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Dr. Anikushin has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music performances at such important venues in New York City as Stern Hall of Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital ...
Dr. Anikushin has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music performances at such important venues in New York City as Stern Hall of Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall and The Bruno Walter Auditorium of the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center as well as overseas at The Great and Small Halls of The Moscow Conservatory and The Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg in Russia; at Palau de la Musica, Valencia (Spain) as well as in other performance spaces in Israel, Italy, France, Canada, England, Belgium, Japan, Norway and Germany. After Dr. Anikushin’s highly successful New York debut on May 9, 1999 at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, the well-known critic Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review wrote: “Maxim Anikushin is undoubtedly destined to enter the annals of his generation’s important young pianists.”
After winning the Concerto Competition in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music, culminating in the performance of Barber’s Piano Concerto, the conductor of the performance, Maestro JoAnn Falletta called Maxim a “big talent” with “fabulous technique.” Mrs. Falletta subsequently invited Mr. Anikushin to perform Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for their 07/08 season. Dr. Anikushin has performed the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 more than any other concerto in his repertoire including the memorable performance in Tours, France in 1999 with Yuri Bashmet and The “Moscow Soloists” orchestra. After Dr. Anikushin’s solo performance at the legendary Stern/Perlman Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 5, 2012, Vivian Schwartz of the New York Times wrote “Judging by his enjoyable concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday evening, the Russian-American pianist Maxim Anikushin has a genuine affinity for the music of Samuel Barber.”
On Nov. 1 and 3, 2012, Dr. Anikushin for the first time in history, has performed the complete music of Samuel Barber for piano and carillon as well as selected organ music at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints at Lincoln Center. Dr. Anikushin’s many prestigious prizes and awards include the third prize at both The International Senigallia Competition in Italy and the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, second Prize in The International Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy and first prize in both the Long Island’s Five Towns Competition in Hewlett, N.Y. and The International Carlet Competition in
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.
The Croatian pianist Javor Bracic is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia and Belgium. At his Carnegie Hall debut recital he was hailed by New York ...
The Croatian pianist Javor Bracic is the first prize winner of international piano competitions in Italy, Croatia and Belgium. At his Carnegie Hall debut recital he was hailed by New York Concert Review for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique.” His CD album Tribute to Haydn was released on Labor Records and his performance was broadcast on WQXR. He was invited to perform throughout the USA, Europe, China and South Africa.
In the desire to promote classical music and change the way it is appreciated, Javor started a series of conversation-concerts under the title The Art of Listening. He was praised by the audience for his “contagious enthusiasm” and “unique ability to elucidate imagery both as a performer and teacher.”
Javor holds degrees from the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg and Mannes College in New York. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York, studying with Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode and Norman Carey.
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on t ...
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. He constantly performs worldwide with his own groups and artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Kahn, and George Coleman. As an educator, Charette writes prolifically for Keyboard Magazine, Jazz Times, The NYC Jazz Record and the Czech music magazine, Muzikus. He has a successful book out on Hal Leonard Publications and two instructional videos on mymusicmasterclass.com.
Brian is also very well versed in production and engineering, releasing groundbreaking albums that combine acoustic and electronic elements such as sampling and analog keyboards. He has also earned a Grammy Nomination for his mixing on Robert Smigel’s debut album for Warner Brothers records. briancharette.com/about/.
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Jiuan-Jiuan Chiou, a native of Taiwan, is a pianist as well as piano instructor. She has long been devoted to piano pedagogy and musical learning in addition to having performed throughout Asia and ...
Jiuan-Jiuan Chiou, a native of Taiwan, is a pianist as well as piano instructor. She has long been devoted to piano pedagogy and musical learning in addition to having performed throughout Asia and the United States. She is a co-founder of the Aquarius Duo, which has given recent performances for audiences in New York City, performing the works of Brahms and Debussy among others. Ms. Chiou has been teaching for 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.
Simona Frenkel established herself as a versatile international performer.
She is a winner of numerous international competitions, including Concertino Prague, Czech Republic and Mykola L ...
