We are making plans for a very special summer camp. Please check back soon for more information.
The Nelly Berman School of Music holds weekly performance classes for students to gain performance experience and to receive constructive criticism from the performance class leader (one of the NBS faculty members), and their peers. This Saturday, January 16th, at 2:30 we will welcome a guest pianist and professor from Russia, Tamara Russanova PhD. The class will be held at the NBS Main Building, 461 W Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041. Space is limited, so please e-mail us at email@example.com if you plan on attending.
Tamara Russanova is a Professor of Piano Performance at the Russian Academy of Music (known as the Gnesin Institute), a Distinguished Fellow in the Arts of the Russian Federation, winner of several international music competitions, Acting President of the Russian Schubert Society and the Artistic Director of the Alemdar Karamanov Center for Contemporary Art, an Honorary member of the Board, Schubert Society of the USA.
A graduate of the Gnesin Institute where she studied under Lina Bulatova, Professor Rusanova belongs to the renowned school of Elena Gnesina and Heinrich Neuhaus. Her repertoire centers on the works by Romantic composers. In addition to solo recitals, she conducts academic workshops and Master classes on piano performance and pedagogy and participates in competition juries in Russia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and the USA. Professor Rusanova is the author of Franz Schubert’s Last Piano Sonatas: Composition and Interpretation (2008) and numerous articles. Over the years she has taught over 130 students, among them 40 winners of international competitions, four PhDs in musicology, and a number of accomplished performers and teachers working both in Russia and around the world.
Prof. Rusanova is the main organizer and creative director of “Romanticism: Its Origins and Beyond,” an annual international forum consisting of a music competition and a scholarly conference and jointly sponsored by the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Russian Schubert Society and the Alemdar Karamanov Center for Contemporary Art.
Emma Lo (pictured below)- Winner of the Junior Piano Division
Alison Tatsuoka- Honorable Mention in the Senior Piano Division
Alex Wu- Honorable Mention in the Senior Strings Division
Emma Lo will travel to compete in the Eastern Division Competition later this year. If she wins in the Eastern Division, she will travel to the MTNA National Competition. Additionally, Emma recently played as a soloist with the New Orleans Civic Orchestra as a winner of the 2015 New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition. You can see her videos of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor and the Kapustin etude she played as an encore here:
Nelly Berman, illustrious and charismatic founder of the Nelly Berman School of Music, passed away on August 31, 2015
Her funeral will take place at Goldsteins, Rosenberg, Raphael Sacks, 6410 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19126 on Friday, September 4 at 10:30 AM. Family viewing at 9:30 AM. For directions visit Goldstein’s website for the Philadelphia Funeral Home location.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nelly’s foundation, her legacy to past and future generations of young musicians:
NBS Classical Music Institute
461 W. Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041
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Nelly Berman, a Russian-Jewish pianist from Odessa, Soviet Union, created a premier classical music school in Haverford on the Main Line, which has trained some of Philadelphia’s top young musicians and provided scholarships for their serious studies, died Monday night. She was 77 years old.
During the 35 years her school existed she touched the lives of many generations of young people through music, inspired them to reach beyond and above their comfort level and to seek beauty, depth of emotions and perfection in music performance.
Despite suffering a stroke in 2011, she continued teaching and molding young talented students, passing to them her immeasurable technical performance skills and profound love of classical music. Four days before her death, she applauded her students at a concert at the Nelly Berman School of Music and taught her last student the day before her death following serious heart surgery. She said to her daughter “If I get better after this surgery, I am planning to start teaching more talented children who are serious about music.” As she was driving to the hospital for the surgery, she was discussing the pieces her students will learn during the interim of her recuperation.
The story of her emigration from the former Soviet Union and subsequent integration into the American society reads almost like a fairy tale. Being an immigrant, her life was full of hardship. It was extraordinary that she was able to overcome the staggering pitfalls in her path, as well as to become a trailblazer for many who came to her for help. She became a great mentor, friend and supporter to the students and the teachers at the school. Their lives were forever enriched by this talented, intuitive, fiery, optimistic, generous, and inspiring woman.
The values she had sought in all of the Nelly Berman School students were great beauty of sound, tenderness, passion, and in her ability to touch all hearts through music. She sought and persevered with all of her being to realize her vision for the creation of a non profit corporation, the NBS Classical Music Institute, which awards talented students scholarships to realize their potential in music performance.
Nelly Berman has been a passionately devoted mother, wife and a friend. She is survived by her husband, David Lefkovitz, children, her daughter Elena Berman-Gantard, and her son Dmitry Berman. She is beloved and mourned by her grandchildren Emma, Armand and Jacob, her niece Faina Lushtak, her cousins Emma and Mara and their spouses, her Russian childhood friends Rachel, Bella, Vladik, Luda, Mila, and her American friends Andrea, Elaine and Marina, and many more dear relatives, friends, students and colleagues. The family thanks all their friends and relatives for their support and love.
Our alumna, Anna Claire Lynn-Palevsky, has expressed these thoughts for us all.
I can’t imagine my life without the Nelly Berman School of Music, and I can’t imagine a world without Nelly in it. She had the most incredible gift for turning children into musicians through her passion for teaching, the joy she found and shared in music, and most of all, her constant faith in every single student who walked through her doors. The things I learned in her music school have shaped every aspect of my life. Thank you for all the love and trust you always showed me, Nelly. It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given.
For more information please contact Nelly’s daughter, Elena, at