Lyons W, age 14, auditioned and was accepted at the prestigious pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music, and he will begin his studies there this month. Although I'm very sorry to see him go, I know that he'll do exceptional work at the Manhattan School and I of course wish him the very best. Under my tutelage, he was a winner in quite a number of competitions and performed several times at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. You can access twelve videos of Lyons' excellent playing here. Good luck, Lyons!
Jenny (Zhen), piano teacher from China, comes to Long Island twice each year to see relatives and always schedules between two and five 2-hour lessons with me within the space of one week! It was wonderful to see her again last week and work with her on Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata!
Our annual Student Recital was terrific, featuring the two fantastic 5-year-olds and beautiful, exciting performances of works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Sibelius, Liadov, Ravel and others - followed by our traditional party at the Chinese buffet restaurant!
My two incredibly gifted 13-year-old students Katie T and Lyons W performed at their very best for the annual Honors Recital of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation, held at Stony Brook University! They both played major works of Chopin, Katie performing the Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major and Lyons the Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor. Many teachers in the audience were highly complementary!
Congratulations to the students who all received outstanding evaluations at the auditions of the Piano Teachers Guild! I'm very proud of Alicia, Victoria, Lisa, Rowan, Amanda, Alex, Leo, Annie, Katie, Lyons, Harry, Ashley, Emily, Michelle, Angel, Blake, David, and Sandy!!!
We had a very productive rehearsal for our annual Student Recital. Our rehearsals involve a complete run-through of the program to prepare for performance under pressure and help to minimize nervousness. I'm looking forward to the actual recital in two weeks!
My wonderful adult students Ela, Bonnie, and Lori have formed a sort of Piano Support Group, playing for each other monthly to learn to overcome nerves when performing for others. They came to my home last week and played a beautiful program of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Scriabin , followed by a celebratory sushi lunch! I'm so grateful to have such dedicated adult students!
I'm very excited to announce that 13-year-old Lyons W has won first prize in the 7th to 9th grade division of the highly selective competition of the Associated Music Teachers League! This is a competition that attracts serious piano students on the very highest level, so I'm especially proud that Lyons' performance of the Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor of Chopin has won him this recognition! He also made a very strong showing in the Steinway Junior Piano Competition.
Katie T and Lyons W, both age 13, gave terrific Chopin performances at the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation Competition! Katie played the A-flat Major Ballade and Lyons played the B-flat Minor Scherzo. Lyons won First Prize in the Late Advanced Division!!! As always, I'm tremendously proud of these two phenomenal young pianists! See their picture here.
Lyons W, age 13, presented his first solo recital at my studio in Greenlawn. His exciting, communicative performance of a very difficult program inspired an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the audience! The program included works by Rorem, Bach and Haydn and concluded with the B-flat Minor Scherzo of Chopin. Bravo, Lyons!
Lyons W, age 13, was a prize winner in the Vivo International Music Competition for his performance of the Prelude and Fugue in B Minor from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Book II.
Our annual recital was phenomenal! We had such consistently polished playing from everyone! Congratulations to Amanda, Angel, Annie, Oliver, David, Victoria, Alicia, Kevin, Katherine, Harry, Ashley, Rowan, Jenny, Lyons and Katie!
At the annual Honors Recital of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation, each member teacher selects two students to perform in an end-of-the-year program. Katie T and Lyons W, two extraordinary and hard-working young pianists, played once again in absolute top form! Many of the other piano teachers were very generous in their expressions of appreciation for the accomplishments of these two phenomenal 12-year-olds!
The National Guild of Piano Teachers, a division of the American College of Musicians, conducts evaluative auditions for piano students across the country every year. This year, seventeen of my students were received by the judge with extraordinary praise! I've never experienced such a consistently positive response to so many of my students at once! Congratulations for terrific playing to Alicia B, Victoria B, Lourna D, Oliver E, Rowan L, Amanda L, Katherine L, Evan R, Jenny R, Kevin T, Annie T, Katie T, Lyons W, Harry W, Ashley X, Angel Z, and David Z!
