Concert pianist Marguerite Wolff mourned


Concert pianist Marguerite Wolff has died at the age of 92

Ms Wolff had performed around the world during her lengthy career. Born in London, she made her debut at Wigmore Hall at the age of ten and began a lifelong collaboration with Hungarian pianist Louis Kentner in her late teens. In 1938 the JC described the young musician as "an accomplished pianist".

When she was appointed music professor at Trinity College of Music at the age of 21, she was the youngest person ever to hold the post.

Already a successful pianist, during the Second World War she dedicated herself to entertaining British troops, playing at more than 1,000 army bases and munitions factories around the country. Although the sites were under constant threat from bombs, Ms Wolff said she was not concerned.

"The conditions we were playing in were sometimes dreadful," she said. "But we were making music, and the only thing that really mattered was a wrong note."

Her nephew, Jonathan Wingate, said she was truly wonderful. "She was really from another era. She lived for the piano and was never happier than when she was on stage.

"She had a luminous quality to her and her music transcended all cultural barriers."

A West London Synagogue member, she was awarded an OBE in 2002. She is survived by her two daughters and grandchildren.

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