Dina Pruzhansky - 92Y, New York

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Dina Pruzhansky is a NYC based award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Ms. Pruzhansky holds a postgraduate degree from the Mannes College The New School for Music in collaborative piano, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit. Her MA in solo piano performance, summa cum laude, is from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art History. Born in the former USSR and Israeli-raised, Ms. Pruzhansky enjoys a diverse international career in a variety of genres, ranging from classical to musical theater and from liturgy to cabaret. Her compositions have been featured in many of New York's renowned music venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, The Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, YIVO, Opera America Center, and others. Her music has been broadcast on media including WQXR in an exclusive ‘Young Artist’ program with the renowned host Robert Sherman. Following the successful premiere of her Hebrew opera SHULAMIT in 2014, an additional production was enabled by popular demand in 2016. The opera was also presented in part at the Aspen Music Festival 2019. An alumna of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, Ms.Pruzhansky was nominated for the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, and was selected as finalist for 2019 NY Musical Theater festival with her musical for children Central Park. She has served as liturgical composer-in-residence at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester and at Temple Shalom, Dallas. A passionate educator, Ms. Pruzhansky is the author of I Can Play Chopin series—a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners. Ms. Pruzhansky’s Carnegie Hall mainstage (Stern Auditorium) debut will take place on March 3, 2020, with the premiere of her suite for piano, strings, and percussion.