Suzuki Piano, Piano Department Chairperson
M.M. Yale University, B.M. Indiana University
In over twenty years at the Crestwood Music Education Center, Dennis Malone has seen his students win top awards in regional, national and international competitions. In 2008, three of his students were presented by the Abby Whiteside Foundation in its prestigious concert series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Malone himself was selected to perform as part of the same series in 2004. In addition to his work as a piano soloist and teacher, he has composed and performed music for film scores by director Joan Grossman. Mr. Malone has remained active as a chamber musician, currently in a piano duo with colleague Oxana Mikhailoff.
Dennis Malone holds a Master’s degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. His teachers include Marion Hall, Donald Currier, and Sophia Rosoff. He is a certified Suzuki teacher with students ranging from four year-old beginners learning together with their parents to students at a very advanced level.
M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Boston Conservatory of Music
Cynthia Caggiano holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music form the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has also studied at The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and Il Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Her teachers include Murray Perahia, Claude Frank, Artur Balsam, Lilian Kallir, Jeananne Dowis, Guido Agosti, Vincenzo Vitale, Joseph Seiger, Maria Bono, John Goldmark, and others.
Ms. Caggiano has participated in the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Waterloo Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Meadow Brook Summer Music Festival, and the Vacanze Musicale in Venice. She has also served on the faculties of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Diller-Quaille School of Music, the Long Island School of Music and Art, the Bronx House Music School, the Bronx School of Music, and the USDAN Summer Music Festival. In addition, she has taught at the Marymount School of New York, the Hebrew Arts School, the Hackley School, and the Cathedral School in New York City.
As an accompanist, Ms. Caggiano has collaborated in the studios of such luminaries as Eleanor Steber, Lillian Fuchs, Dorothy Delay, Paul Doktor, Lois Wann, John McCollum, Gabor Carelli, Ellen Faull, and others. She has also given solo recitals throughout the United States and abroad.
AMIR FARID – Piano Instructor
“In a well-populated field, this artist distinguishes himself for all the right reasons” “…pianist of the moment” …breathtaking command of the piano…
Winner of the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, US-born Iranian-Australian pianist Amir Farid has been described as “a highly creative musician – a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding”, and who “in a well-populated field…distinguishes himself for all the right reasons”.
As one of the most versatile and loved musicians in Australia, the currently New York-based pianist has performed concerti with major orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Oleg Caetani, Johannes Fritzsch, Alexander Briger, Marko Letonja and Benjamin Northey. Highlights include Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in front of a 13,000-strong crowd at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Mozart’s Concerto No.14 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and “The Mozart Dances” with the Mark Morris Dance Group and West Australian Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2015 Perth Festival.
Since graduating with distinction from the Royal College of Music London in 2009 with Andrew Ball, he has performed as a solo recitalist and collaborative artist in concert halls and festivals internationally, including Carnegie Hall New York, St. Martin in the Fields London, Al-Hashemi-II Kuwait, MONA FOMA Festival Hobart, Coriole Festival SA, Huntington Festival NSW, as well as other venues in USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and China.
Recital collaborations include tenor Ian Bostridge, saxophonist Claude Delangle, violinists Arabella Steinbacher and Nikki Chooi, violist Lise Berthaud, cellists Mats Lidström, Alexander Baillie and Martin Loveday, sopranos Greta Bradman and Siobhan Stagg, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, flautist Michel Bellavance and clarinettist Philippe Cuper. As a chamber musician, Amir is a pianist of the Benaud Trio (www.benaudtrio.com), winning the Piano Trio prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition.
His numerous highly acclaimed recordings (primarily with Move Records) are heard frequently on radio stations throughout Australia and internationally, including a solo CD of works by Persian composer Javad Maroufi, multiple albums with cellist Zoe Knighton and soprano Siobhan Stagg, and numerous releases on ABC Classics and Melba Recordings with the Benaud Trio. Several of his albums have been nominated for an Australian Independent Music Award. Amir is also a recorded artist on the Steinway & Sons Spirio catalogue, as part of the piano manufacturer’s revolutionary player-piano system.
