Barbara Nissman (born December 31, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American pianist. She is especially known for her interpretations and performances of the works of Alberto Ginastera and Sergei Prokofiev which feature prominently in her repertoire. She is also a writer and a producer of a new DVD series, and a guest clinician presenting concerts, master classes and lectures world-wide.
Barbara Nissman at the Concertgebouw, 2017
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Nissman's international career was personally launched by Eugene Ormandy with debuts arranged in all of the major European capitals after he heard her perform as a student at the University of Michigan. She subsequently made her American professional debut as soloist with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also performed with some of the leading orchestras in Europe, including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Munich Philharmonic. In the United States she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others. She has worked with major conductors of our time, including Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Leonard Slatkin.
The final composition of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, Piano Sonata No. 3, was dedicated to Nissman; its first performance was given at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 1982. Nissman uncovered the manuscript of Ginastera's Concierto Argentino in the Fleisher Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia and reintroduced the piece in 2011 with the blessings of the composer’s estate. In 2010, the last composition by Benjamin Lees, Visage, was written for Nissman. She has also participated in many other premiere performances.
Nissman made history in 1989 by becoming the first pianist to perform the complete piano sonatas of Sergei Prokofiev in a series of three recitals in both New York and London. Her recordings of this repertoire represented the first complete set of Prokofiev's piano sonatas made available on compact disc.
In 2017, the Three Oranges Foundation was established with the primary goal of making classical music accessible and relevant to everyman: taking it into the community, bringing it into the schools, and making it part of the daily lives of the average person. The Foundation will support the innovative educational work of Barbara as manifested in her lectures, master-classes, informal concerts, solo and orchestral appearances, benefit concerts, and her uniquely conceived DVD series of educational master classes.
Education and awardsEdit
Nissman attended the University of Michigan on full scholarship and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1966. Upon graduation she was awarded the Stanley Medal (named after Albert A. Stanley, Director of the School of Music from 1888 to 1921), "presented annually to the graduating senior...most outstanding in his or her curriculum, with special consideration given to scholarship and public performance."
In 1966 she was awarded a three-year National Defense Education Act Title IV fellowship for her master and doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Nissman was also awarded a three-year post-doctoral grant from the university (underwritten by the Power Foundation in 1969) to begin her international performing career. In 1981 she was the recipient of the Michigan Alumnae Council's Athena Award, bestowed annually since 1973 "on outstanding alumnae who have distinguished themselves in professional and humanitarian endeavors," and the School of Music's Citation of Merit Award in 1996, presented annually "to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society, their profession, [or to the university]."
Nissman also received grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts recital grant to present the Prokofiev sonata series at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 1989.
In 2003, Nissman was one of 23 pianists profiled in the article "Hall of Legends," which appeared in the Steinway & Sons 150th Anniversary Commemorative Publication. The profiled pianists, chosen from the thousands of past and present Steinway artists, also included Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Diana Krall, Van Cliburn, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., James Levine, Murray Perahia, Edward Kennedy Ellington, Alfred Brendel, Randy Newman, Evgeny Kissin, Herbie Hancock, Krystian Zimerman, Christopher O'Riley, Maurizio Pollini, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Marcus Roberts, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Wagner, and Billy Taylor.
In 2006, Nissman was elected to the Court of Honor of Distinguished Daughters of the Philadelphia High School for Girls "for outstanding lifetime achievement as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, recording artist and educator."
In March 2016, she was honored by the State of West Virginia Division of Culture and History with its "Order of the Arts & Historical Letters" as well as its "Excellence in Support of the Arts" award.
Barbara Nissman has long been associated with the music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, and the composer's final work, Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 54 (1982) is dedicated to her. In 1976 she was invited by the composer to play his Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 28 (1961) in Geneva at his sixtieth birthday celebration, where she performed the work with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jean-Marie Auberson. She also presented the Netherlands premiere of the concerto at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and its UK premiere with the BBC Symphony, and has performed the concerto with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin.
