Humberto Olivieri was born in Caracas, Venezuela and showed an interest in music at an early age. This was partly influenced by his father who loved
playing records of Lionel Richie and George Benson. His father would often play on the piano while while a five year old Humberto sang along. Shortly after, Humberto learned to play piano by ear and this instrument became his main tool for performing, improvising and composing.
Humberto began his formal classical piano studies with professor Bruna
Monestiroli, a former student of pianist and educator, Alfredo Casella.
Montestiroli gave him the basic technique and understanding of tonal western harmony. He then discovered Jazz, and pursued Jazz studies at the City College of New York where he graduated with a Bachelors in Music Performance.
In New York, he studies with Ray Gallon and Barry Harris and attends
workshops with Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal, to name a few. He also studies with saxophonist Jason Rigby, who introduced him to the concept of free jazz.
While here in the US, Humberto has taught at music schools, such as the
Miami Youth Symphony, where he worked as teacher assistant for Alex Berti, one of Venezuela's leading composers and orchestrators. He also taught at music schools in New Jersey. Parallel to that, he continues
teaching privately to students of all ages and levels.
Humberto's teaching method his very similar to his former classical teacher
Bruna Monestiroli, but also incorporates some of the philosophy and teaching style of Barry Harris, Kenny Werner and Bill Evans. Similar to the latter, Humberto believes in "practicing the minimum". He doesn't like to overwhelmhis students with loads of material, and prefers to focus on small portions of a piece of music or exercise. He wants his students to remember that playing the piano should be first and foremost, an enjoyable experience.
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.
Philippine-born pianist Stephen Joven-Lee is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a current student at the Juilliard School under Professor Julian Martin. His education includes focused training in performance, pedagogy, music theory, and conducting. Joven-Lee strongly believes in music as a universal language and piano as an individual voice.
Joven-Lee began piano studies at age 10 in the Philippines. One year later, he moved to New York City where he studied with Natalia Huang, and later studied with Dr. Amy E. Gustafson and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez. He went on to study with Professor Alvin Chow at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize and John Elvin Prize for excellence in piano performance, as well as the Faustina Hurlbutt Prize for outstanding graduating student in piano. Joven-Lee is an award winner of almost two-dozen competitions at national and international levels. This has led him to perform in renowned halls including Carnegie’s Weill Hall (NY), Severance’s Reinberger Hall (OH), and Steinway Hall (NY & OH).
Joven-Lee has been elected as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society in recognition of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
His goal as a teacher is to help his students cultivate their understanding of the language and clarity of voice. Joven-Lee has experience working with students of various levels ranging from young beginners to college level musicians.
Nicole Wright is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Pre-Teacher Certification. She aspires to teach music privately and in schools in America or possibly around the world. Nicole has studied piano for 15 years and had the privilege of studying under Crystal Rivette at APU. She had the opportunity to teach music with the Azusa Conservatory, the Grand Theatre, Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Music and Arts Center. Other teaching endeavors include volunteering with the Nogales High School choral program, tutoring with the Lights On Learning Center, and assisting in the establishment of a world music drumming class at Powell Elementary School. It is very important to her that each lesson consists of hard work, fun, and creativity. Nicole teaches primarily classical and modern piano.
Cody Weinmann is a composer and pianist who’s originally from Reno Nevada. He moved to California with his family in 1998.
Cody plays and writes for many genres including solo pieces, band and orchestral works, choral works and sacred and church music. He is a big lover of big sound textures, especially piano concertos or orchestral pieces with a piano feature. He has perfect pitch and synesthesia—the ability to see colors with pitches.
Cody has degrees in Piano Performance, Music Composition and Music Technology with honors from California State San Bernardino. He was an Honorable Mention in the 2010 BMI Student Composer Competition for his work entitled “Mary—Prelude for Band in D Minor.” Since then, he has been feverishly writing pieces in many different instrumentations for different competitions over the years. This has culminated in the brilliant reading of one of his sacred SATB choral works entitled “Come Near to God.”
Cody’s goals for teaching include teaching people of all abilities the power and fun in music. He tailors lessons to the student’s individual needs. He teaches them note and sight reading along with improvisation. He also has five years teaching students with disabilities as well and nurtures the student’s strengths to keep them going.
Myrto Douma is a Greek cellist and pianist. Music has always been one of the biggest inspirations and most important parts of her life. Her international upbringing and training introduces a career that expands beyond conventional borders. Though born in Boston, Massachusetts, she was raised in Greece where she started traveling extensively at a young age and was introduced to her first instrument, the piano at the age of 4. Vocal lessons soon followed, with the cello eventually finding its primary place of study within her life. In 2000 she earned the second Prize in National Competition for Musical Accomplishment and Performance awarded from the Greek Ministry of Education and the Greek ministry of Culture. She studied Violoncello under the Russian Professor and Soloist Marina Kislitsina (Principal Cello of Athens State Orchestra) at the National Conservatory of Music in Athens, Greece and Vanjel Nina (Munipal Music School of Lamia, Greece) receiving a first prize award in Music Performance while pursuing her BA there in Music Performance, studied piano with esteemed professors Athena Stefopoulou (Municipal Music School of Lamia , Greece) and Victoria Vourtsi (Athens Conservatory of Music,Greece).
