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About Dr. Desmond M.

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Bronx, NY
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Help with technique, sight-reading, playing by ear and building repertoire

About Dr. Desmond
I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. I am also certified by the State of New York to teach vocal and instrumental music from K-12. I have more than 10 years of professional international performing and teaching experience. I have had students win awards in music festivals even shortly after working with them. I have worked with ages 5-90 as well as students with special needs. My lessons are planned, thorough and fun. If you are looking for results, I am the teacher for you. I will refer you to another teacher if I can't help you.

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I specialize in technique, repertoire building, sight-reading/music theory, improvement of intonation, and audition and contest preparation.
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Roy F Williams May 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I'm new at playing the guitar and don't learn to fast. His patients with me was incredible. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Janet K. April 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. Only reason I stopped taking lessons was that he moved away.
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Yohav A. October 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have known Desmond for two years now as he has been my vocal coach. Desmond has been exceptional in guiding me through my progress. He is able to make each lesson enjoyable and gives me the sense of achievement. He continues to challenge me in order to better myself. Desmond believes that in order to be able to sing properly, one has to free himself from within, so he makes certain to take some time out in order to get comfortable and in the zone. I highly recommend Desmond as a vocal coach as it is a privilege to work with him.
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Dr. Desmond M.

Dr. Desmond M.

Bronx, NY 10475
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About Max M.

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New York, NY
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I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Piano Performance at The Juilliard School studying with legendary pedagogue and Chair of Piano Dr. Veda Kaplinsky. I've traveled the musical world and studied with several of the world's most sought after pianists, including Sergei Babayan, mentor of international piano star Daniil Trifonov, as one of eight students worldwide accepted to his final Babayan International Piano Academy. I've performed with the Seattle Symphony amongst other concerts with orchestras in Europe, and perform regularly as a soloist in the greater NYC area and Seattle at venues including Carnegie Hall. Since beginning my teaching career, I've looked forward to sharing my knowledge with young students in order to nurture their artistic talents and unique musical sense. Students will be able to perceive piano not only as a skill and genuinely enjoyable activity, but also as the most sincere and effective form of emotional expression and as a friend with ...

About Max
Most recently, I was selected as one of eight pianists worldwide across all age divisions to attend The Verbier Festival's Artist Training Program in Switzerland, summer of 2018.
I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at The Juilliard School in New York City, where I study with the Susan W. Rose Chair of Piano Department, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen; my history with the institution dates back to Juilliard Pre-College, where I graduated as a Juilliard Scholarship recipient. In addition to my formal musical education in classical piano, I'm also a graduate of the Lakeside School in Seattle, a highly selective, college preparatory school offering a rigorous academic program; notable alumni include Bill Gates, Paul Allen and the McCaw brothers. I am well-versed and fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. I am we
ll accustomed to working with young children, adolescents and teenagers along with the elderly in retirement homes, and hope to nurture and instill in each of my students a genuine, individualized passion for music, along with imparting to each student all the knowledge I've attained over 15 years of musical experience off and on stage, playing at the world's most acclaimed venues and studying with some of the world's most sought after pedagogues. I've taught many years privately in the greater Seattle area, as a private teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and as a private teacher serving the NYC area since 2015. My students have won regional and international competitions for young people, and have performed at prestigious venues such as Benaroya Hall, Alice Tully @ Lincoln Center, the Kauffman Center, Foundation LV in Paris, and Carnegie Hall.
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Tact & Kent May 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
He is a very promising Juilliard student.
His teaching reflects being educated by the world’s most sought after classical piano mentors.
What he teaches is unorthodox and complex in nature, but he teaches and demonstrates effectively in an easily comprehensive manner.
I believe that learning his skills will have a tremendous impact on my child’s future in both music and life.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who cannot be satisfied with other instructors.
PS: He works well to encourage and nurture youth, as my sons are 6 and 9 years old.
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Dave May 25, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Max is my favorite private teacher I have ever had since I started learning piano couple years ago. He is a very talented and positive person who has been encouraging me to play the way I am. He believes the best way to be good at playing piano is to enjoy it and trust yourself that going for what you feel like it is about in the piece. Recently, we had tight lessons to prepare my coming aidition for Brookly College’s music program. I really appriciated all the help and support from Max. He is always making sure that he covers the lesson that he wants to go over with that day. I just passed my audition two days ago and got into the program I wanted to. I can’t thank him enough for all the guidence from his class. Max is a very good instrutor that coaches his students to have more passion and belifs in the music field. I love the way he teaches and really appreciated my boyfriend who helped me found such a great teacher!
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Seonmi December 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Max is the most amazing teacher I’ve ever met. And I teach for a living. I am 45 years old. I got piano lessons when I was an elementary and junior high school student for approximately 4 years. Although I liked playing piano, I’d thought that I didn’t have enough talent, in terms of technical skill and emotional expression. In my first lesson, Max taught me how to use my wrist and elbow to make lighter sounds, as well as how to practice in a certain way in order to produce crystal clear sounds for trills and in faster parts, by making a proper space between notes. I never before understood these points and others, despite teaching by others. More importantly, he helped me to be confident in expressing my emotion in my playing. I realized that practicing piano is such a delightful process to be connected to my life memories and to liberate all my emotion attached to them. This is like a therapeutic process. His teaching makes my life more artistic and meaningful. I really appreciate his deep passion for teaching. It is clearly his mission. He is a true teacher, who wants to help people grow as artists in their own right. I just wish that I met him earlier. But I am glad that it is not late for me.
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Max M.

