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Dr. Anikushin has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music performances at such important venues in New York City as Stern Hall of Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital ...
Dr. Anikushin has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music performances at such important venues in New York City as Stern Hall of Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall and The Bruno Walter Auditorium of the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center as well as overseas at The Great and Small Halls of The Moscow Conservatory and The Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg in Russia; at Palau de la Musica, Valencia (Spain) as well as in other performance spaces in Israel, Italy, France, Canada, England, Belgium, Japan, Norway and Germany. After Dr. Anikushin’s highly successful New York debut on May 9, 1999 at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, the well-known critic Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review wrote: “Maxim Anikushin is undoubtedly destined to enter the annals of his generation’s important young pianists.”
After winning the Concerto Competition in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music, culminating in the performance of Barber’s Piano Concerto, the conductor of the performance, Maestro JoAnn Falletta called Maxim a “big talent” with “fabulous technique.” Mrs. Falletta subsequently invited Mr. Anikushin to perform Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for their 07/08 season. Dr. Anikushin has performed the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 more than any other concerto in his repertoire including the memorable performance in Tours, France in 1999 with Yuri Bashmet and The “Moscow Soloists” orchestra. After Dr. Anikushin’s solo performance at the legendary Stern/Perlman Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 5, 2012, Vivian Schwartz of the New York Times wrote “Judging by his enjoyable concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday evening, the Russian-American pianist Maxim Anikushin has a genuine affinity for the music of Samuel Barber.”
On Nov. 1 and 3, 2012, Dr. Anikushin for the first time in history, has performed the complete music of Samuel Barber for piano and carillon as well as selected organ music at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints at Lincoln Center. Dr. Anikushin’s many prestigious prizes and awards include the third prize at both The International Senigallia Competition in Italy and the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, second Prize in The International Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy and first prize in both the Long Island’s Five Towns Competition in Hewlett, N.Y. and The International Carlet Competition in Spain.
Dr. Anikushin’s highly praised recording Saison Russe, released on the Bel Air label in 2001, includes Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1, Prokofiev Concerto #3 and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka with Dmitry Yablonsky conducting the Russian State Orchestra. Dr. Anikushin studied with L.A. Andreyeva, Y.I. Batuyev, Milton Salkind, Oxana Yablonskaya and Solomon Mikowsky. He holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School of Music and The Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. He also studied organ with Chris Johnson and carillon with Casey Klipple and Dionisio Lind at the Riverside church.
Jennifer Apsel has 27 years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, from beginners, to conservatory students and graduates, to adult amateurs. Whether a student is preparing for ...
Jennifer Apsel has 27 years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, from beginners, to conservatory students and graduates, to adult amateurs. Whether a student is preparing for their first recital or a college audition, her holistic approach helps them gain both musical understanding and inspiration, and the technique to realize it.
Jennifer began studying the piano at the age of 12 with her mother, after studying for less than a year at the age of 7, and two years later, was accepted with scholarship as a freshman to the North Carolina School of the Arts. Shortly after, she received first place and other prizes at competitions at the Peabody Conservatory. She began teaching at age 15, and at 16, was accepted with early entrance to the University of Washington, where she also worked as an accompanist. Her teaching studio grew during this time, and by age 19, she had a full studio of students.
She later moved to New York City and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. During and since that time, she has been coaching and teaching students preparing for concerto performances, auditions, and master classes, as well as adjudicating competitions. Since 2010, she has taught adults and children at the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, as well as maintaining a private studio.
Israeli-born pianist Avner Arad has performed throughout North America and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Performance highlights have included engagements at Amsterdam’s ...
Israeli-born pianist Avner Arad has performed throughout North America and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Performance highlights have included engagements at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Kölner Philharmonie, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Kennedy Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as festival appearances at Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein.
Mr. Arad was a recipient of Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts Award. He performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations for his New York recital debut as winner of the Koussevitzky Memorial Competition, made his Lincoln Center debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and embarked on his first European tour as winner of the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition. He twice won the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
His critically acclaimed recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the complete waltzes by Chopin and an all-Schumann CD on MSR Classics, the complete piano works of Janáček on Helicon Records and Bloch’s complete works for violin and piano with Latica Honda-Rosenberg for OehmsClassics.
After receiving the Sharett Scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Mr. Arad worked with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute as a pupil of Seymour Lipkin and received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Rudolf Firkušný and Emanuel Ax.
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By the time she began studying classical piano in rural Australia at age four, Fiona already showed an emerging ability to improvise and play by ear. Completing the Australian Music Associate Diplo ...
By the time she began studying classical piano in rural Australia at age four, Fiona already showed an emerging ability to improvise and play by ear. Completing the Australian Music Associate Diploma in piano performance in her teens, she turned her attention to popular music by joining the jazz fusion band Nexus. Thus began a lifetime of studying different forms of music in depth, and passing her knowledge on to her students.
Before moving to New York in 1991, Fiona had also completed the Associate Diploma in Jazz Performance at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, and worked for a decade as a jazz musician in Sydney leading her own trio and quartet, as well as performing twice as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. The need to deepen her knowledge led her to relocate to New York, where she has studied for many years with bebop master Barry Harris, and with Sophia Rosoff, a renowned teacher of the Abbey Whiteside principles. Fiona has written articles for The Piano Stylist (now known as Piano Today), and has authored two jazz tutorials introducing students to the Barry Harris approach, which are now available on Barry’s website.
As a natural teacher, Fiona has always sought to translate her knowledge into a form useful and enlivening to her students. Her deep knowledge of jazz principles enables her to pass on authentic rhythmic, harmonic and melodic ideas to all levels of students. Her approach to classical study engenders an emotional connection which lifts the music easily off the page, and can give the music a spontaneous feeling, as if improvised. She has also developed a unique way to access students’ innate musicality and listening skills using the ancient Greek modes.
Fiona is excited to be joining the faculty at 92nd Street Y after teaching in her studio in Brooklyn for the past 25 years.
Zelma Bodzin, pianist, has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists and choruses, appearing in New York at Weill Ha ...
Zelma Bodzin, pianist, has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and collaborative pianist with singers, instrumentalists and choruses, appearing in New York at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall with the New York Chamber Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. She is a coach, artistic consultant, producer and teacher. Ms. Bodzin has an international reputation as an adjudicator and jury member, from Bulgaria to Ireland, the French Caribbean and New York City. Colleagues have sought out and critics have recognized her "acute ear and intriguing ideas" (New York Times).
A native of New Jersey, Ms. Bodzin began concertizing at the age of five, and went on to study with Eugene List, Dieter Weber, Rosalyn Tureck, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arminda Canteros. She was a member of the Haffner Ensemble in Vienna, Austria. While her reputation as a performer of Bach grew — "those who were there must be deeply grateful", according to The Irish Times review of Ms. Bodzin's performance of the "Goldberg Variations" —she also included 20th century American repertoire. Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" received critical and public acclaim on tour in Texas.
Ms. Bodzin has given master classes in Finland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Malta and Guadeloupe, as well as New York, Texas, Connecticut and Florida, and composers who have worked with her have won commissions in New York and Washington, D.C. She is a member of the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College/CUNY. She initiated the Ensemble Piano course at the Mannes College’s Diploma Program and is on the faculty there. Ms. Bodzin is a member of the faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, on the Board of the Leschetizky Association and is a Past President of the New York State Music Teachers Association. She has recorded music of Beethoven and Ravel for feature films, including Spike Lee’s Crooklyn.
Pianist Ariela Bohrod received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Mannes School of Music-The New School on a full-tuition merit scholarship studying with Pa ...
Pianist Ariela Bohrod received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Mannes School of Music-The New School on a full-tuition merit scholarship studying with Pavlina Dokovska. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Steinway Award, Joseph Fidelman Memorial Award, Presser Scholar Award for musical and academic excellence, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, Marina Bondarenko Memorial Prize at the Tel-Hai Festival in Israel, and the Bianconi Award at the Fontainebleau School in France.
Ms. Bohrod’s playing is described as “smooth and controlled, flowing from one gesture into the next. The word that comes to mind is elegant” (Andrew Tisdel, International Piano Arts Competition). The winner of numerous competitions, she has both solo and chamber music appearances at distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium, Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Gilmore International Piano Festival, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top and WQXR New York Public Radio’s Young Artists Showcase, Detroit Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Born in Madison, WI, Ms. Bohrod began playing the piano at the age of four. She graduated from high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan as a student of Dr. Thomas Lymenstull and received the 2012-13 Young Artist Award. Since the age of six, she has been giving solo recitals, and had her solo debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve. Other accomplishments include the 2014 Fischoff National Competition silver prize winner as a member of the Mazel Trio, and third prize at the 2014 Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.
Ms. Bohrod is a member of the faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, the accompanist for the Brearley School in Manhattan and for the Mannes Prep Pre-College Division. She is also the music director for the stage version of the Lavender Songs accompanying actor/playwright Jeremy Lawrence in New York.
The Croatian pianist Javor Bracic is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia and Belgium. At his Carnegie Hall debut recital he was hailed by New York ...
The Croatian pianist Javor Bracic is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia and Belgium. At his Carnegie Hall debut recital he was hailed by New York Concert Review for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique.” His CD album Tribute to Haydn was released on Labor Records and his performance was broadcast on WQXR. He was invited to perform throughout the USA, Europe, China and South Africa.
In the desire to promote classical music and change the way it is appreciated, Javor started a series of conversation-concerts under the title The Art of Listening. He was praised by the audience for his “contagious enthusiasm” and “unique ability to elucidate imagery both as a performer and teacher.”
Javor holds degrees from the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg and Mannes College in New York. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York, studying with Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode and Norman Carey.
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on t ...
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. He constantly performs worldwide with his own groups and artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Kahn, and George Coleman. As an educator, Charette writes prolifically for Keyboard Magazine, Jazz Times, The NYC Jazz Record and the Czech music magazine, Muzikus. He has a successful book out on Hal Leonard Publications and two instructional videos on mymusicmasterclass.com.
