Celestial Piano Studio

Celestial Piano Studio

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About this pro

Highly-experienced, award-winning, Russian-trained pianist & organist offers top quality lessons in Knoxville in a fun and stimulating environment. Students of all levels and ages 10 and up are welcome!

I was born in Moscow, Russia. My mother was a piano teacher and started me playing at 4. I studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, I won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. I earned my Bachelor's of Music at the University of Houston.

For my Master's, I studied organ at Rice University with the world-famous teacher Clyde Holloway. I won many national competitions, including Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago and San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition.

The Russian School of Playing has produced some of the world's greatest pianists. This method is fun and lays down the foundation for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one to produce beautiful "singing" tone on the piano. This helps students of all ages to take their piano-playing to new heights.

More background (pedigree):

I am a 4th-generation pupil of Franz Liszt and 6th-generation of Beethoven. I was one of the fortunate few (Garrick Ohlsson among them) to study with Roberto Eyzaguirre, who was a student and friend of Claudio Arrau, one of the 20th-century's greatest pianists. Arrau studied with Martin Krause, who was one of Franz Liszt's final pupils. Liszt was taught by Carl Czerny. And Beethoven was Czerny's teacher.

Through this great lineage, learn an incredible technique that will enable you to play the music of your dreams!

I have been teaching piano for over 20 years, on the college level and privately.

Travel cost is $20. Organ students must provide access to an instrument.

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11 Reviews


  • Melody Cook

    I am gaining a lot from my lessons with Maria. She is helping me to play more musically, to really listen and feel the music. She is also helping me to learn technically how to achieve the musical expression I desire.

  • Theo Carr

    Maria has seriously enhanced both my love for playing piano and my ability for playing the piano. Her approach to teaching stresses technique and fundamentals and allows for a tension-free style of playing that is enjoyable and meditative. I would highly recommend lessons with Maria.

  • Will Hunter

    Maria is great! I'm still quite early in the process of learning, but she puts a strong emphasis on proper technique and really feeling the music as opposed to just playing the keys. Highly recommend!

  • Evan Lawson

    I have enjoyed my lessons from Maria immensely. After just a few lessons I have noticed significant improvements in my overall technique and comfort while playing. Her feedback during lessons has been amazing, not just shallow compliments but solid criticism that most teachers would avoid.

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