Nadia Reisenberg

A gifted pianist, Nadia Reisenberg used her talents to connect with others, from her acclaimed performances with her sister to her years of training musicians in New York and Jerusalem. Reisenberg and her sister Clara trained together at the Imperial Conservatory in St. Petersburg before fleeing in 1920 during the Russian Revolution. The family settled in New York in 1922, and Reisenberg made her American debut playing Paderewski’s Polish Fantasy in the presence of the composer. She married in 1924 and had two sons, but continued to study music and teach at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in the 1930s. From 1938–1940 she made a highly praised series of weekly radio concerts of all Mozart’s piano concertos. She also continued to perform with her sister, who was forced to give up the violin due to a disability, but continued to play the theremin, an electronic instrument. Reisenberg taught at Mannes beginning in 1955 and Juilliard in 1974, as well as teaching summer seminars at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. She was remembered as a kind but demanding teacher who fostered deep connections with her many students.

Topics: Radio, Music

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Pianist Nadia Reisenberg made radio history in an acclaimed series of weekly concerts with the WOR Radio Orchestra, performing all the piano concertos of Mozart. An accomplished solo and chamber music performer, she also devoted much of her energy to teaching and maintained a long-term relationship with the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.

Institution: International Piano Archives, University of Maryland

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Musician, Professor

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