Brian is also very well versed in production and engineering, releasing groundbreaking albums that combine acoustic and electronic elements such as sampling and analog keyboards. He has also earned a Grammy Nomination for his mixing on Robert Smigel’s debut album for Warner Brothers records. briancharette.com/about/.
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Jiuan-Jiuan Chiou, a native of Taiwan, is a pianist as well as piano instructor. She has long been devoted to piano pedagogy and musical learning in addition to having performed throughout Asia and ...
Jiuan-Jiuan Chiou, a native of Taiwan, is a pianist as well as piano instructor. She has long been devoted to piano pedagogy and musical learning in addition to having performed throughout Asia and the United States. She is a co-founder of the Aquarius Duo, which has given recent performances for audiences in New York City, performing the works of Brahms and Debussy among others. Ms. Chiou has been teaching for twelve years and has worked with a broad range of age groups, from preschoolers to adults. Her students compete in nationally renowned competitions and have gone on to give solo performances at venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Conservatoire Russe de Paris Alexandre Scriabine - Paris, Centre de Russie pour la science et la culture à Paris, Bösendorfer Hall at Mozarthaus in Vienna, and Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir in St. Petersburg. For her contributions to music education, Ms. Chiou was honored with the Norman Stanley Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Piano Pedagogy. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and a certified Dalcroze teacher.
Simona Frenkel established herself as a versatile international performer.
She is a winner of numerous international competitions, including Concertino Prague, Czech Republic and Lysenko ...
She is a winner of numerous international competitions, including Concertino Prague, Czech Republic and Lysenko International competition, Kiev, Ukraine. She was named Merited Performing Artist of Ukraine, one of the most prestigious musical awards in Ukraine.
Simona Frenkel began her solo career at the age of eight with her solo debut at the Hall of Columns of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Since then, Ms. Frenkel is frequently heard in recitals in the United States and Europe. She is in demand as a chamber musician and soloist in New York City, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She has made numerous television appearances and radio recordings.
Simona Frenkel has made the mentoring and supporting of young musicians a major focus. She is a founder and artistic director of the Concertino NY chamber ensemble. Founded in New York City in 2011, Concertino NY showcases some of the finest young professional musicians in the greater New York area.
Simona Frenkel was a faculty member of the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, where she taught and coached numerous notable young performers, national and international competition winners. She presented master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout Ukraine, Russia, and Israel.
Currently, she has been on the faculty of the NYU/ HUC School of Sacred Music, where she has been coaching professional singers and teaching Music Theory Classes. She joined the 92Y School of Music faculty in 2018.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Frenkel holds a MM degree in performance from the Juilliard School of Music, Tallinn and Kiev Conservatories, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the Kiev Conservatory. Her principal teachers have been John Weaver, Hugo Lepnurm and Igor Riabov. While at Kiev Conservatory she received valuable impulses through coaching with renowned Russian pianists Michail Voskresensky, Alexander Jocheles, Alexander Satz and Vladimir Nielsen.
Olga Gurevich is enjoying her career as a concert pianist, chamber musician, accompanist, and a piano teacher. Her concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, the ...
Olga Gurevich is enjoying her career as a concert pianist, chamber musician, accompanist, and a piano teacher. Her concert appearances include Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, the Symphony Space in NYC, Smirna Opera Theatre in Delaware, Westport Concert Series in Connecticut, Scuola Civica in Cagliari, Italy, and many others. Her performances were broadcasted by National Television in Azerbaijan, First TV Channel in Russia and RAI Tre in Italy.
Olga has been affiliated with Manhattan Symphonie, Richmond County orchestra, New York Session Symphony orchestra, Riverside Opera Company, New Opera Company, and performed as a member of numerous chamber music ensembles. She has been a pianist in residence for Silver Bay String Quartet since 2015, performing at Silver Bay Festival and at Marcella Sembrich Museum concert series every summer. Olga’s solo piano recordings of Chopin’s music as a part of Musopen project can be found at musopen.org. Ms Gurevich has been the principal accompanist for the Riverside Opera Company since 2010, and collaborated with many singers, including Met Opera bass singer Mikhail Svetlov. In September 2019, Olga started working as an accompanist for Shireinu Choir in Great Neck, Long Island, specializing in Jewish secular vocal compositions.
Olga Gurevich earned her Master's degree in Piano Performance, Piano Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy at Gnesin Academy of Music, and then finished her post graduate studies at Maimonides State Academy in Moscow, Russia with DMA in Piano Performance. Olga is a winner of international piano competitions both in solo and piano four-hands divisions (XIII Piano International competition in Salerno, Italy, and Ragusa Ibla Foundation International Piano competition in Ragusa, Italy).
Besides being an active solo and chamber music performer, Olga has been a devoted educator for over two decades. In addition to teaching at 92Y School of Music, Ms. Gurevich is on the piano faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music in NYC and Suzuki Virtuoso Academy in Mineola, NY, as well as a Steinway Hall teacher.
Canadian-American pianist Helen Kashap has been heard as a soloist with several major North American Orchestras. Described as, “Hands-down the most dynamic and exciting young pianist I’ ...
Canadian-American pianist Helen Kashap has been heard as a soloist with several major North American Orchestras. Described as, “Hands-down the most dynamic and exciting young pianist I’ve yet witnessed” (Canadian conductor Victor Sawa, Saskatoon Star Phoenix), Kashap is a two-time recipient of the major Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant, an award given each year to a handful of Canada’s most promising artists. Kashap has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe and has been supported in her recordings projects by FACTOR Canada, Canada’s main recording foundation.
Making her debut in 2010 with the Saskatoon Symphony, Kashap performed Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor to great acclaim: “Kashap is a gorgeously expressive performer… the audience leapt to their feet at the end with applause and offered Kashap an encore, a rare occurrence here.” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) Two weeks later, Kashap was heard in concert with the Regina Symphony orchestra in a performance of Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. Another success, “Kashap, an accomplished 23-year old Canadian pianist delivered an impressive performance of this challenging concerto, expressively eliciting the many musical ideas present in Liszt’s work from the piano.” (Regina Leader Post)
A recipient of several major awards and scholarships, Kashap has been named a prestigious Chalmer’s Fellow by the Ontario Arts Council and a Schulich Scholar (McGill University’s top Music/Academic award), and has gleaned research and study fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Williamson Foundation for Music, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Additionally, Kashap has been awarded top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition, The Kinsmen Competition, The National Knigge Competition (Vancouver), The North Bay Symphony Competition (Grand Prize Winner), The Saskatchewan Concerto Competition, the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival, the MidWest USA Piano Competition (Grand Prize Winner), and the Interlochen Concerto Competition.
An avid teacher and performer, Kashap has previously been a musician in residence at the Banff Center for the Arts, and has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Center for the Arts Piano Masterclass program, Toronto Summer Music Institute, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Music at Chateau d'Aix (France), Gijon Piano Festival (Spain), and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Throughout her studies, she has had the privilege of working with some of today’s most revered pianists and pedagogues including Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Marc Durand, Paul Roberts, Choi Hie-yon, Inna Faliks, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, James Giles, and Sara Laimon.
Kashap has been teaching extensively for the last ten years, including at conservatories and pre-professional institutions for musicians across Canada and the United States. She has experience teaching all ages, levels, and styles of musicianship, and finds joy in the challenge of tailoring lessons to each individual need and placement. Helen is an exclusive Steinway Educational partner and is constantly seeking to expand her knowledge and understanding of piano pedagogy.
Kashap holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was a recipient of the Cleveland Musical Arts Society Scholarship and a student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University in Montreal, QC under the tutelage of professor Sara Laimon and her High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated with High honors and a specialization in Piano Performance. Helen is currently pursuing further graduate research in music at the University of Oxford.
Moscow native Anna Khanina started her musical education at the age of five, and in 1996 she graduated with honors from the famous Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. She holds Masters Degrees from ...
Moscow native Anna Khanina started her musical education at the age of five, and in 1996 she graduated with honors from the famous Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. She holds Masters Degrees from both the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and the University of Music, Drama, and Media in Hannover, Germany, as well as a Performance Diploma from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. In 2014 Ms. Khanina became a Doctor of Musical Arts after completing the Doctoral Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was a full-scholarship student of Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Khanina’s performing career spans the continents of Asia, Europe, and North and South America, where she regularly appears as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. Her concerts were broadcast on WFMT Chicago (2007, 2011, 2014), The Voice of Music radio from Jerusalem Music Centre (2008), McGrow Young Artists Showcase WQXR New York (2011), and wiox.org (2011). Anna Khanina’s long list of awards include the prizes at Val Tidone International Piano Competition, the Second International Piano Competition in Panama, the Seventh International Competition Ciutat de Carlet in Valencia, the Grieg Competition in Oslo, and the Classica Nova Competition in Hannover, just to name a few.
Along with her performing career, Ms. Khanina remains a dedicated teacher. She is currently on the faculty at 92Y and Bloomingdale School of Music. Her students have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and successfully participated at numerous national competitions.
Her playing described as “elegant” in the New York Times, pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Merkin Hal ...
Her playing described as “elegant” in the New York Times, pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. As a collaborative artist she has performed throughout the Eastern United States, as well as in London, France, and Italy. Her concerto engagements include the Rapides Symphony (LA), the Lower Merion Symphony (PA), the Astoria Symphony, the Christ Church Festival Orchestra in Oyster Bay (NY), and the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York. From 2005 to 2009 she was the artistic director of Goliard Concerts (Queens, NY), an organization dedicated to community outreach and the commissioning of new chamber works by young composers. Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano and was subsequently invited to join the coaching faculty of the Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany the following summer.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Levioff has taught undergraduate master classes at Stony Brook University and various colleges throughout the Southeastern United States. She has been a teaching artist at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in Manhattan since 2004, and also teaches piano and gives lectures and performances in the Art of Listening to Music series for the 92nd Street Y’s Himan Brown 60-Plus senior program. Ms. Levioff is the music director of the annual Point Counterpoint chamber music workshop for adults on Vermont’s Lake Dunmore, and also co-directs Point Counterpoint’s new “Pianos on the Point” workshop with her husband, Michael C. Haigler. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Phillip Kawin, and recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at SUNY Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Gilbert Kalish. Find out more about her at www.ariellelevioff.com.
