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Kline, Donna Staley

Works: 3 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 1,571 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Director, Producer, Author of dialog
Classifications: ML417.S18, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donna Staley Kline
An American virtuoso on the world stage : Olga Samaroff Stokowski by Donna Staley Kline( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virtuoso : the Olga Samaroff story by Wendy Blair Slick( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samaroff was born Lucy Mary Agnes Hickenlooper in San Antonio, Texas. She would later reinvent herself as Olga Samaroff and become one of America's first and perhaps most famous international female concert artists of the early 20th century. Musically trained by her grandmother, Samaroff later studied in Paris after winning a competition and becoming the first American woman to ever be admitted to the classes at the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique. In 1904, after a disastrous marriage, Samaroff returned to New York, determined to start a new life and begin a concert career. Against her family's advice and on borrowed money, Samaroff hired the New York Symphony and rented Carnegie Hall to give her American debut, a very risky venture in the world of 1905, especially for a woman. A New York promoter also advised her to change her name. Thus against tremendous odds, Samaroff gave an American debut and rose from complete obscurity to become the most successful American woman concert pianist of her time. Overshadowed by her famous husband, Leopold Stokowski, whose talent she first recognized and whose career she fostered, she was at the very center of a vibrant American musical life. Divorced from Stokowski in 1923, Samaroff embarked on yet another career, becoming the only American-born piano faculty member at the new Juilliard School of Music (1924) and commuting faculty member for the Philadelphia Conservatory in 1928. She even launched the first competition for American musicians--the Schubert Memorial--creating for the first time, a venue only for young American musicians to perform and compete. Richard Farrell, William Kapell, Joseph Battista, Rosalyn Tureck, Joseph Bloch, Eugene List, Alexis Weissenberg, and Maurice Hinson are only a few whose talents first found expression under her tutelage
Olga Samaroff-Stokowski : the pianist, the teacher, the woman by Donna Staley Kline( )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.03 (from 0.01 for An America ... to 0.52 for Olga Samar ...)

An American virtuoso on the world stage : Olga Samaroff Stokowski
Alternative Names
Staley Kline, Donna