Pianist Ruth Slenczynska Receives Honorary Doctorate from Curtis Institute of Music

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Thought to be “the best piano genius since Mozart,” American pianist Ruth Slenczynska was honored for her celebrated profession at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Slenczynska attended the college and took piano approach classes with Isabelle Venegerova. It has been reported that she was one of many youngest college students at Curtis at age 5. A toddler prodigy within the Twenties, Slenczynska continues 9 a long time later as an lively performer.

Most lately, Slencyznska carried out on the 2021 Chopin Worldwide Competition within the Polish Embassy in New York — and celebrated her 97th birthday with a recital at Lebanon Valley Faculty in Pennsylvania on February 6, 2022.

Slenczynska studied with a number of the most celebrated pianists in historical past. Because the final residing pupil of the composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, she remembers days after they would drink tea collectively and as a long-lasting reminiscence, she nonetheless wears a Fabergé egg necklace the good musician gifted to her.

Her most up-to-date album My Life in Music was launched this 12 months on the Decca label. It’s impressed by Slenczynska’s private connections with Rachmaninoff and American composer Samuel Barber, who was her fellow pupil and buddy. Slenczynska heard Barber’s now world-famous Adagio for Strings within the classroom, even earlier than it had its title.

You should buy the album right here.