Boehm, Mary Louise
|born on||25 July 1924 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )|
|Place||Sumner, Iowa, 42n51, 92w05|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||02°40' 27°43 Asc. 23°21'|
American pianist and painter, she was a descendant of Joseph Boehm, a piano-maker active in Vienna during the early 19th century, and a child prodigy.
Boehm's repertoire and recorded output was notable for works by American composers such as Amy Beach and Ernest Schelling, who are far from mainstream, even now. She also performed and made premiere recordings of works by several early romantic composers. Her advocacy introduced a generation of music lovers to these neglected composers. She was also interested in performance on period instruments at a time when this was rare.
From the 1960s she began painting, working in oils, watercolor and inks. While on concert tours in South America she became interested in textiles, which led to her involvement with weaving, textile design and the complicated field of dye and color chemistries. Eventually she chose batik as a painterly textile medium. She studied the traditional Indonesian batik techniques and pioneered modern adaptations, and had major shows in the United States.
She married the Dutch violinist Kees Kooper with whom she performed regularly. She died in Spain on 29 November 2002 at age 78. Her sister Pauline Boehm Haga was also a pianist; the "Grand Sonata Op. 112" by Moscheles was recorded by the sisters together.
Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.
- Traits : Mind : Child prodigy
- Family : Childhood : Family noted
- Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances
- Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Dutch violinist Kees Kooper)
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
- Vocation : Misc. : Crafts (Textiles)