She is a winner of numerous international competitions, including Concertino Prague, Czech Republic and Mykola Lysenko International competition, Kiev, Ukraine. She was named Merited (Performing) Artist of Ukraine, one of the most prestigious musical awards in Ukraine.
Simona Frenkel began her solo career at the age of eight with her solo debut at the Hall of Columns of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Since then Ms. Frenkel is frequently heard in recitals in the United States and Europe. She is in demand as a chamber musician and soloist in New York City, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She has made numerous television appearances and radio recordings.
Ms. Frenkel is a founder and artistic director of the Concertino NY chamber ensemble. Founded in New York City in 2011, Concertino NY showcases some of the finest young professional musicians in the greater New York area. The ensemble specializes in the juxtaposition between old and new: an early music and contemporary classical repertoire. The group’s performance practice reflects the spirit and style of the period in which the music was composed.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Frenkel holds a MM degree in performance from the Juilliard School of Music, Tallinn and Kiev Conservatories, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the Kiev Conservatory. Her principal teachers have been John Weaver, Hugo Lepnurm and Igor Riabov. While at Kiev Conservatory she received valuable impulses through coaching with renowned Russian pianists Michail Voskresensky, Alexander Jocheles, Vladimir Nielsen.
Simona Frenkel was on the faculty at the Kiev Conservatory.
Currently, she is on the faculty at the NYU/HUC-JIR the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and 92Y School of Music.
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.
Canadian-American pianist Helen Kashap has been heard as a soloist with several major North American Orchestras. Described as, “Hands-down the most dynamic and exciting young pianist I’ ...
Canadian-American pianist Helen Kashap has been heard as a soloist with several major North American Orchestras. Described as, “Hands-down the most dynamic and exciting young pianist I’ve yet witnessed (Canadian conductor Victor Sawa, Saskatoon Star Phoenix)”, Kashap is a two-time recipient of the major Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant, an award given each year to a handful of Canada’s most promising artists. Kashap has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe and has been supported in her recordings projects by FACTOR Canada, Canada’s main recording foundation.
Making her debut in 2010 with the Saskatoon Symphony, Kashap performed Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor to great acclaim: “Kashap is a gorgeously expressive performer... the audience leapt to their feet at the end with applause and offered Kashap an encore, a rare occurrence here.” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) Two weeks later, Kashap was heard in concert with the Regina Symphony orchestra in a performance of Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. Another success, “Kashap, an accomplished 23-year old Canadian pianist delivered an impressive performance of this challenging concerto, expressively eliciting the many musical ideas present in Liszt’s work from the piano.” (Regina Leader Post)
A recipient of several major awards and scholarships, Kashap has been named a prestigious Chalmer’s Fellow by the Ontario Council of the Arts and a Schulich Scholar (McGill University’s top Music/Academic award), and has gleaned research awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Additionally, Kashap has been awarded top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition, The Kinsmen Competition, The National Knigge Competition (Vancouver), The North Bay Symphony Competition (Grand Prize Winner), The Saskatchewan Concerto Competition, the MidWest USA Piano Competition (Grand Prize Winner), and the Interlochen Concerto Competition.
An avid teacher and performer, Kashap has previously been a musician in residence at the Banff Center for the Arts, and has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Center for the Arts Piano Masterclass program, Toronto Summer Music Institute, Gijon Piano Festival (Spain), and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Throughout her studies, she has had the privilege of working with some of today’s most revered artists and teachers including Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Dominique Weber, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, James Giles, and Sara Laimon.
Kashap has been teaching extensively for the last ten years, including at conservatories and pre-professional institutions for musicians across Canada and the United States. She has experience teaching all ages and levels and musicianship, and finds joy in the challenge of tailoring lessons to each individual need and placement.
Kashap holds a Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a recipient of the Cleveland Musical Arts Society Scholarship and a student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni. A Schulich Scholar at McGill University in Montreal, QC, Kashap earned her Bachelor of Music degree under professor Sara Laimon and her High School Diploma with High Honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy with a focus in Piano Performance.
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.
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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.
