A violin legend vanishes without traceRIP
There was a time when eminent conductors queued up to engage Edith Peinemann. William Steinberg booked her for Pittsburg, George Szell for Cleveland and Berlin.
A student of Max Rostal, she was recognised by Yehudi Menuhin as one of the leading talents of her generation. Steinberg called her ‘Milstein in skirts’.
Edith went on to become professor of music at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.
We have just learned that she died on February 24 this year, a few days short of her 86th birthday.
There has not been a single notice in the German press or in the music world. How did she fall out of sight?
Whatever became of Edith Peinemann?
UPDATE: Ole Bohn writes: Edith Peinemann was a great violinist. Unfortunately her career diminished by the emerging of Anne Sophie Mutter and the passing of the important conductors who were her mentors. I heard her live with the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Berg, Sibelius and Berg and also in recital, where her interpretation of the Bach C major solo sonata was stunning. Her recording of the Dvorak concerto and Tzigane is really superb. I had the fortune of playing the Bach double concerto with her and the Oslo Philharmonic in the beginning 1970s.