Maria Lidka

Peter Gellhorn 1973 Purcell Room with Maria Lidka credit Gellhorn family archive
Violinist, born 29 May 1914 in Berlin, died 12 December 2013 in London.


Born Marianne Louise Liedtke. Having studied with Max Rostal in Berlin, following the untimely death of her father, Maria Lidka moved to London to continue studies with her teacher in 1934. Unlike many other foreign émigrés, she was lucky enough to be given a work permit which allowed her to perform as much as she wanted.

Among these performances were collaborations with Peter Gellhorn, Paul Hamburger, Franz Reizenstein, Benjamin Britten, Peter Wallfisch and Michael Tippett. In January 1939 she gave her Wigmore Hall debut with the pianist Gerald Moore, and later she performed extensively with the Czech Trio as well as being a soloist with all major British orchestras. During the 1970s she was a professor of violin at the Royal College of Music.

Links and sources

Maria Lidka in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period

Elsewhere in this resource

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch interview

Photo: Maria Lidka with Peter Gellhorn in the Purcell Room, 1973, credit Gellhorn Family Archive

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