Classical Piano

Classical Piano

 

Classical piano lessons are taught in a supportive, nurturing environment. Beginning students are taught the fundamentals of keyboard performance and technique at their own pace, while advanced students work their way through a wide-ranging repertoire of classical masterpieces.

Before the first lesson, Dr. Yedidia will meet with the student and parents to assess the student’s goals and to form a plan that meets those goals. This highly individualized plan empowers the student to progress towards his or her own goals at a comfortable pace.

Classical piano lessons cover the following principles:

  • Keyboard technique
  • Phrasing and tonality
  • Music notation and sightreading
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Interpretation and musicality

Students and teachers meet weekly. At the end of each semester, each student will have the opportunity to present their work in a recital for students and parents.

Meet The Faculty

Dr. Ronn Yedidia

Dr. Ronn Yedidia was born in Israel in 1960 and began his musical career as a child prodigy pianist, winning 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists’ Competition of Israel at the age of eight. His main teacher and mentor was Israel’s first lady of the piano, Pnina Salzman, who herself was a protege of Alfred Cortot. In 1984 he entered the Juiliard School from which he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in composition. During his studies there under David Diamond and Milton Babbitt he received all the major prizes in composition, including the Lincoln Center Scholarship, the Irving Berlin Scholarship, the Henry Mancini Prize, and the Richard Rodgers Scholarship.

In 1987 he was presented on Israeli Television as Discovery of the Year in Classical Music, performing his Third Piano Sonata “Outcries”. His compositions have been broadcast on New York radio stations WNYC, WNCN, WFUC, & WQXR, and he has been featured on NBC & WOR television networks in the U.S. and on both KBS-TV and MBC-TV in South Korea. His works have received critical acclaim throughout the world. In 1994 Ronn Yedidia was invited by Thomas Frost and Wanda Toscanini-Horowitz to edit and record the unpublished piano compositions of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

Between 1993 and 1998 he served as Composer in Residence and Chairman of the Piano Department at the Bloomingdale House of Music in Manhattan. His students have been recognized in numerous competitions and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as Vice President and Program Director of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Since the summer of 2003, he has served as Piano and Composition Professor at the Puigcerda Festival of Classical Music in Spain. Ronn Yedidia was awarded the 2006 San Antonion International Piano Competition Commission to compose a new solo-piano work to be performed by all finalists of the competition.

His first Compact Disc recording entitled “Yedidia Plays Yedidia” was released in March, 2001 on the Altarus label (AIR-CD-9078). His popular “Lullabye” was released in 2003 on EMI Classics’ Ahn Trio “Groovebox” CD. His music is distributed through the publishing company Verse Music, in affiliation with BMI.