Schramm, Bernardina Adriana (1900–1987)

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Schramm, Bernardina Adriana (1900–1987)

New Zealand pianist and music teacher. Name variations: Bernardina Adriana Soetermeer. Born Oct 12, 1900, in Rotterdam, Germany; died April 18 or 19, 1987, in Wellington, New Zealand; dau. of Cornelis Martinus Soetermeer (lawyer) and Apolonia (de Rek) Soetermeer; m. Leo Paul Schramm (pianist and composer), 1928; children: 1 son.

Formed successful piano duo with husband, performing in concert and on radio (late 1920s); immigrated to New Zealand (1937); opened studio and taught piano, singing, and chamber music; after becoming estranged from husband, began teaching performance courses at Victoria University of Wellington (late 1950s).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 4).