The American pianist and piano teacher, Doris Pines, studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City with Lonny Epstein and Ernest Hutcheson. On December 10, 1947, she was crowned Beauty Queen of Juilliard at the Social Committee’s Christmas Ball. Ten contestants who were nominated by the student body competed in the beauty and talent contest. Pines went on to participate in a citywide college competition on January 9, 1948, winning the title Miss Publicity of New York City. She obtained from Juilliard her Diploma in piano in 1947 and her Postgraduate Diploma in 1949. She also studied at the Adelphi University in Long Island, New York.
Doris Pines became a world renowned concert and recording pianist and composer. She has appeared on all the major television networks and had her own recital show on WPIX. In the early 1970’s she gave an all-Godowsky recital in New York City. In 1970 she recorded her first album “Piano music of Leopold Godowsky” on Genesis label. This album, one of the very first of L. Godowsky’ piano music, was highly praised by the press at the time, and inspired pianists as Marc-André Hamelin, Konstantin Scherbakov and Carlo Grante to record his solo piano works. In 1973 she recorded her second album “Jewels from La Belle époque”, also on Genesis, with piano music by Cécile Chaminade and Agathe Backer-Grøndahl.
Doris Pines has also taught piano for the past 30 years; currently on the Music Faculty Department at Adelphi University, teaching piano.
Currently, Doris Pines is a real estate broker with Century 21 on Long Island and also coaches performance-quality pianists. She has been in real estate sales for over 30 years and has been an Associate Broker for 25 of those years. In that time she has built up a loyal following,gaining the trust and respect of her clients. Her honesty, integrity, sincerety, experience and professionalism has been carried over from her world performances on stage to the competative field of Real Estate.
“This is one of the rarest recordings of Godowsky's music, made by a Juilliard-graduate pianist Doris Pines in the 70s, who gave an all-Godowsky recital in New York at the same time. Little is known about the pianist who performs here with warm tones, sensitivity, and emotional depth rarely associated with the highly virtuosic writing of Godowsky.
The Godowsky Sonata, of Brahmsian scale, is unfortunately preserved in this disc only its first movement. Pines handled the contrapuntal writing and motivic materials with incredible sensitivity, very much as Godowsky himself would have played it. This is probably one of the least performed monumental sonatas of the Romantic period”. - Ernest So in YouTube on the recording of Godowsky’s Piano Sonata in E minor (September 22, 2011)