Maud Powell & Godfrey Turner at home in Gramercy ParkTIME LINE



Copyright 2004 by Karen A. Shaffer


           Maud Powell with her husband and manager
  H. Godfrey Turner in their Gramercy Park Home, NY


Maud Powell born, Peru, IL, to William Bramwell Powell and Wilhelmina Bengelstraeter Paul Powell

1869 Maud's Uncle John Wesley Powell leads first scientific exploration of Grand Canyon

Begins violin lessons with G. W. Fickensher & piano lessons, Aurora, IL
Hears Camilla Urso perform at Coulter Opera House, Aurora

1876 First public appearances
1878-1881 Studies violin with William Lewis in Chicago and piano with Agnes Ingersoll
1881-1882 Studies with Henry Schradieck, Leipzig Conservatory, Germany
1882-1883 Studies with Charles Dancla, Paris Conservatory, France
1883-1884 Concert tours in England
1884-1885 Studies with Joseph Joachim, Berlin Hochschule, Germany

American Debut Performance with Theodore Thomas, New York Philharmonic
Bramwell Powell appointed superintendent of Washington, DC public schools

1887-1888 Tours Western U.S.

Gives American premiere Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Walter Damrosch conducts the New York Symphony Orchestra

1890 Participates in first American Composers' Concert, Washington, DC
1891 Tour of U.S. with Patrick Gilmore and his band

Tour of Germany and Austria with U.S. Arion Society
Performs Dvorak Violin Concerto for Antonin Dvorak privately in New York


Performs with Exposition Orchestra, Theodore Thomas, at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
Delivers paper on Women and the Violin at Women's Musical Congress
Performs with Amy Beach "Romance for violin and piano" composed by Beach and dedicated to Maud Powell

1893 Gives New York premiere Dvorak Violin Concerto

Forms & tours with MP String Quartet, becomes first woman to head a professional quartet with male players

1898-1905 Concerts in Great Britain and the Continent

Performs Tchaikovsky Concerto w/Hans Richter, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester, England

1900 Bramwell Powell retires, moves with wife Minnie Powell to Mt. Vernon, NY

U.S. Concert Tour
Performs Tchaikovsky Concerto with Philharmonic Society of London, England


Performs Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto in B Minor with Saint-Saëns conducting in London.
Performs Tchaikovsky and Beethoven concertos with Henry Wood, Queens Hall Orchestra, London

1903 European Tour with John Philip Sousa and Sousa Band

Bramwell Powell dies
Marriage to H. Godfrey Turner, establishes NY residence
U.S. Tour
Becomes first solo instrumentalist to record for Victor Company's Celebrity Artist Series (Red Seal Label)


Tour of Great Britain with John Philip Sousa and Sousa Band
Tour of South Africa with her own concert company


Gives American premiere of Sibelius Violin Concerto, Wassily Safonoff conducting the New York Philharmonic.


Performs Sibelius Concerto in Chicago, Boston and Cincinnati
Tour of Far West
Recording of Drdla's Souvenir becomes worldwide best-seller

1907-1919 Annual Tours of North America
1908-1909 Maud Powell Trio (violin, cello, piano) tours U.S.
1909 Performs Beethoven Concerto with Gustav Mahler conducting NY Philharmonic
1912 World Premiere Coleridge-Taylor Concerto, Norfolk Festival, Arthur Mees, conductor
1914 Performs Sibelius Concerto with Jean Sibelius conducting
1917-1919 Plays for soldiers in U.S. military camps (World War I)

Casts ballot in NY State Election, exercising women's newly-won right to vote
Collapses onstage in St. Louis with heart attack

1920 Dies of a heart attack while warming up for a concert in Uniontown, PA

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