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Samantha Angstman is a pianist based in Kensington, Brooklyn. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers such as Ruth Crawford See ...
Samantha Angstman is a pianist based in Kensington, Brooklyn. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Vivian Fine and Louise Talma. Her most current project is a program of homages by American composers paired with the music they are inspired by: Fine’s Momenti paired with Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, Irving Fine's (no relation to Vivian!) Homage à Mozart paired with Mozart’s C minor Fantasy and Sonata, and Copland’s Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives) paired with Ives’ Three-Page Sonata. Sammy also enjoys performing as a duo with cellist Alison Rowe — this year they are exploring Shostakovich and Schnittke cello sonatas as well as works by Virgil Thomson and Lowell Liebermann.
Sammy is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Stony Brook University, where she earned her Master’s degree in 2015. She is a student of Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl, and over the past 5 years at Stony Brook has been a recipient of the Staller Scholar Award and has served the music department in a variety of roles as a teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate-level applied piano, keyboard skills, and musicianship and acting as coordinator of the graduate music department’s annual Piano Project. As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Sammy has had coachings with many of the faculty at Stony Brook, including members of the Emerson String Quartet. In addition to her studies at Stony Brook, Sammy works as the organist and choir director at the Caroline Church in East Setauket and maintains teaching studios in Brooklyn and Stony Brook.
Prior to her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Sammy earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Bruce Brubaker. Sammy is a native of Williston, VT, and started taking piano lessons when she was seven, eventually studying classical piano with Paul Orgel and jazz piano with Tom Cleary. She has fond memories of her musical upbringing in Vermont and hopes to return regularly to perform in the Burlington area.
Piano Workshop for Adults
Mini Piano Institute — Week 1 / Ages 5-7
Young Pianists' Workshop / Ages 8-16
Mini Piano Institute — Week 2 / Ages 5-7
The Sounds of Music / Ages 6-11
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
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, the 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 1998 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.
Reviews of Avner Arad's J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations CD
Born to two musicians, Steffani Bennett has had a love of music since birth. She is a passionate teacher, singer and musician based in NYC who loves sharing the incredible training she was fortunat ...
Born to two musicians, Steffani Bennett has had a love of music since birth. She is a passionate teacher, singer and musician based in NYC who loves sharing the incredible training she was fortunate to receive.
As a voice teacher she has a unique background and therefore offers a broad understanding of many genres, which allows her to offer her students a wider variety of music to explore! She began studying piano and dance at age 5 and went on to complete her degree in classical voice and jazz technique at New England Conservatory in Boston. She then moved to New York City and enjoyed a wildly varied career as a pop session singer, writer for TV and teacher. She has performed on countless recordings and over the years developed a reputation as a dependable singer, musician, composer and songwriter. She has coached 2 "American Idol" semi-finalists, and most recently helped a long-time student reach her goal of attending Berklee College of Music. She is a very proud teacher and truly loves to share her love of music with kids of all ages.
Steffani was the Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 USA Songwriting Competition (with her song "I Got A Feeling"), and a runner-up in the 2007 Song of The Year contest with "Worth The Wait." Her debut CD, I’m The Girl was chosen as a "TOP 12 DIY" (self-release) in Performing Songwriter Magazine.
She has sung in Broadway Workshops, and has been a back-up singer for Lesley Gore, Wayne Brady and Kate Pierson of the B52's, to name a few.
As a writer she has composed tracks for NBC, FOX, the World Series, the 2000 Olympics and the MTV Music Awards.
And as a singer/songwriter, Steffani has released 2 records, including her EP Worth The Wait, which was produced by world renowned drummer Nir Z (John Mayer, Jason Mraz). She is also a staff writer for the non-profit organization "Songs of Love," which writes and records personalized songs for terminal and chronically ill children.
Her mission with every student she teaches is to bring out their inner musician, tap into what brings them joy, as well as encourage them to be curious, ask questions, try new things and make mistakes! She works hard to make the process of studying music fun, while giving her students the tools to be independent musicians!
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 lead 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 also wrote a tutorial introducing students to the Barry Harris approach, which is 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.
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 ten 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 the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Goethe House German Cultural Center and the DiCapo Opera Theater in New York. 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. Her forthcoming book, A Route to Learning Sol-Fa Syllables, explores alternative methods of learning musical notation.
Lauded by The New York Times for her “Passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman performed as a soloist with Jerusalem, Haifa, Lansing Symphony Orchestras and other ...
Lauded by The New York Times for her “Passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman performed as a soloist with Jerusalem, Haifa, Lansing Symphony Orchestras and others. She won top prizes at Los Angeles Liszt Competition, International Keyboard Institute in NYC and Tel-Hai International Master Classes.
Renana’s performances of Hammerklavier and Appassionata at Leon Fleisher’s Beethoven Sonatas Workshop at Carnegie Hall won critical acclaim. Her first commercial album of Chopin etudes op.25 will be released early 2018.
She toured with “Musicians from Marlboro,” and collaborated with Richard Goode, clarinetists Anthony McGill and Franklin Cohen, violinist Miriam Fried, violist Kim Kashkashian and with members of Guarneri Quartet.
Her solo and chamber music performances in the last seasons included The Gardener Museum, Jordan Hall, Boston, The Louvre Museum, France, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Russia, Stresa Music Festival, Italy, People’s Symphony Concerts, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, NY, Ravinia Rising Stars, Dame Myra Hess, Chicago, Phillips Collection, National and Freer Galleries, Washington DC, Marlboro College, Vermont.
Renana recently premiered music by Paul Schoenfield, Tamar Muskal and others.
She serves regularly as the collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival-program for piano and strings.
From 2008-2010, Renana served as a piano teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and in 2011 joined the piano faculty of Bard College Preparatory, and recently also 92nd Street Y.
Her teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko, Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College, New York. Renana was supported by American-Israel Cultural Foundation from 1992-2004.
Hungarian-American pianist Julia Hamos has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Liszt Academy ...
