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BOLDT, Frina Arschanska
BOLDT - Frina Arschanska Passed away January 31, 2019, age 89. Frina was raised in the traditions of Russian conservatories and American schools. Her love of the piano began at the age of three and at six she was offered scholarships at the conservatories of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kharkov. Her full course of study at Kharkov included piano, theory and piano ensemble with Regina Horowitz, sister of famed pianist Vladimir. At seventeen, she was the youngest full scholarship student admitted to the Julliard School of Music college division. Frina Arschanska received the degree Master of Music and the Performers Certificate from Indiana University holding a piano scholarship with Sidney Foster. She was a prize winner in the Naumburg Award and the WQXR Radio Auditions. She was a member of the faculty at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and at the Music Center of Lake County (Jack Benny Center for the Arts) in Waukegan, Illinois. She was professor of music at the State University of New York at Buffalo for almost forty years. She organized and directed Piano Marathon Concerts, Parade of American Music events and Piano Festivals attracting students and teachers from throughout the country. Her students won important awards and many have faculty positions at colleges and music schools. Her career as a performer and teacher made her a much sought after adjudicator and she served as Chair of the Jury for the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition. Frina was the beloved wife of the late Kenwyn G. Boldt; dear mother of David (Susan) Boldt and Steven Boldt; cherished grandmother of Maria (Patrick) Steffen, Elizabeth (Jason) Popielarz and Sarah (Alain) Charlier; great-grandmother of David, Andre, Helen and Bryson; and sister of Zhanna Dawson.