Brenna Berman, a Philadelphia-based PrivateLessons.com Member, recently made her piano solo debut in Carnegie Hall. She combines a passion for teaching piano privately and performing piano recitals in public, and is doing both successfully. In our interview, Brenna talks about suffering from tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, typical injuries for many professional pianists. After some research, she specifically moved to Philadelphia to pursue piano lessons with Bob Durso, a long-time PrivateLessons.com Member who is a master teacher in the Taubman approach to piano playing. Her road to healthy playing and a successful music career is an inspiration.
In Denver, we recently visited with PrivateLessons.com member Boris Kaplanskiy who was kind enough to demonstrate his Italian made accordion. Originally from the former USSR, Boris is a busy piano teacher in the Denver area. He also helps his students learn electronic keyboards as well as music software to help with musical arrangements. Trained as a classical pianist, Boris enjoys recording his own Jazz arrangements.
We caught up with PrivateLessons.com member Valerie Mishek in her hometown of Denver, CO. Valerie is a professional pianist who adds to her credits advanced music degrees and study in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a busy private piano teacher who is energized by her talented students. In this interview, Valerie talks about her upcoming work on a new Spanish music visual piano recital program that incorporates her own photography of life and landscapes of Spain.
Educated at U.C. Berkeley with degree in music composition and at U.C.L.A. in songwriting, PrivateLessons.com member David Ross relocated from Los Angeles to his new home in Denver, CO. David works in musical theater as an arranger and music director. His original song writing style is quite unique and in this interview he delves into some detail. David is busy piano teacher and is enthusiastic about building a new recording studio for teaching and recording activities.