Max M.

New York, NY 10019
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About Dave M.

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Woodside, NY

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I've been playing piano ever since I was in elementary school, and it's proven a valuable asset as I've continued my career as a musician. No musician can afford not to know piano, let alone how to read and play sheet music, and anyone who wants to pursue music, or just the arts in general always benefits from it.

About Dave
Hi, my name is Dave, and I've been teaching guitar & bass for over 13 years. Working as a professional musician, I've made the time to teach students of all ages. Teaching has been my passion alongside performing since I first picked up an instrument, and I look forward to meeting and working with you all soon!
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Kevin J. May 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very nice professional. The kids really felt comfortable with him and they said it was easy to learn with him. The kids are looking forward to our next sessions
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Lily V. June 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter really took to Dave and we can't wait to continue working with him! He's an excellent teacher!
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Pierre May 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Dave is really a great instructor. Our son Thomas (6yo) loves his lessons. Dave is calm, nice and explains very well. He is always positive and teaches fun things and songs (like Mario Bros that Thomas loves). I highly recommend David. He is great.
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Dave M.

Woodside, NY 11377
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About Josh L.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor, The Lemonheads to name a few and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus. I offer private guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in a fun and patient environment. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time or you've been playing for a while and are looking to break out of a rut, I can help.

About Josh
Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor and The Lemonheads to name a few and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus. Click here to watch and listen to some recordings and performances.
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Fabio October 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh is an incredible musician, teacher, guitar, and bass player (haven't tried his singing lessons yet). His knowledge on both theoretic and practical aspects of music (acquired during his studies as well as several tours with world class bands) is very broad which makes his lessons fun and dynamic, a major plus for motivation and learning process.
With his "hands on" guitar lessons we quickly built a fun song's set which was custom made for my skills level at the time. Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" was among one of the first songs I learned, and by then I had basic chord's as well as a couple major scale positions knowledge.
I ve been seeing Josh (lately via Skype, which saves me 1 hour a day in commute) for the past 3.5yrs and nowadays I am actually playing with a band which goes live every now and then, despite my challenging 10+ daily work hours.
Josh was instrumental to keep me motivated all the time, I strongly recommend giving him a try.
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Jim October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh Lattanzi is an excellent guitar teacher. He is a knowledgable, skilled and accomplished musician who has really helped me make sense of what has always been a confusing instrument for me.

Josh's style is patient, supportive and also very funny. He's the reason I love playing guitar and didn't get scared off by bar chords.

He also can play absolutely anything, and tailors my lessons to help me play the kind of stuff I write the best possible way. I am really grateful to be taught by him and will continue to take lessons as long as he's teaching.
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Jamie B October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Josh Lattanzi's guitar lessons are simply the best. I started taking lessons with Josh after I graduated college. I was moving to New York to pursue songwriting and found Josh's website online, deciding to try out a lesson based on his experience as a musician and a teacher.

Now, over five years later I can confidently say that if I hadn't chosen Josh my career as a songwriter would be completely different. He goes above and beyond for his students.

I am simply incredibly lucky to have taken that initial step of a first lesson with Josh of NYC Guitar Lessons.

Josh is a patient, focused but fun teacher. His breadth and depth of knowledge of music, guitar and other instruments is extensive, and lends to thorough and thoughtful teaching.

The thing that I love most about taking lessons with Josh is that he is incredibly flexible, willing and able to tailor each student's lessons based on what their ultimate guitar goals are. It made it easy to refer friends to him that wanted to lean basics of guitar and suggest lessons to friends in the songwriting community who had more specific goals in mind.

I really can't speak highly enough about my experiences as an NYC guitar lessons student with Josh.
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Josh L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Liudmila I.

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Trenton, NJ

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I have St.Petersburg Conservatory Master of Music (Diploma with Honor) My teaching experience began after Conservatory. I teach piano at the Music School for gifted children . I teach harp at Hight special music school of the St.Petersburg Conservatory. During 20 years I teach piano and harp at my home studio. My mission is to nurture creativity, perseverance, focus, musicianship and the limitless potential of every student. I 'm looking piano and harp student of all ages.

