Camilla Urso (1842-1902)

Camilla Urso was the daughter of an Italian flutist and a Portuguese singer. When she was six years old, even though it was considered a "masculine" instrument, she began taking violin lessons. The success of her first public recital a year later convinced her parents of her talent, and the family moved to Paris, where Urso studied at the Paris Conservatory. She arrived in New York City in September 1852 and gave concerts in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1863 Urso played with the Philharmonic Society in Boston, and the New York Philharmonic. In 1864-65 she had her own concert company. Returning to Paris in June 1865 Urso had great success. For the next 30 years Urso toured regularly in the United States and abroad and was acknowledged one of the preeminent violinists of the day. She died in virtual obscurity in New York City on January 20, 1902. In an unusual touch, Sarony has Urso pose with her violin.

1875 circa 5 years
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