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Kathleen Parlow was a child prodigy violinist, born in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 1890. She studied with her cousin Conrad Coward in San Francisco, California from age 4, and then with Henry Holmes from age 14. She gave her first recital at age 6 and appeared regularly as a child, including performances at Buckingham Palace and with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1906, she moved to St. Petersburg with her mother to attend the St. Petersburg Conservatory and study with Leopold Auer. She was the first international student at the Conservatory. From 1907 onward, she toured professionally in North America and Europe. In 1926, she moved back to the United States permanently, where she taught and performed as a soloist and chamber musician. She joined the Toronto Conservatory of Music faculty in 1941. She died in Oakville, Ontario on August 19, 1963.