We have been informed of the death of Beate Sirota Gordon, the pianist’s daughter who ran New York’s Asia Society and imported numerous musicians, artists, dancers and film-makers to the US, among them Yoko Ono, whose father studied with Leo Sirota, her own father.
photo courtesy Allan Evans
Beate was 89. Born in Vienna, a niece of the conductor Jascha Horenstein, she migrated with her family to Japan where, after the War, she wrote the women’s rights section of the Japanese constitution. More here, in her Wikipedia entry. Here’s a college address she gave last year.
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