Viard-Louis, Jenny



Distinguished pianist; born at Carcassonne. She studied at the Paris Conservatory, where she obtained first prize for her playing. Afterwards she was a pupil of Madame Pleyel. She has been married twice; in 1853 to Nicholas Louis, composer, and in 1859 to M. Viard, a Parisian merchant. The season of 1864 and 1865 she toured through Austria and Germany, her ability being especially proven through her rendering of Beethoven's works. Following this tour she gave concerts in Paris. In 1874 she took up teaching in London. In 1883 she began a series of concerts for Beethoven's chamber-music for piano especially and for other instruments. These have been very successful. In 1884 she published a work entitled Music and the Piano.