Originally from Israel, Rina first burst into the international scene at the age of 13 when she made her debut with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mendessohn’s Piano Concerto No. in G minor. She then went on to win prizes at the world’s major international piano competitions: the International Competition for Young Pianists in Senegalia, Italy (Gold Medal-1981); the Jerusalem Symphony’s Young Artists Competition (1985) the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York (1987); the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv (Silver Medal-1989). She also won the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists. Awarded a special prize as the best Israeli performer, Rina has built an impressive career that has taken her to Italy, Spain, Japan, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and of course, the US where she now resides.
Rina has performed solo recitals in such prestigious concerts halls as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Ruth Ackerd Hall in Florida. Her chamber music engagements have included appearances at such world-renowned festivals as the Spoleto Festivals – USA and Italy, Ravinia Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival and Chamber Music East.
Apart from her frequent performances with Henry Gronnier and the Rossetti String Quartet, she has collaborated with Soren Bagratuni, Joshua Bell, members of the Borromeo String Quartet, Carter Brey, Colin Carr, Miriam Fried, Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Barnabas Keleman, Kyoko Takezawa and Masuko Ushioda and has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, New England Conservatory Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Charles Symphony. Recent performances include recitals for National Radio in Jerusalem and the Tel-Aviv Museum recital series as well as concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Her discography includes an acclaimed recording on EMI Classics with rising star cellist Alban Gerhardt with whom she has often collaborated, including performances at 92nd Street Y in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and on a tour of Japan.
Rina began her music studies in Israel with Ilona Vinzse at age five. She then studied on a full scholarship with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory where she received a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and a distinguished Artist Diploma. Her coaches have included Richard Goode, Gina Bachauer and Claude Frank.
Rina is also passionately dedicated to her teaching and is a beloved and highly sought after piano teacher. She has given master classes at the University of Northwestern Michigan, University of Connecticut, University of Texas, University of Iowa, and Bank St. College. A resident of Los Angeles, she has performed locally in the Maestro Foundation concerts, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and at Zipper Hall in the ColburnSchool of Music where she also teaches.