Hungarian-American pianist Julia Hamos has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and throughout Europe. She has worked with artists including Andras Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Ferenc Rados, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Babayan and members of the Orion and Takacs String Quartets. She has given recitals and chamber music performances at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, at Open Chamber Music of the IMS Prussia Cove festival, at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, at the Kneisel Hall Festival, at the Ravinia Steans Institute in 2015 and at the Verbier Festival Academy in 2016. She was a finalist in the Yamaha Scholarship Competition in 2011 and the winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music given for the best performance of Romantic works. She won the Mannes College of Music’s Fidelman Prize in 2015, given to the student who best performed contemporary works in the school. In May 2014 she won the International Virtuoso Competition’s (NYC) Grand Prize and gave a prizewinner concert at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, that September. She has collaborated with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the New English Ballet Theater, The New School’s Drama division and most recently with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Julia performed at the invitation of Sir Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall in London, in the Gstaad Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in 2017. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton, and continued her studies at the Mannes College of Music, where she earned a Masters Degree and subsequently a Professional Studies Diploma studying with Richard Goode.
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 for gifted children, where she studied wi ...
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 for gifted children, where she studied with Lidia Grigorjeva. Upon her graduation, she immigrated to Germany, where she began studies with Professor Bernd Goetzke (former student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. In 1999 she graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Magna cum Laude. In 2001 she earned a Master’s degree from the same institution, and subsequently went on to pursue an Artist Diploma in the Soloist-Class in 2001. At the same time, while pursuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Anna simultaneously pursued a second Master’s degree in Performance at the Gnessin Academy of Music, where she again graduated with honors in 2004.
In 2007 she completed a Piano Performance Diploma at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studied as a full-scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Upon her graduation in 2007, Ms. Khanina was accepted into the Doctoral of Musical Arts Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a full-scholarship student studying with Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Khanina enjoys a successful performing career. She regularly appears as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in Europe, United States, Canada and Israel. She has performed at such venues as 92 Y Kaufman Hall, Symphony Space, Staller Center for Arts, Trinity Church, Yamaha Piano Salon in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Pianoforte Chicago, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, Georg Phillip Telemann Hall in Magdeburg, Muendener Schloss, Klavierhaus Doell and Kanapee in Hannover, Germany.
Group Piano / Ages 5-7
Group Piano (Continuing) / Ages 6-8
Described as “elegant” by The New York Times, pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City’s most prestigious venues including Stern Auditor ...
Described as “elegant” by The New York Times, pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City’s most prestigious venues including Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall. She has also performed in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., throughout the Southeastern United States and internationally in London, France and Italy. Her concerto engagements include the Rapides Symphony (LA), the Lower Merion Symphony (PA), the Astoria Symphony (NY), the Christ Church Festival Orchestra in Oyster Bay (NY) and the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York. Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano, resulting in an invitation to join the faculty of the 2010 Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany.
Ms. Levioff earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and attended prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. She has served on the piano and chamber music faculty of the 92nd Street Y School of Music since 2005, and also teaches piano and The Art of Listening to Music for the Himan Brown senior program at 92nd Street Y. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Levioff has enjoyed collaborations with the Ridotto Ensemble, The Phoenix Ensemble, The Westerlund Trio and musicians from the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She is also Music Director of the Point Counterpoint Adult Chamber Music Workshop in Brandon, Vermont.
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage pres ...
Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her performances have taken her to venues such as Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Miller Theatre, MoMA and the Whitney Museum, as well as at Chopin, Archipel, Flanders, Ars Musica, BAM's Next Wave and Spoleto USA Festivals. Highlights of this season include appearances with Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI in Italy, SWR Rundfunkorchester in Germany and an Asia Tour to Singapore and Malaysia. Her recordings can be found on Koch International Classics, Hänssler Classic, BIS Records. She is also the subject of the documentary, Zahara, by Elemental Films Spain. Jenny studied with Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory (Artist Diploma) in Baltimore, and with Dominique Weber in Geneva. She also worked with Richard Goode and Blanca Uribe in New York, and with Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier at the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Cadenabbia, Italy. In addition, she received her bachelor's degree in German Literature from the Johns Hopkins University. Jenny has been on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y Music School since 2005.
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 joined the 92Y School of Music faculty in 1997. He teaches beginner and advanced students from ...
John McCauley joined the 92Y School of Music faculty in 1997. He teaches beginner and advanced students from age 5 to 95. His traditional approach allows the student to experience the drama and sound of the piano and its pedals immediately, and to play all over the keyboard. McCauley received fellowships to Aspen and Tanglewood and a graduate fellowship at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received a Master's Degree in piano, and studied orchestral conducting with Jean Morel and Jorge Mester. As a student at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, he participated in Orchestral conducting Master Classes led by Herbert von Karajan. John performed 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. John conducts the COSM Chamber Orchestra, and led the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Opera Theater, Opera Northwest, Opera Iowa and the Nevada Opera Studio.
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 ...
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 regularly performs with all types of musicians and ensembles including singers, choirs and instrumentalists. He is also the pianist and co-founder of the Caspian Piano Trio.
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 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.
Keyboard Crash Course / Intermediate
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.
Music FUNdamentals / Age 3
Music FUNdamentals / Age 4
Liana Pailodze Harron is a versatile pianist and educator, accomplished in both classical and contemporary styles of music. A soloist since the age of eight, she has been featured with the Shilakad ...
Liana Pailodze Harron is a versatile pianist and educator, accomplished in both classical and contemporary styles of music. A soloist since the age of eight, she has been featured with the Shilakadze Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Television Orchestra, the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Equally at home as an ensemblist, Liana has performed in varying chamber settings at venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Arsht Center, Lincoln Center and the New World Center.
Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Liana first studied piano at the Paliashvili Music School for Gifted Children. She went on to receive her Doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Miami, graduating cum laude. As a student she received several scholarships and awards, including the Bertha Foster Scholarship Award, the Lillian Brown Scholarship award, the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Award and the Vansteinberg Scholarship Award.
Currently residing in New York City, Liana holds a faculty position at the world-class 92nd Street Y School of Music. In addition, she is the Music Director for the Manhattan Girls Chorus, a talented and diverse community of young musicians.
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.
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 a Russian born, Israeli raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Ms. Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music in collaborative piano, whe ...
Dina Pruzhansky is a Russian born, Israeli raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Ms. Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music in collaborative piano, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit, and a member of the Tonyhonored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She holds MA in piano performance, summa cum laude, from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art History.
Ms.Pruzhansky has been enjoying a diverse career, both as pianist and composer. She has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at the leading venues throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and has shared the stage with many distinctive artists, including soloists of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, members of the Met Orchestra and others. Having her compositions featured at NYC venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, as well internationally, Ms. Pruzhansky has recently made her WQXR debut in an exclusive 'Young Artist' program with the renown host Robert Sherman. Ms. Pruzhansky was named a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, with the award-winning lyricist Matt Schatz. Her opera Shulamit, written and premiered in 2014, has had it's full production in NYC earlier this year. A passionate educator, she is the author of I Can Play Chopin series — a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners.
