Martha Kunkel Oppenheim

Title: Pianist
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Martha Kunkel Oppenheim, Pianist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

When Ms. Oppenheim was about three years old, she started picking out tunes on the piano and her family decided to give her piano lessons. Her piano teacher was smart enough to tell her parents to see if they could get her into The Juilliard School and they did. Ms. Oppenheim was in the Juilliard pre-college program for ten years and received a diploma from The Julliard School in 1960. She has been a musician for as long as she can remember. She started out taking coursework at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France in 1956 and 1958. She then earned a MusB with honors and a MusM from the University of Texas in 1957 and 1959, respectively.

One highlight that stood out was when Ms. Oppenheim played with the Heilbron Orchestra in Germany in 1961. That was the most fun that she ever had in a public performance. Everything was on a very high level. She just enjoyed that more than almost any other performance. Ms. Oppenheim started her career as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas in 1957, where she stayed until 1959. Then she started her music profession by becoming a private piano teacher in San Antonio, Texas in 1962 and has held that position ever since. In 1968, she went back to the University of Texas as a teaching assistant for another year. Ms. Oppenheim joined the Halcyon Trio in 1974 and remained a member until 1977.  She then earned a spot in a duet with cellist Dan Zollars in 1991 as a pianist, and continues to play with him to this day. Ms. Oppenheim has also spent time as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the University of Texas Orchestra, the Austin Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony. As a testament to her success, Ms. Oppenheim has received numerous first place awards at competitions and has been including in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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