Young Pianists' Workshop / Ages 8-16
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.
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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.
Katherine is an active solo performer as well as chamber musician based in New York City. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls including the Weill Recital Hall at C ...
Katherine is an active solo performer as well as chamber musician based in New York City. She has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as well as Boston’s Jordan Hall. Katherine has won numerous honors including NEC’s Piano Honors Competition, a prize in the American Protégé competition as well as many scholarships.
Katherine is a frequent performer of new music and music written by women and minorities. She believes that music is the most essential form of human communication and works to create a more inclusive concert experience. She believes this can best be achieved by creating a more diverse and innovative concert program. To further this goal, Katherine was awarded a grant in 2016 to create the Boston Women’s Music Project and is currently working to premiere a feminist songbook, The Well-Tempered Woman, with composer Stefania de Kenessey and Soprano Eugenia Dante.
As a teacher, Katherine’s goal is to equip her students with the ability and desire to make music throughout their life. She has worked with students of all ages, ranging from 3-60+. Katherine has been teaching for around 5 years. She emphasizes the importance of performance with her students and has prepared many of her students to participate in recitals throughout the city. Katherine’s prepares her students to feel confident expressing themselves musically and sharing their music with audiences of all sizes.
Katherine wants all of her students to experience the joy of expressing themselves through music. Every student finds a different aspect of music to be most fulfilling or exciting, and she encourages her students to find and follow their interests through our lessons. For each of Katherine’s students, she determines which aspects of music performance are meaningful to them and helps them achieve this at the piano. In addition, she strives to expose them to other aspects that she finds exciting and meaningful, broadening their experiences in music. Katherine encourages her students to take an active role in selecting what they want to work on and guides them to take an active role in their learning. Katherine always makes sure her students feel supported and encouraged and that she wants them to do the best that they can do. She believes this supportive atmosphere is crucial to the learning process so that students are comfortable taking risks and growing in their music making.
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory where she studied with Bruce Brubaker and her Master of Music degree from Mannes School of Music where she studied with Thomas Sauer. Other major teachers have included Arkady Aronov and Dina Khudayberdieva.
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.
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 4
Mark Pakman, M.M., Moscow State Conservatory; Certificate, International Institute for Chamber Music, Munich. Studies with Vladimir Natanson, Maria Grinberg, Nina Svetlanova. Masterclasses: Demus, ...
Mark Pakman, M.M., Moscow State Conservatory; Certificate, International Institute for Chamber Music, Munich. Studies with Vladimir Natanson, Maria Grinberg, Nina Svetlanova. Masterclasses: Demus, Badura-Skoda, Jansen. Performances at major New York concert halls and on radio stations WQXR, WNCN, WNYC. Tours: North America, Russia. Russian vocal coach for Samuel Ramey and Beverly Morgan and a Board member of the Leschetizky Association. Adjudicator: Juilliard Precollege, DMA recitals at MSM. Program notes: Russian Disc, Consonance. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music (Associate with N. Svetlanova) and Precollege, Montclair State University (Assistant Professor), Amati Festival and 92nd Street Y.
Alexandra Pitocchi, an active pianist and teacher, was born in Massapequa, NY. Starting at a young age, she developed a deep love for classical music and found the piano to be a great source of sol ...
Alexandra Pitocchi, an active pianist and teacher, was born in Massapequa, NY. Starting at a young age, she developed a deep love for classical music and found the piano to be a great source of solace and self-expression. As an educator, Alexandra believes in the importance of fostering intrinsic motivation and giving each student the tools to become independent and confident musicians.
Alexandra began teaching piano during her undergraduate studies at the Crane School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a concentration Pedagogy. Here, she was able to gain extensive experience working closely with students of various ages and levels, allowing her to become familiar with a wide of array of repertoire and method books. While at Crane, Alexandra studied solo piano with Dr. Paul Wyse and piano pedagogy with Dr. Kathryn Sherman.
