Maud Powell (August 22, 1867 – January 8, 1920) was an American violinist who gained international acclaim for her skill and virtuosity. She was born in Peru, Illinois. She was the first American violinist to achieve international rank. Several foundations as well as a musical festival were founded in her honor to continue musical education.
Her mother was Wilhelmina "Minnie" Bengelstraeter (Paul) Powell, and her father was William Bramwell "Bram" Powell. W.B. Powell authored numerous books such as The Normal Course of Reading and served as superintendent of Peru Elementary School District 124 from 1862 to 1870. She was also the niece of her father's famous brother, John Wesley Powell, an American Civil War hero and famed explorer of the Grand Canyon. Her uncle made his river trip in 1869 when Maud would have been about 2 years old. Around the age of 7 years old, she began violin lessons in Aurora, Illinois located in Kane County, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company and collected recordings of her performances from 1904-1917 are available.
- American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell. Rachel Barton Pine (violin), Matthew Hagle (piano). Cedille Records, 2006: CDR 90000 097
- In her Life & Career Timeline, her father retires & moves to Mt. Vernon, New York in 1900 with his wife, "Minnie".
- Search Google Books containing InAuthor: William Bramwell Powell
- Search Google Books for The Normal Course of Reading by Powell
- See a timeline of Maud Powell's life here
- Shaffer, Karen A. "Liner Notes Essay for American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell". Rachel Barton Pine discography. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "Maud Powell Favorites". Maud Powell Society web site. The Maud Powell Society for Women in Music. 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Niles, Laurie (2010-05-10). "Rachel Barton Pine's Maud Powell Favorites". Violinist.com blogs. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Maud Powell biography
- Maud Powell society
- Musical Festival dedicated to Maud Powell
- Discography of Maud Powell on Victor Records from the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR)
- Recordings of Maud Powell on the Library of Congress Jukebox
|This United States musical biography article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|