Wanda Luzzato was born on 6 March 1919, in Varese but her family was from Milan. She received her early music training from Ariodante Coggi (in Varese), who in the following years will be the mentor also of a young Uto Ughi.
Her mother, born Elsa Curti, was a singer - but never performed on the opera stage - married to a career officer, Angelo Vitali who left her as a war widow at only 28. She later remarried and changed her previous surname Vitali to Luzzato Carpi.
Wanda began playing the violin when she was about 3, and gave her first concert at 5. She was admitted to the Conservatory at a very young age and graduated when she was 12, thus becoming the youngest graduate of Alberto Poltronieri and apparently of all Italian Conservatories.
Her next step was the famous “Vienna Competition” (I. Internationaler Wettbewerb für Gesange und Violine) in June 1932, where she was awarded a special musical performance prize (out of 300 entrants) and shared the fourth prize ex-aequo with Ginette Neveu. The Jury included Clemens Krauss, Cesare Nordio, Jenő Hubay, George Enescu, Jan Kubelik, Franz Drdla, Arnold Rosé, Adolf Busch, Carl Flesch, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Bronislaw Huberman, Erich Kleiber, Georg Kulenkampff, Pierre Monteux, Erika Morini, Josef Suk, Joseph Szigeti, Jani Szántó, Heinrich Schachtebeck and Karol Szymanowski. [from Rhine Classics RH-002 booklet]
Wanda Luzzato Discography Tracks
|RH-002||Wanda Luzzato||The Art Of Violin 2 - 1955-1979 Unreleased Recordings (8xCD, Comp, Mono, Ltd, RM + Box)||Rhine Classics||RH-002||Taiwan||2017||Sell This Version|