Our Faculty

Evgeni – Classical Piano Teacher:  All Levels

 Evgeni is a pianist, piano teacher, dedicated to the art musician, exploring all of its different perspectives. Born in Bulgaria he began studying piano at the age of 6. Evgeni graduated with honors from National School of Music (prof. Vesselin Stoyanov), Rousse, Bulgaria. He continued his piano studies in the United States in Brooklyn College – CUNY with prof. Adam Kent. Over the years Evgeni participated in many concerts and competitions. Among his achievements are: 1st prize in the competition “Young Musical Tallents” – Haverport, PA; 2nd prize and medal from the international competition “Rovere D`oro” – San Bartolomeo al Mare; 1st prize in duets in the international competition “Franz Schubert” – Rousse, Bulgaria; 2nd prize from the international competition – “Hopes, Talents, Masters” – Dobrich-Albena, Bulgaria where he also won a scholarship to study in the United States. During the studies Evgeni participated in many master classes with different world-renowned professors. Evgeni performed many concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He played concerts in Bulgaria, Italy, Austria and New York City. Two years ago Evgeni played series of concerts at Steinway Hall and had appearance at Carnegie and Merkin Halls performing solo pieces and chamber music. Also Evgeni was a part of a unique 6 hands piano trio, playing pieces specially arranged for 6 hands on one piano. Currently Evgeni is actively performing, teaching, accompanying recitals and auditions in the New York City area. His personal approach to every musician and student, dedication, efforts and professionalism are the base for building a strong relationship and success in his work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr4vupdH-2w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5MlKrDRFmo

Mr. Ninov is able to teach piano lessons in English and Bulgarian.

Tamara – Piano Teacher, Jazz Singer, Composer

Tamara is a piano teacher, singer, pianist and composer. She is Berklee College of Music graduate, with a degree in Professional Music.

With two albums of her own, “Composer’s Ventures” and “Believer”, and extensive experience working with Russian and American music industry professionals as a singer, keyboard player and arranger, she has a lot to offer to her students.

Tamara has been teaching for more than five years, both in music establishments like Brooklyn Center for the Arts and private classes.

Teaching piano and voice to kids and grown-ups is Tamara’s passion. She does her best to nurture their love for music. She treats all the classes very professionally and expects her students to do the same.

Ms. Usatova is able to teach piano lessons in English and Russian.

Brian – Piano Teacher: Jazz Piano, Toddler & Beginner Piano division

Brian is a piano teacher, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He studied classical music in the UK, but gradually built a career teaching and performing jazz in Spain. He moved to New York two years ago to collaborate with other up and coming musicians in both performance and production.

Having played in and written for many different ensembles in all of the most popular genres of music, Brian has a deep understanding of music and an art form. Aside from preparing students to play the music of the great historic composers, he often teaches students to compose, record and produce their own music. He understands how modern pop music is engineered and layered, and can get you or your child on a path to creating your own music that makes you dance.

Brian has a deep knowledge of music theory through his dual classical and jazz background, and is adept at using the piano to help students gain an understanding of music which they can use to continue to educate themselves for the rest of their lives.

With ten years of teaching as a foundation, Brian has prepared many young players and singers for a life of musical dedication and passion. He has taught private lessons to students of all ages, as well as training different ensembles, and giving foundational lessons to full classrooms.

Brian teaches with passion and energy, and creates memorable experiences while pursuing consistent improvement.

Brian is fluent in Spanish, English, and Dutch.

Jefrey – Piano Teacher: Toddler & Beginner Piano division

Jefrey is a pianist, singer, and general music educator from Pennsylvania.

Having recently earned his degree in Music Teacher Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Jefrey has studied various methods and approaches to sharing musical concepts with students of all ages. This includes music theory, music history, ear training, and applied lessons in voice and all major instruments. His experience teaching older students mainly took place within a public school having taught high school piano courses, choir rehearsals, and general theory as a student teacher. He directed choir rehearsals and performances for his church before his peers as well. As for the younger ages, he taught general music from Kindergarten to fifth grade as well as choir rehearsals at Easton Arts Academy in Pennsylvania.

During his time at University, Jefrey has performed in multiple choirs and small ensembles both affiliated and non-affliated with the school. He was often featured as a soloist and was the tenor section leader during his final year. Although he loves choral works and classical solo repertoire, he prefers to perform and listen to more contemporary music such as jazz, rock, and pop with Billy Joel as his favorite artist.

Jefrey believes that everybody, no matter how young or old, is an artist and has a musician waiting inside of them. He is excited to help each of his students find that inner musician and achieve their own individual goals.

Francesca – Piano Teacher, Jazz Piano

Francesca  is originally from Indonesia and now is based in New York City. Francesca Prihasti is an emerging artist on the international jazz scene. She recently graduated from New York University after completing a Masters in Music and recorded her 3rd album featuring Drew Gress, Alan Ferber, Mike Rodriguez and Dave Pietro. Prihasti’s music draws from a wealth of original material in addition to a deep knowledge of the jazz tradition, which she renders with fresh modern interpretations.
In addition to performing, Prihasti also taught for 2 years as an adjunct piano instructor at NYU.
She has also taught piano for 1 year in Indonesia and 6 years in Australia. Her students have ranged from 5 years old to undergraduate seniors. Her experience with music education and performance has made her a versatile teacher, acquiring many insights into piano technique, music theory, harmony, rhythm, composition, as well as ear training and sight reading practice.

Simona – Piano Teacher, Jazz Singer, Composer

Simona is a jazz singer, zitherist, composer, arranger and artistic director originally from Lithuania, currently living and working in New York City. Simona has degrees in jazz vocal performance from The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and a contemporary composition degree from Berklee College of Music of Boston MA.

Simona holds an extensive, over 10 years of international teaching career. She’s been working as a vocal coach in professional theaters, vocal director at Boston Public School system, faculty member at Berklee Faculty Outreach program, teaching privately piano and voice lessons in different music schools, and giving artistic workshops in US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Simona joined the faculty of Anahid Syourapian Piano studio in the spring of 2019.

Domantas – Classical Piano Teacher:  All Levels

Domantas is a pianist who was born in Lithuania. He started his music studies at the age of 4 at the Kaunas Music School. In 2008 he enrolled at the M.K. Ciurlionis National School for the Arts in Vilnius to study piano with Gabriele Kondrataite and Aidas Puodziukas. After a year of study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, he transferred to the Bard College Conservatory in NYC where he was awarded the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Scholarship at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, to study piano with Peter Serkin. In May, 2018 Karalius graduated from Bard College with Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism. Now he is achieving Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with Olga Kern at Manhattan School of Music.

Domantas joined the faculty of Anahid Syourapian Piano studio in the fall of 2019.