Camilla Urso (1842-1902)

Camilla Urso was the daughter of an Italian flutist and a Portuguese singer. At six years old, she began taking violin lessons, even though it was considered a "masculine" instrument. She arrived in New York City in September 1852 and gave concerts in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. In 1863 Urso played with the Philharmonic Society in Boston, and the New York Philharmonic. In 1864-65 she had her own concert company. For the next 30 years Urso toured regularly in the United States and abroad, one of the preeminent violinists of the day. She died in virtual obscurity in New York City in 1902. At the Gurney studio, Urso poses with her violin, which is unusual for a woman.

1863 circa 5 years
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Jeremiah Gurney
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