Luke Marantz is a New York City based pianist and composer from Texas. Born to a musical family, his studies began at an early age with piano, voice, saxophone and visual art. A graduate of the Boo ...
Luke Marantz is a New York City based pianist and composer from Texas. Born to a musical family, his studies began at an early age with piano, voice, saxophone and visual art. A graduate of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Marantz was awarded multiple national jazz awards during his time there including seventeen Downbeat SMA awards which led to him being featured in the publication three times.
His studies were continued at the New England Conservatory of Music from which he graduated in 2013. During his time there Marantz had the opportunity to work with, among others, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran and Veronica Jochum.
During his young career, Luke has performed with the likes of Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tierney Sutton, Ingrid Jensen, Antonio Hart and many others. He has been featured as a sideman on the recordings of trumpeters Jason Palmer and Billy Buss as well as saxophonists Matt Marantz and Gianni Gagliardi alongside musicians such as Dayna Stephens, Gilad Hekselman and Walter Smith III. He has also co-led multiple recordings including joint projects with his brother, Matt Marantz, and their band “The Primary Colors”. His debut solo piano record is scheduled for release in the summer of 2017.
Marantz has performed across the country and internationally at such venues as the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, New England’s Jordan hall, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Vail Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and the Boston Jazz Week Festival.
For more info visit www.lukemarantz.com.
New York based-, Colombian born Hector Martignon has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres, from classical and crossover, to jazz and world mus ...
New York based-, Colombian born Hector Martignon has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres, from classical and crossover, to jazz and world music, to rock and pop. His five albums as a leader and two as co-leader (Mozart's Blue Fantasies and Bach's Secret Files) as well as his work on over a hundred albums, scores for five feature films, three Broadway Musicals and multiple other projects, showcase his wide-ranging area of expertise.
After several nominations as a sideman, two of his five solo CDs (Refugee, 2008, and Second Chance, 2010) were nominated for a GRAMMY Award. He arranged and performed parts of the score of Ang Lee's OSCAR-nominated movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman.
His first professional recording was at age 18 (Mikis Theodorakis's Canto General) while one of the most recent was on legendary rock band Chicago's latest production, the Latin-tinged Exitos.
He has written symphonic orchestrations, performed and recorded by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and compositions like the one commissioned and premiered by the Musica de Camara String Orchestra at St. Patrick's Cathedral in April 2011.
As a requested sideman he has toured the world with such greats as Paquito D'Rivera, Ray Barretto, Gato Barbieri, Steve Turre, Don Byron, Tito Puente and, closer to home, he was featured pianist with Max Roach's "Project America" at 92 St Y.
His joy of teaching has made him a requested guest-lecturer and performance teacher in music faculties and academies in several countries of Europe, North- and South America. Hector wrote an instructional book on Latin piano commissioned and published by Hal Leonard.
John McCauley teaches beginning and advanced students. His students experience the drama and color of the pia ...
John McCauley teaches beginning and advanced students. His students experience the drama and color of the piano immediately by learning pieces that use the pedals and that travel all over the keyboard. McCauley received fellowships to Aspen and Tanglewood and held a Juilliard Teaching Fellowship. At Juilliard, after studies with Beveridge Webster and Josef Raieff, he obtained a Master's Degree in Piano. At the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, he studied piano and Chamber Music. John plays concerts throughout the U.S. for Columbia Artists Management, in Europe, and on nearly every major stage in New York City, including recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall.
Katherine is an active solo performer as well as chamber musician based in New York City. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls including the Weill Recital Hall at C ...
Katherine is an active solo performer as well as chamber musician based in New York City. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as well as Boston’s Jordan Hall. Katherine has won numerous honors including NEC’s Piano Honors Competition, a prize in the American Protégé competition as well as many scholarships.
Katherine is a frequent performer of new music and music written by women and minorities. She believes that music is the most essential form of human communication and works to create a more inclusive concert experience. She believes this can best be achieved by creating a more diverse and innovative concert program. To further this goal, Katherine was awarded a grant in 2016 to create the Boston Women’s Music Project and premiered a feminist songbook, The Well-Tempered Woman, in 2019 with composer Stefania de Kenessey and Soprano Eugenia Dante.
As a teacher, Katherine’s goal is to equip her students with the ability and desire to make music throughout their life. She has worked with students of all ages, ranging from 3-60+. Katherine has been teaching for around 5 years. She emphasizes the importance of performance with her students and has prepared many of her students to participate in recitals throughout the city. Katherine’s prepares her students to feel confident expressing themselves musically and sharing their music with audiences of all sizes.
Katherine wants all of her students to experience the joy of expressing themselves through music. Every student finds a different aspect of music to be most fulfilling or exciting, and she encourages her students to find and follow their interests through our lessons. For each of Katherine’s students, she determines which aspects of music performance are meaningful to them and helps them achieve this at the piano. In addition, she strives to expose them to other aspects that she finds exciting and meaningful, broadening their experiences in music. Katherine encourages her students to take an active role in selecting what they want to work on and guides them to take an active role in their learning. Katherine always makes sure her students feel supported and encouraged and that she wants them to do the best that they can do. She believes this supportive atmosphere is crucial to the learning process so that students are comfortable taking risks and growing in their music making.
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory where she studied with Bruce Brubaker and her Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music where she studied with Thomas Sauer. Other major teachers have included Arkady Aronov and Dina Khudayberdieva. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Stony Brook University, studying with Christina Dahl.
Pianist Zach Mo has had a wide-ranging variety of performing and teaching experiences around the globe. His performance engagements have taken him to Europe, Asia, as well as the United State ...
Pianist Zach Mo has had a wide-ranging variety of performing and teaching experiences around the globe. His performance engagements have taken him to Europe, Asia, as well as the United States, as a solo recitalist, a chamber musician, a choral accompanist, and an orchestral pianist. An avid collaborator, Zach has served as faculty for music schools, festivals, and competitions, including 92Y School of Music, Point Counterpoint, and Weill Institute of Music and Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he has been an adjunct faculty member of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Baruch College in New York City.
As a teacher, Zach Mo has instructed students of all ages and skill levels, from pupils of age three becoming newly acquainted with music to advanced pianists preparing for auditions and competitions. He has been invited to China as a guest instructor at the Piano Arts School in his home province of Hunan, teaching students and presenting recitals in the Yueyang city's new and only music school. Zach has been teaching over 10 years and considers education the greatest gift a person can give. He helps students discover and decode the magic and mystery in music while approaching it logically by developing solid practice habits, theoretical understanding, and musical creativity.
Mr. Mo is currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying under Alan Feinberg. He has received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 under the tutelage of Daniel Epstein. He has also studied at Northwestern University, the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he the recipient of the Lucille Kimball Scholarship. Furthermore, he has had the privilege of participating in master classes with such great pianists as Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, and Barry Snyder.
Born in Istanbul, residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and ...
Born in Istanbul, residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and in the club. Ms. Öge was trained at Mimar Sinan University, and holds a masters degree from Purchase Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Ostrovsky, where she later served on piano faculty. She has played extensively with Piano Music Trio, a chamber ensemble that performs arrangements of Impressionist and Romantic songs for trumpet, piano and cello. Derin Öge is also a founding member of Occasional Noise Trio with William Lang, trombone and Cesare Papetti, percussion.
Ms. Öge has played internationally and locally at such venues as Cornelia Street Café, Mozarteum University, Peter de Grote Festival, The Stone, Flushing Town Hall, Barbes, the Roerich Museum and Symphony Space, among others. In addition, her performance of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major has been recorded for the European Broadcast Union.
Derin Öge’s recent recordings are distributed by System Dialing Records.
Derin’s performance career is coupled with her active and passionate work in teaching. She currently leads our terrifically popular Music FUNdamentals class for 4-year-olds, and two classes for kids ages 5-7: our group keyboard class, and a brand new rhythm-themed Saturday class, Rhythm is Gonna Get'cha! Derin is an expert in the areas of piano, movement and theory, and she is personally dedicated to the development of every young music maker.
Mark Pakman, M.M., Moscow State Conservatory; Certificate, International Institute for Chamber Music, Munich. Studies with Vladimir Natanson, Maria Grinberg, Nina Svetlanova. Masterclasses: Demus, ...
Mark Pakman, M.M., Moscow State Conservatory; Certificate, International Institute for Chamber Music, Munich. Studies with Vladimir Natanson, Maria Grinberg, Nina Svetlanova. Masterclasses: Demus, Badura-Skoda, Jansen. Performances at major New York concert halls and on radio stations WQXR, WNCN, WNYC. Tours: North America, Russia. Russian vocal coach for Samuel Ramey and Beverly Morgan and a Board member of the Leschetizky Association. Adjudicator: Juilliard Precollege, DMA recitals at MSM. Program notes: Russian Disc, Consonance. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music (Associate with N. Svetlanova) and Precollege, Montclair State University (Assistant Professor), Amati Festival and 92nd Street Y.
Alexandra Pitocchi, an active pianist and teacher, was born in Massapequa, NY. Starting at a young age, she developed a deep love for classical music and found the piano to be a great source of sol ...
Alexandra Pitocchi, an active pianist and teacher, was born in Massapequa, NY. Starting at a young age, she developed a deep love for classical music and found the piano to be a great source of solace and self-expression. As an educator, Alexandra believes in the importance of fostering intrinsic motivation and giving each student the tools to become independent and confident musicians.
Alexandra began teaching piano during her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a concentration Pedagogy. Here, she was able to gain extensive experience working closely with students of various ages and levels, allowing her to become familiar with a wide of array of repertoire and method books. While at Crane, Alexandra studied solo piano with Dr. Paul Wyse and piano pedagogy with Dr. Kathryn Sherman.
Alexandra also holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, where she graduated with distinction. As a graduate assistant, she taught private piano lessons at Westminster Conservatory as well as group piano classes. During her time at Westminster Choir College, Alexandra completed internships under the guidance of Phyllis Lehrer and Betty Stoloff, focusing mainly on teaching in a group setting. She has also performed in master classes with prestigious pianists such as Lori Sims and Thomas Otten.
In addition to an extensive teaching career, Alexandra is an active soloist and collaborator and works regularly with vocalists. She has performed at multiple venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Snell Theater (Potsdam, NY), Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall (Potsdam, NY) and Williamson Hall (Princeton, NJ).
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chambe ...
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Luba has performed recitals in prestigious venues and series including 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Dudley Hall in Houston and the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. Her performances have been broadcast worldwide, on stations including Chicago’s WFMT, ABC Classical FM in Australia and Kol Hamusica, the national classical music station in Israel.
As a chamber musician, Luba has performed with acclaimed musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, New York City Opera and A Far Cry. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Long Island Chamber Music Society, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and the Houston Piano Institute.
Luba began her studies at the age of six in Novosibirsk, Russia. After immigrating to Israel, she continued her studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv under the tutelage of Michael Boguslavsky. After additional studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Verbier Academy, she received her Masters Degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Patricia Zander and Gabriel Chodos. Luba then earned her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish. She currently resides in New York City, where she teaches at 92nd Street Y and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
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, r ...
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.
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her chi ...
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her childhood immersed in music, performing around Chicago at beautiful performance venues such as Chicago's Orchestra Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she played for Mayor Daley. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Miami. Upon graduating, Magdalene joined the faculty of the University of Miami Piano Preparatory Program where, in addition to private piano lessons, she taught classes of Group Piano, Music Theory, and Aural Skills for four years. Magdalene received her Master of Arts degree in Music/Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College, where she had the rare privilege to study with and perform for esteemed philosopher, Maxine Greene. Magdalene currently teaches students ages 4 through 96. When she has free time, she writes and records her own music.
Steve Sandberg is an Emmy-nominated Composer, Pianist and Teaching Artist who specializes in creative piano (and composition, theory, improvisation) lessons for children and adults of all ages. He ...
Steve Sandberg is an Emmy-nominated Composer, Pianist and Teaching Artist who specializes in creative piano (and composition, theory, improvisation) lessons for children and adults of all ages. He shares his passion for and broad knowledge of music in a gentle and approachable way, and tailors his teaching to the individual needs of each student. He has given classical recitals, toured internationally with well-known Latin, jazz and rock artists, and written extensively for TV and other media. He enjoys sharing the benefits of music with young people and adults alike!
He began classical piano studies at age 4 and won a BMI composers award before attending Yale University, where he majored in musical theory and composition. At Yale, his studies with noted African art theorist Robert Farris Thompson inspired him to immerse himself in the world of Afro-Caribbean music. Upon returning to NYC he played with, arranged and composed for some of the great salsa artists of the 1970s and 1980s, including Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades and Tito Puente. A highlight of this period was an appearance in Rio and São Paolo opening for the legendary João Gilberto in a duo with vocalist Bebel Gilberto. He also toured with David Byrne as keyboardist and vocalist.
Steve has conducted and arranged on Broadway and for many regional and Off-Broadway theaters, including the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Most recently, he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work as Musical Director and Composer for Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!
Ruth Albert Spencer is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music. Her major teachers include Frank Sheridan, Carl Schacter and Leopold Mannes. She did her graduate work at Queens College (CUNY). Pr ...
Ruth Albert Spencer is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music. Her major teachers include Frank Sheridan, Carl Schacter and Leopold Mannes. She did her graduate work at Queens College (CUNY). Prof. Spencer is on the Music Dept. faculties of the City Univ. of New York and the 92nd Street Y. She is a recipient of a NY Council on the Humanities Grant, enabling her to give lectures on the relationship of Chopin and George Sand and to perform his music. Prof. Spencer has authored two books on Music Education and many articles, including one in Clavier on the Chopin Preludes. Ruth is proud to have been a volunteer at Ground Zero for 9 months, and during that time she gave two solo piano recitals for rescue workers at St. Paul's Chapel.
Senior Chamber Music
Steinway Artist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared throughout the United States, E ...
Steinway Artist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as a soloist and in chamber concerts at such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall New York, Wiener Saal at Mozarteum, Henri Selmer Hall in Paris, Grand Bulgaria Hall and the National Palace of Culture in Bulgaria, Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte in Puerto Rico to name a few. She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music in Bulgaria, Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival. Tachkova’s performances have been broadcast on radio and television, including WQXR, WITF, WPRB, and Bulgarian National Television. Her recordings include two critically acclaimed chamber music CDs released by MSR records and extensive solo and four-hand repertoire for Steinway Spirio. As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Locrian Chamber Players, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Schweizer Oktett. Tachkova’s most recent project, duo per se (with clarinetist Scot Humes) has performed in recital in Washington D.C., New York City, Paris (France), as well as being a featured ensemble at the New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival. duo per se’ s recent engagements included recitals in Christchurch and Auckland in New Zealand as well as a recital and a master class at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Tachkova’s students consistently earn many accolades, winning various international and national competitions as well as receiving a national gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program. Her students have performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill and Zankel recital halls as well as Steinway Hall New York as competition winners. In addition, she has presented numerous master classes and has adjudicated various international and national competitions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Tachkova holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from Stony Brook University.
The American pianist Reed Tetzloff is one of the brightest stars of a new generation of musicians. He enthralls audiences with his “magical tone” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and ...
The American pianist Reed Tetzloff is one of the brightest stars of a new generation of musicians. He enthralls audiences with his “magical tone” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and “ebullient” virtuosity (Gramophone Magazine).
He has excited audiences in tours of China, Europe, and the United States. He made his Lincoln Center concerto debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall. He has performed concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He gives annual multi-city recital tours in Belgium, playing to critical acclaim at major venues including De Singel (Antwerp), Flagey (Brussels), the Miry Concertzaal (Ghent), and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Waterloo).
Festival appearances have included the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy; the Northern Lights Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and repeat engagements with the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Mannes Sounds Festival, and the Young Artist World Piano Festival. An insightful proponent of complex and often neglected repertoire, including that of the American canon, Reed Tetzloff is constantly engaging his listeners’ curiosity and broadening their horizons. His presentation of Charles Ives’ masterpiece, the ‘Concord’ Sonata, was featured in a recent season of the Mannes Sounds Festival, and the great American pianist Ursula Oppens described his interpretation as “One of the best I have ever heard of the piece,” hailing its “utter beauty and wild intensity.”
At the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Reed Tetzloff was named one of twelve semi-finalists. His performances were widely acclaimed in Russian media, which dubbed him “the lyric hero of the competition,” and were noted by music connoisseurs across the globe. He has won prizes from international competitions including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition. Tetzloff has received career grants from Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi and from the Center for Musical Excellence (CME). His debut solo album, “Sounds of Transcendence,” was sponsored by CME and is available on the Romeo Records label. Reviewing the album, Patrick Rucker of Gramophone Magazine praised his version of Charles Griffes’ Piano Sonata as “ranking easily with the recordings of Garrick Ohlsson and Stephen Beus as the finest available,” in addition to extolling his “refined touch,” “rhetorical aptness,” and “fervent rapture” in music of Franck and Scriabin.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tetzloff began his studies with Dr. Paul Wirth. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Mannes College in New York, studying at the legendary Upper West Side campus with Piano Department Chair Pavlina Dokovska.
Within his first year and a half of undergraduate study, he had won the school’s two largest awards: the Concerto Competition and the Nadia Reisenberg Competition.
Reed Tetzloff is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society, and has a residency in the Village Meridian Series in New York City, both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
Reed Tetzloff is a Yamaha Artist.
Peter Yarin is a NYC-based pianist, whose unique approach to teaching, writing and performing, bridges classical, contemporary and jazz styles. Featured on the Grammy-winning recording Music fr ...
Peter Yarin is a NYC-based pianist, whose unique approach to teaching, writing and performing, bridges classical, contemporary and jazz styles. Featured on the Grammy-winning recording Music from Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 1 with 1920s vintage jazz orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Peter has performed stride and jazz piano at such venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," "A Prairie Home Companion" and the Newport Jazz Festival. He has worked with and accompanied such artists as Garrison Keillor, Michael Feinstein and Leon Redbone. In addition to "Boardwalk Empire," you can hear him on the soundtracks of "The Knick" and Amazon's "Z"; as well as the films Carol, Bessie and Mildred Pierce. An accomplished composer, Peter Yarin is currently developing several projects for musical theater; recent work has been seen at Tokyo’s New National Theatre. He has been published in the BMI Musical Theatre Songbook and Directory of Musical Theatre Writers.
Jamie Reynolds is a freelance jazz pianist in New York City. He has taught group and private jazz piano and composition lessons at the 92nd Street Y since 2005.
Jamie is very active ...
Jamie is very active on the jazz scene and performs regularly with some of New York's finest musicians. He has toured across Canada and the United States and Europe and can be heard regularly in clubs around the city.
Jamie received a Bachelor of Music with honors in jazz performance from the University of Toronto.
Playing by Ear: Functional Piano and Music Theory
Jazz Keyboard (Advanced)
Jazz vocalist Vicki Burns has been performing and teaching steadily since her arrival in New York City in 2009 from the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MA in Music in Improvised Music Stud ...
Jazz vocalist Vicki Burns has been performing and teaching steadily since her arrival in New York City in 2009 from the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MA in Music in Improvised Music Studies from San Jose State University in 2000 and performed in many Bay Area venues including The San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA, and many clubs in San Francisco including sold out performances at The Plush Room and long residencies at The Hotel Donatello and Enrico’s, a legendary jazz venue in North Beach. She taught from 2003-2008 at Blue Bear School of Music and also privately.
She released a critically acclaimed album Siren Song in 2003 of which jazz critic Dan Ouelette, a featured columnist in Downbeat magazine said she “succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty.” The title song, “Siren Song” has recently been recorded by renowned jazz vocalist, Tessa Souter on her album Picture In Black and White in 2018 and has received airplay worldwide.
Currently, Vicki performs regularly at venues such as Mezzrow, 55 Bar and Jazz At Kitano and The Lexington Hotel in New York City and is planning to record a new album featuring original music and rarely sung standards in Fall of 2019.
