We are a professional music school that is designed to give your child a comprehensive music education of highest quality. We continue the musical tradition of the famous Russian and Western European Schools of music.
Yevgeniya (Jane) Lepskaya
Yevgeniya (Jane) Lepskaya was born in 1974 in Kiev, Ukraine. She started studying piano at the age of five. From 1980-1989, she attended an elementary and middle school, as well as the children’s music school in District 24. At the age of 15 she was accepted to the highly competitive and prestigious Glier School of Music, presently called R. Glier Kiev Institute of Music (R.M. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College). To visit Glier Kiev Institute of Music click here.
In 1993, Ms. Lepskaya graduated with honors from Glier Institute of Music after winning several piano competitions, including the Rachmaninoff All Ukrainian Competition, the Szymanowski Competition, and multiple Glier School competitions. Ms. Lepskaya immigrated to the United States in 1994 where she was accepted, with a full scholarship, at Roosevelt University Chicago Musical College, to major in piano performance and pedagogy. In 1995 she also received a private scholarship from Professor Frank Untermeyer (one of the founding fathers of Roosevelt University).
In 1997, after graduating and receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors, Ms. Lepskaya was accepted at Northern Illinois University with a full scholarship under Professor Donald Walker, receiving her master’s degree in 1999. Professor Walker’s name was included in the B. Savers’ book “The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA”, and was esteemed as one of the leading piano teachers in the United States. Professor Walker studied at the Julliard School of Music under Professor Rosina Lhevinne.
Rosina Lhevinne was also a teacher of Van Cliburn, the first American to win the International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1958.
At the age of 13, Ms. Lepskaya began teaching privately, continuing at 15 as a volunteer in the lower division at Glier Music College. After arriving in Chicago, she began teaching at Brickton Montessori School, where she taught private piano lessons for 13 years. Overall, Ms. Lepskaya has 27 years of teaching experience; she is a member of the Music Teacher National Association. While teaching in the Chicago areamany of her students have received high scores and awards at local music festivals and competitions. In 2004 Ms. Lepskaya opened Lepskaya’s School of Music that now has over 100 students and is still growing. Ms. Lepskaya continues to perform publicly.
Bruno Silva – Began studying viola in 2004 in his native Brazil at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia. After one year, he placed in a solo competition and had the opportunity to perform with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, performing the G Major Viola Concerto by Telemann. He graduated from the conservatory in two and a half years, a program which normally takes eight years, and then enrolled in the University of Brasilia.
Bruno has gained much experience as and orchestral and chamber musician. As viola principal, he performed with the Skokie Valley Symphony, 42nd Parallel, Bensenville Chamber Orchestra, Renovo String Orchestra, North Park University Symphony Orchestra, Brasilia Philharmonic, University of Brasilia String Orchestra, Art-Brasilia Orchestra, among others. As section player, Bruno has worked with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (one of Brazilian’s top Orchestras), Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, among others. As a soloist, Bruno has won top prizes and has performed with Midwest Young Artists, Orquestra Sinfonica da Escola de Musica de Brasilia, North Park University Symphony Orchestra, Mode Ensemble and the Orquestra Art-Brasilia. He performed at various orchestras in both summer and winter music festivals. Recently, Bruno was invited to perform in Italy for a 2 week long festival called Orvieto Musica.
Bruno worked under conductors such as Cliff Colnot, Ricardo Muti, Susanna Malkki, Alastair Willis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap Van Zweden, Mei-Ann Chen, Alex Klein, Harry Bicket, among others. With the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Bruno had the opportunity of working closely with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 2006 Bruno has been teaching violin and viola. Bruno was a founding member of the YOURS (Youth Orchestra Urban Rita Simon) Project Chicago, which is a music program for unprivileged students, where he worked until 2012. Bruno Completed his undergraduate in music performance at North Park University where he studied with Charles Pikler, Chicago Symphony principal viola and his MM at DePaul University, studying with Rami Solomonow, Lyric Opera of Chicago former viola principal and current Chicago Chamber Players musician. Bruno was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons. As a chamber music coach, Bruno has worked with groups at Main South High School, Lane Tech High School, Wheeling High School, and others. Today, Bruno is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion, Principal Violist of Skokie Valley Symphony, and a freelance violist. He plays in many Orchestras around Chicago area. Bruno also teaches private lessons and judges many student competitions.
Jose began playing guitar as a child and loves sharing his love of the instrument and its music with others through performance and teaching. For Jose, teaching is collaboration between teacher and student to draw out the best in each other. He believes each student is unique and capable of enriching his or her lives by making music on the guitar. A successful lesson leaves a lasting impression of fun music making, which encourages students to seek and explore music outside of lessons when practicing at home or going to concerts with their families.
For the last five years, Jose has been a member of the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble, which performs free outreach concerts every academic semester. He was accepted to participate in Northwestern University’s intensive summer guitar workshop with guest artist Oscar Ghiglia and is a year from completing his Bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University under Dr. Brian Torosian.
Ms. Victoria Pilipenko was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She began her studies at the professional school of music at the age of six.
Ms. Pilipenko received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Kharkiv State University.
Ms. Pilipenko has taught individual piano lessons and served as a choir accompanist at Kharkiv State University for 17 years.
After immigrating to the United States in 2009, Ms. Pilipenko has been teaching piano privately. She has 25 years of teaching experience and is a patient, creative, and confident teacher. She is deeply committed to a high standard and excellent quality of music education.