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Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Donald Isler » Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:30 am

Below is the new Wikipedia biography for Sina Berlinski, a remarkable lady who was my first piano teacher. and who will celebrate her 100th birthday next week.

Mrs. Berlinski was (and still is!) a strong personality and a very knowledgeable and dedicated teacher who encouraged me when I was a child, many years ago, and encourages me still! When we speak on the phone this Cortot student, who knows and loves the classical repertoire, always wants to know what I'm working on, and if that includes contemporary music she is particularly pleased!

I wish my teacher all the best as she celebrates her birthday!

Sina Berlinski
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Sina Berlinski (née Goldfein) (Leipzig, Germany, 27 August 1910) is an American pianist, piano teacher and voice coach, now in retirement.

Her husband was the late Herman Berlinski (1910—2001), a composer, organist, pianist, musicologist and choir conductor. Her son, David (born 1942), is a philosopher, educator and author of fiction and non-fiction; and her granddaughter is Claire Berlinski (born 1968)[1], a novelist, biographer, freelance journalist and travel writer.

Sina Goldfein was born in Leipzig of Jewish parents in 1910, attended the Orthodox Jewish Ephraim Carlebach School and then commenced music studies at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1927.

There she developed sound keyboard skills under the direction of Robert Teichmüller and her long-interest in lieder was enhanced by recitals and teaching by leading mezzo-soprano Elena Gerhardt, then head of the conservatory's singing department. Later she was auditioned and became a member of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir[2] which was under the directorship of Karl Straube. There she had the experience of singing memorable works such as J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor, and Beethoven's "Choral" Symphony. As a result of her experience, she developed a strong interest in chamber music, song and accompaniment, and this was to shape later the direction of her professional career.

In 1933, as the National Socialist party gained power in Germany, she fled to Paris. There she re-met Herman Berlinski whom she had known both at school and the conservatory, and they were married in 1934.

In Paris she studied piano with Alfred Cortot at l'École Normale de Musique, but was forced to leave France with her husband in 1940 following the fall of France to the Germans and the subsequent collaboration of the Vichy régime in expelling Jews and other "undesirables".

The Berlinskis arrived in New York City in 1941, established their home in Manhattan, and their son David was born the following year. They continued to live in New York, where her husband worked and studied, until he was appointed in 1963 to a position in Washington, D.C..

Right from the time of her arrival in the US, Sina Berlinski began giving private piano lessons, often spending long parts of each day travelling so she could do so. Later she undertook teaching responsibilities, particularly the training of accompanists, with the American University and The Catholic University of America. She also did extensive work with singers, with a special focus on the relationship between the music and the text.

Herman Berlinski retired in 1977 and died in 2001. Sina Berlinski remained in Washington where she too is in retirement. She will celebrate her 100th birthday on 27 August 2010.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Agnes Selby » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:31 am

I wish your remarkable teacher a very Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by stenka razin » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:47 am

Donald, What wonderful news for your teacher. Ms. Berlinski is a centenarian......That is quite a remarkable achievement, m8. 8)

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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Lance » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:26 pm

And I too convey my very best wishes to Mme. Berlinski. It's really good of you to take the time to honour this wonderful woman and musician, Donald.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Donald Isler » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:00 am

Just spoke with Mrs. Berlinski, now that the birthday has arrived. She's grateful to have made it this far, and happy her family has come to celebrate with her. She also says there are some mistakes in the biography above, but she doesn't care. Neither of us know who wrote it, but I'm glad someone did.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Werner » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:53 pm

(This is Donald.)

Sina Berlinski
(August 27th, 1910 - February 21st, 2011)

Never got around to writing anything about Mrs. Berlinski after she died, following a brief illness back in February. Hopefully, she was not aware that she suffered the indignity of having her biography removed from Wikipedia because, unlike her husband, the composer Herman Berlinski, and her son, the author, David Berlinski, she was not considered "important enough" by the powers that be to remain there.

But (although I did not write that bio, and don't know who did) I always considered her important, as my first piano teacher, and valued her advice, and encouragement, until she was 100 years old.

It is sad that she is no longer here for this birthday, but I'm glad that she lived a life full of accomplishment, and that she had so many of them.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Donaldopato » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:11 pm

Sad that it is not there, try resubmitting it. Wikipedia has stronger policies about living persons than deceased. She surely merits a mention.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Donaldopato » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:18 pm

I tried... but it won't let me as it was "administratively deleted". Sorry... there is so much junk out there in Wikipedia and articles of similar nature... but since it was once there, it has to be re-approved.
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Re: Sina Berlinski At 100

Post by Werner » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:21 pm

I'm happy to see that Donald has paid this tribute to a grand lady, whom we all knew through the years. Along the way, I also had some lessons with her and benefited from her jugment and advice. But what particularly impressed me was her contiuedinterest in any evidene of his work that Donald sent her. She always took time to listen to it, and let Donald have her appreciation in a handerioting that id not deterioprate with age.
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