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Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist, composer. member Phi Mu Alpha; Served In United States Army, 1942-1944.


Rubinstein was born in Athens, Georgia, where his father Isaac Rubinstein was the rabbi of the Congregation of the Children of Israel.


He married Elsa Landesmann who attended Wellesley College. He then studied piano in Berlin, Germany with Ferruccio Busoni and others, making his debut in New York City in a joint concert with Eugène Ysaÿe in 1916.


And teacher. He was a child prodigy on the piano, and made his New York City debut in 1911, with a concert at the Metropolitan Opera House. There followed several American and European tours. He also toured as an assistant pianist for the Duncan Dancers, a troupe headed by Isadora Duncan.

In 1921 he joined the music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, serving as the institution's director from 1932 until his death. He wrote an Outline of Piano Pedagogy (1929). Among the works he composed were two piano concertos, a string quartet, and numerous pieces and studies for piano solo.

After the U.S. entry into World War II, Rubinstein (then 43) enlisted in the U.S. Army with the rank of captain in the Fifth Service Command. He was given the role of coordinating the unit's wartime musical activities. From 1942 to 1944 he traveled 20,000 miles and participated in seventy-five concerts for servicemen in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

After the war Rubinstein returned to Cleveland to resume the directorship of CIM, which expanded greatly over the next decade. Rubinstein died in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1952 and was buried at Mayfield Cemetery.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (for orchestra) Scherzo, Suite. (opera) The Sleeping Beauty. (for piano) Sonatina in C Sharp Minor.

      Two Studies, Four Fantastic Pieces, Suite Romantique, Musical Fancies, Twelve Definitions for Piano, Thirty-two piano studies, A Day in the Country (5 impromptus), Gavotte, Sarabande, Gigue, Arabesque, Nocturne, Caprice, (piano) Scenes from Carrolls Alice in Wonderland, Concerto in C for piano and orchestra, Suite for Two Pianos. (for violin) Scherzo Serenade, Plainte de Pierrot. (for string quartet) Passepied.

      (for voice) Three Songs, Prayer of Praise for male chorus). (orchestra with male chorus) Letter From the Front, Dedication. Arrangements for piano solo of four songs from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

      Latest compositions: The Pied Piper, 1951. Fantasy for Violin and Piano, 1951. Partita for Piano, 1952.

      Author: Outline of Piano Pedagogy. Pianist’s Approach to Sight-reading and memorizing. Has made several recordings.


Member Phi Mu Alpha; Served In United States Army, 1942-1944.


Married Elsa Landesman, December 29, 1925. Children: Ellen (Mistress Edric A. Weld, Junior.

Isaac Rubinstein

Matilda (Abrahams) Rubinstein

Elsa Landesman

Jr Rubinstein

Ellen (Mistress Edric A. Weld Rubinstein