In 2006 she co-hosted a five-part BBC Radio 3 series that featured Ginastera as Composer-of-the-Week. In 2011, with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, she performed all 3 piano concertos in one evening including Concierto Argentino for piano and orchestra (an early work written in 1935 and then withdrawn from the catalogue by the composer shortly after its first performance) and the first performance in its original form of Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 39 (1972). Nissman et al.'s disc of all three concerti on the Pierian label represents the first recording of all three works and the “official reintroduction” of the Concierto Argentino. After Nissman discovered this concerto in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in Philadelphia, Aurora Natola-Ginastera, the widow of the composer, granted her exclusivity to perform the work and also to make available its first recording. Nissman is also the editor of the new critical edition of Piano Concerto No. 2, published by Boosey & Hawkes.
In 2016 Nissman celebrated Ginastera’s 100th birthday with a series of concerts devoted to the man and his music at Spectrum in NYC  and also at Kings Place, London  as well as master classes and lectures throughout the UK. On April 28, 2016, Nissman gave a lecture and performed works by Ginastera at a special celebration held at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Nissman made history in 1989 by becoming the first pianist to perform the complete piano sonatas of Sergei Prokofiev in a series of three recitals in both New York and London, and premiered the two-page fragment of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 10 in E minor, Op. 137 (1952) during her Prokofiev series at Lincoln Center. Her recordings of this repertoire represented the first complete set of Prokofiev's piano sonatas made available on compact disc.
As a Prokofiev scholar and authority, Nissman first visited the Soviet Union in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, as a guest of the Embassy of Denmark in Moscow. In 1998 she returned to Russia as a guest of the Moscow State Conservatory to present master classes and concerts of Prokofiev's music, and also presented master classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
On May 8, 2004, Nissman presented a lecture at the University of London titled “Prokofiev Meets Gershwin: Gershwin Meets Prokofiev,” as part of a conference titled Prokofiev and America. The conference, which also featured lectures by Arnold Whittall, Alastair Macaulay, Harlow Robinson, Noëlle Mann, et al., was jointly sponsored by the university’s Sergei Prokofiev Archive and its Institute of United States Studies (now the Institute for the Study of the Americas). The lecture was adapted into an article titled “When Gershwin Met Prokofiev” that was printed in the Winter 2005 issue of Piano Today magazine and adapted for the January 2016 issue of the Three Oranges Journal. Nissman also performed several of Prokofiev's solo piano works at the conference's John Coffin Memorial Recital.
Nissman was a featured performer at the dedication of Columbia University's Prokofiev Archive on April 24, 2015, with members of the Prokofiev family in attendance. She was also a featured performer at the International Prokofiev Symposium, held at Louisiana State University in February 2016, that also featured addresses by Richard Taruskin, Simon Morrison and Gabriel Prokofiev.
In 2002 Scarecrow Press published Nissman’s book,Bartók and the Piano: A Performer’s View, including a full-length CD of selected works performed by the author. At the University of Michigan Nissman studied with György Sándor, himself a student of Béla Bartók.
Nissman was the first to perform and record Bartók’s unpublished 1898 Sonata, which she discovered in the Morgan Library's manuscript collection while researching her book.Out of Doors, the first release on Nissman's own label Three Oranges Recordings, pays homage to Bartok's 1926 composition.
From 1977 to 1980 Nissman served as artist in residence for the John Deere corporation, providing "recitals, master classes, and a music lecture series to Deere plant communities in the U.S. and abroad for six months each year." This was the first time an international corporation employed a classical artist to appear in factories, plants, and branch houses throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Prior to her work with John Deere, she participated in the Affiliate Artists program, serving from 1974 to 1976 as Affiliate Artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, widening the audience for classical music by presenting informal concerts at unconventional venues.
From 1978-1980, Nissman appeared on BBC Television's popular daytime show, Pebble Mill at One,and introduced the series Barbara & Friends with Barbara chatting informally about her favorite composer "friends" and their music. A documentary was made by BBC Television about Barbara and her outreach work in schools, factories and in the concert hall.
In 1982, Nissman was the featured performer in the first Gracht (Canal) concert held in Amsterdam on the Prinsengracht and attended by 8,000 people. The Prinsengracht concerts have remained a popular summer tradition, with audiences arriving on foot or in their boats to listen.
