Gabrielius Alekna

Gabrielius A.

New York, NY
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I bring to teaching piano an unrivalled Juilliard education, international performing and recording career, and 18 years of experience teaching students of various levels. In teaching, I see myself as my students' partner dedicated to helping them realize their full potential as budding musicians and performers. I am encouraging, enthusiastic, patient, and flexible in teaching adults and children of all levels. I love finding the right individual approach with each of my students, so that they stay motivated and inspired while growing in their musical understanding and mastery.

I strongly believe that a chief tool enabling progress in all aspects of musicianship is focused listening, and see my role as a teacher to guide students in developing power and sensitivity of aural perception through concrete steps and activities. I'm deliberate in selecting and assigning a repertoire that challenges students with appropriate techniques and allows them to develop as pianists and musicians.

I continuously strive to combine attention to detail with a wider view, revealing relevance of music theory, history, and literature to specific pieces at hand. Based on my own experience as a student, I am convinced that there is a benefit to studying an instrument with an accomplished and actively-performing musician, and therefore include some demonstration at my lessons. I abide by the principle that I must explain and back up every performance suggestion I give. Always knowing why one is doing things a certain way, is the best route to true competence, self-awareness, and artistry.

About Gabrielius A.

Why settle for piano lessons with a guitarist who also teaches drums and viola? This being NYC, start or continue your piano lessons with an actively performing and recording classical pianist with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School and prizes in top international competitions. As a teacher, I am encouraging, enthusiastic, patient, and flexible in teaching adults and children of all levels. I love finding the right individual approach with each of my students, so that I can effectively help them reach their full potential, whether in their first steps in understanding and making music, or in preparation for performances/auditions. My teaching experience includes university-level faculty positions at Brooklyn College, CUNY (from 2019) and in my native Lithuania (2011-2016), a teaching fellowship at Juilliard (2002-2004), private lessons since 2000, and extensive master classes in US and abroad.

My international performing career has led me to appear as soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Austria), the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Amsterdam and Adelphi Symphony Orchestras (both in New York), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey), Wartburg Community Symphony (Iowa), and the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra in Minsk, while in my native Lithuania I appear regularly with all the major orchestras. I have garnered more than a dozen top prizes in competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, such as Beethoven (Vienna, Austria), Hilton Head (United States), and Maria Canals (Spain) International Piano Competitions.

Among the venues where I have enjoyed performing solo are New York’s Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery, the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Symphony Space and Adelphi University, Helsinki’s (Finland) Temppeliaukion kirkko, large halls of National Philharmonic Societies of Belarus and Lithuania, and others. I do love to perform chamber music as well, and have played with numerous outstanding instrumentalists and singers.

I have been greatly interested in the piano music by 20th-Century Lithuanian avant-garde composers Vytautas Bacevičius and Jeronimas Kačinskas, and have shared this interest through several critically acclaimed recordings. The British label ‘Toccata Classics’ has issued two volumes in an ongoing series of Bacevičius' piano music (2012 and 2016). In this project, I had a fortune to collaborate with the five-time Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman and the five-time Grammy-nominated pianist Ursula Oppens. My recording of Vytautas Bacevičius’ piano concertos Nos. 3 and 4, with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the three-time Grammy-nominated conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee was released by the largest classical music label 'Naxos' in 2015. Jeronimas Kačinskas' piano works appeared in 2013 on another release by 'Toccata Classics'.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in my studio!

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Bronwyn
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Gabrielius has been teaching piano to my two daughters (5 and 7 years old) for the past 2 years and is an absolutely fantastic teacher! He is wonderful with children and has an amazing ability to figure out how to intrigue them with their lessons. My girls have learned a tremendous amount from him and really love their lessons with him!! He is truly a gifted teacher!

Posted Oct 4, 2018
Charisma
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Dr. Gabrielius Alekna is a 5 Star piano teacher. He’s very inspiring. He’s an accomplished concert pianist, recording artist, and holds a Doctor of Music from the Julliard School of Music. Despite all of his accomplishments, he teaches with humility and kindness.

He establishes a high quality standard so you could achieve your best. Either by playing a passage or the whole music piece (to your heart’s delight), he demonstrates the complexity and beauty of the music you are working to learn.

He’s very professional. He genuinely regards every person without condescension and wants you to work toward being your best. I’ve taken lessons with him since 2009 and I’ve played pieces that I will never have been able to play without his patience with me. He is generous with his time, helping me to select a new piano on his day off and always finishing a lesson at its natural conclusion (not because the clock says so.)

Above all he’s a real person that you and I could relate with. And, because of that, I not only regard him as my instructor and mentor, but truly a friend.

Posted Aug 29, 2018
Martyna
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I have been studying piano with professor Gabrielius Alekna in Vytautas Magnus University's Music Academy (Lithuania) for three years. Now we continue our lessons online and I am more than pleased to work with him - he is an amazing pianist, caring teacher and one of the most wonderful people that I've ever met. Over this time Gabrielius taught me to hear and understand (classical) music in new and very subtle ways, encouraged me to take challenging music pieces and successfully helped understand, learn and perform them. With Gabrielius' lessons and help I've won national and international piano solo and accompanists competitions, discovered new ways of interpretating music in piano duet and chamber music ensemble. Gabrielius' teaching distinguishes itself by calm and professional approach, which makes the learning process seem rather easy and pleasant than challenging or requiring much effort. The methods used by Gabrielius help achieve excellent quality in one's playing and create the feeling of freedom, which makes the music flow...

Posted Jul 24, 2018
Susan
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Gabrielius is a brilliant teacher who cares very much about his students. He has taught my son piano for over 4 1/2 years and in that time has helped him to reach beyond what he thought he could do. He is very thoughtful and dedicated in finding the right techniques and repertoire to challenge my son and allow him to grow. His ability to connect with his students is exceptional, so much so that we moved from Virginia in order to be closer for lessons. What my son has liked best is that Gabrielius has taught him to hear and think about music in a new way.

Posted Jul 22, 2018

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Experience

Assistant Professor
Aug 2019 - Present

Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY

Piano Faculty at After School Arts with Juilliard
Jan 2017 - Present

Nord Anglia International School New York

Private Piano and Music Theory Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present

My studio

Visiting Associate Professor
Sep 2011 - May 2016

Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Co-founder, Organizer, Faculty Member and Performing Artist
Feb 2013 - Aug 2014

Birštonas Summer Arts Academy, Birštonas, Lithuania

Piano Minor Instructor
Sep 2002 - May 2004

The Juilliard School

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2006

The Juilliard School, New York

Master of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1998 - May 2000

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1996 - May 1998

The Juilliard School

Languages

Lithuanian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Steinway Educational Partner
May 2018

Steinway & Sons

Awards

Young Artist Prize
Nov 2010

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

Richard F. French Prize for outstanding work on a doctoral dissertation
May 2006

The Juilliard School, New York

Second Prize
Jun 2005

International Beethoven Piano Competition, Viena, Austria

Affiliations

The Leschetizky Association
Feb 2015
The purpose of the Association shall be to honor the memory of Theodor Leschetizky by perpetuating his ideals and principles of piano playing and teaching, and by furthering awareness of his compositions. The Association also aims to foster the growth and development of fine piano-playing and an appreciation of the musical arts through activities consistent with those set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation. The Association is a New York not for profit corporation.

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