Title/Position: Professor Emeritus, PianoProfile:
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?
1. Winning the famous Premio Alcaldia in Havana
2. Winning the concerto competition in the Municipal Conservatory in Havana
3. Performing my debut in New York’s Town Hall in 1950
4. Performing on-air for the New York classical station WQXR
5. Performing the song La Bella Cubana with six of my grandchildren in one of my Piano Gala Concerts
What would you want a potential Frost School of Music student to know about you?
That I am completely committed to passing on my many years of experience and accumulated knowledge, as well as my devotion to teaching and my profound interest in their careers.
Talk about an outstanding performance that you recall.
I recall a summer concert in New York where my teacher, Claudio Arrau performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in the Lewison Stadium to full capacity. His magnificent performance received a standing ovation of more than fifteen minutes.
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.