In 1984 Nissman was one of the featured performers at the Dedication of the American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Walter Cronkite hosted the event that also included appearances by Rosalyn Tureck, Paul Winter, Michael Tree, Zubin Mehta, and readings by the actor Gregory Peck and the poets Robert Penn Warren, Daniel Haberman and Edgar Bowers.
For the 1996 Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala Concert, broadcast on public television, Nissman performed two numbers arranged for ten pianos, alongside pianists Leonard Slatkin (who also conducted the ensemble), David Buechner, Cy Coleman, Joseph Kalichstein, Peter Nero, David Hyde Pierce, Peter Schickele, Jeffrey Siegel, and Alicia Witt.
Since 2002, Nissman has been involved with the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation benefit concert series "A Concerted Effort". To date these concerts have raised well over two million dollars for AIDS service organizations worldwide. In November 2014 she performed at a gala at the de Young Museum in San Francisco to honor Dr. Arthur Ammann, founder of Global Strategies, an organization that serves the healthcare needs of women and children in neglected areas of the world.
In 2007, Nissman appeared on stage with Don Henley and Billy Joel, performing on the "Walden Woods Steinway"[failed verification] in a gala fundraiser for the Walden Woods Project, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Books, Writings and Editions (selected)Edit
- Author of Bartók and the Piano: A Performer’s View, published by Scarecrow Press with a full-length CD of selected Bartók works performed by the author 
- Editor of the Critical Edition of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Alberto Ginastera, published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2016  (also contributed to the editing of Ginastera's Piano Sonata No. 2, Piano Sonata No. 3 and Concierto Argentino, all published by Boosey & Hawkes)
- Contributor to The Pianist’s Craft, published by Scarecrow Press and edited by Richard P. Anderson: “Sergei Prokofiev, A Man Misunderstood” 
- Contributor to The Pianist’s Craft 2, published by Rowman & Littlefield and edited by Richard P. Anderson: “Remembering Alberto Ginastera” 
- Contributor to Remembering Horowitz: 125 Pianists Recall a Legend, first published by Schirmer Books and compiled and edited by David Dubal 
- Contributor to "Understanding Bartók" symposium in March/April 2014 issue of International Piano magazine (UK) 
- Contributor to "Prokofiev's Pianism" symposium in July/August 2013 issue of International Piano magazine (UK) 
- Author of "Remembering Ginastera" for Piano Today (cover story) 
- Author of "Remembering Alberto Ginastera—a centenary tribute," Musical Opinion, UK (April–June 2016 issue) 
- Author of “When Gershwin met Prokofiev” for Piano Today (cover story of Winter 2005 issue); also adapted for Three Oranges Journal (Jan. 2016)
- Author of “The Many Faces of Prokofiev as seen through his Piano Concertos” for Three Oranges Journal (November 2002 issue)
- Additional articles and master classes on Ginastera, Prokofiev, Bartók & Liszt published in Keynote, Keyboard Classics, Piano Today, Musical Opinion (UK), Piano (UK), Musical Times (UK)
Works in progress:
- Prokofiev and the Piano: A Performer's View
- Alberto Ginastera: A Man of Latin America, the second program in a series of master-classes on DVD, written and conceived by Nissman, scheduled for release in 2019.
- Franz Liszt: Portrait of the Man and His Masterwork, the 'Sonata in B minor', with Michael York as the voice of Liszt, the first in a series of master-classes on DVD, written and conceived by Nissman. Also heard as Liszt’s contemporaries are Billy Joel (Chopin), Don Henley (Brahms), Harry Connick Jr. (Czerny), Rebecca De Mornay (Clara Schumann), Rosemary Harris (Princess Carolyne Wittgenstein), John Schuck (Wagner), Leonard Slatkin (Schumann), Peter Schickele (Berlioz), David Dubal (Heine), Manfred Honeck (Beethoven, Goethe), Barbara Feldon (George Sand), Stuart Margolin (Carl Lachmund), Bill McGlaughlin (Grieg, Richard Strauss), Miles Chapin (Hans von Bülow) and the voices of Anna Singer, Dennis Rooney, Pete Ballard, Kermit Medsker & Jon Cavendish.The second part focuses on Liszt's masterwork, the B minor Sonata with personal insights into performance and appreciation of this complex work. A concert performance of the Sonata in B minor concludes this 2-DVD set.
