Parlow, Kathleen

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Parlow, Kathleen

Parlow, Kathleen, Canadian violinist and teacher; b. Calgary, Alberta, Sept. 20, 1890; d. Oakville, Ontario, Aug. 19, 1963. Her family moved to San Francisco when she was a child, where she had early instruction in violin; in 1906 she was sent to St. Petersburg, where she was accepted by Leopold Auer in his violin class at the Cons. She subsequently developed an extensive concert career, playing in England, Scandinavia, the U.S., and the Orient. From 1929 to 1936 she was a violin instructor at Mills Coll. in Oakland, Calif., and in 1941 she joined the faculty of the Royal Cons. of Music of Toronto, where she organized in 1941 the Parlow String Quartet. She was head of the string dept. at the London (Ontario) Coll. of Music (from 1959). The Kathleen Parlow Scholarship was established at the Univ. of Toronto from proceeds from her estate.


M. French, K. P.: A Portrait (Toronto, 1967).

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