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Curtis Mourns the Death of Eleanor Sokoloff
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Re: Curtis Mourns the Death of Eleanor Sokoloff
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I wonder how many people on the planet have held a job with the same institution for 84 years. I know two high school teachers who worked at the same school for around 60 years but that seems minuscule by comparison.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I wonder how many people on the planet have held a job with the same institution for 84 years. I know two high school teachers who worked at the same school for around 60 years but that seems minuscule by comparison.

And to think I worked at the same place only 36 years, which seemed like a century! I guess her job and her work gave Eleanor Sokoloff a reason to keep going and stay healthy until 106 years old. Wow! A life well lived.


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Hugh Sung was a student?

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Mrs. Sokoloff was a joy.

She was graceful, yet tough, loving, yet stern. She had to be tough, especially when it came to her students. Music has always been tough and she knew that.

I was honored to get to know her while spending time with her and Simon Oss, then Director of Bösendorfer. We spent an afternoon interviewing Mrs. Sokoloff for a feature in Bösendorfer Magazine. Later, we planned a party for her 101st birthday that we called Honoring Mrs. Sokoloff. It was attended by invitation only and most there were professional musicians.

When asked if she had a secret to her longevity and activity, she simply said in my presence, "It is my love of music, my love of my students, and my love of my piano! I love what I do every day."

She was classical piano in Philadelphia personified and she will be sorely missed.


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She was older than the Curtis Institute, and almost as old a the Juilliard School.

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Originally Posted by johnstaf
She was older than the Curtis Institute, and almost as old a the Juilliard School.

I hadn't thought of it in those terms, johnstaf. I can tell you that, although Mrs. Sokoloff was not at all ashamed of her age, she would not have been pleased to hear it put that way either. smile


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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie
Hugh Sung was a student?

The page at the birthday link Rich posted above lists him as one of her students.



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