Dina Pruzhansky - 92Y, New York

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Dina Pruzhansky is an NYC based, award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Born in the former USSR and Israeli-raised, Ms. Pruzhansky enjoys a diverse international career in various genres, ranging from classical to musical theater and from liturgy to cabaret. As a composer-performer, she has been featured in many of New York's renowned music venues, such as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, The Kosciuszko Foundation, YIVO, Opera America Center, and others. Her music has been broadcast on WQXR in an exclusive 'Young Artist' program with the renowned host Robert Sherman. Ms. Pruzhansky holds a postgraduate degree from The New School for Music at Mannes College 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's degree in Art History. Following the successful premiere of her Hebrew opera SHULAMIT in 2014, 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 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing and was selected as a finalist for the 2019 NY Musical Theater festival with her musical for children CENTRAL PARK. She has served as a liturgy composer-inresidence at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester and Temple Shalom, Dallas. A passionate educator, Ms. Pruzhansky is the author of the I Can Play Chopin series — a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners.