Kathleen Parlow

Kathleen Parlow ( born September 20 1890 in Calgary, † August 11 1963 in Oakville ) was a Canadian violinist and music teacher.

Parlows mother, who played the violin himself, she brought in the age of four to San Francisco, where she first took lessons with her ​​cousin Conrad Coward, later with the Englishman Henry Holmes, a pupil of Louis Spohr. At the age of six, she gave her first concert.

1905 enabled her to Holmes a trip to London, where she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra Beethoven's Violin Concerto and the same age violinist Mischa Elman met. In order to continue their training at the teacher Leopold Auer, she traveled with financial support from a foundation of Lord Strathcona to Saint Petersburg, where she was accepted as the first foreign student at the Conservatory.

She learned in that time Alexander Glazunov Violin Concerto kennenn which she recorded in her repertoire, gave nine concerts in St. Petersburg, joined with the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Kajanus on and got to know Jean Sibelius. With their debut in Berlin in 1907 their extensive concert tours began as a violin virtuoso through Europe, where she continued her education at each of Auer in the summer. In 1908 she met in Norway Einar Bjornson, who became her patron and her put the Viotti, a famous instrument of the violin maker Guarnieri available.

1910-11 undertook Parlow a concert tour through the United States and Canada, in which it, inter alia, appeared with the New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch. She then returned to England and settled in Meldreth near Cambridge. From here you continue toured through North America, where it first occurred in 1912 with pianist Ernesto Consolo and in 1920 their first Rundfunkauftratt, and Europe. In the 1920s she joined, among others in Honolulu, Japan, Singapore and China, Java and the Philippines.

1926 left Parlow Europe and lived until 1936 in San Francisco and until 1940 in New York. After a nervous breakdown in 1927 she gave up her concert career - except for a farewell tour in 1929 by Mexico - largely on. She taught from 1929 to 1936 at Mills College in Oakland, was from 1935 to 1941 summer courses in Pittsfield, where he founded the South Mountain Quartet.

After a series of concerts in 1939-40 in Toronto Parlow received a teaching position at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She went here as a chamber musician in a duo with Ernest MacMillan, Leo Barkin and later Mario Bernardi and with the Canadian trio ( with Ernest MacMillan and Zara Nelsova ) and founded the Parlow String Quartet. From 1959 she taught at the conservatory in London ( Ontario).

To Parlows many students included Andrew Benac, Charles Dobias, Victor Field Brill, Sydney Humphreys, Gerhard Kander, Morry Kernerman, Jack Montague, Joseph Pach, Rowland Pack, James Pataki, Clara Schranz and Erica Zentner and and in the U.S. Marilyn Doty, Marjorie Edwards Miriam Solovieff. After her death, the University of Toronto donated a Kathleen Parlow Scholarship. The CBC broadcast in 1982 under the title Kathleen Parlow, a virtuoso 's life a three -part documentary about her life.


  • The Canadian Encyclopedia: Kathleen Parlow - Biography, Discography
  • The Virtual Gramophone - Kathleen Parlow, violinist, and teacher (1890-1963)
  • Classical violinist
  • Music teacher
  • Canadian
  • Born in 1890
  • Died in 1963
  • Woman