The Legacy

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Heida Hermanns, the founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc. (CAM), was a pianist, teacher and philanthropist. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1906 and received her first piano lessons from her mother. At the age of Heida-Hermanns-315, she enrolled at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. Her teachers included Egon Petri, Artur Schnabel, Carl Friedberg and Isabella Vengerova. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at age 18 and toured Europe as a recitalist and concerto soloist through the 1920s and early 1930s.

Heida Hermanns immigrated to the United States in 1936 and made her New York debut at Town Hall in 1942. In the late 1940s, she moved to Connecticut and helped start the Friends of Music, an organization that presented chamber music concerts. Ms. Hermanns was also a founder of Performers of Connecticut that arranged performance opportunities for young musicians and sponsored the Heida Hermanns Young Performers Competition, known today as the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. As audiences and memberships grew, the name was changed to Connecticut Alliance for Music, Inc.

Held in preliminary, semi-final and final stages, the Competition awards prizes to the most outstanding competitors chosen by a distinguished jury of recognized professional musicians. It is expected that the prizes awarded and the winners’ careers should profit from their successful participation in the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition.

Memoirs of Heida Hermanns Holde, as told to Joanna Foster in 1991, can be found here.

A Look Back

HH 2014 - Rachell Wong5
2002 Competition Winner and Gayle Henry
2004 HH Competition Finalists
2002 Competition Finalists with Gayle Henry
Heida Hermanns 1992 Competition Committee-1
Heida Hermanns 2005 Poster
HH 2013 Piano Competition Finalists
HH 2013 Winners - Josh Wright and Timur Moustakimov
Frederic Chiu 2006
HH 2014 - Barry Persky and Xiao Wang - First Prize
HH 2014 - Judges
HH 2014 String Competition - FINALISTS
The Competition - 2005 HH Competition Winners
Xerox Foundation Letter to Heida Hermanns 1982
Xerox Foundation Letter to Heida Hermanns 1982