Vicki has been a teacher at 92 Y since 2013 and loves to teach both children and adults. She focuses on healthy singing technique based in the Bel Canto tradition and adapts this to Broadway, Jazz, and Popular music styles. Some of her students from 92 Y were featured in Spring of 2019 at Jazz at Kitano where they debuted in their own successful show. Vicki Burns plans to release her new album, Bittersweet sometime in the late summer or fall of 2021.
Chair of Vocal Department. Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin, Ann Hoyt has been living in NYC since 1994. She received her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors in Mu ...
Chair of Vocal Department. Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin, Ann Hoyt has been living in NYC since 1994. She received her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her voice teachers have included Adele Addison, Barrington Coleman and Helen Hodam. Equally at home on the operatic or musical theater stage, Ann is also an accomplished recital artist and has collaborated with Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and Trinity Church Wall Street. Ms. Hoyt can be heard as a soloist on Hänssler and Naxos recording labels. Ann teaches students from 5 year old children, to teenagers and up. It is never too late to start singing!
Musical Theater Vocal Workshop
Gina Morgano is a teacher and performer who aspires to create a world of beauty and instill hope for a better tomorrow. With warmth and enthusiasm, she inspires students to dream big, work hard and ...
Gina Morgano is a teacher and performer who aspires to create a world of beauty and instill hope for a better tomorrow. With warmth and enthusiasm, she inspires students to dream big, work hard and believe in their own goodness. Singing is a way for us all to share our inner light, and Gina helps students to tell meaningful stories with confidence through text and music.
She champions the in-between area that bridges classical and popular styles. With repertoire ranging from baroque to Broadway, favorite roles include Amalia in She Loves Me, Jo March in the musical Little Women, Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel, Papagena in The Magic Flute and the title role in Alcina.
A concert and cabaret performer, Gina recently made her Lincoln Center solo debut at David Geffen Hall with the National Chorale.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gina holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance, an M.S.J. in Journalism, and a Certificate for Departmental Excellence in Music Theatre from Northwestern University. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
For more information, please visit www.GinaMorgano.com.
Opera History II
How to Read Music
How to Read Music II
Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, multi-award winning jazz singer and composer. She started playing the piano from the age of 5 and went on to study opera at The University of Cape Town Oper ...
Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, multi-award winning jazz singer and composer. She started playing the piano from the age of 5 and went on to study opera at The University of Cape Town Opera School where she graduated Cum Laude with a Performer’s Diploma in Opera in 2000. Melanie has released five successful solo albums and has been a featured artist and guest songwriter on many albums nationally and internationally. She has been a professional musician for more than 20 years and has performed all over the world including her native country, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. Her most recent performances include touring with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra in their 2019/2020 season, with shows in New York, Chicago, South Africa and Vienna.
Melanie has been involved in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 2008-2014 as a performer and teacher as well as part of the mentorship program with the Artscape Youth Jazz program from 2006-2013. She also went on to teach at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005.She has taught internationally in annual Jazz Camps in The Czech Republic, where she lived for 2 years. She currently resides in East Village, New York and is a permanent member of the vocal staff at 92Y School of Music. For the past 3 years, she has also given workshops for the 92Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership in Visual Art, Songwriting and Music Production. She is also frequently invited by Jazz at Lincoln Centre as a featured singer/ musician giving workshops for conferences and events. Melanie is also worked for The Leadership Program, a New York based Teaching Artist DOE approved organization, for the past 3 years as a music and visual artist teaching artist, teaching across the board from Kindergarten to High School. She has also hosted workshops showcasing Music Production, Electronic Looping, Visual Art, Improvisation at CUNY, University of Pennsylvania and Smith College.
Sight Singing and Ear Training / Ages 10+
Scat Singing for Beginners
Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts for over 20 years from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies t ...
Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts for over 20 years from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages around the world as the leader of her own band and as a part of the close harmony group DUCHESS.
Across her five solo albums (including 2014’s No Regrets, which JazzTimes called “Smart. Seamless. Stunning.”), Melissa has maintained a focus on storytelling, whether through her original compositions and lyrics, interpreting the music of songwriters like Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bjork, or finding a unique and personal way to present oft-sung jazz standards. From top stages and clubs in NYC (Carnegie Hall, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center) to jazz festivals all over the world (Monterey, Toronto, Copenhagen, Montreal, Jerusalem), Melissa endears audiences with her heartfelt singing and intimate performance style.
Downbeat has called her a “sophisticated storyteller” and an “original,” while Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch says: “Melissa has it all – a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste.” She has been the recipient of many awards and other distinctions including multiple nods from JazzTimes and Downbeat Magazines in the Rising Star Jazz Vocalist category of the Readers and Critics Polls, and professional development and recording grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Throughout her career, Melissa has been a passionate educator, teaching private voice lessons and group instruction in Canada at the National Music Camp, Humber College and Mohawk College before moving to New York in 2005. From 2009 until the birth of her son in 2013, she was on faculty at 92Y and maintained a busy studio of singers from many musical backgrounds and abilities. On her own and with her 3-part harmony group DUCHESS, she runs workshops and clinics for soloists and vocal groups at colleges and conservatories wherever she is touring, and she very much enjoyed filling in for the incredible educator Darmon Meader in 2016 at the esteemed Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp in Rochester, NY. Melissa is happy to be back in the family at the School of Music and looks forward to helping her students explore diverse repertoire and guiding each towards a more natural and joyful expression of their unique voice.
Charlotte Surkin is an individual voice instructor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York; and a Singing Voice Specialist at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (for students ...
Charlotte Surkin is an individual voice instructor at Marymount Manhattan College in New York; and a Singing Voice Specialist at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (for students with vision impairment); Ms. Surkin has previously taught singing as an adjunct Assistant Professor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; Wagner College in Staten Island, New York; CAP21/Molloy College and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Her students have performed in many regional companies across the US as well as on Broadway, such as the Lion King, Hadestown, West Side Story, etc.
In July 13, of 2017, Ms. Surkin presented a lecture at the International Conference for the College Music Society (CMS) in Sydney, Australia. Previous lectures were presented at the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia, The Comparative Voice Pedagogy Seminar through New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and the Grand Rounds for doctors at Lighthouse International. She will be presenting an Event via NYSTA in April of 2020. Ms. Surkin has been on the Board of Directors of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) for close to 20 years and has currently been asked to join the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-NYC) Board of Directors. She has taken 2 vocology internships at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital with Dr. Anat Keidar and Dr. Anthony Jahn and at Mt. Sinai Hospital with Dr. Linda Carroll and Dr. Peak Woo respectively.
Her article on “Teaching Students with Vision Loss” is in the September/October 2018 issue of the NATS JOURNAL OF SINGING.
As a performer, Ms. Surkin has performed the alto solos in over 30 major oratorios with orchestra in the Tri-State area, including two alto solo performances of the Messiah in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her operatic repertoire includes performances in regional and local companies ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.
Ms. Surkin holds a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.Ed.) degree from Temple University, an M.A. in music from New York University as well as a certificate in music from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Sarah Tolar is an accomplished performer, vocalist, songwriter, producer and music educator. She has released two full-length albums of her original compositions, performed throughout the United St ...
Sarah Tolar is an accomplished performer, vocalist, songwriter, producer and music educator. She has released two full-length albums of her original compositions, performed throughout the United States, Europe, China and Canada and appeared on several television shows including the Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Sarah graduated with honors from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music in jazz performance. While in Texas, she began teaching private vocal lessons and her jazz quartet performed throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth.
Upon graduating, Sarah moved to New York City and began working as a live music producer. She directed a 15-piece ensemble giving performances in New York City and the Tri-State area, Florida, and California, and had the opportunity to work with James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel among others. During her years as a live music producer, she was Creative Director at Starlight Orchestras, arranging vocal and instrumental music and the vice president of artist development.
Sarah’s first album, Big Blue Moon, produced by pianist David Cook (Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson) features Sarah’s original jazz-folk compositions. While promoting Big Blue Moon, Sarah opened for Grammy-winner Christopher Cross, appeared on the television show Better Connecticut, and toured the East Coast as well as Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Big Blue Moon can be heard on radio stations across the United States.
Sarah’s second release, Vision, a collaboration with drummer/composer Bill Campbell (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Meshell Ndegeocello, Snarky Puppy), includes songs written with Campbell along with Sarah’s originals.
As a vocalist, she has toured and performed with electro-funk duo Chromeo, performing at Lollapalooza, Coachella, The Roundhouse in London, Canada’s Juno awards as well as television appearances including Conan on TBS. She performed as the featured vocalist with the critically acclaimed Bjorkestra at The Highline Ballroom and other prestigious NYC venues. Sarah has performed on the Joe Scarborough show, singing with Scarborough and Grammy-winner Lyle Lovett and on Broadway for a special performance of “Bombshell,” the live adaptation of NBC’s TV show SMASH. Sarah has recorded studio vocals for a number of television shows and commercials and worked with composers/writers Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, and Ned Ginsburg.
Sarah is a passionate music educator and conducts a vocal and piano studio that offers instruction in jazz, musical theater, and pop vocal styles, beginning piano, music theory, songwriting, and vocal improvisation. She is on the voice faculty at 92nd Street Y in NYC, and hosts the main stage of the annual 92Y Festival every fall. She was featured songwriter in 92Y’s 145th Anniversary Archival project, Spring 2019. Her students have won many awards including the Carnegie Hall Forte International Competition and The Young Arts International Competition.
Music Theory and Ear Training for Singers
Inna Berkhin is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, as well as a former member of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic. Since arriving in the United States, Ms. Berkhin has perfo ...
Inna Berkhin is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, as well as a former member of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic. Since arriving in the United States, Ms. Berkhin has performed extensively as a soloist and orchestra musician, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and many other venues. She has recently worked with the Acadia Summer Festival, Tenafly New Jersey Chamber Music Summer Festival, and Nuremberg Germany Music Festival as a teacher and performer. She is on the violin and viola faculty at 92Y School of Music and the Academy of Music at Ramapo College, and maintains a private studio.
Violinist Tallie Brunfelt enjoys a busy freelance career in New York, in addition to serving as Concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Harrisb ...
