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Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, born in Somerville, Massachusetts, February 9, 1938, is a first generation Armenian-American whose father was a survivor of the genocide, and much of her music reflects a deep-rooted ethnic background. The strong influences of her first spoken language, Armenian, and of the folk music in the home where she grew up, are important elements in her musical language. Her early love for music was sparked by her mother, a talented violinist.

Dianne began her musical training as a pianist in Boston with Antoine Louis Moeldner, who studied with two of Leschetitzky's most illustrious pupils, Helen Hopekirk and Paderewski. The Moeldner-Hopekirk connection would have particular impact: Moeldner had been a teaching assistant to Ossip Gabrilovich, while Helen Hopekirk was herself a highly respected composer and pianist, and served as an early role model for Goolkasian Rahbee. The influence of this distinguished lineage was a powerful inspiration. She continued her studies at Juilliard as a piano major and at Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria studying chamber music with Enrico Mainardi. In later years, Dianne studied piano privately with David Saperton in New York and Lily Dumont, Russell Sherman, and Veronica Jochum in Boston. As a self-taught composer, she began writing pieces for her piano students and received encouragement to continue this work from Constance Keene and David Saperton among others.

At age 40, Goolkasian Rahbee began concentrating on composing, and has since produced a large body of works for piano solo, orchestra, instrumental ensembles, percussion, and voice. Her music is performed internationally, and many large festivals have featured her works in the U.S. and abroad.

Explore Piano Publications by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

Three Close Friends, Op. 182Late IntermediateThe FJH Piano Ensemble SeriesTrio (Six Hands/One Piano)E1070
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 31AdvancedThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1013
Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 128 AdvancedThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1014
Piano Sonata No. 3, Odyssey, Op. 83AdvancedThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1015
Preludes, Volume 1 IntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1017
Preludes, Volume 2Late IntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1018
Concertino No. 1 Peasant Folk Dance, Op. 82 for Piano and OrchestraIntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsDuo (Four Hands/Two Pianos)J1019
Pictures and Beyond, Book 1ElementaryThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1031
Modern Miniatures for Piano Solo, Volume 1Late ElementaryThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1005
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 25AdvancedThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1007
Modern Miniatures for Piano Solo, Volume 2 IntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1011
Phantasie Variations, Op. 12AdvancedThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1012
Pictures and Beyond, Book 2Early IntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard EditionsSoloJ1032
Toccata “Hygagan”, Opus 229Late IntermediateThe FJH Contemporary Keyboard SheetsSoloJS2002