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Solveig Lunde Madsen Collection

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A performer and music educator, Solveig Lunde Madsen (1920-2011; originally known as Dorothy Lunde) performed in many recitals and orchestra concerts, including a concert tour of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden with the Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra of Detroit. Madsen also taught music at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and was an active member of the American Liszt Society. This collection includes press books, publicity files, articles, clippings, concert programs and reviews, correspondence, itineraries, repertoire lists, photographs, recordings, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia related to Madsen’s career, the organizations she was involved with, and her relationships with her family and her colleagues, including her classmate William Kapell and her teacher, Olga Samaroff-Stotowski.


  • 1923-2004
  • Majority of material found within 1939-1951

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.


8.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Solveig Lunde Madsen Collection covers the period from 1923 to 2004; the bulk of the materials date from 1939 to 1951. The collection consists of biographical materials, press books, publicity flyers, articles, concert programs, itineraries, bulletins, membership lists, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and recordings related to Madsen’s work as a performer, writer, and music educator, including her work with various orchestras such as the Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra of Detroit and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, her involvement with the American Liszt Society, and her work with both Juilliard classmate William Kapell and Juilliard teacher Olga Samaroff-Stokowski.


Summary: Solveig Lunde Madsen was born in Vallejo, California on February 23, 1920. She performed at New York's Town Hall (1944) and toured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Scandinavia under Columbia Artists Management. After taking a break from concertizing to travel with her husband and two sons (1951-1971), Madsen taught at Brigham University and the University and maintained a private studio. Solveig Lunde Madsen died on June 13, 2011 in Salt Lake City.

Full History: Solveig Lunde Madsen (originally Dorothy Lunde) was born in Vallejo, California on February 23, 1920. She began taking piano lessons at age 4 and excelled in music and academics. After graduating high school at age 15, Lunde studied with the Danish pianist Gunnar Johansen, and with Harold Logan, both of whom were pupils of Egon Petri. In 1940 she received a four year fellowship for study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where her teacher was Olga Samaroff-Stokowski. Lunde's classmates included William Kapell and Joseph Battista.

Lunde's New York debut at Town Hall on December 6, 1944 was followed by tours of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Scandinavia under Columbia Artists management. Lunde performed a varied repertoire, and her concert resumand#233; includes first New York performances of works by Fartein Valen and William Bergsma. She also gave the first public performance of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat Major, Op. 83, and her performance in the U.S. of Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 84 was preceded only by that of Horowitz.

After six years of concertizing, Lunde married Lynn Madsen, a Civil Engineer with Arabian American Oil Company in 1950. Lunde greatly curtailed her concert activities while living in Rome, New York, Washington D.C. and Saudi Arabia from 1951 to 1971. She settled in Salt Lake City with her husband and two sons in 1971, and gradually resumed an active career as a performer, teacher, lecturer and adjudicator. Lunde held teaching positions at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, while maintaining a private studio. She is listed in the "International Who's Who in Music" and in "The World's Who's Who of Women". Solveig Lunde Madsen died on June 13, 2011 in Salt Lake City.


This collection is organized into nine series.

  1. Series 1: Subject Files
  2. Series 2: Performance Files
  3. Series 3: Correspondence: Family
  4. Series 4: Correspondence/Subject Files: William Kapell
  5. Series 5: Correspondence/Subject Files: Olga Samaroff
  6. Series 6: Correspondence: Miscellaneous
  7. Series 7: Photographs
  8. Series 8: Recordings
  9. Series 9: Oversize Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Solveig Lunde Madsen in 2005.

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This collection was donated by Solveig Lunde Madsen in 2005.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States