Long Island native, James Sheppard, is a conservatory trained musician based out of Yorkville, NY. James works as a versatile performer, specializing in a range of different styles from music of th ...
Long Island native, James Sheppard, is a conservatory trained musician based out of Yorkville, NY. James works as a versatile performer, specializing in a range of different styles from music of the Renaissance to Jazz and Rock. As a pianist and vocalist, James has performed in a plethora of venues in the tristate area. Some of which include: Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, The Gracey Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn's National Sawdust, Madison Square Garden, The Abrons Art Center, The NYU Skirball Center, The Ukrainian Institute, The Cutting Room, The Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall, DROM and Bohemian National Hall. James also works as a vocalist for the Schola Cantorum led by James Wetzel, based out of the Church of Saint Vincent-Ferrer. There he specializes in polyphony of the renaissance and Gregorian chant. His voice has been recorded by The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Holy Hill, Inc., The Catholic Artists Society and Ex-Umbra Records.
James currently works as a teaching artist at the Diller-Quaile School and is on the instrumental faculty at the Saint Thomas Choir School. As an educator, many of his student's have found musical success as performers in secondary schools. His student's have been accepted into schools like The Manhattan School of Music, Mannes at The New School, SUNY Purchase and Brooklyn College.
As a Composer, James' music has been featured in performances at Rutgers University, The Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. James works as resident composer and arranger for Sasha Velour's Nightgowns, based out of Brooklyn's National Sawdust. In addition, he also works for the Bridge Arts Ensemble. His original children's concert Help Us Compose a Song! has traveled with the ensemble to over fifty school districts in the Adirondacks. His score for The Lady Winifred and Didi Show was premiered on behalf of the NY International Fringe Festival in August 2015 and was considered “Wonderfully original” on behalf of NY-Theater-Now. The show then traveled to the Orlando Fringe Festival the following year. His Opera A Little Nightmare Opera was selected to be performed on behalf of the Student Projects in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and was premiered under his baton in January 2013. He attended the Manhattan School of Music on the Jay Rubinton Scholarship for a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Classical Composition.
Melissa Shiflett's degrees are in music composition and piano and were received from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where she studied with Grace Welsh, Helen Watson, William Fer ...
Melissa Shiflett's degrees are in music composition and piano and were received from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where she studied with Grace Welsh, Helen Watson, William Ferris and Abraham Stokman. She has taught piano at the 92nd Street Y since 1988. Ms. Shiflett's newest opera, My Undying Love: An Amusement was given a workshop production by The American Chamber Opera Company in January of 2008 at The Construction Company in New York City, and was presented again in April, 2008 by New York Opera Projects. Her operas have been performed by the Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Minnesota Opera New Music Theatre Ensemble, New Dramatists in New York City, Piccolo Productions in Chicago and in 2002, Ms. Shiflett's opera Dora, composed to a libretto by Nancy Fales Garrett, was produced by La MaMa, E.T.C. in association with The American Chamber Opera Company in New York City. Excerpts from Dora were presented by the New York City Opera in their first annual Showcasing American Composers series in 1999. Her theater songs have been performed both nationally and internationally in the plays Dracula, and Tales of the Lost Formicans. Her Songs on Sara Teasdale Poems and Water Dreams were premiered at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and can be heard on Albany Records. Ms. Shiflett has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Margaret Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and a Diverse Forms Artist Grant (funded by the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation and Jerome Foundation) to complete the orchestration of her opera Dora. More about Ms. Shiflett can be found at her websites: www.dora-the-opera.com and mysite.verizon.net/yik/.
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.
Pianist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musicia ...
Pianist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe at prestigious venues such as the Wiener Saal at Mozarteum (Austria), Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte (Puerto Rico), Harris Hall (Aspen), Sarasota Opera House (Sarasota), the National Palace of Culture and the Great Bulgaria Hall (Bulgaria). She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music (Sofia), Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic and with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the 2006 Concerto Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television, including WQXR, WITF and Bulgarian National Television. In 2010 she released the critically acclaimed CD Song to My Love with bassoonist Maria Wildhaber on MSR Records; a recording characterized in the press as “a fantastic release” and “highly recommended.” Their second CD, Eastern Discoveries, was released in the summer of 2014, also on MSR Records, and includes rarely recorded works for bassoon and piano by Eastern European composers. Ms. Tachkova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Currently, she is on the piano faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York City. Ms. Tachkova is a Steinway artist.
Pianist Lora Tchekoratova has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europ ...
Pianist Lora Tchekoratova has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recently she was the featured artist of a documentary broadcast by the Bulgarian National Television. At age 21 she won the top prize of the Washington International Competition for pianists. Subsequently, Ms. Tchekoratova made her debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and made recital appearances at the Phillips Collection (broadcast over WGTS-FM) as well as in Alexandria, Chicago, Minneapolis and many other cities. She is a frequent soloist with the Lyric Orchestra in New Jersey and the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. A former student of Seymour Lipkin, Ms. Tchekoratova holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. As an active advocate of Bulgarian music, Ms. Tchekoratova is a founding member of the concert series Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York. She serves on the faculties of the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York (since 1996), and the Kneisel Hall Adult Chamber Music Institute in Blue Hill, Maine.
The young 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 young 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 made his New York debut in 2012 at Alice Tully Hall, and has performed as a recitalist and concerto soloist in major halls throughout the United States, Europe and China. These include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and several venues in Belgium, such as De Singel (Antwerp), Flagey (Brussels) and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Waterloo).
At the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, his career was given an important boost after he was named one of twelve semi-finalists. His performances were acclaimed in Russian media, which called him “the lyric hero of the competition,” and noted by music lovers worldwide. He has won prizes from several other major international competitions. At Mannes College the New School for Music, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the studio of Piano Department Chair Pavlina Dokovska, he won the two largest awards available to pianists: the Concerto Competition (as a freshman) and the Nadia Reisenberg Competition (as a sophomore). He studied at Mannes on a full scholarship as recipient of the Nahum Guzik Piano Award. In 2017, he released his debut solo album, Sounds of Transcendence. It features music of Griffes, Scriabin and Franck, and is available on the Romeo Records label.
