Finale    [Autobiography]      (Adelina de Lara)
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Finale    [Autobiography]      (Adelina de Lara)
B1136. ADELINA de LARA. Finale: from Clara Schumann to Television - 75 Years a Concert Pianist - [Autobiography]. London, Burke, 1955. 222pp. Discography; Photos; DJ.


“Adelina de Lara was a British classical pianist and composer. Her mother was the sister-in-law of Sir Landon Ronald. She was given the performing name of Adelina de Lara after a visit to a music shop with her father, to secure her first engagement. The music shop proprietor considered the name Adelina Preston far too ‘English’ to perform under and thus suggested her mother's maiden name as a suitable replacement. She first appeared in public at the age of six, and gave recitals throughout the UK until the age of twelve.

She was educated at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt under Iwan Knorr, and studied piano with Fanny Davies and Clara Schumann, whose work she championed for most of her life. She was close friends with Johannes Brahms through her studies. As an adult, Adelina de Lara performed in public for the first time following her studies in 1891 and continued for over seventy years, making her final appearance on 15 June 1954 at the Wigmore Hall London. She made many recordings for the BBC and appeared on BBC Television on her 82nd birthday. Adelina de Lara’s autobiography entitled FINALE was published in 1955 and she died at the age of 89 in Woking, Surrey on 25 November 1961.”

- Zillah D. Akron