Growing up in Calgary, Canada, Olivia Laratta studied classical voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music before going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Whilst attending Berklee, Olivia explored vocal performance in a variety of different styles, including pop, rock, jazz, and musical theatre. She is an active performer and has ventured into everything from performing classical repertoire at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City to playing shows and festivals with her rock band.
Olivia has taught students of all ages, and is one of those rare people who can play piano and sing at an advanced level! Olivia has cultivated a lifelong personal passion for music and desires nothing more than to impart that same passion upon her students.
Daniel has won prestigious national and international competitions, including the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, OH (3rd Prize), the Rivere D'Oro Giovanni Talenti Competition in San Bartolomeo, Italy (1st prize), the Profil Special Award for his composition "X-cussion" for piano and percussion, and a Society of Composers Miami chapter film scoring award.
He has performed at world class music venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall and the United Nations Auditorium in New York, The San Bartolomeo Cathedral in Italy, and the New World Center in Miami. He had his debut as a soloist with the Transylvania State Philharmonic in 2006, performing Bella Bartok's Rhapsody Op. 1 for piano and orchestra, and he performed his composition "Vitreous," for piano and orchestra at the National University of Music in Bucharest in 2007 to much critical acclaim.
Daniel has more than 10 years of experience teaching piano, composition, and music technology lessons to students of all levels from ages 5 to 70. He has a passion for sharing his musical knowledge with his students, and watching them pursue their performance and creative goals. His private students have been accepted at world class programs such as Interlochen, New World School of the Arts, and Julliard.
Yoshie Nakayama is a producer, trombonist, and vocalist from Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with Music Education degree as well as Music Instructor's License at high school and junior high school. After 11 years of office work experience, she decided to learn music production. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with Contemporary Writing and Productions diploma while receiving scholarship and Contemporary Writing and Productions Achievement Award.
She worked as an arranger or/and as vocalist or trombonist with Alejandro Sanz, Jacob Collier, Milton Nascimento, Joyce Moreno, Color Violeta, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Danny Rivera, Ambrose Akinmusire, Stefon Harris, Tiger Okoshi, Tsunenori ‘Lee’ Abe, Shinobu Segawa, and many more.
Her priority when it comes to music instruction is to enjoy the time with students as the word ‘music’ is written as ‘enjoy sound’ in Japanese. She knows the best way to approach each individual’s goal, and work with them to achieve their musical path.
Rich Johnson attended The Hartt School of Music as a music education major and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music Technology degree. He was also a participant in Carnegie Hall's Music Educator Workshop from 2014-2016 and studied conducting at The Juilliard School.
Rich is a professional musician, having lived in New York City as a performer and educator since 2009. He is an experienced teacher of woodwinds, brass, piano, voice and recording technology.
Pianist and composer, Ethan Nanev started his enduring venture into the music world back in his home country of Bulgaria. He fell in love with music and began piano lessons at an early age. Being a skilled and dedicated musician, Ethan quickly earned the status of a young virtuoso, and in 1999 he made his soloist debut performing with the National Conservatory Orchestra. The success of his performances manifested his first interview and live performance via broadcast on Classic FM radio. Later that year, Ethan and his family immigrated to the United States where he continued to advance his education at Mannes College of Music, winning a full scholarship under the guidance of Pavlina Dokovska.
In 2001, Mr. Nanev made his U.S. debut as a soloist performing with Mannes Preparatory Division Orchestra. Upon his entering the Bachelor’s program, Ethan had the privilege to attend a master class with Eteri Anjaparidze and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Further, he received an Honorable Mention Award at Five Towns Competition in Long Island, New York.
Ethan made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and later took part in numerous music festivals; Fontainebleau France, Viana do Castelo in Portugal and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Additionally, Ethan participated in numerous master classes given by Jerome Lowenthal, Gilbert Kalish, and Joseph Kalichstein. Some of his concert venue highlights include Chateau de Fontainebleau in France, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, Miranda Hall, Paris Conservatory, and The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City.
In 2010, Ethan decided that he needed to expand his performing and compositional skills in Manhattan School of Music, where he was accepted as a doctoral student. Throughout the diverse course of this program, Ethan was provided with an opportunity to collaborate with Columbia University Film students and apply his unique music style into the composing and recording of original film scores, while still performing and composing music for commercial release, as a published composer.
In 2017, Ethan moved to Los Angeles where he was due to complete his ten years of ground-breaking doctoral research. His theory was one of the first to suggest that Biomechanical Kinesiology and Neuroplasticity play a critical role in playing the piano. Ethan’s life-long fascination with the legendary Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich resulted in the first ever to be written analysis of a living legend’s performance technique in the music history.
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