became a member of the piano faculty of the University
of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976. Commemorating
the centennial of Mme. Lhevinne’s birth in 1980,
Salome Arkatov created and developed an acclaimed a four hour radio
documentary series on Rosina Lhevinne, titled “A
Portrait of Rosina Lhevinne,” with station KUSC
in Los Angeles. The program was funded by the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation and received wide distribution on National
Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting System. The
positive audience response served as stimulation for Mrs.
Arkatov to later create a visual as well as audio documentary
about the legendary pianist and master teacher.
In 1988, the Office of Instructional Development awarded
her a major in-kind grant to commence an educational
documentary on Rosina Lhevinne. Upon Mrs. Arkatov’s
retirement from UCLA in 1993, she was honored by the
Danforth Foundation for her humanistic teaching and
by the university for her innovative instruction. Mrs.
Arkatov then turned her focus to filmmaking and created
Her first film, The Legacy
of Rosina Lhevinne, was completed in 2003 as
a tribute to her great teacher and mentor. Among the
many awards received are: First Prize Woman Director
at the San Luis Obispo International
Film Festival ; and First Prize, Festival Theme
Award: Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film at the
Ojai Film Festival, and Grand Prize at the Rhode
Island International Film Festival.
After the untimely death of John Browning, Mme. Lhevinne’s
renowned student, Salome Arkatov was motivated to create
a film honoring her close friend. It is titled Memories
of John Browning: The Lhevinne Legacy Continues
and was completed in 2007. The film has been highlighted
at such events as the Music Teachers
National Association Conference, Portland International
Piano Festival and was featured
in the Skirball
Cultural Center’s Cultural Film Series, The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and The International Rachmaninoff Society Conference.