- Cynthia R. Poe
Brico, Antonia (26 June 1902–03 August 1989), conductor, was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the daughter of parents who were of Italian and Dutch ancestry. Brico’s parents, whose names are unknown, died in 1904, and she moved to the United States with her foster parents in 1906. As a child she showed promise as a pianist but decided at the age of ten that she wanted to be a conductor after hearing a concert conducted by Paul Steindorff, the director of the San Francisco Opera. Brico graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1923 with honors and a degree in music....