Frickenhaus, Fanny


English pianist, whose maiden name was Evans, and who was born in Cheltenham. She studied under George Mount, and later at the Brussels Conservatory under Auguste Dupont and William Bohrer, and first came prominently before the public in 1879 at one of the Saturday Evening concerts at St. James' Hall. She was engaged for the remainder of the season, appearing shortly afterward at the Crystal Palace and at Cowen's Saturday concerts. She made her first appearance at the Popular concerts in 1883, when she played the piano concerto of Goetz for the first time in London, and at the Philharmonic two years later. From 1884, together with Joseph Ludwig, she gave successful chamber concerts at the Prince's Hall, introducing several important novelties, among them Dvorak's Bagatellen for piano and strings. Since then she has introduced at her annual recitals many modern works of note, among them the compositions of Smetana, Dvorak, Sinding, Richard Strauss and Cesar Franck.   She ranks among the leading pianists of England. One critic says: "The most remarkable characteristics of her playing are her extraordinary perfection and ease of technique, combined with great intelligence."