The second program of the series Alberto Ginastera: A Man of Latin America is currently in production and is scheduled for release in 2019.
- Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev & Ramey. Rachmaninoff Second Piano Sonata (earlier, uncut version), Six Moments Musicaux, Prokofiev Tenth Sonata fragment (1953), plus the first performance of Phillip Ramey's Tenth Piano Sonata, dedicated to Barbara Nissman. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-26 (2019)
- Chopin: The Nocturnes and Barcarolle & Polonaise in F# minor. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-25 (2017)
- CHOPIN! Sonata in B minor, Berceuse, Four Scherzi. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-24 (2017)
- Beethoven: The Late Sonatas. Piano Sonata No. 30 (Op. 109), No. 31 (Op. 110) and No. 32 (Op. 111). Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-23 (2017)
- Liszt: The Transcendentals. 12 Etudes, plus Funérailles and Valse Oubliée No. 1 in F# minor. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-22 (2017)
- Fireworks! Brahms Sonata no. 3 in F minor, plus music by Liszt, Scarlatti and Debussy. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-20 (2014)
- Out of Doors. Bartók Out of Doors, plus music by Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Hummel, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-19 (2014)
- Fascinating Rhythms! Music of Prokofiev, Schumann, Chopin, Benjamin Lees, Albéniz, Ginastera and Gershwin. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-18 (reissue of Pierian 0046) (2014)
- Not TOO serious... Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, plus music of Bartók, Liszt and Prokofiev. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-17 (reissue of Pierian 0045) (2014)
- Romantic Tales. Music of Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Buxtehude (arr. Prokofiev), Scriabin, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Rachmaninoff. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-16 (reissue of Pierian 0043) (2014)
- Love & War. Prokofiev's Sonata no. 6, plus music of Liszt, Benjamin Lees, Bartók and Chopin. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-15 (reissue of Pierian 0041) (2014)
- Journeys of the Soul. Music of Bach, Ravel, Liszt, Scriabin and Balakirev. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-14 (reissue of Pierian 0038) (2014)
- Triumph! Beethoven "Hammerklavier", plus music of Bach, Liszt and Prokofiev. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-13 (reissue of Pierian 0037) (2014)
- Glory in the Highest! Music of Bach-Busoni, Barber, Franck, Beethoven, Granados, Ginastera and Debussy. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-12 (reissue of Pierian 0036) (2014)
- Dramatic Visions. Music of Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schubert, Wagner, Liszt and Chopin. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-11 (reissue of Pierian 0035) (2014)
- Love & Loss, Volume II: Music of Rachmaninoff. Études-Tableaux Op. 33 & 39, plus other pieces. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-10 (reissue of Pierian 0031) (2014)
- Love & Loss, Volume I: Music of Rachmaninoff. Preludes Op. 23 & 32. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-09 (reissue of Pierian 0028) (2014)
- A Noble Heart: Music of Johannes Brahms. Sonata no. 2 in F# minor, plus other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-08 (reissue of Pierian 0027) (2014)
- The Storyteller: Music of Robert Schumann. Kreisleriana, Fantasy, plus other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-07 (reissue of Pierian 0025) (2014)
- Longing...Music of Frederic Chopin. Polonaise-Fantasy, plus other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-06 (reissue of Pierian 0019) (2014)
