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manhattan piano lesson instructor Isabel Keleti

Isabel is a Kansas native and NYC-based pianist. In 2019, she won two international competitions in China: the ROXE MTSY International Music Competition in Xi’an and BIMFA Solo Piano Competition in Beijing. She was a prize winner in the Conero International Piano Competition, the North International Music Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, International Young Artist Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, and K.C. Musical Club Competition. Isabel has performed at a variety of concert venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Czech Center New York, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Opera America, and the International House in NYC; Teatro Pavone in Perugia; Xi’an Concert Hall in Xi’an; RUC Concert Hall in Beijing; and Lied Center in Kansas. She has played as a soloist with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra of Spain, the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra of Missouri, and Blue Valley North Symphonic Orchestra in Kansas.

Isabel is a dedicated teacher, having been awarded a Mannes Teaching Fellowship, and was one of the founding teachers for Pianos Without Borders. She has presented lectures through the Meitang Shengle International Music Studio, International Piano Professionals Association, and the Conero International Music Festival. Isabel teaches using a wide array of teaching methods and classical repertoire to creatively address each individual's goals to inspire them to be dedicated and sincerely enthusiastic about their studies. She believes music training is incomplete without a mastery of fundamental skills and concepts, such as sight-reading, sense of rhythm, healthy technique, music theory and history, and performance etiquette. Not only are these skills transferable to other disciplines, they are also useful for a lifetime of learning and music-making. She aspires to bring these concepts into focus and spark the joy of music for each student, as her teachers have done for her.

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