Professor Emeritus, Piano, Accompanying and Chamber Music
Professor Emeritus Paul Posnak’s international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age eight. He won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition as well as the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Now professor and program director in accompanying and chamber music for the University of Miami Frost School of Music, he has performed at such venues as the White House, the Supreme Court, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York and throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to critical acclaim. A highly regarded collaborative artist, Dr. Posnak has worked with many world-renowned vocalists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel, and performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. He has fourteen recordings of solo and chamber works for labels such as EMI, Naxos, Vox, Arabesque, Centaur, Yamaha Disklavier Artist Series and Cambria including his latest CD recording, The Tangos of Ernesto Nazareth, released in 2006. Dr. Posnak's reconstructions of the brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas “Fats” Waller from the old recordings and radio broadcasts have established him as a world authority and his recent film on Chopin, directed by documentary film maker Anthony Allegro, has attracted international attention.
Professor Emeritus, Piano
Rosalina Sackstein, Professor Emeritus (Piano), retired from the Frost School of Music in 2012. She received B.S. and B.A degrees and a Performer’s Certificate in piano, violin, theory, and solfege from the Conservatory of Music, Camaguey, Cuba. She earned her M.Ed. degree from the University of Miami and a doctorate in pedagogy from the University of Havana, Cuba. Sackstein was a student of Claudio Arrau, Isabelle Vengerova, and Rafael DeSilva. She appears as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad, conducts master classes and piano workshops, and serves as an adjudicator in competitions.