Ada Kopetz-Korf, In Memoriam (1919-2020)
Pianist, Teacher, MCNY Board of Directors,
Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards Jurist
First Honorary Life Member of the Musicians Club of New York
Ada Kopetz Korf was an international concert artist who performed as a soloist, accompanist and in chamber music concerts. Giving performances, master classes and as a respected adjudicator took Ada to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and throughout North America. She was a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University and held B.S. and M.A. degrees from Teachers College. She was a fellowship graduate of the Julliard Graduate School of Music, where she taught piano.
Ms. Kopetz Korf played for Albert Spalding, Michel Piastro, Louis Persinger, Ruggiero Ricci, and was a winner of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant for Performing and Teaching. She was the official pianist with the Symphony of the Air under Stowkowski, Villa- Lobos, Metropolis, Pelletier , Halasz and Wallenstein. She appeared regularly as the soloist for Radio City Music Hall. As a member of the Philharmonic Piano Quartet, under Columbia Artists Management, she toured throughout the United States and Canada, recorded for Columbia Records and made many TV, radio and symphonic appearances.
Ms. Kopetz Korf resided in New York City teaching privately and serving passionately on the Board of Directors of both the Musicians Club of New York and The Bohemians, championing individual artists and especially educating young children. In addition to classical performers, she taught many well-known jazz artists, which brought her great joy. On May 5, 2019, she was named the first Honorary Life Member of the Musicians Club of New York at the age of 100.