Parlow, Kathleen, 1890-1958. Kathleen Parlow was born in Calgary in 1890. Parlow became one of the first North Americans to enroll at the Imperial Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied under the great violin master Leopold Auer. At the age of 17 Parlow made her formal debut in Berlin. She traveled and performed continuously throughout Europe, Asia and North America. She returned to Calgary in 1910 on her first North American tour. In 1911, she participated in the launch of Calgary’s first symphony orchestra, which then consisted of a 17-piece string ensemble. In 1956 she received the University of Alberta’s national Award in Music. She performed her final concert in London, Ontario, at the age of 71, and died two years later.