Amir has studied under the guidance of Ronald Farren-Price, Geoffrey Tozer, Rita Reichman and Timothy Young while at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He continues to work with Farren-Price since beginning studies with him in the mid ’90s. As well as his concert career, Amir has worked as a collaborative pianist at MCM, ANAM, the Australian Children’s Choir, and the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. He was the Melba Trust’s inaugural répétiteur scholar in 2013, working under the guidance of Sharolyn Kimmorley. As of 2017, Amir is a staff pianist at the Vocal Arts department of the Juilliard School, New York City.
YELENA GRINBERG – Pianist / Chamber Musician / Lecture Performer / Professor – Piano D.M.A. The Juilliard School, M.M. The Juilliard School, B.A. Columbia University
Hailed for having “established herself as a very fine interpreter…” (NYCR), the Russian-born pianist Yelena Grinberg is highly regarded for her intellectual depth, keen musical insight, and passionate performances as both a chamber musician and a solo lecture-recitalist with a strong preference for unusual and innovative programming.
As a winner of the Artists International Competition (2005), she has performed her sold-out New York Debut recital of the Baroque Reflections program at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and was highly acclaimed for her “grand performance in a grand tradition” (NYCR).
Dr. Grinberg has been a regular guest lecture-recitalist at The Harvard Club, where she has showcased a wide array of thematic programs, such as The Bach Project, The Art of Chaconne, Humor in Music, and Music and Dance, as well as a series of thematic solo and chamber lecture-performances in celebration of 200th birthdays of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Alkan, 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach, 175th birthday of Tchaikovsky and, currently, 225th birthday of Carl Czerny and 150th birthday of Ferruccio Busoni.
Dr. Grinberg is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, where she instructs music history, piano, and serves as a chamber music coach. She is also on the piano faculty at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester, New York. In addition, she is a highly passionate private piano instructor, coordinating regular student recitals at The Steinway Hall. Dr. Grinberg is the founder and the artistic director of the sold-out Grinberg Classical Salon Series – an intimate and enlightening series of Classical home salons on the Upper West Side, having presented such renowned artists as pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Oxana Yablonskaya, Madeline Bruser, and clarinetist Julian Milkis.
Previously, at Juilliard, Dr. Grinberg has been a faculty member in the Piano Minor Department and taught the undergraduate course on Piano Topics. She has also coached piano duo and chamber music in Columbia University’s Music Department and was the organizer of the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard concert series at Columbia’s Miller Theater.
Born in Moscow, Dr. Grinberg began her professional piano studies at The Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children at the age of five. As a student in the joint degree program, she graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University summa cum laude, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She holds both her M.Mus and DMA degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied jointly with Jerome Lowenthal and Oxana Yablonskaya, as well as privately with Richard Goode.
For more information on Dr. Yelena Grinberg, go to her website: http://www.yelenagrinberg.com
KANAKO KOYAMA Piano M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Manhattan School of Music
A passionate classic pianist, Kanako Koyama performs throughout the United States – as well as in her native country of Japan – as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Her venues include the Carnegie Hall in New York, Steinway Hall in New York, Yamaha Salon in New York, Steinway Salon in Tokyo, Liszt Museum in Weimar, Hochshule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig etc. Given the depth of insight in her interpretation and the rich color and expression that she commands, Kanako Koyama is highly acclaimed for her artistry, as evidenced by numerous international awards and scholarships that have been bestowed upon her. Kanako Koyama made her New York debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009, as a recipient of the Artist International Award and the Special Presentation Winner’s Series Performance that ensued. Kanako Koyama received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Marc Silverman.
Kanako Koyama is also known for her passion for teaching. She has worked with hundreds of students who are from many different countries, and many of her students appreciate music and succeed in recitals, auditions, and competitions etc. She has also experienced in helping students for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCM), and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). Kanako Koyama received several awards in Excellence in Music Teaching in New York.
OXANA MIKHAILOFF Piano M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Moscow Conservatory
Born in Vladimir, Russia into a family of professional musicians, Ms. Mikhailoff began studying piano with her mother at the age of five. By the age of eight, Ms. Mikhailoff had already won an international Young Artists Competition in Czechoslovakia, despite her being the competition’s youngest participant in the 8 to 16-year age category. That same year, Ms. Mikhailoff was selected to attend the Central Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow where she studied for ten years with Anaida Sumbatian (teacher of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oxana Yablonskaya) and Vera Gornostaeva. Ms. Mikhailoff subsequently studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Professor Vladimir Krainev and at the Manhattan School of Music with Professor Philip Kawin. She also studied with Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.
