HERBERT STESSIN

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STESSIN--Herbert. 88, of New York, died January 22, 2011, beloved brother of Belle Hammerschlag Trattler, husband of the late Nancy Stessin, stepfather of David Dundee and his wife Betty, cherished uncle of Stephanie Bernheim and Paul Hammerschlag, MD, great uncle of Erica Bernheim, Claudia Bernheim, Zoe Hammerschlag, Grey and Linus Raphaely, stepgrandfather of Owen and Sara Dundee. As an esteemed member of the New York musical community, he was an adored and respected teacher of generations of piano students, many of whom are celebrated artists and teachers. He studied piano with Clarence Adler, Jose Iturbi, and Sascha Gorodnitzki. After graduating from CCNY, he served in WWII, concertizing for the American troops and then working for Intelligence, interrogating war prisoners. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1950, and performed nationwide with James De La Fuente under Columbia Artist Management. His illustrious long-term teaching career at the Julliard School of Music included chairmanship of the Piano Department. He was a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival (1983-2007) and at the Nagano Festival. He led master classes at Harvard, in Japan, Jerusalem, and was named Distinguished Teacher by a White House Commission of Presidential Scholars in 1995. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Herbert Stessin, to The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 or The Aspen Music Festival and School. His sparkling wit and generous spirit will be missed. A memorial is being planned.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 26, 2011
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