About The Artist...
Vera Rathje's approach to the classical piano is an overwhelming reflection of the influence she readily absorbed from her two major mentors: Mme. Rosina Lhevinne and Eugene List. She studied with Mme. Lhevinne at the Juilliard School, where she became the confidante and friend of the legendary Russian pianist. After Mme. Lhevinne's death, she was coached by one of America's most beloved pianists, Eugene List.
Vera Rathje made her debut recital in 1981 at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City, receiving
enthusiastic reviews. Carlos Montalban, writing for the Spanish-language News Syndicate, compared
her playing to that of his compratriot artist, Alicia de Larrocha. Vera Rathje, at an early age, was the
winner of several international piano competions.
Since 1989, she lives at Alpine, in the San Diego foothills. She continues to perform, to accompany vocal and instrumental artists, including students, and to teach privately.
Hear her play....
If you would like to hear the artist play, you have three choices. But, be aware, these are large files!
- Robert Schumann, Sonata #2, op.22, end of rondo.
30 seconds, 643 Kb, a .wav type file.
- Lukas Foss, Three Pieces for Flute and Piano, section from Composer's Holiday.
36 seconds, 802 Kb, a .wav type file.
- Claude Debussy, Poison d'Or, ending.
1.28 min., 1911 Kb, a .wav type file.
If you would like to get in touch with the artist, please e-mail Vera Rathje or call her at 619/445-2502.
Rosina Lhevinne, (1880-1976) Russian-born pianist. Married to world-famous pianist Joseph Lhevinne, (1874-1944.) Mme. Lhevinne taught at the Juilliard School until shortly before her death. Among her students were pianists
Misha Dichter, Van Cliburn and Ursula Oppens.
Eugene List, (1918-1985) reknowned American pianist who played with all major orchestras of the world. Played at the Potsdam Conference (1945) before Stalin, Churchill and President Truman. His wife, Carroll Glenn, was a well known violinist. For many years, Mr. List headed the Piano Department at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.
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