Myrto moved to the United States where she continued her musical journey as she earned a second Bachelor degree in Music Performance at Brooklyn College. While in the States she studied cello with esteemed professors Dr. Frederick Zlotkin and Nickolas Canellakis and piano with Dr. Alexandra Lewis and attended numerous master classes such as “ Music Of Maurice Ravel” with Peter Basquin and “ String Workshop “ with Martin Wulfhorst to name a few. Currently she performs with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and other various orchestras in New York City.She is currently a piano and cello instructor in New York City and also a Doctorate candidate in Ethnomusicology 2017 at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
Kai Ono is a composer-pianist, raised in the bustling suburbs of Irvine, California and currently living in the mosaic city of Queens, New York. He likes the color grey, the sound of laughter, and things that fly.
A player and writer of multiple genres, Kai has demonstrated his prowess in performance and composition with his numerous national and international awards in competitions, including his recent Downbeat Magazine student award for a big band composition and Rosalyn Tureck Award for a Bach performance. Recently, he was a featured artist in the Classical Beat festival in Eutin, Germany, where he had the opportunity to perform in classical and jazz groups as well as give a European premiere of one of his pieces.
Kai’s primary goal as an educator is to teach freedom in musicians. Through his years of teaching, he has emphasized technique and ear training that give students the choice to perform difficult classical works, read jazz chords, play pop songs by ear, or freely improvise. Recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a BM in Piano Performance and Composition with distinction, Kai is eternally grateful for his amazing mentors he’s had thus far – classical piano with Dr. Scott McBride Smith and jazz with TJ Martley.
John started playing the piano the summer before his seventh birthday, continuing a tradition of music that was passed down from his guitarist father and vocalist mother.
The following thirty years would bring experiences in concert performance, musical theatre (where he would meet his future wife), vocal accompaniment, Big Band Swing Orchestra, and an opportunity to
play Mozart on the Fibonacci Steinway Grand Piano.
His training includes fifteen years’ piano instruction in the Orf and Suzuki methods, ten years of musical theatre performance, five years of Dalcroze education culminating in a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and over thirty years of playing the piano.
John’s teaching experience includes private vocal and piano lessons, The Imagination Machine creative writing program and, as an Alzheimer's Caregiver for six years, John has witnessed therapeutic qualities
of music. He believes that it is never too early to teach music, and it is never too late to learn.
Renée's love of piano started as a young child when she would spend hours at the pianos at her friends' homes in Chicago. She would learn to play her favorite songs by decoding the harmonies, melodies and rhythmic figures. Renée convinced her parents to begin music training several years later and went on to pursue a BA in music from Columbia College Chicago and a MMEd (master's degree in music education) from VanderCook College of Music.
Following graduation from her master's degree, Renée operated her own music studio in Chicago for 7 years before leaving in 2017 to pursue music in New York City. Renée has toured the US with various bands and ensembles over the years including an indie-rock quintet, a 10-piece chamber rock ensemble, Girl Group Chicago, a big band orchestra and as a solo musician. Renée has accompanied for the Music in the Parks competition and has participated as a theatre pit musician in various Chicago productions for Porchlight Music Theatre, Stage Door Fine Arts and The Neo-Futurists. She composes and performs her own music and recently released her debut solo album.
Renée teaching specialty is with children and young adults but enjoys teaching students of all ages. She works with each student to develop a curriculum that is in line with the student's goals. Renée strives to keep lessons fun while helping students discover their musical voices. She teaches rock, pop, folk, classical and songwriting.
Evelyn Hu has been teaching piano professionally for more than fifteen years. A graduate from the renowned Berklee College of Music, Mrs. Hu is a composer, conductor and pianist. She served as judge for the youth piano competition SYMF, and as member of China National Orchestra Youth Series Committee. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, Mrs. Hu encourages her students to be creative, disciplined, and most importantly - to enjoy music.
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.
Yuliana Wijaya is an up and coming young pianist from Indonesia who has already attained national and international success.
She began her musical training at age eight privately and later on, moved to Jakarta Conservatory of Music in Indonesia and Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. In 2012, she moved to Lawrence, KS to study under tutelage Dr. Steven Spooner. She is currently a graduate student in Manhattan School of Music. A recent graduate of the University of Kansas, is an active participant in summer music festivals. She has performed in concerts and masterclasses around the world. In 2014, she was selected to perform with University of Allicante Orchestra in Italy under baton Dan Wen Wei.
