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 such as: Atanas Kurtev (Bulgaria), Alla Halapsis (Greece), Maria Prinz (Austria), Tatyana Levitina (Russia), Tamara Poddubnaya (Russia), Mikhail Petukhov (Russia), Bozidar Noev (Bulgaria) and many others. 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.

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.

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.

Vesela Kivova – Piano Teacher
Dr. Vesela Kirova is an active soloist, collaborative artist and chamber music performer. She participated in numerous concerts, both in Bulgaria and in the USA, including a concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In addition to her development as a professional pianist, Dr. Kirova has always been interested in the theoretical part of musical studies and music research. She conducted researches on different topics, concerning piano teaching and piano performance problems. A passionate admirer of Liszt’s piano music, Dr. Kirova devoted her Doctoral Dissertation to his works and particularly to “The Devil’s Theme in Liszt’s Piano Music”.

For her achievements as a pianist and scholar in 2002 Dr. Kirova was awarded a membership in the Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society in the United States.

Devoted piano teacher and accompanist, Dr. Kirova has served as faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Arts, “Encore” Music Lessons and Lucy Moses Music School in Manhattan. Her outstanding accompanist skills led her to be affiliated as a rehearsal pianist at the American Classical Orchestra, New York’s premiere period instrument orchestra. Since 2013 Dr. Kirova is also serving as a faculty at “Art of  Piano Playing” Music School and Winston Preparatory School.

Dr. Kirova holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Bulgarian Music Academy in Sofia, Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ms. Kirova is able to teach piano lessons in English and Bulgaria.