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The music you hear in the background is Seymour Bernstein's performance of Chopin's Nocturne in G Major, recorded when he was 15 years old on a portable vinyl recording machine placed on the floor of his parents' apartment in Newark, NJ. Once through, no splicing. It is one of many outstanding live performances found on his 2-CD set entitled RETROSPECTIVE.

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Books and Music: CDs:
  • A Retrospective
    Selected live performances spanning Seymour Bernstein's performing career.
  • Seymour Bernstein Performs His Own Compositions
    A 2-CD treasure-trove comprising 98 tracks of Seymour Bernstein's compositions, from elementary to advanced grades. This well-known composer/pianist not only performs his own compositions but also reads the stories associated with his animal books for children – Raccoons, Belinda the Chipmunk, and Köchel and Sheila (his two Siamese cats). Included are live performances of some of his advanced works.

announces a new publication
by Seymour Bernstein

A first of its kind, this book contains revelatory insights on Chopin’s pedal
indications, and the crescendo/diminuendo signs, often called “hairpins.”

To order copies of Seymour Bernstein's publications, contact:
Burt & Company
or telephone
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at 1-800-626-3822

For information about the Festschrift,
a series of dedicatory articles created to
celebrate his 75th birthday, go to this Website:
Or telephone Alison Thomas at: (212) 781-5377
or Birgit Matzerath at: (603) 228-4485

"Seymour Bernstein Triumphs at the Piano"
(Donal Henahan, The New York Times)

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Seymour Bernstein was already teaching piano at the age of fifteen, his teacher at the time, Clara Husserl, having arranged for him to supervise the practicing of some of her gifted younger pupils. He soon had a class of pupils of his own, some of whom are still studying with him. He achieved local fame quite early as a performer, winning the Griffith Artist Award at the age of seventeen. Inducted into the army during the Korean War, he gave concerts on the front lines and for top military leaders. During this experience, he came to understand that he possessed a missionary zeal, a desire to bring music's message to a wider audience. A concert career that took him to Asia, Europe, and throughout the Americas brought this goal to fruition, as have his books With Your Own Two Hands and 20 Lessons in Keyboard Choreography, which have been published in German, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. Two new books, Monsters and Angels: Surviving a Career in Music and Chopin: Interpreting His Notational Symbols, have recently been published by Manduca Music Publications.

Seymour Bernstein studied with such notable musicians as Alexander Brailowsky, Sir Clifford Curzon, Jan Gorbaty, Nadia Boulanger, and Georges Enesco. In 1969 he made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Villa-Lobos. The winner of the First Prize and Prix Jacques Durand at Fontainebleau, the National Federation of Music Clubs Award for Furthering American Music Abroad, a Beebe Foundation grant, two Martha Baird Rockefeller grants, and four State Department grants, he made a point of offering master classes and lecture recitals wherever his concert tours took him. When grant money allowed, he filled his suitcases with scores to distribute to teachers and students.

One of the most sought-after clinicians in this country and abroad, Mr. Bernstein is also a prolific composer, with many works on the best-seller list. His compositions range from teaching material for students of all levels to the most sophisticated concert pieces. He continues to perform as a guest artist with chamber ensembles and serves regularly on the juries of a number of international competitions. He maintains a private studio in New York City and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University. On December 18, 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Shenandoah University.

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