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Berthe Odnoposoff

Piano

940-369-7537

Berthe Huberman Odnoposoff was born in Paris, France to a musical family; she is related to violinist Bronislaw Huberman and married cellist Adolfo Odnoposoff, whose brother Ricardo is a famous violinist. Ms. Odnoposoff lived in Havana, Cuba, where whe studied under the guidance of Russian pianist Jascha Fisherman as well as Erwin Herbst and Joaquin Nin, and took master classes with Rosita Renard. She holds a bachelor of arts and sciences degree, a diploma in piano, and a diploma in theory and harmony from the Ministry of Education, Havana, Cuba.

For five years Odnoposoff taught group piano at the Department of Music of the University of Puerto Rico. Since 1976, she has been a member of the piano faculty at the University of North Texas.

In 1989, Ms. Odnoposoff organized the Hispanic Friends Pro-Musica whose goal is to support the College of Music and at the same time promote Hispanic music and artists. The group represents a variety of nationalities, including Mexico, Central and South American countries, Caribbean Islands, Spain, and Portugal. The leadership of Hispanic Friends Pro-Musica is committed to serving gifted and talented Hispanic students who have selected the UNT College of Music for their advanced musical studies. A scholarship has been established for Hispanic students pursuing doctoral studies here.

The City of Houston made her an Honorary Citzen as a goodwill ambassador in 1980; the Department of Health and Human Services awarded her for "her world renown contribution to Hispanic music and its civilization" in 1983 and 1984; she was inducted into the National Guild of Piano Teachers Hall of Fame in 1987; and she was an Honor Teacher for the "Van Cliburn Concert Series" at UNT in 1988. Ms. Odnoposoff is a member of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for international scholars. The Denton Music Teachers Association (DMTA) awarded her the DMTA Collegiate Teacher of the Year in 2000. She has been a member since 1976 and has participated in all activities (recitals, festivals, auditions) with full class capacity.

In 1985, Ms. Odnoposoff performed with the UNT Summer Music Institute at Tunghai University in Taiwan. In 1987, she was awarded and adjudicator of Piano Accompanists at the First Emanuel Feuermann Memorial International Solo Competition and Symposia and performed with Adolfo Odnoposoff in a Latin American music recital at the University of Texas at Austin. Also that year, she performed with her husband and son (Ricardo), Beethoven's Triple Concerto in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Works dedicated to her and her late husband include: Sonatina (by Jose Ardevol, Cuba); Leyenda del Ariel Criollo (Aurelio de la Vega, Cuba); Sonata (Rodolfo Halffter, Mexico); Sonata (Blas-Galindo, Mexico); Sonatina (Manuel Enriquez, Mexico); Sonata (Eduardo Mata, Mexico); Hoja de Album (Luis Sandi, Mexico); Sonatina (Luis Sandi, Mexico); Sonata (Tapia Colman, Mexico); Concierto para 'Cello y Orquesta (Guillermo Gretzer, Argentina); Sonata (Roque Cordero, Panama); Sonatina (Federico Heinlein, Chile); Variaciones sobre un tema italiano (Cesar Brero, Argentina); Elegia (Manuel Ugarte, Argentina); Diferencias No. 3 (Antonio Taurielo, Argentina); Arawak para 'Cello and Electronic Sounds (Hector Campos Parsi, Puerto Rico); Romanza (Ninon de Brower, Santo Domingo); Clastics: Formations for Solo 'Cello (Martin Mailman, Texas); Movimiento de Sonata (German Borda, Colombia); Serenata for 'Cello and Orchestra (Paul Csonka, Austria); Sonata Elegiaca (Luis Antonio Ramirez, Puerto Rico); Dialogo No.1 (Roberto Sierra, Puerto Rico); and Salsa on the C String (Roberto Sierra, Puerto Rico).