My two superstar 12-year-old students, Katie T and Lyons W gave a fantastic private recital to a highly enthusiastic audience at my home in Greenlawn! Their program included Haydn's last sonata (E-flat Major Hob. XVI:52), Beethoven's first sonata (F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1), three Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn and Debussy's En Bateau for four hands. It was a very special afternoon for all who attended!
12-year-old Lyons W gave a truly beautiful performance of Mendelssohn at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner in the Rondo Vanguard Competition! This was my first experience entering students in this particular competition and I was astounded at the consistently mature level of the other winners. Lyons positively earned his place among them!
Three students played for NYSSMA this year and all three received the highest possible scores for their level! Oliver E scored 28 out of 28 in Level 4, Kevin T scored 100 out of 100 in Level 5, and Harry W received 100 out of 100 in Level 6!
Jenny (Zhen) is a piano teacher from China who has come to me in two previous years for intensive coaching. She has returned to Long Island for the month of May and I'll be coaching her for three 2-hour sessions per week for three weeks and five 2-hour sessions during the last week of the month!
Another terrific achievement for Katie T and Lyons W, both 12 years old! They are now winners in the Rondo Young Artist Festival Competition in Manhattan!!!
Katie T and Lyons W, both 12 years old, performed at New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall twice in one week! They appeared as winners in the Golden Classical Music Awards and the Concert Festival competitions!
Harry, age 14, received a score of 100 out of 100 at NYSSMA in Level 6 (the most advanced level)!
Katie Z, age 16, Harry, age 14, Katie T, age 12, and Lyons, age 12, all performed beautifully for the competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation in the Late Advanced Division. Lyons and Katie T were among the winners and Katie Z received Honorable Mention! I'm equally proud of all four of these outstanding young pianists!
Katie T and Lyons W, my fantastic 12-year-old students, are now Grand Prix Winners in this year's Concert Festival Competition and will perform at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall at the Winners Recital in March. Because of their additional prizes in the Golden Classical Music Awards Competition, they will play at Weill twice in one week!!!
Katie T and Lyons W, my two phenomenal 12-year-old students, both received honors in the Golden Classical Music Awards Competition. Lyons was a First Prize Winner and Katie T was declared a "First Absolute Prize Winner," with an audition score of 100 out of 100!!! Both will perform in March at the Winners Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall!!!
Katie T and Lyons W were named prize winners in the VIVO Youth International Music Competition!!!
Zhen, from China, brought four of her young students for a very enjoyable Master Class. Zhen had previously come to study with me for intensive training herself for two consecutive summers. It was great fun to work with her students, who managed to communicate beautifully despite their lack of English and my repertoire of only a few Chinese words! See our picture here.
A great student recital! An excellent job from everyone, from our beginners through performances of Ginastera, Debussy, Scriabin and the G Minor Ballade of Chopin! Congratulations to Alicia, Victoria, Oliver, Aaden, Rowan, Amanda, Katherine, Suchir, Emily, Evan, Jenny, Gabriel, Kevin, Annie, Katie T, Lyons, Harry, Claire, David, Judy, and Katie Z !!!
Congratulations to all the students who played so well for this year's auditions of the National Guild of Piano Teachers! Everyone received excellent evaluations! Great work from Alicia, Victoria, Oliver, Aaden, Rowan, Amanda, Katherine, Suchir, Emily, Evan, Jenny, Gabriel, Kevin, Annie, Katie T, Lyons, Harry, David, Judy, and Katie Z!!!
Still more great playing from 11-year-old Katie T!!! She performed beautifully at the annual Honors Recital of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation and again at the Encore Recital of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York!
Katie D (yes, I'm actually teaching three Katies at this point!) has returned from Boston University for coaching on the repertoire for her senior recital.
Another terrific performance by Katie T, this time at the Spring Incentive Recital of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, where she performed Debussy and Ginastera!
