Gina Bahauer

She was born in Athens on 21/5/1910, of Austrian and Italian descent. From an early age she studied piano under Polish pianist Woldemar Freeman at the Athens Conservatoire, obtaining a diploma and a gold medal in 1929). From 1929 on, she continued her studies under Alfred Cortot at the École Normale in Paris, while she also took lessons under Sergei Rachmaninoff in London. In 1933 she won the Medal of Honor at the Vienna International Piano Competition. In Greece, she debuted in a concert in 1935, under the musical direction of Dimitri Mitropoulos. She taught for a short while at the Athens Conservatoire. During World War II she lived in Alexandria, Egypt, where he gave as many as 630 concerts for the Allied troops in the Middle East. In 1946 she appeared with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Alec Sherman, who she later married. She appeared at the Carnegie Hall New York in 1950 and has since often appeared in the USA with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. During 1960-1970 she was a GNO board member. The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City was established in 1976 in her honor. She died on 08/22/1976 in Athens. To honor her contribution, the Greek state issued a stamp in 1981 as part of an Athens Festival stamp series.