A debut performance by the pianist Ian Hobson, is one of the members of the fourth edition of Allerton Music Barn Festival, September 2-6. Read more
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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 30 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.
At the age of 15 she continued her piano education at the Irkutsk State Music Chopin College and received her bachelor’s degree 4 years later. In the following years Valentina received a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy from the Irkutsk State Pedagogical University.
Throughout her years as a student Valentina accompanied the children’s choir at a state music school where she also taught individual piano lessons. She took part in an International Piano Competition (Kostroma, Russia). Valentina had the honor of playing with Irkutsk State Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Afonina has 7 years of teaching experience at both public and private music schools. She enjoys teaching piano lessons to students of various age groups, from pre-school children to adults and uses her own teaching methods to achieve the best results.
After immigrating to the United States in 1997, Ms. Kmit Antons continued to perform in various orchestras. She performed with the North Shore Chamber Orchestra as well as the St. Vincent Orchestra, and collaborated with the pianist Dr. Alexander Zintchenko and conductor Anatol Lysenka. In addition, Ms. Svitlana has been teaching violin and viola to students of different age groups. Ms. Kmit Antons has been deeply involved in teaching students in the local community schools, including Hinsdale Community House, Fairview Music School, St Joseph Ukrainian School, and the Musical Expressions of Illinois in Naperville .
Ms. Svitlana’s teaching style has a unique touch of the traditional European school of music. Her curriculum is a combination of music theory and exciting repertoire choices.
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