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Camilla Wicks (b1928)

Camilla Wicks began violin lessons at an early age with her father Ingwald, a Norwegian violinist and teacher, and at seven was performing concertos in public. She studied at The Juilliard School with Louis Persinger who helped launch her onto the solo stage, but in her early thirties she gave up a sparkling career in favour of her family role. She returned intermittently to playing (helped by Ruggiero Ricci who gave her a valuable instrument) after her marriage ended, but turned increasingly to teaching as the demands of maintaining an international reputation proved very stressful. A degree of perceived discrimination may have fuelled this decision—she especially disliked being referred to as a ‘woman violinist’. In both playing and teaching she was a passionate believer that a fully-mastered technique is the servant of expression, lavishing the utmost care upon every note played. Wicks made important pedagogic contributions to numerous institutions in North America and abroad from the 1960s onwards.

Her repertoire included some lesser-known works and she was active in promoting the music of Scandinavia (where she was particularly popular), giving premieres of concertos by Harald Sæverud and Klaus Egge.




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