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Ruth Rosenfelder

Ruth Rosenfelder is visiting lecturer in Jewish music at City University, London. Born and educated in London, she trained as a pianist studying under Julius Isserlis and later with Franz Reizenstein at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained her LRAM. After teaching piano and theory of music at a private girls’ school, she joined the newly-formed Jewish music course at City University in 1992, where she was awarded an M.A. and, in 2003, a Ph.D. for her research into women’s music in London’s Hasidic community.

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Dame Myra Hess

One of Great Britain’s most famous classical pianists, Dame Myra Hess had the idea of setting up lunchtime concerts at London’s National Gallery during the Second World War. The success of those concerts made Hess an international star, and the honor of Dame of the British Empire was conferred upon her in 1941.

Clara Haskil

Pianist Clara Haskil was one of the greatest performers of her time. As an early prodigy, Haskil began studying music at age six and grew to have an international career, performing throughout the world and appearing at the most prestigious music festivals, in spite of chronic health challenges. 

Ida Haendel

In a life that spanned the greater part of the twentieth century, Ida Haendel was one of the most enduring idols of the concert platform, an inspiration to both performers and music-lovers through her many recordings as well as her live performances and broadcasts. A musical prodigy who began performing at age four, Haendel continued her passionate violin performances into her late eighties.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ruth Rosenfelder." (Viewed on May 27, 2022) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/rosenfelder-ruth>.

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