As an educator, she has years of experience working with children of all ages and levels. Her students are active performers and are frequently featured in recitals at the Lawrence Arts Center, in addition to MTNA and Lawrence Accredited Music Teacher Association's events. Her focus in teaching is to retain the interest and joy of music in each student while building up their ability and skills continously. Her strength is classical music. However, she also combines and introduces other genres like jazz, pop, etc., to her students. Yuliana is also an active collaborator and ballet accompanist.
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.
A versatile pianist, Dr. Jin Lee has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. She has been featured as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony, the Chungjoo Orchestra, and the Poland Krakow National Orchestra. Jin has also participated in various music festivals, including the San Francisco International Music Festival, Boston Conservatory Summer Music Workshop, Algonquin Music Festival in Canada, and Aspen Music Festival, where she has performed with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She has also performed with the San Francisco International Music Festival as a guest artist. She is a skilled teacher and has extensive teaching experience at both the collegiate and preparatory levels, serving as a lecturer in piano literature, keyboard harmony and class piano at several universities and music institutes. Jin is pursuing both a professional and an academic music career. she possesses a great understanding and compassion for her students and it is her goal to extend her knowledge and love of music to each child she teaches. As an experienced educator, she is both theory and piano coach of ABRSM and her students receive high scores each year. She has also been honored to study with the world renowned pedagogue, Nelita True, her mentor from the Eastman School of Music, where she obtained a master's degree in Piano Performance and studied at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with the Graduate Performance Diploma under the tutelage of Marian Hahn. Jin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts at Pennsylvania State University.
Eun-Hye Grace Sun is a composer, pianist, educator and arranger. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she began her musical training at age six, focused on classical music, and church music.
At age 16, she moved to Russia and graduated pre-conservatory of St. Petersburg in piano major. Afterwards, she entered St. Petersburg State conservatory where she studied piano and composition under Sergey Slonimsky and Felix Tamulyevich. In 2010, she moved to New York and transferred to Aaron Copland School of Music where she has graduated in composition major with high honors. She studied composition with David Schober and Jazz Piano with Jeb Patton. Ms.Sun has been performing actively with different ensembles and choirs, which span a variety of genres including classical, jazz, gospel and pop.
As an educator, she has been teaching piano and music theory classes at levels ranging from early childhood development as well as advanced level for 10 years. According to her experiences from three different countries, she mixes and matches methods what work the best depending on the student. Ms.Sun’s teaching focuses on helping students enjoy the music by emphasizing musicality and maintain a balance between musical technique and music theory. She also encourages students to interpret stories or specific scenes through 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!
Chris DeAngelis began playing the piano at age 8, and began teaching and playing professionally while in high school. He earned a B.A. in Music from UMass Boston, during which time he was twice commissioned by the university to compose for the University Chorus, and composed musical scores for several student films and plays.
For the past ten years, Chris has worked as a professional musician, appearing on several albums and touring extensively through the United States and Europe with jazz and classical ensembles, and several bands. He has also composed music for film and television promotions, most recently composing for the official 2012 South Asian International Film Festival promotional trailer.
In addition to private piano instruction, Chris has since 2009 worked as a Teaching Artist at LeAp, an award-winning New York City public school program. At PS 279 in the Bronx, Chris teaches both a Piano Performance class and a Songwriting / Composition / Recording class.
When Chris was a young piano student, his teacher was extremely encouraging of his creative process, and as a teacher Chris has always worked to incorporate a student's aesthetic inspirations into the methods of formal training. Whether a student is sight-reading, composing, or training his or her ear, there is always a wealth of knowledge to be gained. Chris has always worked to accommodate the unique styles and goals of each student to build confidence and independence, and to explore creativity.
Inspired by watching her mother play Fur Elise, Jennifer Roberts began studying piano at the age of 5. She soon developed an interest in learning other instruments and slowly added cello, gyil (African xylophone), and steel drum to her list.
Jennifer studied piano performance at Oakland University in Michigan with Flavio Varani. While there, she played a piano concerto with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony, and she received the Outstanding Student in Piano award. In 1998, Jennifer had the honor of becoming the first African-American to receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Oakland University. This has inspired her even more to move forward in the world of music and teaching piano.
As an active musician, Jennifer has been involved in many areas of music with different instruments. With piano she has been enjoying teaching private piano lessons for the past nine years. She has been an accompanist for choirs, solo instrumentalists and vocalists for the past 11 years. For eight years she was a cellist in two community orchestras as well as the Hartford Cello Ensemble which was led by Nadine Delury. In 2003 Jennifer and her duet partner won the 7th place award in the Trinidad Steel Pan Festival, which was held in Trinidad and Tobago. Jennifer also performed with Southpaw Isle in Manhattan as a part of the first African Xylophone Festival.
Jennifer believes that music is a gift to share, not to hide or keep to oneself. It is her dream and determination to continue the tradition of classical piano with others.