He is also an experienced and committed instructor. He currently teaches piano as part of the Intersection Arts program at The Greenwich Village School and as a faculty member at the Bronx Conservatory of Music, in addition to maintaining a private studio. He was the guest artist-faculty at the University of Northwestern (St. Paul, MN) Summer Piano Institute in 2017.
Alison Thomas has been a member of the 92nd Street Y School of Music faculty since 1998, teaching private piano lessons. She earned her MM at Manhattan School of Music and her PhD in piano performa ...
Alison Thomas has been a member of the 92nd Street Y School of Music faculty since 1998, teaching private piano lessons. She earned her MM at Manhattan School of Music and her PhD in piano performance at New York University. She has appeared as soloist with the Stephens Symphony, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Ecoutez! Chamber Orchestra, and the West End Winds. She has been invited for repeat performances on the Ateliers Concerts series in Paris and Music at Midday in New Orleans, as well as the Leschetizky Association's Tenri Concert Series and the 92 Street Y's Meet the Virtuoso series. Ms. Thomas also maintains a private teaching studio, runs her own publishing firm, the Hudson River Press, and composes and writes about music.
Antonio Truyols is an educator, composer and performer with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from UNC Greensboro and Master's Degree in Film Composition from NYU. In addition to teaching ...
Antonio Truyols is an educator, composer and performer with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from UNC Greensboro and Master's Degree in Film Composition from NYU. In addition to teaching at 92Y, he is currently a Lead Teacher at the Harmony Program, an El-Sistema inspired non-profit organization. He served as Faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina where he specialized in improvised music and led youth ensembles. As the Music Director for the Prebyterian Church of the Covenant, Truyols has led bell choirs, adult choirs and children's choirs in performances across the east coast.
As a performing pianist, Truyols has made appearances at the French Embassy in Washington D.C., Palace Hall in Bucharest, Romania and multiple tours in Mainland China where he also presents Master classes. He was a finalist in the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and leads an award-winning jazz piano trio Unit Three. As a composer, he has garnered awards from the American Viola Society and the Downbeat Awards and writes music for short films. You can read more about Antonio Truyols at TruyolsMusic.com.
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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.
James Reynolds is a freelance jazz pianist in New York City. He teaches group piano and private jazz piano and composition lessons at the 92nd Street Y.
Jamie is very active on the jazz s ...
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.
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Vicki Burns has been teaching children and adults to sing in both private lessons and classes in school settings since 1984. She is thrilled to be joining the staff of the Music School at 92Y! ...
Vicki Burns has been teaching children and adults to sing in both private lessons and classes in school settings since 1984. She is thrilled to be joining the staff of the Music School at 92Y! Previously, Vicki enjoyed teaching at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, which features American styles of music such as rock, blues and jazz, from 2003-2008. Vicki teaches a vocal technique which is based on the Classical technique of Bel Canto which she has adapted to popular styles and all ages, ranging from 3-90! Her website is www.vickiburnsjazz.com.
Chair of Vocal Department, Voice, Chorus and Glee! Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin Ann Hoyt has been living in NYC since 1994. She received her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music ...
Chair of Vocal Department, Voice, Chorus and Glee! 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 Dr. David Nott, 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. Most recently she was the featured soprano soloist on Naxos’ The Complete Haydn Masses. Ann is the director of both the 92Y Junior Chorus and Glee Club. She has been on the faculty of the 92Y for over 10 years and her student's range in age from 8 to over 75 years!
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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.
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 2000. Melanie went on to teach at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005.
She 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.
Melanie has released five successful solo albums and has won many awards; In 2010, Melanie was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz and in 2012, won all three prizes at the prestigious Jazz Revelations competition as part of the Jazz a Juan Festival in Nice, France.
Melanie has performed all over the world including her native country, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States.
Sarah Tolar was born into a musical family in Colorado with professional singers as parents and began performing at a young age with her family. Although her early influences were folk and country ...
Sarah Tolar was born into a musical family in Colorado with professional singers as parents and began performing at a young age with her family. Although her early influences were folk and country music, Sarah eventually went on to earn a Masters of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. During that time, Sarah was awarded the Downbeat Award for best college female jazz singer and enjoyed performing throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with her jazz quartet. Her passion for songwriting would lead Sarah from Texas to New York City to pursue her career as an original artist.
Since that time, Sarah has performed with her band for audiences throughout the United States in New York, Texas, Florida, California and beyond in China and London, and recently to open for five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross in Washington, DC. Sarah also sings and tours internationally with the electrofunk duo Chromeo, performing at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and on The Tonight Show with David Letterman. Sarah officially released her debut album, Big Blue Moon in 2009. Big Blue Moon has sold hundreds of copies and can be heard on jazz and adult contemporary radio stations in the US, France and the UK.
Sarah has been teaching private voice since 2001. Her students range from beginning voice students who are first learning about singing to professional vocalists who are refining their technique. While at the University of North Texas, Sarah was the interim director of the prestigious Jazz Singers I, the instructor for the beginning jazz vocal techniques class and was on the faculty of private instructors at the jazz summer workshop.
Grace Wright is a Brooklyn based vocalist, songwriter and multi instrumentalist originally from Houston, Texas. Writing her first songs on the steps of her family’s Dallas apartment as a youn ...
Grace Wright is a Brooklyn based vocalist, songwriter and multi instrumentalist originally from Houston, Texas. Writing her first songs on the steps of her family’s Dallas apartment as a young girl, her parents joked she might grow up to sing the blues. As life would have it, Grace graduated from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz program with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance and Music Theory. Growing up with the vocal stylings of torch singers, folk artists, world music and rock bands in her ear, Grace has sung in a variety of genres, from Tropicalia Gilberto Gil tribute bands to avant garde rock groups along with jazz, folk and indie pop gigs mixed in between. Her thirst for knowledge and creative expression has led her to picking up the drums, bass, guitar, piano and ukulele.
Since 2009, Grace’s empathy combined with her intuitive strategic mind have benefited hundreds of music students in New York, Brooklyn and Texas. As a teacher, Grace believes compassion is necessary to allow students the safe space to be vulnerable with their weaknesses and to grow as musicians. After graduating, Grace studied privately for several years with internationally recognized pop vocal coach and mentor, Kim Chandler, mastering vocal pedagogy, Estill based vocal techniques and growing as a coach. Her interest in Feldenkrais enhances not only her vocal lessons, but also the way she approaches creativity in songwriting.
