Faculty

Piano, Harpsichord, Organ

TANYA BANNISTER - Piano
B.M., Royal Academy of Music in London; M.M. Piano Performance, Yale School of Music; Artist's Diploma, Mannes College of Music. Studied: Christopher Elton, Hamish Milne, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Sequiera Costa. Winner: 2003 Concert Artists Guild Auditions, 2005 New Orleans Piano Competition. Co-founder: AlpenKammerMusik Festival. Solo and chamber performances on radio, television, and stages around the world, including WQXR, NPR, Carnegie Hall, Nikkei Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Concertgebouw.

ELENA BELLI - Piano
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Piano studies: Mikowsky. Concerto, chamber music and solo performances in U.S., Europe and South America, including numerous world premieres. Radio broadcasts: WQXR, WNYC. Pianist/Assistant conductor: West Village Chorale. Chairperson and coordinator: AMTL Young Musicians Concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. Member: Associated Music Teachers League, Leschetizky Association. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, Concordia College.

JOAN BEHRENS BERGMAN, Piano, Former Executive Director
B.M., M.M. Mannes College of Music. Studied: Rosina Lhevinne, Rudolph Ganz, Edward Aldwell, Bruce Hungerford, Carl Schachter. Former Director, 1989 - 1996 Preparatory Division, Mannes College of Music; Chairperson, 1987 - 1989 Piano Department, Preparatory Division, Mannes College of Music; Faculty: Mannes College of Music College Division; Coordinator, 1980 - 1984 Chamber Music Concerts, Pierre Monteux Memorial Festival. Teaching and Master Classes: Japan; Walla Walla College; University of the Philippines; California Summer Music Institute; Lucy Moses School; Marymount College. WQXR, WFUV. Gold Medal, International Recording Festival. Member: Leschetizky Association; Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Listed: Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

EILEEN BUCK - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; M.M., Mannes College of Music. Studied: Eleanor and Vladmir Sokoloff, Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, Adolph Baller. Performances throughout the U.S., Canada and Denmark. Winner: 1994 Mannes Concerto Competition, Josef Fidelmann Prize, 1996 Josef Hofmann Piano Competition. Soloist: Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, Etherridge Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Westchester Orchestra. Festivals: Sarasota, Bowdoin, Taos. Chairperson, Ensemble Program: Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Recordings: Bridge, Cedille. Former faculty: Queens College, Vassar College. Faculty: Mannes College, New School for Music Preparatory Division.

STEPHEN BUCK - Piano, Musicianship
B.A., Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory; M.M. in piano, University of Michigan; M.M.A. Yale University, D.M.A., Yale, 2007. Studied: Peter Frankl, Anton Nel, Ann Schein, David Volckhausen. Co-Founder: AlpenKammer Musik Festival, Liesing, Austria. Chair of Academic Studies: SUNY Purchase College. Former Head of Piano, Purchase College. Performances across Europe, North America. Recordings for Naxos, Innova labels.

SARA CRAWFORD - Piano, Honors Program Coordinator
B.A., M.A., Columbia; University of Washington, St. Louis Institute of Music, Hunter College, Juilliard. Studied: Sirota, Michna, Friedberg, Steuermann. Member, Board of Judges, National Guild of Piano Teachers. Adjudicator: New Jersey Music Teachers Association. Board: Associated Music Teachers League. Member: Leschetizsky Association, Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Past Faculty: Pace University. Faculty: Mannes College Preparatory Division.

KAREN DALLEY - Piano
B.M.Ed., University of Michigan; Fellowship student, American University; M.A in Arts Administration (anticipated) 2017. Piano studies with Louis Nagel, Nelita True, Seymour Lipkin and Marvin Blickenstaff.  Former piano faculty Westminster Conservatory of Music; Former co-director Montgomery Maryland Department of Arts and Recreation Adult Piano Program; Former piano faculty The New School for Music Study, (a division of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy) and Mason Gross Extension Division, (Rutgers University); Summer Arts at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Certifications: K-12 Vocal Music, Music Makers at the Keyboard, and Conversational Solfege. Coauthored Planning for Progressive Growth in the Intermediate Years, Proceedings of the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, in press, with faculty of the New School for Music Study. Notable performance presentations: Digging for Musical Treasure, Lyricism in Piano Interpretation, and Body Mapping for Pianists. Adjudicator: MTNA. Tteacher with Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.  Faculty: Hoff Barthelson and the Thurnauer Schools of Music.

MARGALIT FEINSTEIN - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Hebrew Univ., Tel Aviv; Piano Diploma, Rubin Academy, Jerusalem. Suzuki Seminar in Piano & Pedagogy with Behrend and Keats, School for Strings. Studied with Hertz, Vardi in Israel; Van Barenzon, Conservatoire de Paris.

