Hobson Pilot, Ann
- Barbara Bonous-Smit
harpist, was born Ann Stevens Hobson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the younger of two daughters of Grace Stevens Smith and Harrison D. Hobson. Her father was a social worker and her mother an accomplished pianist and a Philadelphia public school teacher. Her older sister, Harriet Hobson, was a child prodigy who began piano studies at age two, performed in piano recitals by age four, and by high school gave up the instrument.
When Hobson was five her family moved to Germany where her father a U S Army lieutenant colonel was stationed in Giessen and Mannheim after World War II Hobson s musical training began at age six with her mother s lessons on piano and music fundamentals She attended the U S Army school and her musical talent was further nurtured by German piano teachers and the rich musical and cultural heritage of Germany The Hobsons spent ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.