11-year-old Katie T was chosen for first prize for the 4th to 6th grade division, earning the Joseph Liccardo, Sr. Award for Piano presented by the Associated Music Teachers League! This was a highly selective competition in which each and every contestant was extraordinarily accomplished. Not only were these young players universally dazzling, but the judges were so selective that not all the prizes were awarded. I'm so proud of Katie!
Emily has been accepted at the music departments of the Boston Conservatory, Ithaca College, Hofstra University and Adelphi University!
Katie T performed for the fifth time (!) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, this time as a winner in the annual competition of the Concert Festival organization!
Two NYSSMA entrants came away with excellent scores: 11-year old Oliver received an Outstanding rating in Level 3 and 14-year-old Suchir earned a grade of A in Level 6.
Katie T was a prize winner in the 2017 competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation!
Katie T was once again declared a winner in the Concert Festival competition and is scheduled to appear in the Winners Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 2nd!!! This is getting to be a habit with Katie!
14-year-old Katie Z was offered a $1500 scholarship by the Concert Festival organization to their summer program of study and performance in Russia and France!
11-year-old Katie T and 14-year-old Katie Z both provided magically communicative performances at a special concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall!!! The program was given in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Hall. They appeared as winners in a specail, extra competition of the Concert Festival organization. Katie T performed Debussy and Katie Z played Beethoven, and they were both quite incredible!!! Based on my experience with these two, I'm thinking of only accepting students named Katie! See their picture here.
10-year-old Katie T gave yet another beautiful performance - her third at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a competition winner!!! This time it was in the Winners Concert of the 2016 American Fine Arts Festival Competition. Fantastic!!!
36 fantastic new videos have been added, featuring students between the ages of 6 and 17! They can be accessed here.
This year's June Student Recital was phenomenal! Twenty-eight selected students displayed a fantastic level of achievement and tremendous progress since last year's event! Congratulations to Alicia, Victoria, Kevin C, Melody, Dan, Oliver, Gabby, Aaden, Christine, Rowan, Amanda, Katherine L, Suchir, Jinmin, Evan, Jenny, Andrea, Joshua, Kevin T, Annie, Katie T, Harry, Christy, Katherine Y, Albert, Claire, Judy, and Katie Z (ages 5-17) !!! A special highlight was the performance of the first movement of Mendelssohn's D Minor Trio for piano, violin, and cello by Kevin C, Jinmin, and Dan!!! Bravo!!!
Harry (age 13) performed Bach at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center as a winner in the competition of the American Fine Arts Foundation.
Katie T (age 10) and Claire Z (age 12) played phenomenally at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in the Grand Prix Winners Recital of the 2013 Concert Festival Competition. These were two mature, emotionally gripping performances of Haydn and Chopin that left me vibrating with pride! Bravissima times two!!!
Harry (age 12) and Katie T (age 10) are winners in the 2016 American Fine Arts Festival Competition! Harry will be performing at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center and Katie will be playing (for the third time!) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall!!!
Gabby (age 12), Katie T (age 10), and Kevin C (age 16) all received perfect scores at NYSSMA!!!
Harry, Christine, Kevin C, Katie T, and Katie Z, ages 10-16, all played beautifully for the annual competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation. The two Katies - Katie T and Katie Z - were declared winners in the Early Advanced and Late Advanced Divisions respectively! I'm very proud of all five students!
4 COMPETITION WINNERS!!! Enthusiastic congratulations to Claire Z, Katie T, Christine K, and Kevin C, ages 10 - 16!!! All four have been chosen as winners in the annual Concert Festival Competition! They will all be performing in Winners' Recitals at major New York concert halls: Christine will play Symphony Space on April 9th; Claire, Katie and Kevin will perform at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on April 3rd!
And as a result of their auditions at the Concert Festival Competition, 10-year-old Katie T, 11-year-old Claire Z and 16-year-old Kevin C have each been offered a $1000 scholarship to attend that organization's summer program of performing, touring, and master classes in Paris, France and Lisbon, Portugal! This is an incredible honor for these three terrific students!
And additional congratulations to Harry and Katie T, who played brilliantly at the auditions of the American Fine Arts Festival Competition. Good luck to both!