MING-FUNG FUNG - Piano, Suzuki Piano
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied: Raymond Lewenthal, Zenon Fishbein, Dr. Donn-Alexandre Feder. Current study: German Diez, disciple and assistant of Claudio Arrau in New York City. Master Class: Yoheved Kaplinsky. Prize Winner: Hong Kong Schools Music Festival; Distinction from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London. Performance: Cliburn Piano Institute, Fort Worth, Texas; New York; Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong television and radio; Macau. Adjudicated: New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in N.Y.C.; Piano Teachers Congress of New York; Association Music Teachers League; New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Artists Competition; New Jersey Music Teachers Festival Auditions; New Jersey JCC Audition for Master Class; Cecilian Music Club of Freehold Young Artists Competition; Staten Island Young Artists Competition. Faculty: Turtle Bay Music School. Active Member: Piano Teachers Congress of New York, Associated Music Teachers League, the Music Teachers National Association, Westchester Musicians' Guild.

HÉLÈNE JEANNEY - Piano
Artist Diploma: with Sebök at Indiana University. First Prize: piano and chamber music, Paris Music Conservatory. Professor Assistant to Menahem Pressler. Prizewinner: International competitions. Played with Cleveland and Indianapolis Orchestras. Concerts: US, Europe, and Australia. Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center. Performs with: New York Philharmonic chamber music ensembles, Merkin Hall. Debut: Carnegie Hall, 2002, with New England Symphony Orchestra. Recordings: Naxos, Accord labels.

KATHRYN JONES - Director of Community Outreach, Eurhythmics, Director of Student Recitals, Organ
B.S. Mus, Piano Performance, Salem College; B.Mus. and M.M., Organ Performance, Juilliard. Studied: Jon Gillock, Vernon de Tar, Gerre Hancock, Dalcroze Certificate: Hoff-Barthelson. Dalcroze studies: Ruth Alperson, Anne Farber. Director of Music Ministries: Huguenot Memorial Church. Former Dean: Mount Vernon Music Academy, Yonkers Music Academy. Organ recitalist.

ADRIENNE KIM - Piano
B.M Indiana University, M.M. Manhattan School of Music. Student of Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher. Performances throughout US, Europe, Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bargemusic, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery and Ravinia's Rising Stars series in Chicago. Soloist with Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Orchestra. Former member of CMS 2, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's residency program. Recordings on Koch, Capstone and Centaur labels. Faculty at Mannes School of Music, in the College and Prep divisions. Coordinator of Secondary Piano in Mannes, College division. Coordinator of Piano Department in Mannes, Prep division. Faculty at Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. Executive board of Piano Teachers Congress.

GLEN KIRCHOFF - Piano, Harpsichord, Piano Consultant
B.M., Baldwin-Wallace. Studied: Kuprevicius, Golandsky, Clymer. Has appeared in chamber and solo works as pianist and harpsichordist in Spain and New York area.

WILLIAM KOMAIKO - Jazz and Classical Piano
B.M., M.S., DMA studies, The Juilliard School. Studied: Rudolph Ganz, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Elliott Carter, Robert Helps, Sophia Rosoff, Ralph Edward Dodds. Awards: The George Gershwin Memorial Prize, outstanding teacher award from the White House. Performance: William Komaiko Trio w/Vernel Fournier, Dick Sarpola; Speculum Musicae (the original group), Michael Moore, Glen Velez, Dick Hyman, Donald Byrd, other jazz and classical artists. Recipient: national commission celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), Piano Soloist/ Composer/Conductor. Faculty: Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, The Juilliard School.

YUKIKO KONISHI - Piano, Musicianship, Eurhythmics, Theory
B.A., Osaka College of Music; Studied: Kanazawa, Dorensky, Mikowsky. World Music Drumming Certificate. Dalcroze Certificate, Dalcroze School of Music, NY with Abramson, Alperson, Farber, and Schuster. License training at Longy School of Music, MA with Parker. Winner: Young Artists Piano Competition, Hanshin, Japan. Soloist: Kansai Philharmonic, Arukadia Chamber. Recording: EMI. Former Vice President of Dalcroze Society of America. Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor for Hoff-Barthelson community outreach programs; Port Chester Head Start Daycare; Mt. Vernon Head Start; West Help Daycare at a family shelter in Mt. Vernon, NY; and Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Dalcroze clinician for Bryce Canyon Music Camp in Utah and Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School in NYC; Faculty: The Lucy Moses Music School and the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC.

RIE MATSUMOTO - Piano, Coordinator of Adult Chamber Music, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., Juilliard. Studied with Gorodnitzki, Nakaya, Sandor. Chamber music with Joseph Fuchs, Nakaya, Lotto. Chamber music appearances at Beethoven Society, SUNY/Purchase with Philharmonia Virtuosi, WQXR.