During her time in Brooklyn, she has worked as the head vocal coach at the Brooklyn Music Factory, instructing students and mentoring fellow faculty members, authored a book of vocal exercises, and taught piano, songwriting and advanced band classes. In 2016, she created and ran the hit camp “5 Songs In 5 Days”, encouraging young teens to let go of their inner critic and embrace their creativity through songwriting. Over the course of her career, she has coached several teen bands and students in recording and releasing EPs. She currently teaches privately and through in home songwriting lessons with NYC’s Blue Balloon. Grace can be seen singing with her band Botanist On Alp and on background vocals and keys for several projects.
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 is on the violin and viola faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music and the Academy of Music at Ramapo College and maintains a private studio.
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 Frawley enjoys playing viola in a variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall to Rockwood Music Hall. She currently serves as Principal Viola and on the development committee for the Chelsea Sympho ...
Elise Frawley enjoys playing viola in a variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall to Rockwood Music Hall. She currently serves as Principal Viola and on the development committee for the Chelsea Symphony. She has also performed with Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, MetroChamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, among many other groups. Her concert engagements have brought her across the United States as both a chamber and orchestral musician.
In addition to classical music, Elise enjoys performing with a wide variety of pop and contemporary artists. She has performed with and/or recorded for such artists as Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Pink Martini, Sweet Electra, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Atomic Tom, Jordan Knight, The Drowners, Falls and the Airborne Toxic Event. She can be heard on recordings for Bridge, Interscope and Universal Republic labels. She has also made television appearances as an on-camera musician, including NBC's "America's Got Talent," The History Channel's "Stan Lee's Superhumans" and Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle."
Born in Westchester County, New York, Elise received her Bachelor's of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Karen Dreyfus and her Master's of Music from New York University under the tutelage of Karen Ritscher, where she also served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola. Elise has been the recipient of several awards, including the Lucie Bigelow-Rosen Scholarship given by the Caramoor Center for the Arts, the Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship, New York University Talent Scholarship and the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Award.
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.
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained ...
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under the tutelage of violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has gone on to collaborate and perform professionally with artists such as the aforementioned Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara O'Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the renowned Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made numerous solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.
Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock and roll, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project and fusion band: DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has also had the privilege of appearing with the vintage jazz band: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come and Albert Hammond Jr.'s Como Te Llama, in addition to various TV and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.
Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber can be seen as an on screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010) and the HBO Miniseries: "Mildred Pierce" (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made frequent network television appearances playing violin and viola on programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas Live at Rockefeller Center and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage.
As an orchestral conductor, Mr. Weber had the pleasure of serving as guest conductor for the 2012 NMEA All County Music Festival performing in concert at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University. And in July of 2014, Mr. Weber made his televised conducting debut on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey.
Jonathan Weber is currently a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) where he serves as music director of the pre-college orchestras, coordinator of the chamber music department and summer chamber music festivals, and member of the violin and viola faculty.
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.
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Canadian-born cellist and teacher Jennifer Jahn began her musical studies as a teenager, working with Italo Babini, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony. After undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she co-founded the Cecilia String Quartet and continued her studies ...
Canadian-born cellist and teacher Jennifer Jahn began her musical studies as a teenager, working with Italo Babini, principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony. After undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she co-founded the Cecilia String Quartet and continued her studies with teachers that included Vladimir Orloff in Vienna, Christopher Bunting in London, and Guy Fallot at Jeunesses Musicales in Quebec. Jennifer's interest in Suzuki teaching began in the early 1970's, while in graduate school. After obtaining additional Suzuki training, she was asked by Seneca College to set up a Suzuki School in Toronto. Under her guidance, the Seneca Suzuki Institute became the largest Suzuki school in Canada, with a faculty of 30 teachers and an enrollment of over 300 students.
Ms. Jahn received a scholarship from Columbia University and continued her studies with Claus Adam of the Juilliard Quartet. In New York, Ms. Jahn has taught at the Bloomingdale Music School, and worked as a freelance musician with numerous groups, including the American Symphony and the Jupiter Symphony. She has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, the Lincoln Center Library, the Dunnell Library, the Chateau in Fontainebleau, the cathedral in Sancerre and numerous other concert stages. She joined the Bronx Chamber Orchestra and the Bronx Opera, where she has been principal cellist for almost 20 years. Jennifer currently teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the Diller-Quaile Music school, as well as privately. She is also a member of the Paloma String Quartet, which is quartet-in-residence at Queensboro Community College.
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie ...
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and on Grammy award-winning recordings. Hailing from Texas, he thrives in Brooklyn, having released 14 albums (with 7 more soundtracks slated for 2016) and scored 40+ films, screening / distributed around the world. Many of these have won awards at film festivals including Slamdance (where he is two for two), Best at Hamptons, Best at Soho, Big Apple, Houston, Newport Beach, Milan and Coney Island, as well as a special mention at DOC NYC. These credits include: Everything’s Jake (starring Ernie Hudson), Eavesdrop (featuring Ethel and Grammy Nominated Eroica Trio), Bible Quiz (Best Documentary Slamdance 2013, currently on Sundance Global), L’Absinthe (a thriller set in Paris/Manhattan) and Lucky Days (directed by / starring Angelica Page), all of which can be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, on DVD, On Demand, etc. He is honored to be part of the Sundance Family, as a Composer / Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Institute & Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Lab for Documentary Film at Skywalker Ranch.
He's a published songwriter in various styles (eclectic rock, funk and folk) with placements in films, as well as music for children heard around the world (including Disney, Noggin & Sesame Street.) On 02.02.02 at the Legendary Bitter End, he released two albums, Opus Zero (chamber music & art songs) and De La Sur (rock, funk and folk songs) with related themes between them. His "Feather Lake Song" from the play The Forever Waltz is "as hummable as any contemporary hit". He is currently working a double album of songs, ambient tracks and chamber music called Space Bar.
Mr. North has taught at 92nd Street Y since 1997 and is proud to teach where his bass teacher, Orin O'Brien of the NY Philharmonic, taught in the 60's. He has played bass with Quincy Jones, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, various 80's one hit wonders, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles as well on Broadway (The Lion King, Rent, Spring Awakening and Hair). On several of his scores and albums, he has played all the instruments. Recently, he has played bass on other composers' film scores, trailers and video games including Wolfenstein. He has also been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, especially on newly created boutique instruments, and is likely the only person on the planet who plays and owns a Marcodi Harpejji, a Guitarviol, a Slaperoo, a Suzuki Andes 25, a bass Uke, a Cello Banjo, a ROLI Rise and a Veillette Gryphon.
