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MARIE-AIMÉE VARRO (WARROT) - PIANIST

Autographed single sheet 8.25” x 11.75” program, October 20, 1947.  The concert took place in Zlin, Maravia in the now Czech Republic.  Vladimir Matej led the BATA Shoe Company National Symphony Orchestra in a program which included, Weber’s overture to “Oberon”, the Liszt piano concerto and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony in G major.

Varro (1915-1971) is a rare pianist autograph.  She was born in the town of Brunoy near Paris.  She was a child prodigy giving her first professional recital at seven.  It was apparently a huge deal, as Liszt’s great granddaughter Blandine Olivier de Prevaux, Reynaldo Hahn, Albert Roussel and Florent Schmidt were all there to congratulate her after the concert.  Varro was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at nine where she studied with Robert Casadesus and earned a first upon her graduation at the age of fifteen in 1930.  She then went on to study with Alfred Cortot privately in Paris and with Emil von Sauer in Vienna.  She toured Europe until the War, where she was forced to stop and created quite a sensation.  She resumed performing in 1944, touring Europe until 1955.  In 1955 she made her North American debut and made a home for herself in Vancouver, Canada, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1961.  She eventually relocated to Quebec following her husband Claude Treil who was a Professor at Bishop’s University.  Varro continued to tour throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and North Africa. (Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain); she performed most often outside of Canada in France and Hungary. Varro chiefly performed the works of Romantic composers, however, she also performed baroque music and also premiered a piano concerto by the Canadian composer Jean Coulthard in 1967.  The pianist apparently did not like to record and only consented to make commercial recordings in 1965 when she was diagnosed with cancer.  Her recordings contains works by Bach, Clementi, Scarlatti were well recorded, as was Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Schumann, Schubert, Smetana.  She passed away in Neuchatel, Switzerland while taking a cure for her cancer.

A rare pianist autograph!