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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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MISS FLORENCE BRINKMAN

Florence Brinkman, pianist, was born in Keokuk, July 17, 1888.  She is the only daughter of Geo. A. and Alice C. Breitenstein.  Her grand parents on both sides were natives of Germany, and came to Keokuk in 1840.  Her mother is descended from the von Breitensteins, the ruins of whose ancestral castle are still to be seen on the Rhine.

Miss Brinkman graduated from the high school in 1906 and the following September entered the Chicago Musical College from which she graduated with honors.  She took a post-graduate course, receiving honors in that, also.  She has the degree B. M.  She received the gold medal for excellence in theory.  She studied theory under Adolph Brune and piano with Paul Stoye and Hans von Schiller.  While in Chicago she appeared both as accompanist and soloist in concert with some of the leading singers and violinists of this country.  In the autumn of 1913 she went to Berlin to continue her studies at the Stern's conservatory and will do further work in Vienna.  She is a brilliant pianist with a remarkable knowledge of teenique. She is intellectual in her playing and understands what she wishes to express.  One critic says, "She puts poetry into her playing."  She is a young woman of ambition and her home city is very proud of her, and some day we shall say with pride, "Miss Brinkman is an Iowa girl," for she is certain to succeed in her ambitions.
 

 

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