DR. SVETLANA BELSKY
Critically acclaimed as “a passionate pianist and scholar,” Svetlana Belsky is a highly regarded performer, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. Her recent album Ferruccio Busoni: The Late Works (Ravello, 2019) was selected by Spotify for its Best New Releases list, received rave reviews from Fanfare, American Record Guide, Whole Note Magazine, and others, and has been heard on radio stations around the world.
Dr. Belsky won the 2019 American Prize in Piano Performance for her earlier recording of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which American Record Guide described as “an extraordinary performance” and “astounding”. In commemoration of Women’s History Month 2019, Dr. Belsky was awarded the Outstanding Woman Award for Excellence in Music and Theater Arts from the Clerk of Cook County District Court.
Dr. Belsky has toured in Europe, East Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. Her performance credits include Carnegie Recital Hall, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Dame Myra Hess Series, live recitals on Chicago’s WFMT and New York’s WQXR, and guest appearances with symphony and chamber orchestras.
Belsky is considered an authority on the music, writings and pedagogical legacy of Ferruccio Busoni. Her Doctoral Thesis - an annotated translation of Busoni as Pianist by the Russian musicologist Grigori Kogan, was published by the University of Rochester Press in January 2010, and was nominated for the prestigious Claude V. Palisca Award by the American Musicological Society. According to one reviewer, Belsky “has some claim to call herself Ms. Bach-Busoni”.
As a collaborative pianist, Svetlana also performs frequently as one-half of EStrella Piano Duo with Elena Doubovitskaya and in Pianissimo!, an all-women, four-piano ensemble. Dr. Belsky has recorded for Centaur, Parma-Ravello Records, and Sheridan Music Studio record labels.
Dr. Belsky's was the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago for fifteen years, and is in great demand as a lecturer, masterclass guest teacher, and competition adjudicator. She received her formal education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (B.A. and M.M) and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A).
Dr. Belsky has taught students of all ages, from beginners to concert artists. Her students have won local, national and international competitions and have performed with orchestras and on concert stages throughout the world; went on to become professional musicians; or simply became enthusiastic amateurs.
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Svetlana is an outstanding piano teacher—one of the very best I have ever had during my twenty-plus years studying classical piano. She has a encyclopedic musical knowledge of repertoire of all styles, a remarkable ability to build students' confidence, and constantly pushes her students to excel. Most importantly for non-conservatory students, she is always positive and encouraging, bringing the best out of all. I am continually impressed at how she is able to maintain this standard of excellence with a large studio of students of all ages. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Svetlana has been teaching my daughter piano for over 4 years, and I couldn’t be happier with her instruction. She knows how to engage kids, and her lessons are always fun. Svetlana arranges for her students to perform at various concerts and competitions which is a good way for kids to build self-confidence and get a sense of achievement. Not only did my daughter make a good progress, but she also learned to love and appreciate music. She is always looking forward to her lessons, and we feel so lucky to have found such an experienced and caring teacher.
Dr. Belsky is a top notch teacher who is able to explain concepts in an imaginative way. Throughout my years of learning with her, I was able to learn a wide variety of techniques and pieces. Aside from being an excellent instructor, she also has a great personality suited for teaching kids of all ages, ex: my brother. Dr Belsky also teaches many masterclasses, so having lessons with her is like having a masterclass every week.
My kids have been with Dr. Belsky since 2015. We love her and I am so happy to have her as my kids piano teacher. She is not only teach them theory and techniques about piano but also take them to classical music world. My kids have happy time with her, and my older kid won two Gold medal rewards for sonatina competitions. That encourages my kids continue them piano journey.
Each student is a complete universe and requires an individualized approach, depending on that student's learning pattern, level and ability.
I strive to instill a love of music and of the piano in each student, which will help them want to practice even when other activities compete for their time
Bachelor and Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory
Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music