Violinist Tallie Brunfelt enjoys a busy freelance career in New York, in addition to serving as Concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Some of her Broadway credits include King Kong: Alive on Broadway, Mean Girls and Ain’t Too Proud, and she is looking forward to performing again this winter in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes. She can be heard on recent motion picture and television soundtracks including The Greatest Showman, A Dog’s Purpose and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, among many others. Tallie is also an avid teacher, presenting interactive music appreciation concerts to a variety of young and adult audiences, as well as private and group lessons for primary and secondary school students in and around New York City.
Violinist and Violist Lani King Chang has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Formerly a tenured member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestr ...
Violinist and Violist Lani King Chang has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Formerly a tenured member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, she was a prizewinner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and has participated in festivals including Apollo Chamber Players of London, International Musicians Seminar, Composers Inc., Dartington International Baroque Festival in the U.K., Chamber Music West, and Camerata Chamber Players in Westchester. She currently serves on the faculty of Hoff-Barthelson Music School, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and formerly a faculty member at the Usdan Camp for the Arts for 12 seasons. Ms. Chang received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from San Francisco Conservatory, and attended graduate school at New England Conservatory.
Partner Lessons for Kids: Beginner Violin / Ages 6-8
A New York-based violinist and composer Andy Didorenko was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to a family of professional violinists. Andy took his first violin lessons with his parents and made his ...
A New York-based violinist and composer Andy Didorenko was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to a family of professional violinists. Andy took his first violin lessons with his parents and made his debut with an orchestra at the age of 10. He earned his graduate and postgraduate degrees from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the renowned professors Marina Yashvili and Aleksandr Melnikov, and appeared as a soloist with Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Camerata Chamber Orchestra.
From 1999 to 2004, Andy lived in Taiwan where he taught, performed, and debuted as a composer. Among his compositions are virtuoso pieces for solo violin, a double concerto, various chamber works, and student pieces. Since moving to New York in 2006, Andy performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and serves on the faculty of Kaufman Music Center. Most of his works have been premiered, published, and recorded in the US.
Andy is also a leader of a contemporary rock fusion ensemble, Lost World Band, which has released several critically acclaimed albums.
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres includin ...
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres including classical, rock, punk and electronica on viola, electric violin, guitar and synths. Bridget plays and records regularly in the NYC area with the band Stereo Off (stereo-off.com). She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Bridget is on the violin and viola facilty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Williamsburg School of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio.
Elise is a New York-based violist who performs and records classical, contemporary, and popular music. Her performances have taken her across the country and to concert venues such as Carnegie Hall ...
Elise is a New York-based violist who performs and records classical, contemporary, and popular music. Her performances have taken her across the country and to concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theatre, SXSW, as well as downtown clubs and performance spaces. She has appeared on various major and independent label albums, as well as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, America’s Got Talent!, and the Amazon Prime Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.
Elise has performed with a number of orchestras throughout the country including the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, among others. Artists she has performed with include Paul Simon, St. Vincent, Danger Mouse, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, Jon Batiste, Kygo, Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Andrew Bird, Pharaohe Monch, Jacky Cheung, Kelis, Shallou, Pink Martini, Shoshana Bean, Cynthia Erivo, Grace McLean, Santino Fontana, Nathan Gunn, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Falls, Landlady, Cassandra Jenkins, and the Airborne Toxic Event. She is a co-founder of Atlantic Collective with acclaimed Portuguese pianist Nuno Marques, a group that performs socially thematic programs with an emphasis on new and underperformed works by underrepresented composers. She is also the newest member of The Furies, a five-piece indie rock band comprised of all women.
Elise is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and NYU, where she served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola. She currently serves as an Executive Board member of AFM Local 802, where she is a passionate labor and political advocate for musicians in the workplace. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Nat and their son Noah.
Violinist Katherine Gilger resides in New York City and recently graduated from the Mannes School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While at Mannes, Kathe ...
Violinist Katherine Gilger resides in New York City and recently graduated from the Mannes School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While at Mannes, Katherine studied with David Chan, concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and renowned pedagogue Aaron Rosand. Katherine also served as concertmaster of the Mannes Orchestra. Katherine performs in the Montclair Orchestra in New Jersey and with the North Carolina Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, Katherine is an active chamber musician having performed with members of the American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. A frequent recitalist, Katherine has played recent concerts in Vermont, North Carolina, upstate New York for the Young Musicians Forum, and around New York City. Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Katherine began playing the violin at seven years of age and the piano at four. She studied with North Carolina Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Rebekah Binford and was concertmaster of three youth orchestras.
Juliet Kurtzman began playing the violin at age 7, and was quickly discovered as a child prodigy. At the age of ten, she began winning competitions, and soloing with orchestras such as the Houston ...
Juliet Kurtzman began playing the violin at age 7, and was quickly discovered as a child prodigy. At the age of ten, she began winning competitions, and soloing with orchestras such as the Houston and Dallas Symphonies. Throughout her youth, she performed extensively throughout the US in solo recitals and with orchestras. At age 17, she began her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, with Jascha Brodsky. Shortly after, she made her Carnegie Hall debut.
After graduating from Curtis, Juliet moved to Europe, where she performed and taught throughout Spain and Switzerland. For 8 years, she was first violin in the Luzern Symphony Orchestra, and played regularly with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Currently, Juliet resides in NYC, where she is on the faculty at the Lucy Moses School, the Special Music School and at 92nd Street Y. She also has a variety of private students of different ages and levels, going from beginners to advanced, some of whom have won competitions and performed with professional orchestras in New York City.
Aside from the classical music where she specializes, Juliet has begun diversifying styles and genres of music in her violin playing. She has created a trio of mixed styles music, called Libertrio, alongside Santi Debriano (bass) and Helio Alves (piano).
Libetrio is now a trio that has been performing in different venues in New York. Their musical program mainly encompasses Brazilian and Argentinian music and composers. In an attempt to expand their geographical horizon, Libertrio were recently invited to perform at the Governor’s palace in Gibraltar.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ji Hyun Son earned a D.M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center, M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from The Curtis Institute of Music in Viola Performance. Prior to Curtis, Dr ...
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ji Hyun Son earned a D.M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center, M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from The Curtis Institute of Music in Viola Performance. Prior to Curtis, Dr. Son double-majored in violin and viola performance during undergraduate years at Juilliard. Her teachers include Samuel Rhodes, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, Joel Smirnoff and Albert Markov.
As a soloist, Dr. Son’s violin and viola concerto-appearances include: Piston Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi - Suite for Solo Viola, Small Chorus and Small Orchestra with Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra, Stamitz’s Viola Concerto with the Baden-Badener Philharmonie in Baden-Baden, Germany and Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic which was broadcast on WQXR-FM. She currently freelances in NYC as a substitute violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Dr. Son’s numerous awards include First Prize in the Viola Concerto Competition at the Juilliard School, “Audience Prize” in the Washington International Viola Competition, “Kenneth Leighton Trust” Award in the Tertis International Viola Competition, 2nd Prize in Holland-America Music Society Competition, First Prize in the Violin Concerto Competition at the Manhattan School of Music’s precollege and winner of “Best Performance in Violin, Eastern European Tradition” Award in Queens College.
Dr. Son attended the Marlboro Music Festival where she performed and collaborated with the members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Mendelssohn quartets, as well as with Kim Kashkashian, Scott St. John and Radovan Vlatković . As a teacher, Dr. Son served on the violin/viola, chamber music faculty at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she worked as a teaching assistant to professor Masao Kawasaki. Dr. Son also judged in Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in Violin, Viola, Chamber Music and Chamber Orchestra category in 2018.
Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, T ...
Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic and (Le) Poisson Rouge. She performs with several regional orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Arcos Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with the Albany Symphony. Outside of New York, Ms. Asher has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, Fl, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, the Arcos Orchestra on two European tours and has participated in the intensive summer study programs at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Centre of the Arts Chamber Music Residency Program. As an avid performer of contemporary chamber music, Ms. Asher is a member of Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Periapsis Music and Dance and has performed with Talea Ensemble. Also a dedicated traditional and Suzuki teacher, Ms. Asher is currently on the faculties of 92nd Street Y, Turtle Bay Music School and Lucy Moses School. Ms. Asher holds a B.M in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a M.M. in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Chamber and orchestral musician, Isabel Fairbanks, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. Currently residing in New York City, she has recently been heard at Lincoln Center a ...
Chamber and orchestral musician, Isabel Fairbanks, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. Currently residing in New York City, she has recently been heard at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as 92Y, Merkin Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and at the United Nations Friendship Summit. Her festival appearances include the Banff International Masterclasses, Roundtop Music Festival, Tanglewood, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Orpheus Institute. Throughout her career, Ms. Fairbanks has performed with the Circe Ensemble, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Salome Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and alongside members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been a finalist and prizewinner at the Montpelier Arts Center Competition as part of the Circe Ensemble, the New England Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
A passionate educator, Ms. Fairbanks is on the faculty of 92Y, Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp, The Artists Program Chamber Music Festival, and Suzuki on the Island. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Boston University and is currently a doctoral fellowship recipient at the City University of New York's Graduate Center where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance under Marcy Rosen. She plays an Italian cello made in 1910 by Carlo Carletti.
Cellist Kirsten Jermé leads a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and advocate of community-building through the arts. As a chamber musician, Kirsten has performed internationally i ...
Cellist Kirsten Jermé leads a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and advocate of community-building through the arts. As a chamber musician, Kirsten has performed internationally in venues including Weill Recital Hall and the Joyce Dance Theater in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Harlaxton College in England, the Banff Arts Centre in Canada, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Kirsten was formerly cellist of the Larchmere String Quartet, which toured across the U.S., Canada and Italy presenting concerts and masterclasses, and recorded for the Naxos label. Kirsten also served as Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and held the Eykamp String Quartet Faculty Artist-in-Residence position at the University of Evansville, where she created a chamber music course for undergraduates and co-founded a community-based chamber music series. She is also a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon.
