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Teresa Carreño

Biography: 

(1853-1917)

One of the touring piano virtuosi of the 19th century, Venezuelan Teresa Carreño from childhood demonstrated an aptitude for music that would be honed to world class artistry at the hands of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Anton Rubenstein. Stationed early in life in New York and later in Berlin, she toured the globe playing in concert halls, and after 1876, as an opera singer and conductor as well. On her piano programs she would sometimes feature pieces of her own composition. Forty-six completed works survive, all but six of which are for solo piano. David S. Shields/ALS