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Harriet Cohen

Harriet Cohen (1895-1967) , pianist.

Born in London, England, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music and made her debut at Queen’s Hall, London, in 1914. By the age of 20 she was considered a virtuoso. Noted English composers, including Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and William Walton, composed works for her. In 1934 she participated in a concert to aid refugee scientists (playing together with Alfred Einstein on the violin). She was an ardent supporter of Jewish, later Israeli, causes. In 1954 she was granted the freedom of the City of London. In 1948 she injured her right hand and didn’t appear in public for two years. Then she played Bax’s Concerto for the Left Hand, which he wrote for her. In 1960 she was forced to retire. Harriet Cohen wrote Music Handmaid (1936) on piano playing and her memoirs, entitled A Bundle of Time (1968). She died in London.

Date of birth:
12th of February, 1895
Date of death:
13th of December, 1967
Place of birth:
London, UK
Place of death:
London, UK
Personality type:
Pianist
ID Number:
220801
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Harriet Cohen

Harriet Cohen (1895-1967) , pianist.

Born in London, England, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music and made her debut at Queen’s Hall, London, in 1914. By the age of 20 she was considered a virtuoso. Noted English composers, including Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and William Walton, composed works for her. In 1934 she participated in a concert to aid refugee scientists (playing together with Alfred Einstein on the violin). She was an ardent supporter of Jewish, later Israeli, causes. In 1954 she was granted the freedom of the City of London. In 1948 she injured her right hand and didn’t appear in public for two years. Then she played Bax’s Concerto for the Left Hand, which he wrote for her. In 1960 she was forced to retire. Harriet Cohen wrote Music Handmaid (1936) on piano playing and her memoirs, entitled A Bundle of Time (1968). She died in London.

Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People