Alexandra also holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, where she graduated with distinction. As a graduate assistant, she taught private piano lessons at Westminster Conservatory as well as group piano classes. During her time at Westminster Choir College, Alexandra completed internships under the guidance of Phyllis Lehrer and Betty Stoloff, focusing mainly on teaching in a group setting. She has also performed in master classes with prestigious pianists such as Lori Sims and Thomas Otten.
In addition to an extensive teaching career, Alexandra is an active soloist and collaborator and works regularly with vocalists. She has performed at multiple venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Snell Theater (Potsdam, NY), Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall (Potsdam, NY) and Williamson Hall (Princeton, NJ).
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chambe ...
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Luba has performed recitals in prestigious venues and series including 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Dudley Hall in Houston and the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. Her performances have been broadcast worldwide, on stations including Chicago’s WFMT, ABC Classical FM in Australia and Kol Hamusica, the national classical music station in Israel.
As a chamber musician, Luba has performed with acclaimed musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, New York City Opera and A Far Cry. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Long Island Chamber Music Society, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and the Houston Piano Institute.
Luba began her studies at the age of six in Novosibirsk, Russia. After immigrating to Israel, she continued her studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv under the tutelage of Michael Boguslavsky. After additional studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Verbier Academy, she received her Masters Degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Patricia Zander and Gabriel Chodos. Luba then earned her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish. She currently resides in New York City, where she teaches at 92nd Street Y and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Dina Pruzhansky is 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.
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her chi ...
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her childhood immersed in music, performing around Chicago at beautiful performance venues such as Chicago's Orchestra Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she played for Mayor Daley. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Miami. Upon graduating, Magdalene joined the faculty of the University of Miami Piano Preparatory Program where, in addition to private piano lessons, she taught classes of Group Piano, Music Theory, and Aural Skills for four years. Magdalene received her Master of Arts degree in Music/Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College, where she had the rare privilege to study with and perform for esteemed philosopher, Maxine Greene. Magdalene currently teaches students ages 4 through 96. When she has free time, she writes and records her own music.
Mini Piano Institute / Ages 5-7
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.
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.
Keyboard Crash Course / Beginner
Keyboard Crash Course / Intermediate
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.
Pianist David Cook is a versatile bandleader, musical director and sideman in the world of jazz and beyond. His albums Pathway and Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Undergrou ...
Pianist David Cook is a versatile bandleader, musical director and sideman in the world of jazz and beyond. His albums Pathway and Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) showcase his writing for trio and quintet, featuring Ben Wendel and Kendrick Scott. His work as the musical director and keyboardist for 10-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, Kesha, Thomas Rhett and more have him playing for sellout crowds in the world’s biggest venues. He has also toured recently with singers Lizz Wright, Shayna Steele and Shoshana Bean, drummer Mark Guiliana and guitarist Greg Howe. Born in to a musical family from Columbus, Ohio, David graduated from the University of Michigan with a BMA in jazz piano where he studied with Ellen Rowe, Andrew Bishop and Gerald Cleaver.
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.
Jazz Keyboard (Advanced)
Jazz Keyboard (Intermediate)
Playing by Ear: Functional Piano and Music Theory
Jazz Keyboard (Beginner)
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!
Summer Vocal Institute / Ages 10-17
Musical Theater Vocal Workshop / Ages 8-17
Little Voices / Ages 5-7
Junior Chorus / Ages 8-12
Glee Club / Ages 13-17
Sing the Songbook
Sing Your Heart Out!
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.
Group Voice (Beginner)
Sight-Singing and Ear Training for Beginners
Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, award winning jazz singer and composer. Playing piano since the age of 5, she went on to study classical singing at the Eoan Group before completing an Oper ...
Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, award winning jazz singer and composer. Playing piano since the age of 5, she went on to study classical singing at the Eoan Group before completing an Opera Diploma Cum Laude at the University of Cape Town in 2000. Melanie has released 5 albums under her own name thus far as well as collaborating with many South African and international jazz artists. Melanie Joined the 92Y School of Music faculty in 2018.
In 2012, Melanie won all three prizes in the prestigious Jazz Revelations competition as part of the Jazz a Juan Festival held in Nice, France. She was invited to be part of the festival programme in 2013.
Melanie tours regularly to the Czech Republic and has also performed in Norway, France, Germany, Slovakia, Holland, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. She has been involved in the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for the past 6 years as a performer and teacher as well as with the Artscape Youth Jazz program since 2006. Melanie has also lectured at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2005. In 2010, Melanie was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for jazz and continues to be involved in upcoming projects and recordings involving other Young Artist Award recipients. Melanie has performed alongside Kurt Elling at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, with the Cape Town Philharmonic alongside Hugh Masekela, and shared an impromptu duet with Bobby McFerrin during his show at Dola Jazz Festival.
In 2013, Melanie launched Freedom’s child. Freedom’s child is a collaborative project with iconic poet James Matthews marrying poetry and jazz. Also in 2013, Melanie released her full length solo offering, produced by Bokani Dyer called Our Time.
The release of her two latest recordings was followed by a very successful Christmas tour to the Czech Republic in Dec 2013.
It has been said about Melanie Scholtz’s music that it is like a ‘best friend’ and listeners are always inspired by her musical honesty. This South African artist will continue to captivate listeners with her original and unique sound. Joined the 92Y School of Music in 2018
Live Looping for Beginners
Scat Singing for Beginners
Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts for over 20 years from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies t ...
Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts for over 20 years from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages around the world as the leader of her own band and as a part of the close harmony group DUCHESS.
Across her five solo albums (including 2014’s No Regrets, which JazzTimes called “Smart. Seamless. Stunning.”), Melissa has maintained a focus on storytelling, whether through her original compositions and lyrics, interpreting the music of songwriters like Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bjork, or finding a unique and personal way to present oft-sung jazz standards. From top stages and clubs in NYC (Carnegie Hall, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center) to jazz festivals all over the world (Monterey, Toronto, Copenhagen, Montreal, Jerusalem), Melissa endears audiences with her heartfelt singing and intimate performance style.
Downbeat has called her a “sophisticated storyteller” and an “original,” while Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch says: “Melissa has it all – a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste.” She has been the recipient of many awards and other distinctions including multiple nods from JazzTimes and Downbeat Magazines in the Rising Star Jazz Vocalist category of the Readers and Critics Polls, and professional development and recording grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Throughout her career, Melissa has been a passionate educator, teaching private voice lessons and group instruction in Canada at the National Music Camp, Humber College and Mohawk College before moving to New York in 2005. From 2009 until the birth of her son in 2013, she was on faculty at 92Y and maintained a busy studio of singers from many musical backgrounds and abilities. On her own and with her 3-part harmony group DUCHESS, she runs workshops and clinics for soloists and vocal groups at colleges and conservatories wherever she is touring, and she very much enjoyed filling in for the incredible educator Darmon Meader in 2016 at the esteemed Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp in Rochester, NY. Melissa is happy to be back in the family at the School of Music and looks forward to helping her students explore diverse repertoire and guiding each towards a more natural and joyful expression of their unique voice.
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.
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.
Violinist and Violist Lani King Chang has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Formerly a tenured member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestr ...
Violinist and Violist Lani King Chang has performed as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the US, Europe, and Taiwan. Formerly a tenured member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, she was a prizewinner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and has participated in festivals including Apollo Chamber Players of London, International Musicians Seminar, Composers Inc., Dartington International Baroque Festival in the U.K., Chamber Music West, and Camerata Chamber Players in Westchester. She currently serves on the faculty of Hoff-Barthelson Music School, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and formerly a faculty member at the Usdan Camp for the Arts for 12 seasons. Ms. Chang received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from San Francisco Conservatory, and attended graduate school at New England Conservatory.
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 has performed with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House, t ...
Elise Frawley enjoys playing viola in a variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall to Rockwood Music Hall. She has performed with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, and several ensembles throughout the New York area. She is currently an Executive Board member of Local 802, the New York metro-area union for musicians and the largest chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.
