Dena Bat-Yaacov (1932-1981) was a concert pianist specializing in the work of Jewish composers, particularly Charles Alkan.
Born in Denver, Colorado, she relocated to Los Angeles in her twenties and spent the rest of her life in that city. The collection
includes biographical and promotional materials, including publicity photos, some correspondence, and recital programs spanning
her performance career.
Dena Bat-Yaacov was born Dena Heller in Denver, Colorado, on September 9, 1932. She began piano lessons at age seven, the
same year she entered Hebrew school, and made her public debut at thirteen. After attending the University of Colorado, where
she studied under Howard Waltz, Bat-Yaacov transferred to the Music Academy of the West in Montecito, California, where she
studied with Sarah Compinsky. Later in her career, she studied with Bernardo Segal, Alvin Davis, Edward Auer, and Earle Voorhies.
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