Judith Sidorsky



Competition Winner

Born: 1912 (Detroit, MI)

Died: 2003 (North Carolina)

Pianist Judith Sidorsky (Grenell) was a child prodigy who began her musical career in Detroit, MI. At age 12, she was awarded a Steinway Grand Piano as the winner of the Detroit Piano Contest. Sidorsky received a fellowship to attend the Juilliard Graduate School where she studied with Olga Samaroff Stokowski.

Sidorsky was named a Naumburg Award Winner in 1935. Orchestras she played with include: Detroit Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra as well as a concert in Carnegie Hall.

Excerpt from The New York Times review, February 11, 1936

Judith Sidorsky, Pianist, in Debut

Winner of the Naumburg Fund Award Heard in Program Non-Conventional. Old Irish Airs Are Given

"She has an excellent techical equipment in the form of good wrists, resounding octaves, fleat fingers, a full tone..She has too, the enthusiasm of a young woman, who knows, as an interpreter what she wants to do, and why...Miss Sidorsky pleased her audience. The reality of her talent is manifest." Olin Downes


1935 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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