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.

Merto Douma – Piano Teacher

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 US, she was raised in Greece where she 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 and Vanjel Nina receiving a first prize award in Music Performance while pursuing her BA there in Music Performance, piano with esteemed professors Athena Stefopoulou and Victoria Vourtsi.

Her highlighted performances with symphonic orchestras and as a soloist include the Athens Concert Hall, the Greek Radio and TV Orchestra, the Nina Patrikidou Orchestra, and various musical performances and accompanist for plays in Greece, Europe and in the United States.

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. There she studied cello with esteemed professors Dr. Frederick Zlotkin and Nickolas Canellakis and piano with Dr. Alexandra Lewis and attended numerous master classes. 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.

Ms. Douma is able to teach piano lessons in English and Greek.

Clark Baxtresser – Piano Teacher

Clark Baxtresser  – Having grown up in a family of music teachers and performers, Clark has been singing and playing piano for about as long as he can remember. From The Beach Boys to Bach to Bill Evans, he’s passionate about music of all styles, and he applies that passion to all components of his music engagement – performing, composing, listening, and educating.

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor, Clark has worked in New York City for 6 years as a freelance musician. He’s had the pleasure of working with a multitude of talented artists, including Darren Criss, Anthony Rapp, Vulfpeck, and Charlene Kaye. He is a frequent music director and composer for the online theater group Team StarKid, having worked with them on 7 stage musicals and 2 national tours. Highlights with StarKid include a sold-out show at Roseland Ballroom, several performances overseas, and a soundtrack charting at #1 on the Top Cast Albums Billboard.

When it comes to teaching, Clark believes in following the student’s interests, whether that be a particular musical style, a particular artist, or even just a particular song. Every student has a different approach to music lessons, and he tries to adapt his teaching to accommodate that. No matter what, a student should always be able to remember what they enjoy about music, and why they want to keep working to improve.