Obituary: Violinist Camilla Wicks, 92

Posted on: December 1, 2020

“Camilla Wicks, a violin prodigy acclaimed as one of the most gifted virtuosos of her generation, only to give up a globe-trotting career in the 1950s to raise her children, died Nov. 25 at her daughter’s home in Weston, Fla. She was 92,” writes Matt Schudel in Friday’s (11/27) Washington Post. “At a time when classical music was heavily dominated by men, Ms. Wicks was often described as the foremost female concert violinist of her generation…. She made her solo debut at age 7, performing a Mozart violin concerto in her hometown of Long Beach, Calif. By age 10, she was studying at the Juilliard School in New York…. After appearing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic at 18, she launched an international career…. Ms. Wicks’s career was at its peak in the 1940s and 1950s…. Ms. Wicks … married in 1951 … in 1958 she took a hiatus from performing to be with her family. She sold her Stradivarius and moved to Texas…. In the 1960s, she resumed her career, but … as a divorced mother of five, she focused more on teaching…. She was on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music … then at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music…. Survivors include three children and three grandchildren.”