- Visions: Sonatas of Beethoven, Vol. I. Waldstein, Moonlight, and Appassionata sonatas, plus Rondo op. 129. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-05 (reissue of Pierian 0020) (2014)
- Folk Music & More: Music of Béla Bartók. Sonata (1898), plus other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-04 (reissue of Pierian 0016) (2014)
- Superstar! Music of Franz Liszt. Sonata in B minor and other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-03 (reissue of Pierian 0015) (2014)
- Prokofiev by Nissman: The Complete Sonatas. Sonatas 1-10 (both versions of no. 5); Four Pieces, Op. 4; Toccata; Sarcasms; Visions Fugitives. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-02 (reissue of Pierian 0007/8/9) (2014)
- Alberto Ginastera: The Complete Music for Piano & Piano/Chamber Ensembles. Sonatas 1-3, Danzas Argentinas, Tres Piezas, Malambo, plus other works. Three Oranges Recordings 3OR-01 (reissue of Pierian 0005/6) (2014)
- Nissman Plays Ginastera: The Three Piano Concertos. Barbara Nissman, piano; Kenneth Kiesler, conductor; University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Pierian 0048 (2012)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 8. Music of Prokofiev, Schumann, Chopin, Benjamin Lees, Albéniz, Ginastera and Gershwin. Pierian 0046 (2011)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 7. Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, plus music of Bartók, Liszt and Prokofiev. Pierian 0045 (2011)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 6. Music of Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, Buxtehude (arr. Prokofiev), Scriabin, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Rachmaninoff. Pierian 0043 (2011)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 5. Prokofiev's Sonata no. 6, plus music of Liszt, Benjamin Lees, Bartók and Chopin. Pierian 0041 (2010)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 4. Music of Bach, Ravel, Liszt, Scriabin and Balakirev. Pierian 0038 (2009)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 3. Beethoven "Hammerklavier", plus music of Bach, Liszt and Prokofiev. Pierian 0037 (2009)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 2. Music of Bach-Busoni, Barber, Franck, Beethoven, Granados, Ginastera and Debussy. Pierian 0036 (2008)
- Recital Favorites by Nissman Volume 1. Music of Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schubert, Wagner, Liszt and Chopin. Pierian 0035 (2008)
- Rachmaninoff by Nissman: Volume 2. The Etudes, Op. 33, Op. 39, plus three Transcriptions. Pierian 0031 (2007)
- Rachmaninoff by Nissman Volume 1. The Preludes, Op. 3, No. 2; Op. 23; Op. 32. Pierian 0028 (2006)
- Brahms by Nissman. Sonata no. 2 in F# minor, plus other works. Pierian 0027 (2005)
- Schumann by Nissman. Kreisleriana, Fantasy, plus other works. Pierian 0025 (2005)
- Beethoven by Nissman. Waldstein, Moonlight, and Appassionata sonatas, plus Rondo op. 129. Pierian 0020 (2003)
- Chopin by Nissman. Polonaise-Fantasy, plus other works. (CD Pierian 0019 (2003)
- Bartók by Nissman. Sonata (1898), plus other works. Pierian 0016 (2003)
- Liszt by Nissman. Sonata in B minor and other works. Pierian 0015 (2002)
- Alberto Ginastera—The Complete Music for Piano & Piano Chamber Ensembles. (2-CD set) Pierian 0005/6 (reissue of Newport Classic NPD 85510 & 85511; licensed from Sony Music Entertainment) (2001)
- Prokofiev by Nissman: The Complete Sonatas. (3-CD set) Pierian 007/8/9 (reissue of Newport Classic NCD 6009/3/4; licensed from Sony Music Entertainment) (2001)
- Franz Liszt: The Sonata in B minor and other works for solo piano. Newport Classic NPD 85538 (1993)
- Malambo- Alberto Ginastera: The Complete Music for Piano & Piano Chamber Ensembles, Volume II. Barbara Nissman, piano; Aurora Natola-Ginastera, cello; Ruben Gonzalez, violin; The Laurentian String Quartet. Newport Classic NPD85511 (1992)
