Lisa Jura Golabek, a concert pianist and music teacher whose students included her daughters, duo pianists Mona and Renee Golabek, has died. She was 73.
Golabek, a Vienna-born child prodigy, died Friday in Los Angeles, her daughters announced.
As a Jewish child endangered by the rise of Adolf Hitler, Golabek fled to England on the Kindertransport rescue train when she was 13. She worked as a maid, and then in a factory making army uniforms. At night, she played the piano in her London orphanage, inspiring the 30 other children who lived there.
After she earned an audition, the Royal Academy of Music in London granted her a scholarship to study with Mabel Floyd. Eventually, Golabek got a job playing the piano for soldiers at the Howard Hotel.
After the war, she moved to Paris, where she performed the Grieg piano concerto and met her husband, French Resistance fighter Michel Golabek.