Florence Austin

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Florence Austin was an American violinist. She was born in Galesburg, Michigan on March 11, 1884.[1]

She began studying the violin in Minneapolis at age seven, and went to New York at age 14.[2] There, she studied for several years under Henry Schradieck (1846-1918) and Camille Urso.[2] She concluded her musical studies under Ovide Musin (1854-1929), with whom she went abroad to enter the Royal Conservatory at Liège (Belgium), under his instruction.[2] The following year she received the first prize in the violin contest with the largest number of competitors in the history of that institute.[2] She received the medal from Ysaye, who was one of the judges.[2] Following her graduation from this school she made her appearance in Europe with great success, and immediately went to the United States where she at once became a successful concert performer, appearing in the more important cities of the country.[2] Her engagements, 1910–11, embrace a tour extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific shores.[2] She was selected by Ovide Musin to serve at the head of the violin department of the “Musin Virtuoso School” of Newark.[2]


  1. ^ Baker, Theodore; Remy, Alfred (1919). Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. G. Schirmer. p. 35. OCLC 19940414. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h https://books.google.com/books?id=tpafAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA29&dq=florence+austin+violinist  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.