- Adrienne Fried Block
Hopekirk, Helen (20 May 1856–19 November 1945), pianist and composer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Adam Hopekirk, the owner of a music business, and Helen Croall. She showed musical promise early, began piano lessons at age nine with George Lichtenstein, and studied harmony and composition with Sir Alexander C. MacKenzie. Beginning at age eleven she played at local concerts, and reviewers predicted a brilliant career. In 1876 she realized her father’s dying wish by enrolling in the Leipzig Conservatory, where she remained for two years, studying with Louis Maas, Carl Reinecke, Salomon Jadassohn, and Ernst Friedrich Richter. At her graduation recital on 28 November 1878 she played Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Minor with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra....