Wynne Pyle

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Wynne Pyle (née Wynne Belle Pyle 24 October 1881 Ladonia, Texas — 24 April 1971 Miami, Florida) was an American concert pianist.[1][2]

Early education[edit]

She studied piano at the North Texas College of Music at Kidd-Key College in Sherman, Texas, under Harold von Mickwitz — the college has no connection to the University of North Texas College of Music. Upon the advice of Mickwitz, she went on to study in Vienna with Theodor Leschetizky. In 1908, she was sent to Paris to study with Harold Bauer; and from there, she went to Berlin where, for five years, where she worked with Albert Jonas.

Concert career[edit]

In 1911, she made her Berlin debut with the Blüthner Orchestra. Upon returning to the United States, she made her recital debut in New York on February 17, 1916.[3] Pyle went on to perform as soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Symphony Orchestra (in New York City), and orchestras of Cincinnati, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Chicago.[4]


The American Piano Company (AMPICO)

Philipps Duca Reproduktions-Klaviere Rolles

Rythmodik Music Corporation

  • J–18444: DebussyPrelude, Les Collines d'Anacapri (1917)


Her only sibling, Lou Netta Pyle (1885 – 1965) was married to Karl Kirksmith (1882 – 1955), a well-known cellist in New York and with several orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Pyle was briefly married to Ottokar Malek, a famous European pianist who emigrated to the US in 1902-03. They were married on April 9, 1905 in Dallas, Texas,[5] and divorced in October 1906.[6] Malek later founded the Grand Rapids (Michigan) symphony orchestra.

Sometime between 1940 and 1943, Pyle married her former teacher and colleague Harold Victor Bauer, who, in 1940, had been widowed by his first wife, Marie (née Knapp). They remained together until his death in 1951.

Additional resources[edit]


  1. ^ Mary Herron DuPree, Musical Americans: A Biographical Dictionary, 1918–1926, Fallen Leaf Press, Berkeley (1997) OCLC 37260856
  2. ^ Women in American Music: A Bibliography of Music and Literature, Adrienne Fried Block, PhD (1921–2009) & Carol Neuls-Bates (born 1939), Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1979 OCLC 5171828
  3. ^ "Miss Wynne Pyle," New York Press, February 16, 1916, pg. 10, col. 5
  4. ^ "Miss Wynne Pyle Now Makes New York Her Home," Dallas Morning News, May 25, 1919, Part One, pg. 14
  5. ^ Dallas Morning News, April 10, 1905
  6. ^ Dallas Newspaper, October 3, 1906