Eleanor Sokoloff Death | Obituary – Eleanor Sokoloff happily passed away at the age of 106, Eleanor Sokoloff Renowned for perceptive teaching, irrepressible enthusiasm, and remarkable hats, Mrs. Sokoloff guided generations of Curtis piano students.
Eleanor Sokoloff contributed highly to her community and society, she was a greater inspiration to the younger generation she will be forever remembered.
Mrs. Sokoloff, then Eleanor Blum, entered Curtis as a student of David Saperton in 1931 and began teaching here in 1936—even before her graduation in 1938. She formed a piano duo with her husband, Vladimir Sokoloff, who taught at Curtis until 1994 (he passed away in 1997). In more than 83 years of active teaching, she guided so many students that she lost count—but the total included 75 students who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was honored at Commencement in May 2014 with a lifetime achievement award to mark her 100th birthday and her immense contributions to the school over more than three-quarters of a century.
Mrs. Sokoloff continued to teach students at her Rittenhouse Square apartment through the 2019–20 school year. Adored by her students past and present, she was a repository of Curtis history and a fixture behind the samovar at Wednesday-afternoon tea. She was quick to share tales from her storied past with remarkable detail and affection. And yet she was also remarkably forward-looking, welcoming new developments at Curtis and in the broader musical world.
Peter Dobrin, a longtime friend of Mrs. Sokoloff, penned this obituary for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Mrs. Sokoloff gave herself fully to her students, to Curtis, and to music. We are forever indebted to her and will miss her deeply. We extend our deepest condolences to her daughters, Laurie (Flute ‘66) and Katharine, and to all her family, friends, and students”.
“We are working with our faculty and staff on events to honor Mrs. Sokoloff’s memory, both online and at Curtis when we are able to gather in-person once again. Additional information will follow as soon as it is available”.
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Sokoloff’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing.
We are greatly saddened to report that our beloved Eleanor Sokoloff passed away earlier today at age 106. Renowned for perceptive teaching, irrepressible enthusiasm, and remarkable hats, Mrs. Sokoloff guided generations of Curtis piano students. https://t.co/2X8mvSxIgg pic.twitter.com/mq99I6pMjH
— Curtis Institute (@CurtisInstitute) July 13, 2020