Elise has performed with several contemporary artists, including Paul Simon, St. Vincent, Danger Mouse, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, Jon Batiste, Kygo, Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Andrew Bird, Pharaohe Monch, Jacky Cheung, Olafur Arnalds, Kelis, Shallou, Pink Martini, Grace McLean, Santino Fontana, Nathan Gunn, Matthew E. White, Tony Conrad, John Cale, and the Airborne Toxic Event. She has performed at the Beacon Theatre, Joe's Pub, New York's Town Hall, Central Park SummerStage, the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and SXSW. Elise has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NPR's Live From Here!, America's Got Talent, The History Channel's Stan Lee's Super-humans, and the Amazon Prime Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.
Born in Westchester County, New York, Elise received her Bachelor's of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master's of Music from New York University, 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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Bassist Joe Fitzgerald has been a vital part of the New York music scene for nearly three decades. He has a wide range of performance experience in major venues large and small all over the world, ...
Bassist Joe Fitzgerald has been a vital part of the New York music scene for nearly three decades. He has a wide range of performance experience in major venues large and small all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival to name a few. Joe also frequently performs with world class artists such as Pat Metheny, Datevik Hovanessian, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Frank Wess and many others. Joe is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and is active as an educator serving on faculties as diverse as the Collective School of Music, the Dalton School, the Rudolf Steiner School and Harvard University.
Christopher North 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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New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee guitarist/singer Chris Bergson recently returned from a three week tour in Europe with acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks including headlining festivals in Franc ...
New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee guitarist/singer Chris Bergson recently returned from a three week tour in Europe with acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks including headlining festivals in France, Germany and Denmark.
Bergson continues to tour in support of his latest album, Bitter Midnight which was named MOJO Magazine's #3 Blues Album of 2017, his fourth consecutive release to achieve MOJO's Top 3 Blues Album of the Year status.
Bitter Midnight, whose track list includes songs inspired by Bergson's successful 10 country European tour, features guest artists such as drummer Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), bassists Richard Hammond (Santana) and Andy Hess (Gov't Mule), trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Henry Butler), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman) and acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks (Steve Cropper.)
Bergson has performed with Norah Jones, Levon Helm, Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond and opened for B.B. King, Etta James and Bettye LaVette.
Recent collaborations have also included performances and/or recordings with celebrated French singer CharlElie Couture, Blues Music Award nominee Alexis P. Suter and Corey Glover of Living Color.
Bergson endorses McCurdy Guitars, Blackstar Amplification and Levys Leathers. Bergson is currently on the faculty of the 92Y School of Music where he teaches guitar, coaches rock band and serves as the music mentor for the Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship for the Excellence in the Arts program.
For the past two years, Bergson has also taught a jazz education class through 92Y's Outreach Education program at the Angelo Petri School for the Performring Arts in the Bronx.
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A native of Northern California, George England resides in New York City where he performs and teaches classical and modern guitar. His concerts span several style periods and highlight rare works ...
A native of Northern California, George England resides in New York City where he performs and teaches classical and modern guitar. His concerts span several style periods and highlight rare works as well as established favorites. He is regularly engaged as an ensemble player, most recently with the New York-based Ensemble Musica Humana, on vihuela and lute; on baroque guitar and theorbo with Sinfonia Spirituosa, based in Sacramento, California; with soprano, Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, in Duo Raccontare; and as guitarist with New York City’s Cantanti Project.
George’s teaching is continually renewed and draws from multiple approaches. With an aim for the total development of the student, George meets students where they are and works with individuals to reach musical goals. George’s students have continued their studies at acclaimed programs across the country.
George has lectured at California State University Northridge, Yuba Community College in California, and instructs guitar and musicianship at the New York City Guitar School, Diller-Quaile School of Music and Great Neck Music Conservatory. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, as well as a Master’s and Bachelor of Music from California State University, Sacramento and Northridge, respectively. He has studied with Jerry Willard, Richard Savino, Steven Thachuk, and Ronald Purcell.
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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.
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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.
Group Guitar / Ages 5-6
Group Guitar / Ages 7-8
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.
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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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.
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.
