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THE LEGACY OF ROSINA LHEVINNE: AWARDS
Best of Full Frame Film Festival
– Official Selection
RiverRun International Film Festival
–Audience Award for Best Documentary
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
– First Prize Woman Director
Ojai Film Festival
– First Prize Festival Theme Award: Enriching
the Human Spirit Through Film
WorldFest, Houston
– Platinum Award for Documentary Film and Video
Columbus International Film and Video Festival
– The Chris  Award
Marco Island Film Festival
– First Place Best Documentary Award (audience selection)
Palm Springs International Film Festival
– Audience Favorite
Berkeley Video and Film Festival
– Best of Festival Award  
Rhode Island International Film Festival
– Grand Prize
 
   
Rosina Lhevinne is shown here after a master class
at the Aspen Music Festival in 1960 with filmmaker
and former student, Salome Ramras Arkatov.
 
THE LEGACY OF ROSINA LHEVINNE: SYNOPSIS  


The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne
explores the nature of art, creativity and the human potential through the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the legendary Russian pianist and master teacher Rosina Lhevinne (1880-1976). In this film we will learn how her career blossomed after age 65, as she taught such now world-famous pupils as John Browning, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, James Levine, Hiroko Nakamura, Kun Woo Paik, Daniel Pollack, Jeffrey Siegel, and John Williams. They recount how Lhevinne profoundly influenced them with her 19th century pianistic tradition, inspired them with her humanity, and encouraged them to develop their individuality.

Rosina Lhevinne's remarkable solo performing career began at age 75 and climaxed at age 82 when she made her spectacular debut with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor. This extraordinarily beautiful performance, as well as her previously unreleased chamber music recordings, is heard throughout the film.

The Lhevinne story is told in her own words through informal conversations, recording sessions, archival film and teaching footage. Adding a special dimension are her students’ performances and many insightful interviews with her colleagues: pianist Arthur Rubinstein, musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, violinist Robert Mann, and her daughter Marianna Lhevinne Graham.

Mme. Lhevinne’s passion for life and music infuses the documentary, educating and inspiring the viewer. The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne stands as a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and its ability to endure, transform, nurture and flourish.

   
 
 
   
     
  The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne: ARTICLES, reviews, and Related links.
 


TEACH A GIFTED KID (March 29, 2007)
"A Grand Teacher" by angie - Click to read

PIANO GUILD NOTES REVIEW (Summer 2005, volume 55, no. 1)
“The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne is a True Labor of Love” by Jeannie DeArmond-Henselman - Click to read

THE JUILLIARD JOURNAL ONLINE REVIEW (April 2005)
"Documentary Lovingly Captures the Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne" by Joanna Farrer-   Click to read

THE NEW YORKER, PROFILES: ROSINA LHEVINNE (January 12, 1963)
“The Leaves of a Tree” by Winthrop Sargeant– Click to read