Isabel Keleti

Isabel K.

New York, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Isabel is from Leawood, KS and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in piano at Mannes School of Music under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic. She has performed at international music festivals such as the International Institute for Young Musicians, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Brevard Music Center and MusicFest Perugia. She has performed as a soloist accompanied by orchestras in Italy, Kansas and Missouri. She was awarded the Gladys Casford Memorial Scholarship, first prize in the KMTA Collegiate Auditions and was a finalist in the International Young Artist Piano Competition. She has found teaching beginner and intermediate students of all ages to be a fun, valuable addition to her own studies for the past 8 years. She aspires to bring concepts into focus and spark the joy of music for each student, as her teachers have done for her.

About Isabel K.

Over the last nine years, it has brought me a special joy to teach music to my students. I mentor students of all levels and ages with patience, kindness and passion, so they can enjoy the process of learning music and take their skills with them for the rest of their lives.

Music training is incomplete without a mastery of fundamental skills and concepts, such as sight-reading, rhythm, healthy technique, music theory and history, and performance etiquette. Not only are these skills transferable to other disciplines, they are also useful for a lifetime of learning and music-making. To hone these skills, it is imperative for students to practice daily, be prepared for lessons and most importantly, have a positive attitude and be excited to learn. Students are most empowered by developing problem solving skills, which is why I aspire to understand each student’s unique needs and encourage them to develop their own initiative and ideas. I teach using a wide array of teaching methods and classical repertoire to creatively address each individual's goals to inspire them to be dedicated and sincerely enthusiastic about their studies. Students are encouraged to perform in bi-annual recitals held at the Greenwich House Music School to polish their pieces, develop confidence in performance, and celebrate their hard work. Studying piano has enriched my life in ways I would have never imagined, and I hope to pass along a life-long love of learning onto each of my students.


​In 2019, Isabel, a NYC-based pianist, won two international competitions in China: the ROXE MTSY International Music Competition in Xi’an and BIMFA Solo Piano Competition in Beijing. She has been a prize winner in the American Protégé International Piano Competition, International Young Artist Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, K.C. Musical Club Competition, and KMTA Collegiate Auditions. Isabel has performed at a variety of concert venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC; Teatro Pavone in Perugia; Xi’an Concert Hall in Xi’an; RUC Concert Hall in Beijing; and Lied Center in Kansas. She has played as a soloist with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra of Spain, and the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra of Missouri, among others.

Isabel is passionate about spreading the joy of music beyond traditional settings. As a board member of the KU MTNA Collegiate Chapter, Isabel organized a series of benefit concerts for local nonprofit organizations in Lawrence, Kansas. She has enjoyed performing as a musician for Groupmuse, for elementary students in Brooklyn, NY, and patients at NewYork-Presbyterian and Johns Hopkins Hospitals.

Isabel is a dedicated teacher, having been awarded a Mannes Teaching Fellowship, and was one of the founding teachers for Pianos Without Borders. She shares her love of music with her 25 piano students in New York City.

Isabel recently completed a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music – The New School in New York City under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarević. She received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from KU School of Music studying with former department chair Dr. Jack Winerock.


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Isabel has been teaching my 5 year-old daughter piano since she was 3 years-old, and began formally teaching my 3 year-old daughter this past summer. She is remarkably good with small children, and working with them she has already taught both of them not only how to play piano, but solid music theory (notation pitch and duration, dynamics, etc.) such that my older daughter now composes simple pieces (with help to write things out) that she can then play back from the sheet music. Isabel comes to our home consistently and reliably, and has the connections and knowledge to help arrange more formal group recitals (our older daughter has played a handful at several locations in Manhattan and our younger daughter is excitedly preparing her first performance piece). I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Posted Jan 25, 2020

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Piano Teacher
Jan 2018 - Present

Piano Lessons NYC

Classroom Piano Teaching Fellow
Aug 2018 - May 2019

Mannes School of Music

Piano Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2017

Lawrence Piano Studio


MM Piano Performance
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Mannes College of Music—The New School

BM Piano Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2017

KU School of Music



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Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2013
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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