Verbrugghen, Eugene Ormandy, Fritz Reiner Frederick floor.
From 1931 to 1933 she perfected in Germany and Italy their training with Artur Schnabel. The collaboration was a long-standing friendship. 1934 Norton married the chemist Bernard Lewis, with whom she in 1942 and settled in Pittsburgh and reduced their concerts. She founded in Pittsburgh, a division of the New Friends of Music, the concerts at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland and still exists today under the name Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. Later she founded the Peacham Music Festival in Vermont, formed during the many live recordings of their concerts. In 1954 she appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William Steinberg.
In addition to works by Hindemith Norton also played premieres of compositions Arthur Honegger, Charles Ives ' and others. She has performed with the American Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard, Budapest and Curtis String Quartet and played the first broadcast performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations in American broadcasting.
Norton gave master classes for piano and taught among other things, at the University of Pittsburgh, the Catholic University of America and the University of Minnesota, at the Carnegie - Mellon University, where she was a visiting professor of piano, 1995, a series of lectures on the teaching method of their teachers Matthay was filmed.
- Classic pianist
- Born in 1908
- Died in 2005