Leonora Jackson McKim

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Leonora Jackson McKim
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Born(1879-02-20)February 20, 1879
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died(1969-01-07)January 7, 1969
Other namesLeonora Jackson (maiden name)

Leonora Jackson McKim (born Leonora Jackson, February 20, 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States;[1] died January 7, 1969) was one of the first American women to achieve international acclaim as a concert violinist.[2]


Leonora Jackson studied violin from childhood, with Carl Becker and S. E. Jacobsohn, and in Europe, with Charles Dancla at the Paris Conservatoire and Carl Markees in Berlin.[3]

First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland was one of her early patrons, enabling her to study in Chicago, Paris, and Berlin.[2] She was decorated by Queen Victoria and performed throughout Europe and the United States with leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony.[2] She retired from performing after her marriage in 1915 to Dr. William Duncan McKim (1855–1935).[2] The McKims were avid supporters of the arts, holding musical programs in their home and collecting a large number of works of art, many of which were donated to the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Historical Society after the death of Dr. McKim.[2]


  1. ^ Baker, Theodore; Remy, Alfred (1919). Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. G. Schirmer. p. 431. OCLC 19940414.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Special Collections in Music". Library of Congress. Retrieved 24 January 2010. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ E. E. S., "Interview with Leonora Jackson" Music (February 1901): 382-385.