Death of renowned violin teacher and benefactor

Death of renowned violin teacher and benefactor


norman lebrecht

May 26, 2019

Ex-students have reported the death of the much-loved Alice Schoenfeld, who donated $10-million gift to the USC Thornton School of Music is in memory of her cellist sister Eleonore Schoenfeld. She also founded a strings competition in Harbin, China.

Alice, an accomplished violinist, studied in Berlin with a Joachim pupil and made her Berlin Philharmonic debut aged 10.



  • R W Eshbach says:

    A kind and lovely person — as you say, one of the last close links to the authentic Joachim tradition (through Karl Klingler) — just three steps away from Beethoven’s colleague Joseph Boehm. Mrs. Schoenfeld was a wonderful artist and a force of nature. RIP

  • fflambeau says:

    She wrote a fascinating account of her escape from Nazism. It’s available here (you can read certain pages free):