Elham has performed as a soloist on US State Department-sponsored appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2013. He performed at the Library of Congress for the 2017 Anne Frank Awards Ceremony. He has also played for members of the diplomatic corps of Australia, China, Germany, Italy, and Korea. He has performed for former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and international dignitaries in Kabul and at the Afghan Embassy in Washington DC through the Embassy Series: Uniting People Through Music Diplomacy.
His outreach performances in New York include solo recitals for Women for Afghan Women, NYU Forum on Law, Culture and Society, the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, and Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Elham has been awarded full scholarships to participate in notable summer festivals including Classical Bridge (performances at Steinway Hall and Merkin Concert Hall), the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Hunter College, the Chopin to Gorècki piano festival in Poland, and others. He was the 3rd prize winner in the Golden Key International Piano Competition in Frankfurt in 2012, the winner of Hunter College Concerto Competition and his chamber group recently won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at Manhattan School of Music. He has also performed as a solo recitalist in Holland, Italy, and Poland.
Elham has been profiled on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition by host Renee Montagne, in BBC, on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and in the media in Britain and Pakistan. He recently became a recipient of Young Musical Scholars Foundation. He is the subject of a German television documentary (ZDF tivi).
Prior to his arrival at Manhattan School of music in 2019, Elham trained at Hunter College and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), studying piano performance, composition, and music theory as well as a full range of academic subjects. Elham also studied at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music in Weimar, Germany.
He believes that every student has a unique way of learning and the teacher must adapt to that. It is important to relate to each student so that they feel comfortable learning with that particular teacher. The psychology of teaching is one of the most important and crucial aspect of teaching that every teacher should understand.
Yurina’s relationship with music and piano started at an early age – she began formal piano lessons at age 5 and for the next 10 years participated in dozens of recitals and competitions, winning awards for her performances. After graduating with a degree in music education from Chonnam National University in Korea, she began working as a music teacher at public schools, continuing her studies in music and working to inspire students to pursue their musical dreams. As her interest and passion for music expanded, she started working as a composer for professional singers, publishing a number of songs and music, while also collaborating with filmmakers, producers, gaming, and commercial music production companies. Her music and songs have been widely aired and played on television and radio broadcasts throughout Korea, and have also been used in video games and films.
To expand her knowledge in music, she continued her research and education at New York University, where she enrolled in the Film Scoring Program, earning a Masters Degree with honors. Yurina's talent was recognized through a scholarship granted by the Sorel Organization, specifically for her work in keeping musical excellence alive and for helping to expand the boundaries for women in music. She was further recognized through the granting of the prestigious Elmer Bernstein Award. Yurina also completed course work in orchestration at the world-renown Juilliard School. Yurina has continued working as a professional composer for film, television and commercials, while also performing live around the country and maintaining a teaching schedule to continue developing, nurturing and guiding her piano students to achieve their dreams. Her music is available on iTunes, Amazon and at most major music stores.
As a piano teacher, Yurina emphasizes proper habits for all her students, understanding of proper piano mechanics, the need to practice outside of class, and believes that communication and feedback between student and teacher are keys to success. Yurina also believes that is important for the student to enjoy what they are doing while also understanding why they are doing it. She carefully tracks her student’s progress to be able to spot and correct problem areas, motivate them through demonstrable progress and to ensure that through steady practice, they achieve their full potential.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Ross started studying classical piano at the age of seven and was composing music by the age of ten when his father, a professional bassist, introduced him to music sequencing software that allowed him to create and record music on his personal computer. By the time Ross was thirteen, he had already composed two CD’s of all original material scored for piano, bass, drums, guitar, and horn section. In high school and early adulthood, Ross started to take interest in Jazz Piano and began studying with pianists Raul Yanez and Nick Manson. He went on to earn a full scholarship to Arizona State University, studying under the tutelage of Michael Kocour, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Piano Performance.
While in college, Ross’s work, both as a pianist and composer, attracted significant attention beyond the Phoenix area. In December 2013, Ross was Nominated for the American Pianists Association 2014 Cole Porter Fellowship. In August 2013 and 2014, he was the winner of the Arizona State University Student Jazz Composition Competition, for the External Judges Choice category. In 2013 with a piece called “Forty-Two, selected by Adam Benjamin of Kneebody, and in 2014 with “The Misodoctakleidist,” selected by Frank Carlberg of New England Conservatory.
After college, Ross worked primarily as a performer and music educator. Having gained notoriety as an educator, he was brought to NYC with a group of his students, who had won the chance to participate in the Berklee City Music Annual Summit. In 2018, he relocated to Queens, and is now quickly establishing himself as a composer, pianist and educator in the New York City area. Ross is a passionate teacher, who works with students of all ages and skill levels, and creates custom lesson plans for every individual students’ needs.