BENITA MESHULAM - Piano
B.M., Indiana University. Studied: Perahia, Shaw, Goode, Rose. Chamber Music: Starker, Sebök. Performed: Caramoor, Santa Fe Symphony, 92nd St. YMHA, Merkin Hall; Purcell Room, London. Lecture/Recitals at CUNY Graduate Center; City College CUNY; Music Educators Association, Instituto Cervantes; Music Mountain. Lecture/Recitals: MEA of New Jersey. Master Classes: Utrecht Conservatory. Recordings: Brioso Records, Classic Masters, Chesky Records, ASV, Brilliant Classics Records. Record Awards: Classic CD Record of the Month, Classic CD Choice, BBC Five Stars. Steinway Artist; Grammy Nomination List.

VERED REZNIK - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem; M.M., New England Conservatory, Boston. Chamber music studies: Music Hochschule, Vienna. Piano Studies: Ilana Gutman, Michael Bogoslavsky, Charlie Banacos, Sophia Rosoff. Chamber Music Studies: The Alban Berg Quartet. Theory and Composition: Robert Cogan. Winner: 1994 Jeunesses Musicale International Competition, 1990 Rubin Academy Competition. Scholarships: 1984-1993 American-Israel Cultural Foundation, 1992-1994 Alban Berg Foundation. Festival appearances: Bayreuth (Germany), Janacek (Czech Republic), Abu Ghosh (Israel), Israel Festival. Orchestra Appearances in Israel and Austria. Radio and Television: Austrian National Television, Bavarian Radio, WQXR, CSPAN, Israeli National Radio. Carnegie Hall Debut: 2012.

GERALD ROBBINS - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., U.S.C. Studied with Brown, Crown, Gimpel. Artist-in-Residence: Queens College. Recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia. Soloist: Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, NY Virtuosi, BBC Scottish Symphony. Former faculty: U.S.C., Colchester Institute College, Carpentras Festival. Member: Lyric Piano Quartet. Faculty: Queens College, Manhattan School of Music.

JUNKO TSUMURA SCEDROV - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., The Juilliard School. Studied: Adolph Baller, Nadia Reisenberg, Jacob Lateiner, Joseph Kalichstein. Chamber music: Felix Galimir. Performances: Alice Tully Hall, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale. Concert tours for Jeunesses Musicales. Recipient: Grant, Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.

KATSURA TANIKAWA - Piano
B.M., The Juilliard School, B.A., Columbia University, M.M., Yale University. Studied: Yoheved Kaplinsky, Boris Berman, Miyoko Lotto, Eteri Andjaparidze. Solo and chamber music performances throughout US, Europe and Japan: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Caramoor Performer’s Showcase Series, Dame Myra Hess concert series, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Kioi Hall, Suntory Hall. Featured soloist: Frankfurt State Symphony, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra and Nippon Symphony. Chamber music collaboration: Vienna Philharmonic wind ensemble, Czech Philharmonic chamber players. Recording: Complete Works for Beethoven for cello and piano, Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt, Schumann and Schubert Piano Quintets "Portrait from Vienna." (Art Union, Preiser.)

SAYAKA TANIKAWA - Piano
B.A. Columbia; M.M., A.D., Yale School of Music; D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music. Piano studies with Frankl, Andjaparidze, Lotto. Chamber Music: Tokyo String Quartet, Boris Berman. Solo appearances: Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Suntory Hall in Japan. Silver medalist: Hilton Head Int’l Piano Competition. Faculty: SUNY Purchase, Hunter College (CUNY).

OLDRICH TEPLY - Piano
B.A., Hunter College (summa cum laude); M.A. Hunter College. Studied: Crawford Drogheo, Graff Diez, Bernstein, Silverman, Bloch. Awards: Benno Lee Prize for Excellence; 2002 Hunter Symphony Concerto Competition. Recipient: Ray E. Nussbaum Scholarship Award; Blanche Sata Scholarship in Music. Performed: Soloist, Hunter Symphony. Accompanist: Columbia University Dance Department; Marymount Dance Company; Dance Theatre of Harlem. Recitals: New York metropolitan area. Chamber Music: 92nd Street Y.

DELANA THOMSEN - Piano
B.M., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; M.M.. Manhattan School of Music. Studied: Ruth Slenczynka, Arthur Balsam, Dalmo Carra, Elizabeth Moschetti. Former Staff Accompanist: Juilliard, Mannes, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount, Eleanor Lawrence Flute Seminars. Pianist for Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Sally Thomas, Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins, Eleanor Lawrence, Uta Graf. Performances: Carnegie Recital Hall, Noontime concerts Trinity Church, St. Paul's Chapel, Juilliard and numerous recitals throughout the NY area and USA; Abroad: Iceland and the Chamber Music Society of Iceland; Soloist 'Collegium for Chamber Music', Bulgaria, & InterHarmony Music Festival Italy. Former: pianist and Assistant Conductor, The Dalton Chorale; Pianist: Hudson Valley Choral Society. Master classes in Iceland, Bulgaria, Italy. Piano faculty: Manhattan School of Music PreCollege; InterHarmony Music Festival Arcidosso, Italy.