Kirsten serves as cello faculty at North Carolina State University and has given masterclasses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University and Otterbein. A deeply committed educator, she has taught for institutions including Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan and Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts in Queens, Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute and Kidznotes, and she served as Honors Director for the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp in Raleigh. Kirsten received her M.M. at Eastman School of Music as a student of Steven Doane and her B.A. from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Colin Carr and the Emerson String Quartet. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the CUNY Graduate Center as a pupil of Marcy Rosen, and serves in an adjunct role at Brooklyn College and the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music.
Cellist, Zsaz Rutkowski enjoys a versatile career in orchestra, chamber music, theatre and pedagogy. As a core member with New York City’s Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and the New England ...
Cellist, Zsaz Rutkowski enjoys a versatile career in orchestra, chamber music, theatre and pedagogy. As a core member with New York City’s Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, she appears regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, performing in a variety of cross cultural programs. Zsaz is also active in New York’s theatre community, both on and off Broadway. She has performed and orchestrated for The Theatre for a New Audience, and with the companies of Pretty Woman, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and most recently for the Tony award winning musical, Hadestown.
As a believer in life-long learning, Zsaz is currently studying toward her Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate at The School for Strings under master pedagogue, Pam Devenport. Zsaz enjoys drawing from a rich resource and history of great mentors and diverse musical training to inspire and lead the next generation of cellists. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Zsaz is on faculty at The Spence School and The Third Street Music School Settlement.
Ms. Rutkowski holds a BA from the Manhattan School of Music, MA from The Aaron Copland School of Music, and Artist Diploma from the University for Music and Art in Graz, Austria. Her teachers and mentors have included; Marion Feldman, Marcy Rosen, Florian Kitt and Reinhard Latzko.
Zsaz’s special interests have led her to compose music for meditation using both cello and ambient percussion. Her music is inspired by a passion for service and helping others achieve their full potential through the power of sound.
Cellist-composer Tomas Ulrich received music degrees from Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Leslie Parnas, Fred Zlotkin, Marion Feldman and Ardyth Alt ...
Cellist-composer Tomas Ulrich received music degrees from Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Leslie Parnas, Fred Zlotkin, Marion Feldman and Ardyth Alton. In addition to his classical music activities, Mr. Ulrich has performed and recorded with such artists as Anthony Davis, Joe Lovano, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, McCoy Tyner, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Merchant and many others. He has written music for film, theater and instrumental performance and he can be heard on over 100 CDs in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. Tomas has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South America, Canada and the United States. Jay Collins from Signal to Noise has written that "Tomas Ulrich is surely one of the most accomplished and intriguing cellists in improvised music, with a brilliant technical mastery and ability to play prickly improv, jazz, classical, film music or pretty much anything he desires."
Cellist Jessica Wang is a New York City-based performer and educator who enjoys playing music of all genres, from classical to musical theatre to pop/rock and beyond. With various ensembles, she ha ...
Cellist Jessica Wang is a New York City-based performer and educator who enjoys playing music of all genres, from classical to musical theatre to pop/rock and beyond. With various ensembles, she has performed at many distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, NJPAC, the Naumburg Bandshell, the Public Theater, NBC Studios and on Broadway.
Jessica has toured the country with the first national Broadway tour of An American in Paris, and she has held the cello chair in the off-Broadway productions of We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time at the Public Theater and Pericles at the Theatre for a New Audience.
She has also performed in the orchestra pits of several Broadway shows, including Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish and Jagged Little Pill.
Jessica has appeared in several episodes of the award-winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, as well as on Saturday Night Live with musical guest, Shawn Mendes.
Jessica has been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top as both a soloist as well as in collaboration with world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She has also been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
As an educator, Jessica enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Having grown up surrounded by music, she strongly believes in the positive and lasting effects of music during a child's growth and development, and well into adulthood. While she currently maintains a private studio in the New York metropolitan area, Jessica has taught with the Music Institute of Long Island, the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Harmony Program, the Harvard-Radcliffe Musical Outreach to Neighborhood Youth (HARMONY) Program in Boston and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. She received her Suzuki Teacher Training with master teacher Pamela Devenport at the School for Strings in New York City.
Jessica holds a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard College and an M.M. in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School.
Bassist Joe Fitzgerald has been a vital part of the New York music scene for nearly three decades. He has a wide range of performance experience in major venues large and small all over the world, ...
Bassist Joe Fitzgerald has been a vital part of the New York music scene for nearly three decades. He has a wide range of performance experience in major venues large and small all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival to name a few. Joe also frequently performs with world class artists such as Pat Metheny, Datevik Hovanessian, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Frank Wess and many others. Joe is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and is active as an educator serving on faculties as diverse as the Collective School of Music, the Dalton School, the Rudolf Steiner School and Harvard University.
Christopher North (b 1969) is a composer (Film, Theater and Dance), singer/songwriter (eclectic albums, songs for children’s TV and Indy Films), multi-instrumentalist (Carnegie Hall, Newport ...
Christopher North (b 1969) is a composer (Film, Theater and Dance), singer/songwriter (eclectic albums, songs for children’s TV and Indy Films), multi-instrumentalist (Carnegie Hall, Newport Folk Festival, CBGBs, Grammy award-winning recordings) and conductor (Hollywood Chamber Orchestra debut, NYLSO). A Texan in NYC since 1997, he’s thriving in Brooklyn with 20 genre crossing albums, scores to over 60 films (inc. distributed, award-winning and Grammy Nominated) and a growing opus of arts songs, chamber music and symphonic works. An enthusiastic educator and Assistant Professor in the Berklee College of Music Songwriting Department since January 2019, he has taught at the 92nd St Y since Fall 1997. As a freelance sideman, he has played bass for Quincy Jones, with The Dixie Chicks and Rosanne Cash, in orchestras and on Broadway. He’s been heard as a singer (in choirs with NY Phil), whistler (for Disney) and multi-instrumentalist on countless scores, albums, video games and commercials. A 2015 Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, collaborating brings out his best, for which VARIETY says he’s a "notable asset” to work “well served by a fine soundtrack.” His favorite creation is his son Xavier and his hobbies include painting, photography and hiking.
Albums on iTunes
Soundhive Session Christopher North
The Mystery of Songwriting
A rootsy musician from New York City, Robin Greenstein straddles the worlds of traditional and contemporary folk/blues. Her resume includes working with folk legend Hedy West, songwriting for Bob D ...
A rootsy musician from New York City, Robin Greenstein straddles the worlds of traditional and contemporary folk/blues. Her resume includes working with folk legend Hedy West, songwriting for Bob Dylan, being a Clinician for Martin Guitars, a headliner for Renaissance Cruises and a Club Med artist. Robin spent 2 decades touring the college circuit and Europe. She has 7 CDs out, spanning original music, traditional folk and blues songs about women, a kids CD and multi-cultural holiday recording.
Robin has been playing guitar since age 11 and banjo & uke since age 17. She has a degree in music from SUNY-Stony Brook (majored in Classical Guitar). She studied music for a year at Kings College and Trinity College of Music in London.
While at college, Robin studied and then taught at the seminal music school The Guitar Workshop of Roslyn, NY. She had the privilege of working as a clinician for Martin Guitars in the early 2000's and travelled with the CEO, CF Martin IV, to Europe and Asia. Bob Dylan's publishing company signed Robin as a writer early on in her career. She has toured the college market, played overseas, headlined cruise ships, folk venues and other clubs across the U.S, etc. She teaches both adults and children.
Guitarist Andrew Hartman is active as a performer, composer and educator in the New York City area. Performing as a bandleader and sideman, Hartman regularly works in a variety of genres, incl ...
Guitarist Andrew Hartman is active as a performer, composer and educator in the New York City area. Performing as a bandleader and sideman, Hartman regularly works in a variety of genres, including jazz, rock and pop, and music theatre. His albums Compass and Andrew Hartman and Still Motion feature his original music arranged and performed in trio, quartet and quintet settings.
Partner Lessons for Kids: Group Guitar for Beginners / Ages 6-8
Partner Lessons for Kids: Group Guitar for Beginners / Ages 9-11
Ann plays guitar and mandolin and other things with strings. As a singer/songwriter, she performed in Europe consistently for many years. While on tour, she also conducted songwriting and guitar wo ...
Ann plays guitar and mandolin and other things with strings. As a singer/songwriter, she performed in Europe consistently for many years. While on tour, she also conducted songwriting and guitar workshops. She has written music for three documentaries for French television and has had her music used in television shows all over the world. As an instrumentalist, credits include: Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Ani DiFranco, and the American Composers Orchestra. She has lent her skills on Broadway in Head Over Heels, Grease, 9 to 5, Baby It’s You, Everyday Rapture, Kinky Boots, Waitress, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet, and Jagged Little Pill. Off Broadway credits include: Superhero, Almost Famous, and Shakespeare in the Park. Ann has also produced recordings for several artists with her partner, Tim Hatfield and is a MacDowell Colony grant recipient. She is most proud of her ability to wah wah her way out of any solo, anytime.
Sculpting Song Out of Air
Mandolin for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Ed MacEachen is a jazz guitarist who got his professional start in 1977 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio where he studied with Bill D'Arrango (sideman with Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie). E ...
Ed MacEachen is a jazz guitarist who got his professional start in 1977 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio where he studied with Bill D'Arrango (sideman with Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie). Ed moved to New York in 1984 where he has worked in the bands of Jack McDuff, Chico Hamilton and Erestine Anderson among many others. He currently lives and performs in the New York City area and can be heard on Eliot Zigmund's Starlight on Jazz Today Records and Bill Mobley's Singularity on Space Time Records along with others. Ed teaches at both 92nd Street Y (since 1996) and in the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music program (since 1989).
Partner Lessons for Adults: Guitar for Beginners
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Jazz guitarist Benno Marmur is a highly sought after music educator and performer based in New York City. Benno regularly performs throughout New York at venues such as St. Peter’s Church, Ba ...
Jazz guitarist Benno Marmur is a highly sought after music educator and performer based in New York City. Benno regularly performs throughout New York at venues such as St. Peter’s Church, Bar Next Door, the 75 Club, Baha’i Center, and Cleopatra’s Needle. He has had the opportunity to played alongside jazz legends such as Grant Stewart, Jimmy Madison, Warren Chiasson, and Fukushi Tainaka, among others. Recently, Benno was featured as part of vibraphonist Warren Chiasson’s Tribute to Chet Baker at St. Peter’s Church.