About Liudmila
I am a very experienced harpist, holding over 20 years of experience. I have performed in over 4,000 concerts and have had the privilege of performing as the Principal Harpist at St. Petersburg Opera Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. I also hold a Master’s degree in Harp from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

1988-1992 St.Petersburg Conservatory Symphony Orchestra SPb,Russia
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1992-1998 Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera House SPb,Russia
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1995-present Private Instruction in Harp,Piano
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Anu April 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
I am so glad to have Liudmila as my first Piano teacher.I never thought I would be taking Piano lessons at my age, but Liudmila is such a wonderful , patient teacher that she makes me feel very relaxed. She is very knowledgeable about music and takes great care to teach me at my pace and capability. I have already taken about 10 classes with her and am excited and looking forward to continue taking more lessons with her.
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Emese L. February 20, 2018
· Harp · Online
I enjoyed my first harp lesson with Liudmila so much! She is a very sweet lady, and a very patient, knowledgable, and professional teacher. She taught me the correct posture and hand positions at the first lesson. I was struggeling with the hand positions first, but she didn't mind to explain them to me over and over again. She also plaid some tunes to me, and I could tell that she is an awsome harpist. I am very glad that I can learn from her. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn from a professional harpist.
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Karen February 12, 2018
· Harp · In home
Excellent professional harpist who taught me how to replace two strings and taught me how to tune my lever harp at first lesson. Very excited to continue my lessons with her.
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Liudmila I.

Trenton, NJ 08618
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About Andrew B.

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New York, NY

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Experienced teacher, musical director, composer, and accompanist (currently working at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts New Studio on Broadway). I believe that a slow detailed approach to learning anything is vital to its success. Many people will tell you that they can have you playing your favorite song in one lesson but what I offer instead of a "one hit wonder" is a foundation in technique, theory, and musicianship that allows my students to excel and surpass the "one hit wonder." All ages are welcome! I specialize in the beginner and intermediate student. Can't wait to begin this musical journey with you.

About Andrew
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska I have played the piano since the age of 4. My parents used to tell me that I could stop and start whatever activities I wanted to whether that be playing baseball or participating in karate. The only thing I was not allowed to quit was playing the piano. At first I was not very good, I was not some musical prodigy, in fact some might say I was bad. I didn't like to practice, I just wanted to be able to play. Unfortunately that's not how learning an instrument works. It was not until middle school that I began to appreciate that my parents had made me play the piano because after 6 years I started to improve. This of course was because I started to enjoy what I was doing, and I started practicing more and more.

Eventually I made my way to becoming a singer and a composer but that's a whole other stor
y. I graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Musical Theater. While there I was exposed to all different genres and became a respected vocal coach amongst my peers and alumni. I also successfully music directed several shows both at NYU and a children's theater in upstate New York. It is a gift like no other to be able to play any instrument and I am overjoyed to share that gift with all of my students past, present, and future.
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Jean-Baptiste May 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Andrew is a great teacher. My son, who's 8 years old, enjoys to work with him and can't wait all the week for his next piano lesson. Andrew is really patient and friendly with the kids.
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Juliet February 28, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Andrew was super wonderful to work with. Not only is he a great pianist, he also has a great ear for finding the true meaning of a song. Singing makes me a little nervous, and Andrew made me feel comfortable and confident in my skills!
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Alexa February 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Andrew is incredibly patient with his students. He has helped me through many difficult pieces. I've never had a better instructor throughout 10 years of lessons.
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Andrew B.

New York, NY 10036
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I strive to create an individualized experience for every student. I hope my students feel supported and able to express their creativity at every skill level. I work to create an effective balance of technique, repertoire, and fun so that students can look forward to their lessons and be excited about their progress.

In addition to improving technique and repertoire knowledge, I work on ear training and theory so that students can gain the most of their experience and continue to teach themselves throughout the week during practice sessions and listening to music in every-day life. I ask students to bring in their favorite popular songs so that we can get them playing and connecting with their favorite tunes.

About Sarah
I am a teacher, performer, composer, arranger, engineer, and so much more. My love of music began when I started taking lessons at age 5 and continued through a Bachelor's Degree in Piano and Music Technology. I have taken private lessons from incredible musicians, become proficient in many styles including jazz, rock, blues, soul, classical, and more. I have performed throughout the US with various groups and recently recorded an album of my original music. I have loved learning about arranging and music technology, picking up new hobbies and instruments, and bringing others with me along the way.
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Sarah B.

New York, NY 10039
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Long Island City, NY

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I firmly believe that experiencing music and being inquisitive are invaluable to learning how to play music. Studying music is not just about learning the material and regurgitating it, but discovering why a moment of music is cool and examining what about that moment makes it hit you in the right spot. I will be the guide that the student needs when he or she does not know where to go with his or her studies, but I want to encourage students to bring in music they want to learn, or discuss music that they think is cool and use that as a jumping off point into our lessons.