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Upon graduation in 1964 he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1972 he became a member of the ...
Leonard Hindell began his bassoon studies while at the High School of Music and Art in New York. After graduation, he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he won the Harold Bauer Award. Upon graduation in 1964 he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1972 he became a member of the New York Philharmonic. He retired from the Philharmonic in 2005. Mr. Hindell has given recitals at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, where he premiered numerous pieces written for him. He served on the committee that established the Philharmonic Ensembles, a series of chamber music programs featuring members of the New York Philharmonic in its series at Merkin Concert Hall. In addition to being a distinguished member of the 92Y faculty, Mr. Hindell is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School at New York University. He has given master classes throughout the United States, South America and Europe.
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal ...
James Jeter, bassoon, has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for Star Wars in Concert. Currently, principal bassoonist for the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Cecilia Chorus Orchestra, he has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its “Debuts and Encores Series” The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition, he founded the Virtuosi Quintet in 1983 , he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S ...
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S. Navy Band. When his tour of duty ended Mr. Miller pursued graduate studies as a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Long Island University and Brooklyn College. Mr. Miller has performed as a bassoonist with the Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, Harlem Dance Theatre and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. As a classroom instructor Mr. Miller has taught the recorder under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic, Young Audiences of New York and New Jersey, The Harlem School of the Arts and 92nd Street Y.
Brian Landrus is a low woodwind player and composer based in Brooklyn NY. He grew up in Reno, NV and was born September 14th, 1978. He began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionall ...
Brian Landrus is a low woodwind player and composer based in Brooklyn NY. He grew up in Reno, NV and was born September 14th, 1978. He began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionally by 15. He has become one of the strongest original voices in the music world on baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bass saxophone, bass flute and alto flute. He specializes on the low end of the audio spectrum but plays nearly all woodwind instruments. He has been called a "Low Woodwind Expert" by Time Out New York, and a "baritone saxophone and bass clarinet ace", by JazzTimes. He has been voted rising star baritone saxophonist in Downbeat Magazine's International Critics Poll in 2012, 2011 & 2010. Landrus plays in many different ensembles and currently tours the world in Esperanza Spalding's band where he plays baritone and tenor saxophone.
Landrus started his own record label, BlueLand Records in 2011 and has released two CDs on it with a third already recorded and to be released in 2013. Traverse was released in 2011 with the Brian Landrus Quartet featuring Michael Cain on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic bass and Billy Hart on drums. Capsule by the Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope was also released in 2011. This band features Nir Felder on guitar, Michael Cain on Rhodes & piano, Matthew Parish on acoustic bass and Rudy Royston on drums. The third recording on BlueLand will be released in 2013 with the Landrus Kaleidoscope plus string quartet. The band is Brian Landrus on bari sax, bass sax, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet and bass flute. Nir Felder on guitar, Frank Carlberg on Rhodes and piano, Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic and electric bass, Rudy Royston on drums, Mark Feldman on violin, Joyce Hammann on violin, Judith Insell on viola, Jody Redhage on cello and Ryan Truesdell conducting and co-producing. All the music on these recordings was composed and arranged by Brian Landrus.
He has been blessed to play with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, Rufus Reid, Lonnie Plaxico, Michael Cain, Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg, Ryan Truesdell, Frank Kimbrough, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, George Garzone, Jason Palmer, Billy Hart, Rakalam Bob Moses, Esperanza Spalding, Louis Nash, Peter Epstein, Nicholas Urie, Darryl Harper, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, John Lockwood, Ayn Inserto, Alan Ferber, Omar Thomas, Scott Robinson, Ralph Alessi and many more.
Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in saxophone performance at UNR and two Master of Music Degrees at the New England Conservatory. One in Jazz Composition, and the other in Jazz Saxophone.
Interview with Brian Landrus in DownBeat magazine
Dr. Kyle Landry is a dynamic and engaging contemporary saxophonist, composer, artist and music educator originally from Detroit Michigan.
As a performer and composer, Kyle has dedicated h ...
