Gift yourself with the joy of music-making. All-level instruction in classical piano for adults given by a patient, creative concert performer/professor with a PhD (Oberlin, Juilliard, Indiana University) and who has taught at New York University, Indiana University and the Universtity of Wisconsin. Long hour + sessions from the Upper West Side on an 1886 Steinway "C" or through Skype.
As a performer, highlights have been solo orchestral appearances with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Nashville Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, recitals throughout Europe, performing the North American premiere of Michel Legrand's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the composer, being showcased in Chicago at the Cultural Center, playing the inaugural recital of the Friends of Mozart Society, and performing in the world premiere of the Shoenberg/Stein transcription of Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the New Society for Private Musical Performance. I've also been featured on NPR and in recordings for television and film scores.
Honestly, I'm the person that ignores reviews but this experience definitely changed my mind. I myself am an autodidact. Unfortunately with the piano, I taught myself the wrong way. This amazing musician will strip you of your bad habits, teach you the right way giving you the proper drills necessary to practice, and correctly guide you through lessons in order to become the pianist you always wanted to be. I don't want any other teacher but this guy here, and I know for a fact that with commitment, dedication, and hard work, I will become a guru at this instrument, as I strive to be on the same level he is on, I am very grateful to have him as a teacher! -Paris Sama
It is very hard to describe with words the experience I have each time I am studying Piano with Andrew. I am now playing very technical pieces I have always dreamed to play. My piano playing is structured and is growing each time I have an opportunity to see Andrew. He is a wonderful teacher and a pedagogue that pushes me to the next level, and a brillant passionate human being. I have been studying piano for a while and only with Andrew I saw consistent progress, I am very grateful to be his student.
It has been an honor to study with Andrew, and I continue to be grateful for both his guidance in opening doors which I otherwise would not have known existed on the piano and also for his kindness and ongoing support of, for one, my growth and general well being as a person - but, to be specific to the topic at hand, Andrew has been a shaping force in my efforts to come into my own as a musician and as someone who is, in time, as interested in writing original compositions as in rehearsing and performing the works of those who've come before. He's helped me to see - and know, firsthand - that to interpret and perform an arrangement written by another artist truly well is an immensely creative act and a complete art in and of itself. Andrew not just introduced but facilitated my gaining the privilege to climb inside more great minds than I can name without returning to that still amassing stack of sheet music growing organically (with only a little help from IMSLP) in those spaces on and immediately surrounding my piano. In Andrew I found a gem that I was lucky enough to mine out of the interminable sea of "options" and "what-if" possibilities that is everyday living in our City of New York. That last set of steps I take each week in walking toward his studio, I often hear the piano greet me in the hallway, flooding the short corridor bridging elevator to front doorstep. And I know, well by now, this to be Andrew's unique way of saying hello and welcome back - of inviting me again into his world. He's a great pianist. Great's not a good (enough) word to describe it (his playing). But as much or more so, Andrew's a great teacher. Is a good person. One I can recommend to you without hesitation, whether you've just today been thinking about signing up for your - or your kid's - first lesson or you've got 20 years tucked behind your belt and you could use a mentor and a partner in preparing for the process of auditioning for grad programs, Andrew's suited to both, as his love of the instrument and dedication to sharing his wealth of experience with it is authentic and lifelong - from baby steps to Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rach, Liszt, back to Bach again, and on and on and. I should stop. But send him a message - start the conversation. It doesn't have to go somewhere but, you know, you never know: it might. -- Matt S.
I want to learn the goals of the perspective student and hear about their individual needs so I can tailor my instruction to their profile.
I'm a concert pianist having done my B.M at Oberlin College Conservatory, my M.M at Juilliard, and my D.M (doctorate) at Indiana University. I've also taught at New York, Indiana, Wisconsin universities.
I worked with music majors when on faculties though I have all levels coming to my own studio. I still find it particularly fun to start beginners, opening up the gates to the musical language and guiding to get effective practice skills in place.
It's important to feel comfortable with an instructor and find the right chemistry for you.