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.
A Canadian born jazz pianist and educator, Sean Fyfe has a background that spans across Canada as well as in New York city, having been featured as a leader as well as a guest artist in festivals and on recordings. He has developed a style of teaching that is fun and effective for students of all ages, giving them all the tools they need to understand, play and enjoy music for a lifetime. Sean holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from McGill University, and a graduate degree in music performance from Manhattan School of Music.
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!