Currently, he teaches lessons on Bass, lessons / classes on Film Scoring as well as the very successful Mystery of Songwriting Class. In his nearly 20 years at 92Y, he’s also taught Music Theory / Ear Training, Ukulele, Harmonica and Guitar as well as led the bass section in the symphony, the oldest community orchestra in the US.
Collaborating brings out his best work, for which VARIETY says he's a "notable asset." His latest passion and life-long, now realized dream is conducting.
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With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun and #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard, Ne ...
With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun and #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide), creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul. Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few. In February 2015, Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
Born in New York City but raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, Chris Bergson returned to Manhattan in 1995. While backing jazz singers Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones, he released "Blues for Some Friends of Mine" and Wait for Spring on Juniper Records in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2002 Bergson was appointed a Jazz Ambassador of the USA by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and he toured Africa with his trio. Evolving to further embrace the blues while also adding pop influences, he followed up with Blues (2003), Another Day (2005) and his triumphant artistic breakthrough, the widely acclaimed Fall Changes (2007)—MOJO’s #1 Blues Album of 2008—that established him as an eloquent, evocative and lyrical songwriter with a sharp urban vision. Recorded at Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio, it led to Bergson being personally invited to perform at the famed drummer’s Midnight Rambles while opening the way for more stateside festivals and subsequent tours of Europe.
Moulin Blues (Holland), Groningen Rhythm and Blues Night (Holland), Blues Open (Holland), Noct en Blues (Chaumont, France), Blues Station (Tournon d'Agenais, France), Eden District Blues (Oraison, France), Blues in Hell (Norway), Harvest Time Blues (Ireland), Leicester Blues Festival (UK), Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR), Saratoga Jazz Festival (NY), Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles (Woodstock, NY), River to River Festival (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Standard (NYC), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), SXSW and opening for B.B. King at B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC).
Article on Chris Bergson in ROLL Magazine
Michael Cioffero has a Master’s Degree in classical guitar and, in addition to teaching at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, is the guitar instructor at the prestigious Dalton School. Michae ...
Michael Cioffero has a Master’s Degree in classical guitar and, in addition to teaching at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, is the guitar instructor at the prestigious Dalton School. Michael has studied with Benjamin Verdery and Christopher Parkening among others and at Taller Flamenco Escuela de Flamenco in Seville, Spain.
Michael is a classical and electric guitarist and has regular performances in New York City and throughout the United States. At age nineteen he was one of twelve guitarists chosen nationwide to perform at the annual Christopher Parkening Master Class and has performed on VH1, with the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Japanese Television, Off-Broadway plays, film soundtracks, the television series The Arts in Westchester and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine.
Michael has been teaching classical and electric guitar for 20 years. His students have performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as gone on to study at major music conservatories such as the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
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.
Yes, Uke Can!: Intermediate Level Ukulele
A New York City native, Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspire ...
A New York City native, Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by a Japanese rock musician. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects.
Koh has performed in renowned venues and at festivals and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, the Long Island Guitar Festival, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, Music @NYPL series and WNYC New Sounds Live series. He has also premiered works by a wide range of composers, including Michael White, David Lang, William Anderson, Paula Matthusen and Kendall Williams.
Koh holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student and teaching assistant of the guitar department. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music and Artist Diploma at Yale University. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale, and he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. He attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra. His major teachers have included Jerry Willard, Benjamin Verdery, Simon Powis, Liam Wood, Nadav Lev and David Gonzalez.
Koh is a dedicated teacher who has experience teaching guitar to students of various levels and ages. He is currently on the faculty of the Third Street Music School as well. He has previously taught as a Secondary Lessons Guitar Instructor at Yale and has worked as a Teaching Artist at New Haven public schools, as part of the Music In Schools community engagement program.
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).
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Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas epitomizes a new wave of emerging artists who are an integral part of New York’s flourishing music scene. Born in Barcelona, Spain and residing permanently ...
Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas epitomizes a new wave of emerging artists who are an integral part of New York’s flourishing music scene. Born in Barcelona, Spain and residing permanently in New York, his compositions transcend and yet merge different genres, cultures and styles with fluidity, grace and power. His style has been described at WNYC as “transnational cool”. Although his music can be called “jazz”, it crosses the boundaries of traditional music labeling, blending the idiom through original compositions with hints of flamenco and South America grooves.
After graduating cum lade from The Berklee College of Music, Oscar returned to Barcelona to hone his chops by performing in Festivals and local jazz venues. He recorded his first two albums with The Oscar Peñas Group for the label Fresh Sound New Talent: Astronautus (2003) and The Return of Astronautus (2006). In 2005 he returned to the USA to earn his Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez and Charlie Banacos among others. After graduation Oscar made New York his home.
Since moving to Gotham, Peñas has been engaged in teaching privately and playing in a variety of venues including the BAM Café, Tea Lounge, Bargemusic, Trumpets, Fat Cat, Bar Next Door, Jazz Standard, 55 Bar… with A-list musicians: Ralph Alessi, Jason Palmer, Gil Goldstein, Richie Barshay, Dan Blake, Javier Vercher, Francisco Mela, Henry Cole and Kendrick Scott to name few. He has recently toured in Spain and in Colombia and performed at the Jazz Plaza in Habana Cuba's Jazz Festival in December of 2010.
In November 2011, he released his third album, the self-produced tome, From Now On with the Brooklyn based indie label BJUR, a musicians collective dedicated to supporting cutting-edge composers and players during this period of transition in the music industry. The new album includes Richie Barshay on drums and percussion, Dan Blake on saxes and Moto Fukushima on six string electric bass. As guests, Franco Pinna can be heard on bombo legüero and the legendary Gil Goldstein on accordion and piano. His website is www.oscarpenas.com.
Beginning Acoustic Guitar / Ages 8-12
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 B ...
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.
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Marc Phaneuf is a New York freelance saxophonist and woodwind doubler. Notable performances with: the L.A. Philharmonic with Quincy Jones and Esa Pekka Salonen, Boston Symphony conducted by James L ...
Marc Phaneuf is a New York freelance saxophonist and woodwind doubler. Notable performances with: the L.A. Philharmonic with Quincy Jones and Esa Pekka Salonen, Boston Symphony conducted by James Levine, Boston Pops conducted by John Williams, Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls and Natalie Cole. He plays for Broadway, TV, Motion Pictures and a variety of recording sessions, including Iggy Pop, Deborah Cox, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga and the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. As co-leader, with Jeff Galindo, Marc has two recordings: Locking Horns 1996 and Talking Horns 2012. He is currently involved with the Broadway hit, Cats. He lives in Westchester with his wife, cellist, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf.
Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches flute at 92nd Street Y, The Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City and the Suzuki Mus ...
Rie Schmidt is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory. She teaches flute at 92nd Street Y, The Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City and the Suzuki Music School in Westport, CT. 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.
Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. She has also studied with Toshio Takahashi a ...
Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. She has also studied with Toshio Takahashi at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan and with Keith Underwood in NYC. Wendy has been the guest recital artist and clinician at Suzuki Institutes at East Tennessee State University, Ithaca College, Denison University, Rockford College, the Levine School in Washington, D.C. and MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also performed and given workshops at National Flute Association Conventions in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Georgia and California and the British Flute Society conference in Manchester, England.
Wendy is a member of the dynamic and innovative group, Flute Force, winner of the Artists International Competition and recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the New York Council of the Arts. With Flute Force, Wendy has performed and coached chamber music in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. Flute Force has recorded CDs for CRI, VAl, lnnova, MPR and Windham Hill.
As a freelance flutist in New York, Wendy is on the substitute roster of many prestigious organizations, and as such, has played in the flute sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she presently is on the sub list of the Broadway productions of Cinderella and Phantom of the Opera.
A dedicated teacher, Wendy's present and former students have won competitions at the New York Flute Club, MTNA, NJMTEA and ABRSM and have attended Curtis, New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and Juilliard.
Clarinetist Igor Begelman's virtuosity and imagination on his instrument have been praised by critics as "remarkable display of music making" and have earned him an impressive list of ...
Clarinetist Igor Begelman's virtuosity and imagination on his instrument have been praised by critics as "remarkable display of music making" and have earned him an impressive list of prizes, engagements and honors, including Avery Fisher Career Grant awarded to outstanding American artists.
In recent seasons Mr. Begelman appeared as a soloist with the I Musici de Montreal, Houston Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Boston Classical Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonia Celestis, Astral and Chappaqua Chamber Orchestras as well as in recitals at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, New York's Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Boston's Faneuil Hall, LA's Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, at Caramoor and Ravinia Festivals. Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, a prize awarded to outstanding American artists, Mr. Begelman has also soloed with the Bangor, Key West, Fairbanks and Ridgefield Symphonies, Bienne Symphony Orchestra, Odense Simfoniker, New Haven, Savannah and Greenwich Symphonies. He has performed recitals in Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Israel.
Equally accomplished as a recitalist and a chamber musician, Mr. Begelman performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has appeared at numerous festivals throughout the world, including Casals, Marlboro, Moab, Juneau, Caramoor, Tucson, Tanglewood and Schleswig-Holstein. An avid proponent of new music, Mr. Begelman has also premiered compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Anton Kuerti, Alex Krasotov, Meyer Kupferman, Elliot Schwartz, and Ralph Shapey.
Mr. Begelman was awarded top prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Denmark and the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland. In addition, he has earned top prizes at William C. Byrd Competition, Koussevitsky Competition, International Clarinet Society Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Tilden Prize Competition and Crane New Music Competition among others. His honors also include the Special Prize at the 41st Munich International Competition and awards from the Altamura/Caruso Foundation and Salon de Virtuosi. In 2008 and 2010 Mr. Begelman received BRIO award from the Bronx Council for the Arts. He was also featured as a special guest in the Music section of Lifestyles magazine.
An active educator, Mr. Begelman has served as a professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and as the Director of Woodwind Program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He now teaches at Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence College. Mr. Begelman has guest lectured at Yale, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music in addition to many master classes throughout the US.
Raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Begelman came to the United States in 1989. He received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor's degree from The Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Begelman has also received valuable mentoring from Astral Artistic Services, a Philadelphia-based organization guiding emerging young artists.
Mr. Begelman currently resides in New York with his wife Larisa, daughter Eve and son Joshua. His affiliation with the Piatigorsky Foundation allows him to teach and perform classical music in less traditional settings. For more information please visit www.jwentworth.com.
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist and private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y a ...
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist and private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the Music Academy of Long Island; she has also taught for Stony Brook University's Pre-College Music Program and Suffolk Community College; in summers she contributes 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 clarinet quartet Utopia Winds. 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; Bang-On-A-Can's 20th Anniversary Concert; and a Merkin Hall performance with the Contemporary Chamber Players of Stony Brook.
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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 auspices of the New York Philharmonic, Young Audiences of New York and New Jersey, The Harlem School of the Arts and 92nd Street Y.
Debbie Schmidt is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, L ...
Debbie Schmidt is the former principal horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic. In the New York area, Ms. Schmidt has made solo appearances with the Hofstra Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center presents "Principally Poulenc" festival, Bard Festival, Orchestra of the Bronx, Vassar College Chorale, and Long Island Choral Society. With the Modern Brass Quintet Debbie has toured the Northeast, appearing in recital and school concerts reaching thousands of children. In this area, she has appeared in education and outreach programs for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Midori, Princeton Symphony and New Philharmonic of New Jersey. She has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Queens Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, among others. Ms. Schmidt has students attending major university music programs and accepted to LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Debbie studied with Dale Clevenger, Julie Landsman, Erik Ralske and Laurie Frink. She attended Peabody Conservatory and graduated from Northwestern University. Ms. Schmidt is on the faculty of the Mount Tabor Summer Band Program where she teaches horn and trumpet.
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who lives in Brooklyn and works in and around New York City teaching and performing. He studied classical and contemporary percussion at Purchase College in New Yo ...
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who lives in Brooklyn and works in and around New York City teaching and performing. He studied classical and contemporary percussion at Purchase College in New York. Influenced by all sounds resonating from New York’s vibrancy, Cesare pursues a multitude of different performing opportunities including: operas, orchestras and chamber groups. He has played with the Staten Island Philharmonic, Garden State Philharmonic, South Shore Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, Regina Opera and Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Cesare is also a frequent collaborator with Composers Concordance, a New Music collective led by Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper and Milica Paranosic. Recently released recordings include: Samplestra (NAXOS), a CD featuring his performance of Gene Pritsker's percussion and electronics piece entitled Destined to Shed; Salamander (Innova) featuring vibraphone work with the Peter Kerlin Octet; and Listen by the rock band, Barbaric Yawp. In addition, Cesare is also a founding member of two contemporary music groups: Occasional Noise Trio and justMusic Duo. Occasional Noise features Derin Oge on piano and William Lang and trombone. Their debut performance was in October 2014 at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn. justMusic Duo features Alice Jones on flute. Past performances of the duo have included a showcase concert at the Tank, NYC presented by the Long Island Composers Alliance. Cesare also plays drum set with Barbaric Yawp, an indie-funk rock band based out of Brooklyn.
