Dr. Svetlana Belsky Piano Studio
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.
For more information, please go to www.svetlanabelsky.com
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
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
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor and Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory
Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music