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Isabelle Vengerova
Born 1 March 1877
Minsk
Died 7 February 1956
New York City
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pianist, music teacher
Instruments Piano
Years active 1906–1956

Isabelle Vengerova (1 March [O.S. 17 February] 1877 – 7 February 1956) was a Russian, later American, pianist and music teacher

She was born Izabella Afanasyevna Vengerova (Изабелла Афанасьевна Венгерова), in Minsk (now in Belarus). Her elder brother Semyon Vengerov was a venerable literary historian. She studied the piano at the Vienna Conservatory with Josef Dachs, and privately with Theodor Leschetizky; in Saint Petersburg she studied with Anna Yesipova. From 1906 to 1920 she taught at the Imperial Conservatory in St Petersburg and then toured the USSR and Western Europe from 1920 to 1923, when she settled in the USA. While still in St. Petersburg in 1910, she recorded three pieces on Welte-Mignon player piano music rolls.[1]

In 1924 she helped found the Curtis Institute and in 1933 joined the faculty of the Mannes College, teaching at both institutions until her death in New York in 1956. She made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1925.[2][3] Vengerova was also known for her painstaking attention to detail and for a psychological insight that brought out the best in each pupil. While she denied having a particular method, she drilled all students in techniques designed to achieve expressive playing and beautiful tone, keeping the fingers close to the keys for evenness and a seamless legato; playing deeply in the keys while using the weight of the forearm and a flexible wrist to achieve a full singing tone without harshness, and controlling tone by higher or lower positions of the wrist.

Among her pupils were Ralph Berkowitz, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Anthony di Bonaventura, Gary Graffman, Abbey Simon, Gilbert Kalish, Jacob Lateiner, Leonard Pennario, Menahem Pressler, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Stanley Babin.

She was the maternal aunt and first teacher of Nicolas Slonimsky.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Charles D, and Richard J. Howe. The Welte-Mignon: Its Music and Musicians. Vestal, N.Y: Published by Vestal Press for the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association, 1994, p. 484. ISBN 9781879511170
  2. ^ Schick, Robert D, and Isabelle Vengerova. The Vengerova System of Piano Playing. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1982, p. 2. ISBN 9780271035475
  3. ^ Smith, Charles D, and Richard J. Howe. The Welte-Mignon: Its Music and Musicians. Vestal, N.Y: Published by Vestal Press for the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association, 1994, p. 484. ISBN 9781879511170
  1. R. Gerig. Famous Pianists and their Technique (Washington DC, 1974)
  2. G. Graffman. I Really should be Practicing (New York, 1981)
  3. R.D. Schick. The Vengerova System of Piano Playing (University Park, PA, 1982)
  4. J. Rezits. Beloved Tyranna: the Legend and Legacy of Isabelle Vengerova (Bloomington, IN, 1995)

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18 news items

Philly.com

Philly.com
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:04:48 -0700

... degree in French literature from Columbia in 1950 and master's in 1961 from the Juilliard School of Music, where he trained with Adele Marcus, having studied with Robert and Gaby Casadesus from 1946 to 1949 and Isabelle Vengerova from 1944 to 1946.

Corvallis Gazette Times

Corvallis Gazette Times
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:38:39 -0800

After graduating Puyallup High School she won the prestigious Claudio Arrau Scholarship that sent her to New York City for four years of study with the renowned Madame Isabelle Vengerova. Joanne was music! Her whole being was intertwined around it ...

NPR

NPR
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 05:23:37 -0800

And Graffman knows more than a little something about good teachers himself. He studied with greats like Vladimir Horowitz, Rudolf Serkin, and Isabelle Vengerova — the same teacher who also trained Leonard Bernstein. I think it's really interesting to ...

New Yorker

New Yorker
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:44:34 -0800

In the winter of 1900, six-year-old Nicolas Slonimsky was introduced to the world of popular Russian ditties. “Little bird, what did you do? I drank vodka, so did you,” he would warble to enchanted relatives. Isabelle Vengerova, his aunt, who was a ...
 
San Francisco Classical Voice
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:18:56 -0800

There she studied with the great Isabelle Vengerova, (teacher of Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Anthony di Bonaventura, Gary Graffman, Abbey Simon, Gilbert Kalish, Jacob Lateiner, Leonard Pennario, and Nicholas Slonimsky, her nephew).

Irish Times

Irish Times
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:01:20 -0700

Gilbert Kalish, the lauded American pianist whose career started under the tutelage of Isabelle Vengerova, has performed with Upshaw for more than two decades and will be on stage with her in Kilkenny. Upshaw was familiar with Donnacha Dennehy's work ...
 
Broadway World
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:37:41 -0700

Having started piano studies at age four, Mr. Graffman entered The Curtis Institute of Music in 1936 when he was seven as a piano student of Isabelle Vengerova. After graduating from Curtis in 1946, he made his debut with Eugene Ormandy and the ...
 
Examiner.com
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:38:57 -0800

Gary Graffman has been associated with the Curtis Institute since 1936. At the age of seven, he was accepted as a pupil of Isabelle Vengerova. President and Director for over two decades, Graffman has taught, amongst others, Yuja Wang, Ignat ...
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