Kathleen Long

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Painting by Guy Worsdell, 1962

Kathleen (Ida) Long CBE (7 July 1896 – 20 March 1968) was an English pianist and teacher.

Life and career[edit]

Long was born in Brentford, a London suburb.[1] She was a child prodigy and appeared in public at the age of eight; her London debut took place in the Aeolian Hall in 1915.[2] From 1910 to 1916 she studied with Herbert Sharpe at the Royal College of Music in London.[1] She herself was a teacher at the College from 1920 to 1964;[1] her pupils included Imogen Holst.[3] She was a regular performer at the CEMA concerts during World War II, often with the violinist Eda Kersey. Others with whom she frequently appeared were Pablo Casals, Albert Sammons and Guilhermina Suggia, but her longest working partnership was with the violinist Antonio Brosa with whom she collaborated between 1948 and 1966.[1] Her tours included Europe, North America and South Africa.[1]

Long interpreted the music of among many others Mozart, Haydn and Bach,[1] and in 1950 she was decorated by the French Government for her services to French music and in particular for playing and recording works by Gabriel Fauré, with whose music she was particularly identified.[1] She was also created CBE for her "services to music" in 1957.[1]

Kathleen Long made several recordings during the 1940s and 1950s,[1] and Dutch composer Gerard Schurmann composed his Bagatelles (1945) for her, which she premièred at the Concertgebouw.[4]

Her brother John Herbert Long was also a musician.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i McVeagh, Diana. "Long, Kathleen" Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, accessed 3 April 2012 (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Long, Kathleen Ida", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 3 April 2012 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Strode, Rosamund. "Holst, Imogen Clare (1907–1984)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edition, January 2011, accessed 3 April 2012 (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Works » Chamber & Instrumental » Bagatelles (1945)". gerard-schurmann.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.