Hall, Elsie

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Hall, Elsie

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1877-1976

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Elsie Hall (1877-1976) was a concert pianist. She was born in Australia and was a child prodigy, giving public performances by the age of 6. From 1888 to 1890 she studied at the Stuttgart Conservatorium, and subsequently at the Harrow Music School and the Royal High School for Music in Berlin. She made her public d├ębut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1895. From 1897 Elsie Hall toured Australia for several years before accepting a teaching appointment at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide.

In about 1903 Elsie Hall returned to her concert career in Australia. In 1913, she married Frederick Otto Stohr and they made their home in South Africa.

In 1919 Elsie Hall gave her first recital with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and continued to play with leading South African orchestras until she was 93, making periodic visits to Europe and Australia.

In 1957 Elsie Hall was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Cape Town. Her autobiography, The Good Die Yung, was published in 1969. She made broadcasts for both the South African and British Broadcasting Corporations and was recorded on gramphone records. Else Hall died at Wynberg on 27 June 1976 in her one hundredth year and was buried in Hout Bay cemetery.

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