Our Faculty

Evgeni Ninov – Piano Teacher

 Evgeni Ninov 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 Usatova – Piano Teacher

Tamara Usatova 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.

Parham Haghighi – Piano Teacher

Parham Haghighi is born and raised in Mashhad, Iran, a major oasis of culture along the ancient Silk Road, Parham Haghighi is a versatile, fast-rising contemporary musician.

Growing up in a musical family, and having a big enthusiasm for both western classical music and jazz, Parham’s musical journey brought him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he finished his studies in Contemporary Writing and Production with a focus on performance.

A recipient of Berklee’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”, Haghighi has been teaching piano, ear training, and singing to all ages for more than a decade. Having recently moved to New York City, he is actively pursuing his career as a professional pianist, educator, bandleader, arranger, and singer; hoping to play a valuable role in the world of art and music.

Mr. Haghighi is able to teach piano lessons in English and Persian.

Jefrey Moises – Piano Teacher

Jefrey Moises  – 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 Prihasti – Piano Teacher

Francesca Prihasti – Originally from Indonesia and now 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.