- Criolla- Alberto Ginastera: The Complete Music for Piano & Piano Chamber Ensembles, Volume 1. Newport Classic NPD 85510 (1991)
- Sergei Prokofiev- Complete Piano Sonatas- Volume III. Sonatas 9 & 10; Four Pieces, Op. 4; Toccata; Sarcasms; Visions Fugitives. (CD; analytically indexed disc) Newport Classic NCD 60094 (1989)
- Sergei Prokofiev- Complete Piano Sonatas- Volume II. Sonatas 6-8. (CD; analytically indexed disc) Newport Classic NCD 60093 (1989)
- Sergei Prokofiev- Complete Piano Sonatas- Volume I. Sonatas 1-4; both versions of No. 5. (CD; analytically indexed disc) Newport Classic NCD 60092 (1989)
- Alberto Ginastera, Piano Music. (LP; American release of 1981 CBS 71107 recording) Desto DC 7229 (1984)
- Franz Liszt: 6 Paganini Etudes; 3 Concert Etudes; Rhapsodie Espagnole. (LP) Globe Records GLOCX15003 (1982-Holland)
- Barbara Nissman plays Ginastera. (LP) Sonata No. 1; Danzas Argentinas; 12 American Preludes; Rondo; Danzas Criollas. CBS 71107 (1981-Holland)
- Piano concerto repertoire of Barbara Nissman (as of 30-Dec-2015)
- "Nissman Debuts" (Blog Berlin1969.com)
- "Distinguished Graduates" Archived 2015-04-18 at the Wayback Machine (Phil. H.S. for Girls website)
- Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare (quoted at ArkivMusic.com)
- "Little Orchestra Society in Liebermann Premiere", New York Times, April 23, 1985
- Barbara Nissman at Steinway Hall, June 2014 (YouTube.com)
- Webpage of Three Oranges Foundation (Barbara Nissman's website)
- "2013 SMTD Commencement Award Winners Announced" (U. of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre, & Dance website)
- "Athena Award" Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback Machine (Michigan Alumni Association website)
- "Hall of Fame" (U. of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance website)
- Rachel Pleasant, "Hall of Legends", Steinway & Sons 150th Anniversary Commemorative Publication, 2003, page 130
- Rachel Pleasant, "Hall of Legends", Steinway & Sons 150th Anniversary Commemorative Publication, 2003, pp. 108-143
- Governor’s Arts Award Winners 1999 - Present (W. Virginia Division of Culture and History website)
- "Governor’s Arts Awards Gala To Take Place Tomorrow at Culture Center," March 9, 2016 (W. Virginia Division of Culture and History website)
- Steve Schwartz, "ClassicalNet Review," 2005 (Classical.net website)
- Schwartz-Kates, Alberto Ginastera, A Research & Information Guide, page xxiv (Sainsbury's e-books samples website)
- Chicago S.O. Radio Broadcast, 1-Nov-1990 Archived April 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine (THEODORE, Online Catalog of the ROSENTHAL ARCHIVES of the CHICAGO S.O.)
- "NY Philharmonic Performance History Archives, Dec. 10-11, 1987". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
- BBC Radio 3 'Composer of the Week', Alberto Ginastera
- U-M School of Music presents Viva Ginastera Festival; Dec. 6-11, 2011
- Nissman Plays Ginastera: The Three Piano Concertos at ArkivMusic.com
- Jessica Duchen review, BBC Music Magazine, Jan. 20, 2012
- Boosey & Hawkes, Ginastera Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 39 (1972)
- "Barbara Nissman Plays Ginastera 'Piano Sonata no. 3'" (YouTube.com)
- Richard Whitehouse, "In concert – Barbara Nissman plays Ginastera at Kings Place", 4/27/2016 (arcana.fm website)
- "04/28/2016, Concert Tribute to Alberto Ginastera"(embassyofargentina.us website)
- "Concert at the Argentine Embassy in Washington D.C." (YouTube.com)
- Musical Opinion website
- Mark Swed, "Making Pianistic History with Prokofiev", New York Times, Jan. 29, 1989
- B. Nissman BBC TV perf. of Prokofiev 10th sta. (1989)
- "Notes and Editorial Reviews," ArkivMusic.com
- David Nice review, BBC Music Magazine, Jan. 20, 2012
- James Buescher, "Saved by an Iron Curtain," Lancaster Online, Sep. 11, 2013
