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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Olga Samaroff

August 8, 1880 - May 17, 1948

Olga Samaroff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 14, 2022
1. Olga Samaroff Marker
Born as Lucy Mary Olga Agnes Hickenlooper to Carlos and Jane (Loening) Hickenlooper in San Antonio, Lucy grew up in a home in the wealthy Silk Stocking District of Galveston. Lucy's father worked for the Thos. Googan & Bro. Music Company and her mother and grandmother taught piano lessons from the family home. As their star pupil, Lucy began to play public concerts at an early age where prominent musicians recommended European training. Her family continued to live in Galveston until the 1900 storm.

In 1894, Lucy traveled with her grandmother to Paris to continue her study of piano. A year later she won a scholarship to the Conservatorie de Paris, the first American woman to do so. Following her graduation in 1897, Lucy married Russian civil servant Boris Loutzky and moved to St. Petersburg where she devoted her time to general musical study. After three years, Lucy divorced Boris and began to pursue her concert pianist aspirations.

In 1905, to launch her American career, Lucy changed her name to Olga Samaroff, a more European-sounding name, rented her own concert hall and hired a manager. Olga Samaroff was an instant
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success. She went on to play worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, the Met, Royal Albert Hall, and in Paris, Rome, Berlin, Vienna and more. Following her concert career, Olga taught at the new Juilliard School of Music, was a commuting faculty member for the Philadelphia Conservatory and published several books on music, including an autobiography. Her legacy is remembered through her music and the Schubert Memorial, a competition for American musicians to perform and compete.
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18582.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen.
Location. 29° 17.824′ N, 94° 47.523′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue M and 24th Street, on the right when traveling east on Avenue M. The marker is located at the front of the house by the street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2327 Avenue M, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James N. Davis House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweeney-Royston House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Helen E. Ebert (about 500 feet away); Jack Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Olga Samaroff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 14, 2022
2. Olga Samaroff Marker
Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ursuline Convent in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Galveston Children's Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Also see . . .  Olga Samaroff.
Olga Samaroff (August 8, 1880 – May 17, 1948) was an American pianist, music critic, and teacher. Among her teachers was Charles-Valentin Alkan's son, Élie-Miriam Delaborde. Her second husband was the conductor Leopold Stokowski. Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on March 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
Olga Samaroff Marker and House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 14, 2022
3. Olga Samaroff Marker and House
Olga Samaroff (1880 – 1948) image. Click for full size.
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4. Olga Samaroff (1880 – 1948)
American pianist, music critic, and teacher.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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