12-year-old Christine K. and 9-year-old Katie T. both played beautifully at Winners Recitals of the 2015 American FIne Arts Foundation Competition. Christine performed Beethoven at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center and Katie T. performed Haydn at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall! These were two very special concerts for two very special girls!
9-year-old Katie T. just returned from Europe, where she performed three times in one week in Germany! She attended the summer performance and study program of the American Fine Arts Foundation, having been awarded a $500 scholarship. Katie played a Haydn sonata and two pieces of Mendelssohn at the Ottmar Gerster Music School in Weimar, the Altenburg (Liszt's residence) in Weimar, and the Schumann Museum in Zwickau. She and her mother, along with the other student performers, toured musically significant sites in Germany, Austria, Italy, and France (where she developed a great fondness for escargots)! I'm so proud of this gifted young musician!
A fantastic Student Recital!!! Incredible quality all around from Alicia, Victoria, Kevin C., Lourna, Gabby, Christine, Rowan, Isabella, Katherine L., Suchir, Evan, Jenny, Andrea, Katie T., Harry, Tina, Katherine Y., Albert, Claire, Judy, and Katie Z. A special highlight was the performance by ten students of all sixteen Waltzes for piano four hands by Johannes Brahms! Access this video and all the others on the VIDEOS page of this website.
Katie T. (age 9) and Christine (age 12) were declared winners in the 2015 competition of the American FIne Arts Foundation! Their outstanding playing of music by Haydn and Beethoven has won them performance dates at important concert halls in New York. Katie will be performing at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Christine at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center! (The dates are yet to be determined.) This couldn't have happened to two nicer girls or two more dedicated young musicians - Bravissimo!
Christine (age 12) Katie T. (age 9) Katie Z. (age 13) and Kevin C. (age 15) played beautifully for the 2015 Competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation.
Kevin C was awarded first place in the Late Advanced division of the 2015 Competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation. for his electrifying performance of the Ballade No. 1 in G minor by Chopin!!! He also received a perfect score of 100 for his level 6A performance of the same piece for NYSSMA.
The American FIne Arts Foundation has awarded my amazing student Katie T. (age 9) a $500 scholarship to attend their special study program in Europe this summer! In addition to lessons, music history instruction, and performances, Katie and her mother will travel to several cities in Germany, Austria, and Italy for 10 days in August. Wow! Congratulations, Katie!
Harry (age 12) and Katie T. (age 9) played for the Town of Oyster Bay Talent Competition, performing Beethoven and Mendelssohn respectively.
My excellent students Christine (age 12) and Katie T. (age 9) auditioned for the American Fine Arts Foundation Competition in Manhattan, playing Sonatas by Beethoven and Haydn.
Harry, Katie T., Claire, Kevin C., and Christine (ages 9 - 14) played at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post College in the unique "101 PIANISTS" performance with internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang. What a special experience this was! And Kevin was one of five students chosen to give a special performance prior to Lang Lang's own recital the previous evening.
A terrific student recital! Congratulations to the outstanding students selected for this year's performance: Judy, Katie Z, Katie T, David, Claire, Albert, Katherine Y, Katherine L, Harry, Andrea, Emily, Daniel, Kevin T, Kevin C, Evan, Suchir, Adya, Isabella, Christine, Natalie, Gabby and Victoria. Videos will be available soon.
Kevin C. (age 14) performed for the third time at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, this time as a winner of the American FIne Arts Festival Competition. Kevin played with exceptional polish and conveyed outstanding excitement and sensitivity; he was very enthusiastically received! See our photo at the hall here.
Congratulations to my students who played for the auditions of the National Guild of Piano Teachers: Katherine Y., Katherine L., David, Gabby, Emily, Daniel, Andrea, Kevin T., Kevin C., Isabella, Natalie, Katie T., Katie Z., Albert, Suchir, Christine, and Harry. Everyone received outstanding evaluations and the judge personally congratulated me on the quality of everyone's playing!
Katie Z. (age 11) and Kevin C. (age 13) gave beautiful performances of Schubert and Mozart for the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation Competition. See their photo here.
