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RIA GINSTER, Soprano * 15 April 1898, Frankfurt, Germany + 11 May 1985, Zürich, Switzerland;

17 Apr

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After enjoying much success as a violinist in her youth, she singing at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main and at the Berlin Musikhochschule under Louis Bachner. In 1923 she gave her first concerts. She soon gained international reputation in concert .She rarely appeared on the operatic stage. On the radio, she sang Mélisande and Suor Angelica. She performed in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, England, France and Switzerland in the concert hall. From 1934 to 1939 she regularly visited the USA and Canada. In 1937 she sang the soprano solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Salzburg Festival. In London she was heard as a soloist in the Messiah under Sir Thomas Beecham. In 1938 Ria Ginster took over a class for concert singing at the Music Academy of Zürich where she remained more than 30 years. Among her pupils were Ursula Buckel, Margrit Conrad, Annelies Gamper, Uta Graf, and Kurt Widmer.

Short Biography by Charles Rhodes

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