Ms. Mikhailoff pursued an active performing career throughout Russia and Europe as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician. Her United States debut took place at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She later returned to Carnegie Hall to play an all-Chopin recital on the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. She also performed in three seasons with the Greenwich Symphony under Maestro David Gilbert. In each instance, she received the highest critical acclaim. Ms. Mikhailoff also played Chopin’s e minor concerto under Maestro Vladimir Feltsman.
Recognized by the legendary Martha Argerich as an extraordinary talent, Ms. Mikhailoff has developed a vast repertoire extending from Baroque to modern-day composers including solo works, chamber music and 31 piano concertos. This Russian-born American pianist was honored with the Second Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in August 2003, her eleventh international competition prize. Ms. Mikhailoff subsequently performed in the Martha Argerich festival in the world famous opera house, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. Ms.Mikhailoff then toured throughout Argentina together with Ms. Argerich.
Ms. Mikhailoff graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 with a Masters of Music degree. Upon graduation she was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Prize, an honor bestowed upon the most promising talent of that institution. Ms. Mikhailoff also holds a B.A. from the Moscow Conservatory of Music.
Earlier this year LPClassics label released Oxana’s CD recorded live titled “Russian Fairytales”. Upcoming plans include the release of 2 more CDs under the same label.
Ms. Mikhailoff maintains an active teaching studio in Westchester County less than one-half hour from New York City. She is also the Artistic Director of the Midland Music Series in Bronxville, NY.
Audio Feature > Oxana Mikhailova
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Press Oxana Mikhailoff took the stage for a virtuosic performance of The Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto that set a new standard by which this reviewer will henceforward judge all other performances. The audience rose to its feet with cries of ‘bravo!’ Ms Mikhailoff received our curtain calls… – Linda Phillips, Greenwich PostHer playing has character, imagination, and is poetic. She has a strong personality and stage presence. Vladimir Felstman
EDWARD BAKER – Pianist, Composer and Song Writer
Ed Baker has been active on the New York music scene for many years as a composer, arranger, producer, keyboardist and educator. His compositions have been featured in films, television and theatre. One of his featured songs in the Rysher Entertainment film, “Let It Be Me”, has been recorded by artists for EMI and Sony/BMG. As a producer, arranger and keyboardist he has worked on jingles, recordings and documentaries. Among them is the closing theme for Spike Lee’s “4 little girls,” numerous projects with Lucy Simon, and recording the “Stranger Than Fiction” CD with Oscar Hijuelos. He has been the musical director for several Off-Broadway productions, performed in many clubs around NYC and is currently performing the pre-show at the Signature Theatre in Times Square. Ed is an educator who teaches privately and who was a faculty member of the Guitar Study Center/New School University for over 20 years. In addition to teaching and performing, Ed records and produces sessions for numerous artists in his studio. He is the author of “Blues Riffs for Piano” (Hal Leonard, publisher) for which he also recorded the CD. Currently, he is a member of the group, “The Transponders,” which consists of top session musicians/composers/songwriters from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles. The group composes and records music in a wide range of genres for several international music production houses.
DAVID TSANG Piano M.M. University of Pennsylvania, B.M. Boston University
David Tsang has had a varied career in music in both piano performance and composition. As a pianist with a special interest in contemporary music, he has performed works by Toru Takemitsu, Chou Wen-Chung, John Harbison, and Samuel Adler, among others. He has performed at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, and Swarthmore College, and has taught piano privately for well over two decades. Mr. Tsang’s teachers include Boris Berman, Evelyne Crochet, and Edith Stearn.
As a composer, Mr. Tsang has garnered such honors as the ASCAP Award and the Malloy Miller Prize. He has served as a fellow at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the First International Conference on Chinese Music in Boston. His composition teachers include Chou Wen-Chung, George Crumb, and David del Tredici. In addition, Mr. Tsang has extensive experience as a choir director and church pianist. Since 1996, he has been the assistant music director of the Early Music Series at St. Peter’s Church in New York City.
