Jeanne Franko was respected by the musical greats of her time as a brilliant violinist and pianist, both for her solo performances and for her concerts with her talented siblings. Franko’s family fled New Orleans during the Civil War and relocated to Breslau, Germany in 1862, where all five children honed their musical talents. Jeanne Franko made her Paris debut before the age of fourteen, and in 1869 all five siblings performed together at Steinway Hall in New York and on tour. Jeanne, Selma, Sam, Rachel, and Nahan Franko regularly performed as a family over the next seventeen years, usually with Jeanne playing piano and Rachel singing soprano, but they also each pursued careers as soloists. In 1884, Jeanne performed both challenging piano pieces by Liszt and Chopin as well as complex violin works by Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps. Her solo career took off after this, and she performed with orchestras led by Anton Seidl, John Philip Sousa, and others. In 1895, she formed the Jeanne Franko Trio and toured the US. Throughout her career, she also performed in private concerts in homes or hotels for charity events.
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