About Sam
With beginning students, I will lay out the fundamentals, teaching all of the scales, basic chords, key signatures and time signatures, and gradually integrate strategies for reading music. Depending on what the student is interested in learning, I will pull from my pool of repertoire - we could be studying a Bach Invention at the same time as a Billy Joel song. Classical music is great for technique and in many ways textbook for teaching harmony, but I play and love contemporary music, and will teach anything, as long as there is some form of musical knowledge to be gained from the material.
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Sam B.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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I am highly professional but also a fun teacher. I began studying music in St. Petersburg, Russia. At 10 years of age I began my studies at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School -- my first teaching position was in 1982 as an Assistant to my first Juilliard piano teacher. I have taught all levels and all ages since then. I am tough and demanding but I also love children and believe that music is not a luxury but a necessity for them. I love preparing children for performances, competitions, and auditions to music schools as well as world's best conservatories.
I love to teach children to sight-read (so they can enjoy pieces faster), to compose, and even to paint pictures that represent pieces they are playing!

About Elena
Hi, my name is Elena. I love music and would be happy to teach anyone who will in some way benefit and fall in love with the piano.

I began playing piano in St. Petersburg, Russia and continued (from age 10) studying at The Juilliard School in New York City. I studied at The Juilliard for 14 years -- ultimately earning my BA and MA degrees. I worked with some of the world's most renowned pianists and teachers -- Nadia Reisenberg, Adele Marcus, William Masselos, Jacob Lateiner, Vladimir Viardo, Dorothy DeLay, Harvey Shapiro and Tossy Spivakovsky.

I am a concert pianist and a recording artist. I have performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Russia. I have performed solo recitals, been a soloist with numerous orchestras, and have played many different kinds of Chamber Music. I have collaborated with many contemporary comp
osers who wrote dedicated their music to me.

My teaching career began at The Juilliard School where I became an Assistant to my Pre-College teacher at 18 years old. Since then, I have taught numerous students preparing them for performances, auditions for specialized schools, national and international competitions and auditions to some of the most prestigious conservatories in the world.

I am very strict but I never yell and try to have as much fun as possible during the lessons. I look forward to meeting you!!!!!!!
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Elena K.

New York, NY 10019
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I am highly adaptive to each student's unique personality and playing style and I usually devise a tailored plan with the student to achieve their goal in the most efficient way possible. I promote active critical thinking and self-awareness in the learning process to achieve the level of musical intelligence that is essential to a successful musician. With more than 10 years of international on-stage experience as a soloist, I am more than happy to provide useful guidance for prospective students who are aiming to become professional musicians in the future.

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At age of 28, pianist Chun Wang has already garnered acclaim as a promising artist. A review from The Friends of Music described his recital in Durban, South Africa as “truly remarkable”, and his debut with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 was hailed by the local newspaper Beeld of South Africa for “the full sound and magic he obtains from the Steinway to disclose the true French romanticism…One does not often hear a pianist with so many lyrical qualities in mostly lustful and powerful music.”

Born in Fuzhou, China, Chun Wang started playing the piano at the age of five. With excellent progress confirmed with prizes in major national competitions, he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for further studies at the age of 13. He completed his Master of Music degree in May 2015 with Robert McDonald at the Jui
lliard School in New York and joined Manhattan School of Music in September for his doctoral studies with Solomon Mikowsky.

In his professional career, Chun Wang has performed at many famous venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. He launched his career in Latin America after winning the Villa-Lobos Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006, starting with several performances in Argentina in the following years, including a concerto appearance with Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Teatro Colon) Orchestra. In June 2016, he made his first appearance in Cuba with the National Symphony Orchestra in Havana, playing Richard Strauss' Burleske. Chun Wang later performed the same concerto at his New York orchestra debut in 2017 with MSM Symphony Orchestra, which received critical acclaim. He is also a laureate of several major international contests such as the 2008 UNISA (University of South Africa) Competition in South Africa, Grand Prix Animato in Paris, and Japan’s most prestigious Hamamatsu Piano Competition. In April 2017, he became the third Chinese ever to win the prestigious Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain, one of the longest-running music contests in Europe, along with a CD release from NAXOS in 2018.
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CHUN W.

New York, NY 10023
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Most people think of piano recitals as strictly ways for young pianists to showcase their skills for proud family members. But adults can benefit from performances and recitals, as well! Learn more in this guest post by Seattle, WA teacher Erica L...   The lobby of the piano hall fills with camera flashes, nervous smiles, and small sweaty hands tightly clutching music books. Parents herd their children into the auditorium. However, when scanning the room, it's clear very few adults ar

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