Lie, Nissen Erika


Erika Lie was born at Kansviger, near Christiania, Norway, in 1845. During her girlhood she met many distinguished musicians, and when her family moved to Christiania in 1860 she became a pupil of Kjerulf, and the year following went to Berlin for piano study with Kullak. She soon became a teacher in Kullak's Academy and gave her first concert there. Later she studied with Tellefsen in Paris, and in 1870 was made a professor of piano at the Copenhagen Conservatory. She toured Europe, giving most successful concerts, and was especially applauded for her rendition of the works of Chopin. She was married in 1874 to Dr. Oscar Nissen of Christiania, in which city she died in 1903.