In addition to his active performance career, Benno maintains a rigorous schedule of private and group lessons working with students of all of all ages, levels, and styles. Developing in all students a love and passion for music as at the root of Benno’s teaching. Benno has taught at institutions such as the Music School of Westchester, Mouzert Music Academy, 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the New York Public Schools. Benno holds a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
Greg Skaff is a New York City based recording and performing guitarist with six albums to his name. On his latest album, Polaris (SMK Jazz), Skaff fronts a trio featuring jazz icons Ron Ca ...
Greg Skaff is a New York City based recording and performing guitarist with six albums to his name. On his latest album, Polaris (SMK Jazz), Skaff fronts a trio featuring jazz icons Ron Carter and Albert “Tootie” Heath. Throughout his eclectic career Skaff has performed on such revered stages as the Blue Note, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls, Mezzrow, Iridium, Minton’s Playhouse, and Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival.
Skaff has maintained a private teaching practice throughout his career and additionally he has taught at Sarah Lawrence College.
He currently holds a chair at the Broadway show Wicked.
Jay Sorce is a versatile and sought-after guitarist. Whether he’s performing as concerto-soloist with orchestras such as the Guanajuato Symphony (MX), performing cutting-edge new music at ven ...
Jay Sorce is a versatile and sought-after guitarist. Whether he’s performing as concerto-soloist with orchestras such as the Guanajuato Symphony (MX), performing cutting-edge new music at venues such as the Kennedy Center or the Big Ears Festival, touring nationally and internationally with his quartet Hypercube, or playing in the Broadway pit, he’s become known for his unique blend of reﬁnement, intensity, and virtuosic technique. Jay is a dedicated teacher, committed to helping his students progress to the next level in a fun and enlightening environment. With almost two decades of teaching experience, from college-level teaching, to beginning students, Jay believes in tailoring each lesson to the individual while developing a natural musicality, effortless technique, and building a life-long love for music.
Guitarist Max Zuckerman is a multifaceted guitarist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. ...
Guitarist Max Zuckerman is a multifaceted guitarist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Max is also a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he earned both a Bachelors of Music and a Graduate Performance Degree in the studio of Manuel Barrueco.
In 2002, at the American String Teachers’ Association national competition, Max won first prize in his division (under 18 guitar) and Grand Prize for all string instruments in the under 18 division. In March 2003, Max won first prize in the Portland Guitar Festival Solo Guitar Competition. In the spring of 2009, Max premiered a new work by Matthew Cmiel commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society in Baltimore and that fall he was the featured performer in the New York City Classical Guitar Society Second Sundays Concert Series at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York.
In the fall of 2010, Max made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering Sam Adams’ Tension Study #1 for electric guitar and percussion. Max has received awards in the Appalachian State Guitar Competition, Montreal Guitar Festival and Competition, Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and was awarded First Prize in the Middle Tennessee State University Guitar Festival and Competition. This past year he performed the Villa-Lobos Concerto with both the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Panama National Symphony. While maintaining his classical repertoire, Max enjoys collaborating with other musicians and composers in a wide variety of styles, from the avant-garde to popular music.
Flutist Keith Bonner has performed in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from symphony and opera orchestras to small chamber groups, Broadway pits as well as movies and television.
Mr. Bonner is currently principal flute of both the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Riverside Symphony as well as a member of the Borealis Wind Quintet. He performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Symphony Orchestras of New Jersey, and Stamford, CT and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. As soloist, Mr. Bonner has performed concertos by Nielsen (Lincoln Center), Gluck, Telemann, Bach, Doppler and Mozart with various orchestras in the New York metropolitan area and across Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Keith has also performed much chamber music for flute with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Harlem Chamber Players, Carolina Chamber Music Festival and Wind Soloists of New York.
Keith maintains an active freelance career in New York City and has played in the Broadway pits of over a dozen productions.
Mr. Bonner currently teaches at 92Y School of Music, Special Music School, and the New York Youth Symphony. He was a board member of the New York Flute Club from 2006 until 2012.
Mr. Bonner holds a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches flute at 92Y, The Bloomingdale School of Music, and the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. She has received Suzuki ...
Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches flute at 92Y, The Bloomingdale School of Music, and the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. She has received Suzuki flute certification from the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International, the Great Lakes Suzuki Flute Institute in Hamilton, ONT and Suzuki in the Berkshires in Williamstown, NY.
In 1983, she gave her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Schmidt is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and the American Symphony and has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and many Broadway shows. She and her husband, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, concertize as a duo throughout the US and Europe, and have recorded two CDs of music for flute and guitar. She is a founding member of Flute Force, a flute quartet, which has three CDs: Flute Force (CRI), Pastorale (VAI) and Eyewitness (innova). Her publications include Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé (McGinnis and Marx) arranged for flute quintet, and Barber’s Adagio (Schirmer Music). Ms. Schmidt was the president of the New York Flute Club from 1995-98.
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist, private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and ...
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist, private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the Bloomingdale School of Music; she has also taught for Stony Brook University’s Pre-College Music Program and Suffolk Community College; in summers past, she has contributed her teaching skills to the Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Alicia plays with New York City-based orchestra Camerata Notturna and The Chelsea Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University. Past notable engagements include an Artist Residency at the Banff Center for Performing Arts; playing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet with Camerata Notturna Orchestra; and performances of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto (2018) and Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (2019) with The Chelsea Symphony. Pandemic teaching has inspired Alicia to create a YouTube Channel to aid her students with remote online learning.
Clarinetist Phillip Solomon enjoys a varied career of innovative, collaborative, and heartfelt music making. Born and raised in Westchester, N.Y., Mr. Solomon is a graduate of the Juilliard School, ...
Clarinetist Phillip Solomon enjoys a varied career of innovative, collaborative, and heartfelt music making. Born and raised in Westchester, N.Y., Mr. Solomon is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jon Manasse. It was during his undergraduate studies that he also fell in love with the bass clarinet, and received additional instruction on the instrument with Jim Ognibene of the Met Opera Orchestra, as well as Amy Zoloto and Brian Hysong. A passionate educator, Mr. Solomon believes every student has a unique artistic voice that deserves to be heard. In addition to teaching clarinet at 92nd Street Y, Mr. Solomon is a Juilliard Community Engagement Teaching Fellow, serving as a clarinet mentor in the school’s Music Advancement Program. He has also given educational presentations at public schools throughout New York, as well as at Carnegie Hall for their annual Link Up program.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed on both clarinet and bass clarinet with orchestras around the country, including the New World Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, Princeton Symphony, New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, he currently serves as Third Clarinet/Bass Clarinet with the Symphony in C of Camden, NJ. He has performed under some of the world’s most renowned conductors, including David Robertson, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Edward Gardner, Michael Tilson Thomas, Karina Canellakis, and James Gaffigan, among others.
An avid chamber musician and soloist, Mr. Solomon commands a wide range of repertoire spanning nearly 300 years of music, from early music on period instruments to world premieres by contemporary composers. He has performed live on WQXR-FM for their series of summer broadcasts, as well as on BBC Radio 3 live in London. As a Klezmer musician, he was a founding member of Mountain Mishpokhe, a Klezmer band formed by students at the Aspen Music Festival. Comprised of clarinet, cello/mandolin, double bass, and Yiddish vocals with accordion, this unique quartet brought traditional Jewish and middle-eastern music to the sidewalks and outdoor spaces of Aspen.
During his summers, Mr. Solomon has performed and studied at the Oregon Bach Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.
When he is not performing, practicing, or listening to music, Mr. Solomon can be found working on his deadlift form, fine-tuning his aim in Counter-Strike, or just daydreaming.
Oboist Lillian Copeland is a New York freelancer who plays with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and the International Contemporary Ensemble ...
Oboist Lillian Copeland is a New York freelancer who plays with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. She formerly spent eight seasons in Chile as Principal Oboe with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Chile, Lillian performed as a concerto soloist, toured the country with her woodwind quintet, and premiered new works at the annual Contemporary Music Festival in Santiago.
An avid proponent of music education, she maintains a private teaching studio and is on faculty at Mannes Prep and the Manhattan Pre-College division. Lillian currently holds the position of principal oboe with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Northeastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and is acting principal oboe of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. www.lilliancopeland.com
An ardent chamber musician, Alexandra von der Embse founded Ensemble39, a chamber group dedicated to collaborations and commissions, in 2010. She currently serves as Principal Oboe of the Breckenri ...
An ardent chamber musician, Alexandra von der Embse founded Ensemble39, a chamber group dedicated to collaborations and commissions, in 2010. She currently serves as Principal Oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival and from 2016-2018 played Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, where, in addition to the great symphonic literature, she loved being in the opera and ballet pits. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nathan Hughes. She previously studied at the Curtis Institute under Richard Woodhams and Oberlin Conservatory under James Caldwell, Alex Klein, and Robert Walters. Ms. von der Embse loves exploring the theater scene in New York, cheering on OL Reign and the US Women’s National Soccer Team, and read 100 books in 2018.
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Up ...
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Upon graduation in 1964 he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1972 he became a member of the New York Philharmonic. He retired from the Philharmonic in 2005. Mr. Hindell has given recitals at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, where he premiered numerous pieces written for him. He served on the committee that established the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic in its series at Merkin Concert Hall. In addition to being a distinguished member of the 92Y faculty, Mr. Hindell is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School at New York University. He has given master classes throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal ...
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for Star Wars in Concert. Currently, principal bassoonist for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Cecilia Chorus Orchestra, he has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its “Debuts and Encores Series” The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition, he founded the Virtuosi Quintet in 1983 , he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S ...
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S. Navy Band. When his tour of duty ended Mr. Miller pursued graduate studies as a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Long Island University and Brooklyn College. Mr. Miller has performed as a bassoonist with the Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, Harlem Dance Theatre and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. As a classroom instructor Mr. Miller has taught the recorder under the auspi