Born in Taiwan, Allison Wang moved to the U.S in 2007. She has been playing piano since the age of five, and received her Bachelor Degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education at Roosevelt University- Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a professional and upcoming pianist, she has won numerous awards and honors including: 1st Prize Winners of American Protege International Competition 2018, chosen participant for Gilmore Keyboard Festival 2018, first prize winner of Cremona International Music Academy String & Piano Competition, winner of the 2017 American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship, winner of the 2016 Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarships, and Falkenau Music Scholarship recipient from 2013 to 2017.
Allison has also performed internationally including Weill Recital Hall-Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center- Preston Bradley Hall, the Stradivari Museum- Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium, and she travels back to Taiwan regularly and give community performances.
Allison is passionate as a soloist, educator, collaborator. She seeks out opportunities to collaborate with different artists internationally, and also shows the beauty of music through performance playing repertoire in all types of setting. As a certified music educator, she loves to
share her passion for music to the general public, art enthusiasts, young musicians and professional musicians. She strives to educate people about art culture, and advocates for the importance of music education in all level of schools through her passion and expertise on the subject. She is currently pursing her Master Degree in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Inesa Sinkevych.
Originally from Lake Placid, New York, Georgianna Rickard began her musical studies at a young age, starting with piano at five and violin at six. She was brought up in a musical family surrounded with piano music played by her mother, grandmother, and grandfather who all played for many years. Her father plays drums by “ear” in a variety of bands and in pit bands for musicals. Georgie studied both piano and violin intensely for many years, including attendance at the Suzuki Summer Institutes, and various other summer music programs and competitions. Through her experiences with piano and violin, she soon discovered that she was emotionally closer to the piano, and then, noone could stop her.
Georgie recently earned a Bachelor of Music from The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, with degrees in Piano Performance and Music Business with a certification in Piano Pedagogy. She was honored to be able to study with Dr. Young-Ah Tak. Her most recent accomplishments at Crane include winning 2nd prize in the 2017 Richard Stephan String Chamber Competition, two solo recitals, pianist and celestist in the Crane Symphony Orchestra, rehearsal pianist for the Crane Opera Ensemble and much more. One of the highlights of Georgie’s musical education was to be able to perform with the Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Georgie attended the Brevard Music Center, located in North Carolina and studied with Dr. Douglas Weeks for four summers. She performed in countless recitals and concerts while at the Center. In her final summer at Brevard, Georgie was awarded the Lucille Parish Ward Scholarship from the National Federation of Music Clubs Southeastern and was able to do a special performance at her award acceptance at their annual luncheon.
Georgie’s main goal as a piano educator is to engage the creative mind and “out-of-the-box” thinking and musical expression in students of all ages. She feels the importance of music is to be within the music itself and to be able to feel the unique connections between mind and sound. Through these connections, she hopes that each student will develop their own individual and positive outlook on their musical studies.
Manuele took his first steps in the music world at the young age of four, exploring the beautiful notes of the opera from works by composers such Verdi and Puccini. He later attended “Girolamo Frescobaldi” State Conservatory in Ferrara, where he studied piano, harmony, composition, and chamber music. He often received high praises through article reviews and from critics.
For six years, he had committed himself to teaching music to children and actively collaborated to the creation of the music department at Smiling Service International School of Ferrara.
As a film composer, Manuele has widespread approval from the public and critics for his particularly charming and profound music. He has developed numerous collaborations with Award Winning Directors, as well as International emerging companies. One of his accomplishments include composing soundtrack for the CICAP chaired by the famous journalist-TV presenter Piero Angela, and the Docu-Fiction: Breaking the Silence that was directed by Frank Gigante.
From Nagano, Japan, Hitomi Honda started her piano lessons at five years old. She was an active accompanist from age ten to fifteen in her hometown. However, due to her left hand pinky's serious injury, she had to stop her piano career. At the age of twenty, she moved to New York to study English as well as music since her love of music never ended. In 2006, she enrolled at City College of New York to study music history. Her music history professor, Arison Deane, then suggested for her to audition for piano performance when she noticed Hitomi's piano talents. She continued her studies at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music for her Master of Piano Performance in 2009 with Dr. Adam Kent. Upon her graduation in 2011, she participated in multiple festivals including the Metropolitan International Piano Festival; and the Keyboard Festival by Mannes College of Music with scholarship in 2012. In spite of relatively short career on her piano, she achieved a high level of piano techniques. Her debut in Japan took place in Tokyo in 2011. Since then, she continues to perform in various venues in New York City. Her performance of J.S. Bach had been used for the Japanese movie Odayaka, which was invited to Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.
She believes that learning to play the piano helps with memorization and presenting oneself in front of people. These experience are essential to a student's everyday life -- young or old. It is important for Ms. Hitomi to enrich her students' lives with such goals all while teaching them how to play the piano beautifully!