Kevin C. gave a brilliant performance of Mozart at the Grand Prix Winners Recital of the Concert Festival Competition at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. See our photo outside Carnegie here.
Kevin also played for the American Fine Arts Festival competition in Manhattan.
Kevin C. (age 13) played for the Concert Festival competition audition. He will be performing, along with the other winners, at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March.
Two new student videos have been posted: Katie Z. (age 11) playing the Scarlatti Sonata in C Major, K. 159 and Kevin C. (age 13) performing the Prelude in B Major, Op. 11 No. 11. Access them both, along with many more student videos, here.
Zhen, from Beijing, China, returned to Long Island for intense training with me for the second consecutive summer, working with me for 17 hours in the space of three and a half weeks. This time she brought her friend Xin who studied with me as well.
IT'S TIME TO ARRANGE THE FALL PIANO LESSON SCHEDULE! LET'S ALL BE IN TOUCH TO SET UP CONVENIENT LESSON TIMES!
Katie Z. (age 11) and Kevin C. (age 13) performed beautifully in an Honors Recital at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University on June 6th as winners of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Competition!!! George (age 18) also gave an exciting performance on this program.
Seventeen selected outstanding students from all levels of advancement (ages 5 through 18) played for our rehearsal at Faust-Harrison Pianos, Melville, N.Y. The featured students were Judy, Katherine, Harry, Suchir, Andrea, Kevin T., Kevin C., Carolyn, Geroge, Katie Z., Gabby, Victoria, Chris, Terry, Zach, Albert, and Isabella. All but Carolyn and Albert (who have scheduling conflicts) played for our very successful, very exciting Student Recital, also at Faust Harrison, on June 23rd.
Twelve students played for the annual auditions of the National Guild of Piano Teachers in Melville, N.Y and all received excellent evaluations. The participants were George, Zach, Isabella, Carolyn, Andrea, Katie, Albert, Suchir, Gabby, Harry, Kevin T., and Kevin C.
Kevin C. (age 13) and George (age 18) will played for the Spring Incentive Recital of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York.
Kevin C. (age 13) and George (age 18) performed along with others at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious of concert venues, as winners of the Concert Festival competition!!!
Kevin C. participated in the annual competition of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York.
Isabella, Carolyn, Suchir and Kevin C. played for NYSSMA. Isabella, Carolyn, and Suchir achieved a rating of Outstanding and Kevin received a perfect score of 100 in level 6 (the highest level)!!!
My former student, well-known jazz pianist Jeb Patton, provided jazz-oriented arrangements for Jessye Norman, one of the world's most distinguished operatic sopranos. They are with four-hand piano accompaniment and will be performed by Ms. Norman along with Lang Lang and Emmanuel Ax, two of the greatest pianists of our age!
Zach was accepted as a music major at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College!!!
George was accepted at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and the Manhattan School of Music, two of the world's top conservatories!!!
Katie Z. and Kevin C. played brilliantly in the competition of the Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation, winning first and second prize in their division!!!
George played more auditions for colleges and conservatories.
Kevin C. and George performed for the competition of the Concert Festival organization and were chosen among the winners!!!
Kevin C. played brilliantly in Long Island City, Queens for the Master Class of Russian pianist Irina Sharapova of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
George played auditions for colleges and conservatories.
My former student, the magnificent, internationally acclaimed operatic tenor Steven Harrison, will sing performances of Les Troyens by Berlioz at the Oper Berlin, one of the world's premiere opera houses, under conductor Donald Runnicles.
George brilliantly performed his solo recital debut. His program of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Muczynski, and Chopin was received by a wildly enthusiastic audience at the Steinway Used Piano Gallery in Melville, N.Y.
Kevin C. and George performed for the Fall Incentive Recital of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York.
Kevin C. and George were chosen by the judges to perform again at the Piano Teachers Congress Encore Recital.
...and I offer special congratulations to my two incredible 5-year-old students Judy and Katherine who have been making fantastic progress this entire school year!