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
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