Woman of the Century/Julie Rive King
JULIE RIVE KING. KING, Madame Julie Rivé, piano virtuoso, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 31st October, 1857. Her maiden name was Rive. Her mother, Madame Caroline Rivé, was a cultured musician, a line singer, a finished pianist, and a teacher of long experience. At an early age Julie was trained in piano-playing, and at thirteen years of age her remarkable precocity was shown in concerts, when she played Liszt's "Don Juan." She early and easily mastered the preliminary studies, and went to New York City, where she studied with Mason and Mills, and also with Francis Korbay and Pruckner. Returning to Cincinnati, she appeared in concerts and created a furore. In 1873 she went to Europe and entered the classes of Liszt, after studying in Dresden with Blossman. She played in public in Leipzig and other cities, and was at once ranked with the great pianists of the day. In Leipzig she studied with Reinecke. In 1874 she appeared with the Euterpe Orchestra in Leipzig. She won brilliant triumphs in all the musical centers of Europe. She was recalled to the United States by the sudden death of her father in a railway collision. Shortly afterward she was married to Frank H. King. She played in concerts in all the larger cities and established a reputation as one of the great pianists of the United States. In 1879 she made her home in New York City, and there she has lived ever since. In 1884 her health broke under the strain of public performances, and after recovering her strength she devoted her time to teaching and composition. She has composed scores of successful pieces. Her numerous tours have taken her from Massachusetts to California. She has played in more than two-hundred concerts with Theodore Thomas. Her memory is flawless. Her repertory includes over three-hundred of the most elaborate concert compositions.