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Norah Drewett (Arranger)

Born: June 14, 1882 - Sutton, England
Died: April 14, 1960 - Budapest, Hungary

The English-born pianist, Norah Drewett de Kresz, was a piano pupil of Victor-Alphonse Duvernoy at the Paris Conservatoire and of Bernhard Stavenhagen in Munich. She also studied briefly with Leonid Kreutzer in Berlin and played in recitals and with chamber groups.

Norah Drewett made her orchestral debut on January 31, 1904 in Monte Carlo. In 1918 she married the violinist, teacher, and conductor Géza de Kresz, with whom she gave duo-recitals after they moved - at the prompting of Boris Hambourg - to Toronto in 1923. The duo's first Canadian recital was in Massey Hall on October 30, 1923. They toured Canada and continued to perform as a duo until 1951.

Norah Drewett taught from 1928 to 1935 at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Hambourg Conservatory, and from 1938 to 1941 at the National Conservatory in Budapest, and later privately. Her pupils included Patricia Blomfield Holt and Ida Krehm.

Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia 2006 Historica Foundation of Canada (Author: Ruth Pincoe)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2007)

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