Intro to Drums and Percussion / Ages 6-8
Brad Wentworth is a freelance drummer in New York City. He has been lucky to perform with Oliver Wood, Melissa Ferrick, Aretha Franklin and Zs and currently performs with Michael Bellar’s As- ...
Brad Wentworth is a freelance drummer in New York City. He has been lucky to perform with Oliver Wood, Melissa Ferrick, Aretha Franklin and Zs and currently performs with Michael Bellar’s As-Is Ensemble, Howie Day and The Sweet Remains. In 2007 Brad composed and performed the music for choreographer Peter Kyle’s Nearer at the Joyce Soho. He has also worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, Parson’s Dance and The Nikolais-Louis Foundation among others. Brad is on faculty teaching drum set and percussion at Hunter College and 92nd St Y. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002, where he studied with John Riley.
Benjamin Grow, a strong believer in a diverse approach to music, has performed on trumpet and sung with choirs in numerous festivals and concerts across North America. His interests in keyboards and early music have led him to chamber music performances on harpsichord with both period and modern ...
Benjamin Grow, a strong believer in a diverse approach to music, has performed on trumpet and sung with choirs in numerous festivals and concerts across North America. His interests in keyboards and early music have led him to chamber music performances on harpsichord with both period and modern instruments. While focusing on music theory and trumpet while in school at Rice University, Benjamin also studied conducting and composition with students of Nadia Boulanger at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris. He has conducted in Paris, Houston and led coachings in Mexico. He is currently a music theory instructor at the School for Strings in Manhattan, and has taught up to the university level. Benjamin received the Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and has pursued graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal.
A Japanese-American pianist and conductor, Tomo Matsuo has garnered acclaim around the world as an exciting and versatile performer and is one of his generation’s rising talents. A native of ...
A Japanese-American pianist and conductor, Tomo Matsuo has garnered acclaim around the world as an exciting and versatile performer and is one of his generation’s rising talents. A native of Chicago, Matsuo began his piano studies at age six and made his professional debut with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at age twelve. Matsuo continued his formal studies at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory and Yale University under the tutelage of Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Yoheved Kaplinsky and John Perry. He currently serves as the Music Director of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra, established in 1917 and the longest-running community-based orchestra in New York City.
Dan Cooper's music has been noted in The Associated Press, American Record Guide, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Globe, CurtainUp, Fanfare, Gr ...
Dan Cooper's music has been noted in The Associated Press, American Record Guide, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Globe, CurtainUp, Fanfare, Greenwich Times, Metroland Albany, NMC, The New York Times, Times Union and Time Out New York, among others — "contemporary impressionism," "inventive," "creative," "vibrant," "drawing on vernacular styles," "especially fascinating," "full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor," "utterly charming," "incorporates blues.. into a contemporary context," "whimsical," "carefree," "acute," "daring," "well-plotted," "hauntingly beautiful," and with a "spirit of originality, verve, and humor, now being passed on to a new generation."
Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton University. He also completed studies at the Conservatoire de Nice and Fontainebleau. Principal teachers include John Heiss, Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky. Cooper has also studied with Barbara White, Betsy Jolas, Chen Yi, John Harbison, Kenneth Koch, Lee Hyla, Michael Gandolfi, Mindy Kaufman, Osvaldo Golijov, Perry Cook, Philip Glass, Philippe Manoury, Robert Ceely and Toni Morrison, among others. For several years, Cooper worked as an assistant to electronic music pioneer Otto Luening, who mentored him in composition, orchestration and musical life in general. The recipient of an Aaron Copland composition fellowship to Tanglewood, Cooper worked as an assistant to Louis Andriessen, and composed and produced incidental music for several acclaimed Shakespeare & Company productions directed by Tina Packer and Daniela Varon: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, King Lear and The Winter's Tale. In addition, Cooper's music was premiered at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, at a gala event featuring Mike Wallace, Jane Fonda, David Strathairn and Marisa Tomei.
Cooper’s music has been recognized with various awards, commissions, premieres, readings, recordings, showcases and residencies from Albany Symphony, Albany Records, ASCAP, Artists International, B3+, Cary Trust, Circadia, Electro-Music, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Engine 27, Femmes Four, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, ISC, June in Buffalo, Lumina String Quartet, Majestic Brass, Meet the Composer, NARAS, NEA, NEC, NJSO, NYNME, NYYS, North River Music, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Palisades Virtuosi, Scotia Festival, ACO / Sonic Festival, Sweet Plantain, Vox Novus 60x60, Walter W. Naumburg Fund and Zentripetal Duo, among others. In 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of the State University of New York / FIT, where he has created new SUNY General Education Requirement courses in American Music, European-Classical Music, and Latin-American and Caribbean Music. In addition, Cooper teaches composition at the 92nd St Y School of Music, and music and Shakespeare classes at Greenwich House Senior Center. He is a co-director of the 501(c)(3) chamber music series and record label Composers Concordance, distributed by Naxos.
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and ro ...
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd's on Col-legno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. He is also the co-director of Composers' Concordance, a new music presenting organization with a 30 year history of producing cocnert in NYC. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camerata, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchester des Pfalztheaters, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie as well as such soloists such as Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, Sarah Chang, Kathleen Supové, Martin Kuuskmann and Simone Dinnerstein. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, Including Cloud Atlas, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ''Cloud Atlas Symphony’.
The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as "dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre". Raul d'Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: "Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change." Evan Burke writes in ICareIf YouListen: "Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole. This result is almost always more interesting, and representative of how most new music will be born in the 21st century, as genres and barriers begin to vanish, and as styles begin cross-fertilizing in previously unimagined ways." Classical Music Sentinel writes: "His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man."
Organizations he is associated with include: Co-director of Composers Concordance & Composers Concordance Records, co-founder/guitarist of Absolute Ensemble and artist-in residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival. Gene Pritsker's music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music. Recorded on: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova, Composers' Concordance Records, SONY Classical and Capstone record labels.
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