Par 1 It was a surprise for many of even the well-informed among Australian musicians to know that a Melbourne [sic: Mudgee] woman was the pianist Vladimir de Pachmann's wife. Madame de Pachmann-Labori is still prominent in the artistic life of Paris, where after having obtained a divorce from the eccentric musician, she married M. Labori, the famous advocate who was conspicuous in the sensational court proceedings which shook France to its foundations when the facts about Captain Dreyfus were properly probed. She was Maggie Oakey [Okey], a remarkably gifted pianist who went to Europe from Melbourne when a young girl.
Par 2 Many inquiries have been received with regard to the career of the former Madame Pachmann, who it seems was in communication with the venerable Chopin exponent a couple of years before his death. Some interesting facts are related with regard to her in "Musical America" for January 25. The Paris correspondent of that journal says: "The many American admirers of the late Vladimir de Pachmann's unique art may be interested to know that the traditions of his playing are being carried on in Paris by his former wife and only pupil, Marguerite de Pachmann-Labori, who has long been one of the outstanding musical personalities of the French capital.
Par 3 "Beginning her musical career as a prodigy at the age of six; appearing in concerts in the leading European capitals with such artists as Joseph Joachim and Adelina Patti at sixteen; coming shortly afterwards under the spell of de Pachmann and putting aside all that she had previously learned in order to master his method; then obtaining brilliant pianistic success as Madame de Pachmann; and later, as the wife of Fernand Labori, noted French barrister, devoting herself chiefly to composition—this interesting musician has recently begun a new chapter in the varied volume of her life by deciding to take up the teaching of her former husband's method, of whose secrets she remains the sole recipient.
Par 4 "Very characteristic is the account of her first meeting with de Pachmann, who asked to be introduced to her after hearing her play, as a girl of sixteen, in London. With his customary directness, de Pachmann said to her, 'Mademoiselle, you know nothing at present, but you have the divine sensibility and the musical intelligence which I have so long sought. Will you be my only pupil.[?] But you are not to impart my method to anyone.'
Par 5 "Such was the restriction which the great Russian pianist imposed on his privileged pupil at that time. But he subsequently overcame his reluctance to have the secrets of his method revealed, and in a letter written to Madame de Pachmann-Labori in 1931, expressed his approval of her decision to impart the fruits of his teachings, and his satisfaction at the thought that his method would thus survive him."