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Rosina Lhévinne

Rosina Lhévinne preferred to keep her husband in the limelight, but her talents as a pianist and a teacher of some of the most famous musicians of her time made her noteworthy in her own right. Lhévinne began studying at the famed Moscow Conservatory at age nine and made her debut at fifteen, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. It was there she met her husband, Josef Lhévinne, and the pair made their two-piano debut the year after she graduated. They toured Europe and America together, with Rosina Lhévinne refusing to perform solo works, wanting the focus to remain on her husband. After World War I, they immigrated to the United States, and in 1924, both were invited to teach at Juilliard, sharing the same studio. Rosina was devastated by Josef’s death in 1944. But despite her loss, her career blossomed in her later years as she took on more students and began performing as a soloist. In 1963, just before her 83rd birthday, she performed the same piece she had played at her debut recital at age fifteen to great acclaim. She continued teaching at Juilliard until age 96.

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Rosina Lhévinne, 1958
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Pianist Rosina Lhévinne and her student Van Cliburn, circa 1958.
Courtesy of The Juilliard School
Date of Birth
March 29, 1880
Place of Birth
Kiev, Kiev
Date of Death
November 9, 1976

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