- Robert Cummings, "Artist Biography," ALLMUSIC.com
- Three Oranges Journal (The Serge Prokofiev Foundation website)
- Noëlle Mann and Tom Sutcliffe, "Prokofiev and America," Goldsmiths College, University of London
- "Music of Serge Prokofiev," The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
- "News and Events", Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, April 6, 2015
- "Symposium on Prokofiev and the Russian Tradition," Feb. 25-27, 2016 Archived 2016-05-30 at the Wayback Machine (LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts website)
- "Daniel Jaffé, Sergey Prokofiev (20th Century Composers), Phaidon Press, 2008". Archived from the original on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "Sergei Prokofiev Recommended Discs," BBC Music Magazine, Dec. 2008, p. 62
- David Thompson, "Inspiring Confidence," Music & Vision website
- John von Rhein, "Recordings," Chicago Tribune, 5-Oct-2003]
- "Athena Award to Music Alumnae," Music at Michigan, vol. 15, no. 1, pg. 3
- "Intriguing Michigan Individuals," Archived 2016-04-30 at the Wayback Machine Michigan Alumnus, November 1979, pg. 28
- "Alumni Society News", Music at Michigan, Vol. 29, no. 2, Spring 1996, page 45
- Abner Katzman, "Pianist Brings Her Music to the People," Sarasota Herald, Aug. 26, 1982
- "Art People in the News," Umbrella, vol. 5, no. 5 (1982)
- "Prinsengracht Concert 2015," archived from Style Amsterdam website 3 November 2016
- "The American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine" webpage (Poets.org website)
- American Poets' Corner Service of Dedication (May 7, 1984)
- "Int'l Celeb'n of the Piano at Carnegie Hall," 1988 (YouTube.com)
- "The 100 Flying Fingers", 1996 Kennedy Center Gala (archived at YouTube)
- "Pianist Barbara Nissman in Recital in Berkeley March 21, Masterclass March 22" (pianoworld.com website)
- Elena Lacheva, "Pianist Barbara Nissman Performs for AIDS Cause," The Oberlin Review, March 3, 2006
- "Awareness, Education and the Arts," Oberlin Alumni Magazine, vol. 101, no. 4, Spring 2006
- Amy Carboneau, "Walden Woods Steinway Celebrates Thoreau," Jan. 3, 2011 (wickedlocal.com website)
- "Walden in New York" (Barbara Nissman website)
- Bartók and the Piano: A Performer’s View by Barbara Nissman (Scarecrow Press, 2002) (Rowman & Littlefield website)
- Ginastera: Piano Concerto No. 2 op. 39 (1972) 35' for piano and orchestra (Boosey & Hawkes website)
- The Pianist’s Craft, edited by Richard P. Anderson (Amazon website)
- The Pianist’s Craft 2, edited by Richard P. Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield website)
- Remembering Horowitz: 125 Pianists Recall a Legend, compiled & edited by David Dubal (Amazon website)
- International Piano, Issue 0024 Mar/Apr 2014 Archived 2016-03-10 at the Wayback Machine (International Piano back issues webpage)
- International Piano, Issue 0020 Jul/Aug 2013 Archived 2016-03-10 at the Wayback Machine (International Piano back issues webpage)
- "Remembering Alberto Ginastera," Piano Today, July 1, 2007 (HighBeam Research website)
- "Remembering Alberto Ginastera," reprinted from Piano Today - July 1, 2007 (Barbara Nissman's website)
- Musical Opinion website
- “The Many Faces of Prokofiev…”, Three Oranges Journal (November 2002) (Three Oranges Journal website)
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- Official website
- Three Oranges Recordings
- "Bad Boy of the Keyboard – An Interview with Recording Artist Barbara Nissman" on AdventuresInMusic.biz, 2008
- on YouTube (with perf's of Bartók, Schubert, Rachmaninoff et al.)
- on YouTube (Nissman; RTVE S.O./James Judd)
- on YouTube (perf's of Scriabin and Chopin)
- on YouTube (BBC Television)
- on YouTube (A&E Television)
- on YouTube
- Interview with Barbara Nissman, October 12, 1990
- 1970 Berlin debut