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Nadia Reisenberg

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Nadia Reisenberg (14 July 1904 – 10 June 1983) was an American pianist of Lithuanian birth.

Life and career

Born in Vilnius, Reisenberg studied under Leonid Nikolayev at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Due to the upheavals of the October Revolution, she and her family returned to Vilnius, then traveled to Warsaw and Germany.

They finally settled in New York in 1922.

Nadia Reisenberg gave concerts in the 1920s, particularly with her sister Clara Rockmore, but in 1930 went to study again and chose Josef Hofmann as a tutor.

Reisenberg's most important concert activity took place in the 1940s. She was especially praised for her series of concerts encompassing all the piano concertos by Mozart, played (with Alfred Wallenstein conducting) for WOR, which was broadcast in the 1939-40 season. These concerts "made radio history".[1]

In later years, Reisenberg taught at the Juilliard School and was a frequent juror for the Leventritt Competition. Her notable pupils include pianists Elena Braslavsky, Rami Bar-Niv and Richard Kogan, M.D..

Her son Robert Sherman currently teaches courses on "The Business of Music" at Juilliard and previously wrote music criticism for The New York Times for four decades. He and her other son Alexander co-authored a biography on their mother, Nadia Reisenberg: A Musician's Scrapbook (1985).

Reisenberg died in 1983 at the age of 78 in New York City.


External links

  • International Piano Archives at Maryland
  • The Nadia Reisenberg & Clara Rockmore Foundation
  • Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times (5 January 2009)
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