Adelina de Lara (1872–1961)

Adelina de Lara was another piano prodigy who performed in Britain as early as the age of six. She was discovered by Fanny Davies who prepared her to study with Clara Schumann. In 1886, de Lara went to Frankfurt where she studied with Clara Schumann for almost six years. Brahms also occasionally instructed her in the interpretation of his works. After completing her studies, she returned to Britain and began a long, successful career.

Clara Schumann herself considered de Lara one of the best of her pupils. De Lara gave concerts in Australia, the USA and South Africa. She made many radio recordings for the BBC and in the 1950s also for the (now no longer existing) Clara Schumann Society and the Adelina Recording Trust. Adelina de Lara was more lively than, for instance, Fanny Davies. Her piano playing was very sonorous; her technique was brilliant and her phrasing differentiated.

(J.M.N., translated by Th. H.)

On Adelina de Lara, cf. also the corresponding page at http://mugi.hfmt-hamburg.de

Adelina De Lara – “Clara Schumann and her teaching” - Reminiscences and Examples
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Adelina de Lara: Schumann: Novellette No. 8, Op. 21, recorded 1952
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