RICHARD SIEGEL – Pianist, Vocalist, Song Writer, Director
Rich Siegel has been a fixture on the New York music scene for many years, has appeared in top piano rooms including Bemelman’s at the Carlyle and Peacock Alley at the Waldorf-Astoria, top jazz clubs including Birdland and the Blue Note, and has appeared in piano rooms, jazz clubs, and festivals all over the world, including in France, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and West Africa. Rich appeared in the Off-Broadway shows “Our Sinatra” and “Jacques Brel Returns”. He has provided piano accompaniment for many prominent singers in the jazz, cabaret, and pop genres. Currently, he enjoys regular appearances at the Merion Inn in Cape May, NJ, and is Music Minister at Unity Church in Montclair, NJ. His peace activist CD “The Way to Peace” has received critical acclaim.
OLGA VINOKUR Piano D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music, M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. & Artist’s Diploma Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University
Olga Vinokur’s performance career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken her across North America, Israel, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. She was the featured performer at the Young Artist Festival in Russia and the “Music in Galilee” Radio Music Festival of Israel and has also performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. Dr. Vinokur participated in Tel-Hai International Piano Festival, where she was awarded a prize in honor of Ada Caspi. Her performances have been broadcast live on the Israeli “Voice of Music” radio station and Russian National Public Radio.
Dr. Vinokur is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including First Prize in the Prokofiev Piano COmpetition and major prizes in the Torrefranka International Piano Competition, the Koussevitzky Piano Competition, and the Rubin Academy Competition. She is an annual scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Dr. Vinokur received her Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University under the tutelage of Victor Derevianko and Natasha Tadson. She went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music under Solomon Mikowsky.
Audio Feature > Piano
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Press: The second half of the program consisted of Rachmaninoff’s six “Moments Musicaux,” Op.16. The title notwithstanding doesn’t look for allusions to Schubert The moments in question are filled with content more like Scriabin’s preludes, stretched out over time. Ms.Vinokur made the most of the larger canvases, confidently developing the first piece, whose simple melody accrues ever more elaboration, and imparting to the second a growing melodic urgency. A welcome restraint characterized her playing in the austere third piece, in which chordal sequences lead to a climax prepared by crisp staccato octaves in the bass. The bravura fourth piece drew upon the full power of Ms. Vinokur’s strong technique before settling into the beguiling lullaby in the enveloping key of D flat that makes up the fifth piece. The final piece demonstrated Ms.Vinokur’s ear for calibrating rich sonorities. – George Loomis, The New York Sun
Pierre Piscitelli – Pianist, Composer and Song Writer
New York native, Pierre Piscitelli has been performing in his hometown, as well as abroad since his early teenage years. Initially trained as a classical pianist, he began to study jazz during his youth and also studied the guitar with Ethan Mann (CMEC faculty). Throughout the years, Pierre has had the chance to study with greats such as Gil Goldstein, Andy Milne, Billy Drewes, Edmund Niemann, Jon Vercesi and Wayne Krantz. He developed an interest for arranging while earning his B.M. at NYU Steinhardt and frequently arranges for large ensembles and big bands. Pierre is a member of and NYC based band called The Bailen Brothers. Together the group has toured all across the U.S. and Europe since 2010. Pierre is also on the faculty of the Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY.
KEIJI ISHIGURI – Piano, Voice, A Capella Group, Arranger and Composer
KEIJI ISHIGURI (B.A. Yale University) is a professional teacher, pianist, music director, arranger, and composer throughout Westchester and New York City. He is dedicated to enriching young lives with music, whether through composing original musicals with high school students at the PlayGroup Theater of White Plains, exploring musical theatre history with elementary school students at the Patricia DiChiaro School of Yonkers, or teaching piano and voice right here at the Crestwood Music Education Center.
Keiji has a special interest in vocal ensemble music, having served as the director for the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Lost Keys of New York, and currently, Crestwood Music’s own teen ensemble, Tempo Tantrum. His a cappella arrangements have been performed all over the globe and have even been featured on such shows as Fox’s Glee. A seven-movement cycle of his work, entitled The Book of Rounds, has recently been published by Hal Leonard.
When not making music, Keiji enjoys swimming, Bananagrams, and spoiling his niece (who is also a pianist and singer!)
Feel free to e-mail Keiji (email@example.com) for more information on a cappella singing at Crestwood music.