As a performer and composer, Kyle has dedicated his career to presenting unique and engaging works of art that immerse the audience and evoke questions. This philosophy has fueled an exploration of new sounds and the invention of new and unusual musical instruments. One of Kyle’s recent works, NODE premiered at the Broad Modern Art Museum, featured an interactive mechanical-feedback instrument, which reverberates sounds through a 10-foot spring controlled by a computer, creating feedback loops and resonance.
In his work as a chamber musician, Kyle is a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet which has performed throughout the United States and has won numerous awards including prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Kyle’s mission as both a soloist and chamber musician is to promote the creation and dissemination of new works through performance, composition and commissioning. As part of a recent commissioning project, the Viridian Quartet premiered Four Brothers, a four movement jazz suite by Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe.
Kyle’s philosophy as an educator encourages the growth of student’s creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills while working towards the highest level of creative artistic expression. Whatever the student’s goals, Kyle works to instill in them all a love and passion for music.
Kyle holds a Doctoral degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University. If you would like to learn more about Kyle Landry’s work you can visit his website: Kyle-Landry.com
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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 5-6
Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With ...
Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With People at the age of 18. Later he moved to NYC to further study music. He received a BFA from the New School University under the guidance of jazz Legends such as Bobby Sanabria, Chico Hamilton, Reggie Workman and Charles Tolliver. He has also studied privately with some of the most sought after drummers in the world: Michael Carvin, Jorge Alabe and Antonio Sanchez. He has performed at various festivals and venues all over the United States including Jazz Mobile, Harlem Summer Stage, River to River Festival, Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Arei has recorded for labels such as Sony Japan and Clean Feed(Portugal). His musical theater credits include, Curvy Widow (Off Broadway) and Newsies (Regional). He has also been a regular accompanist for the Afro-Brazilian Dance Class at Alvin Ailey Extension for the last ten years.
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.
In the last 15 years drummer Jordan Young has been making a name for himself as one of the premier jazz drummers in New York City. He has performed with and recorded as sideman for many top jazz ar ...
In the last 15 years drummer Jordan Young has been making a name for himself as one of the premier jazz drummers in New York City. He has performed with and recorded as sideman for many top jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris, Jerry Vivino, Brian Charette and Ben Monder to name a few. Jordan has recorded three albums as a leader. His debut recording entitled The Jordan Young Group was self released in 2010. Cymbal Melodies (2013) and Jazz Jukebox (2016) were both released on the Posi-Tone record label. These recordings met with critical acclaim. In addition, 2016 saw Jordan complete the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School which traveled around the globe representing the school. Currently, Jordan leads a successful organ trio that has toured internationally and performs steadily in and around the New York City area. Jordan also has an active private teaching studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Jordan also endorses Canopus drums and Amedia cymbals.
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.
Resident of New York City, Alon has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, The ...
Resident of New York City, Alon has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, The Blue Note Jazz Club and the Kennedy Center with his own projects as a band leader and as an in demand sideman. in October 2015 the kennedy Center has comissioned from Alon Nechushtan a new piece for Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration, followed by a Far East tour in China and Phillipines, along with Jazz Festivals in Belo Horizonte-Brazil, Israel. In 2017 the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C has commissioned from Alon Nechushtan a new program of Thelonious Monk’s less known compositions. All About Jazz magazine called him “A fantastic pianist-composer with abundant chemistry and boundless eclectisism”, while DownBeat Magazine recognizes “A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold,two-fisted sense of Architecture”.
Chicago native Tomo Matsuo is the Music Director & Conductor of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra since 2014. Founded in 1917, the 92Y Orchestra is the longest-running community-based orchestra ...
Chicago native Tomo Matsuo is the Music Director & Conductor of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra since 2014. Founded in 1917, the 92Y Orchestra is the longest-running community-based orchestra in New York City, and Tomo is its 10th Music Director. Passionate about music education, Tomo helped establish the annual 92Y School of Music Concerto Competition during his first season and has served on the jury each year. Tomo will make his Alice Tully Hall conducting debut in 2019 with the World Civic Orchestra.
92Y School of Music Orchestra
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