Olga Samaroff

Born Aug 8, 1880

Olga Samaroff was a pianist, music critic, and teacher. Her second husband was conductor Leopold Stokowski.

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1880 Birth Born on August 8, 1880.


1900 19 Years Old Samaroff was born Lucy Mary Agnes Hickenlooper in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Galveston, where her family owned a business later wiped out in the Great 1900 Galveston hurricane. … Read More


1905 24 Years Old As Olga Samaroff, she self-produced her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1905 (the first woman ever to do so), hiring the hall, the orchestra and the conductor Walter Damrosch, and making an overwhelming impression with her performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. … Read More
1909 28 Years Old She played Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto under Stokowski's direction when he made his official conducting debut in Paris with the Colonne Orchestra on May 12, 1909. … Read More


1911 30 Years Old She married Stokowski in 1911 and their daughter Sonya was born in 1921. … Read More


1923 42 Years Old In 1923, Samaroff and Stokowski divorced; the reasons included Stokowski's infidelity, from which she never recovered. … Read More
1925 44 Years Old In 1925 Samaroff fell in her New York apartment, suffering an injury to her shoulder which forced her to retire from performing. … Read More
1928 47 Years Old She also wrote for the New York Evening Post until 1928, and gave guest lectures throughout the 1930s. … Read More


1948 68 Years Old …  Teacher to the end, she died of a heart attack at her home in New York on the evening of May 17, 1948, after giving several lessons that day.
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