Nicole Brancato

Nicole B.

Astoria, NY
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Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 2006

New York-based pianist Nicole Brancato is an award-winning and adventurous performer, composer/arranger, and teacher. As an emerging artist, she has performed nationally and internationally at such venues as Lincoln Center, 92Y, Joe’s Pub of the Public Theater, and the Cutting Room in New York City; the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, GA; and the Teatro Degli Unanimi in Arcidosso, Italy.

Ms. Brancato recently had her television debut on the international network Rai Italia, performing an intimate concert in the series “L’altra Italia.” Her big band project “The Titanics,” for which she acted as pianist and lead arranger, was deemed “brilliant” by New York Magazine and was featured multiple times in The New Yorker and Time Out New York.

With her passion for programming both traditional and contemporary music, Ms. Brancato receives great acclaim from audiences: “I am still reeling from Nicole’s recital,” said a Metropolitan Opera Guild board member, “The way she played … will stay with me forever.” She can be seen performing as a solo artist as well as a part of her two chamber ensembles, Audible Abstraction - a bold new music trio - and 2Squared - a dynamic piano duo. Additionally, Ms. Brancato has won multiple competitions, most recently winning the Hunter Symphony’s Aria and Concerto competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

Ms. Brancato holds an M.A. in piano performance from Hunter College in New York City and a B.M. in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was awarded the Benno Lee Prize at Hunter for an outstanding Master’s Recital. She is a member of the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild and has studied with the likes of Geoffrey Burleson and William Wolfram. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, specializing in piano, composing and arranging, and music theory.

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Aug 2013 - May 2015
Hunter College of CUNY
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Georgia State University


Benno Lee Prize
May 2015
Hunter College
Hunter Symphony Concerto Competition Winner
Mar 2014
Hunter Symphony


National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Oct 2015

Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.

Golden Key International Honor Society
Aug 2008

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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5 Reviews

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Piano · In studio

Nicole is awesome. She adapts lessons to match your skill level, nurtures proper and useful technique (while pinpointing and discouraging bad habits early on), and encourages you the whole way through. She teaches with enthusiasm and knowledge above expectations, and gets you excited for the work, incorporating theory and composition into her lessons. Highly recommended.

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Susan K. Oct 23, 2015
Piano · In home

Nicole is delightful to learn from. She is patient, knowledgeable and very upbeat.
I am learning not only to play better but some theory alongside.

Susan K. Jul 2, 2015
· In studio

Nicole is very pleasant and understood what kind of teacher I need
She is talented and explains things very clearly

Agnes F. Aug 13, 2014
Piano · In studio

Nicole is a very patient,caring and understanding teacher. She recognizes the student's strong points while working to correct and strengthen the student's weaker points. All this is done with a smiling and cheerful disposition.I am very lucky to have found Nicole as a piano teacher for my 8 year old granddaughter. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a talented yet patient and caring teacher.

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Gregory H. Jul 31, 2014
Music Performance · In studio

Nicole is an excellent teacher. She is very caring and patient with students and always uses the appropriate curriculum. As a fellow teacher, I often consult with her about students. She always is looking for the best in every student.

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