Whether you are just starting out or an adult continuing your studies, piano lessons are a wonderful way to participate in the enjoyment that music brings us in our everyday lives.
Ianina Riviere received her Master of Arts in Piano and Pedagogy from the Moscow State University of the Arts in Russia. This prestigious school has trained some of the worlds finest musicians. She taught piano performance, solfa, and music literature at the Music School DOF in Azerbaijan for five years. She has lived in Moscow, Montreal, Azerbaijan, Istanbul, and now resides in Northern Virginia. She speaks English, Russian, Turkish, and French. Ianina is an exclusive music instructor at The McLean School of Music and has been teaching private and group piano lessons at our school since 2001. She encourages her students to perform at her studio recitals in the winter and spring.
Cristiana Tudor is a Violin Artist. She teaches Violin all levels, beginning Viola, and beginning Piano.
At just 26 years of age, she is a fast rising star in the classical music world. Ms. Tudor was born in Bucharest, Romania and attended The National University of Music in Romania where she received a Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts (Violin Performance).
Internationally, she has performed with the European Royal Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra of St. Joesephs Cathederal, Romania and the Bayerischen Philatmonie of Germany. She also has performed with legendary pan flutist, Gheorghe Zamfir.
Ms. Tudor has performed numerous recitals and concerts in Romania's finest concert halls to include the Romanian Opera, Romanian Athenaeum,” Dimitrie Cantemir” University, Parliament Palace, Romanian Athenaeum, Radio Hall, American School, Children’s Palace, and ” Maria Filotti” Theatre-Braila.
Competitively, Ms. Tudor has won several prestigious competitions: 2010, Third Prize in the 18th Annual George Georgescu International Music Performance Copetition; 2009, Second Prize, Timotei Popoviciu National Instrumental Performance Competition; 2008, Second Prize, Timotei Popoviciu Violin and Grave Strings Contest; 2008, Second Prize, G. Avachian National Performing Contest.
Currently, she performs with Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the McLean Symphony.
June Byun was born in South Korea and began playing piano at age five. She won many young artist competitions and prizes and was accepted into the leading music school (Sunhwa Arts High School) in Seoul with a Young-Artist Scholarship. At sixteen, she was accepted to the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia to study under Lev Vlassenko, and later continued lessons with Natasha Vlassenko.
June performed in numerous concerts and was the recipient of many awards, including the Owen Fletcher Scholarship from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1997. That same year, she was invited to perform a recital at the Sydney Opera House. In 2000, she performed at the International Sommerakademie University of Mozarteum, and was awarded a performance diploma by Andrezj Jasinski. She was invited to the Oxford Piano Festival in 2001, and performed in a master-class with Christina Ortiz. From 1999 until 2004, June was on the faculty of the piano department at the Young Conservatorium (QCGU). In 2005, she made her debut as a chamber musician performing at the International Holland Music Festival, and at Gottland Music Festival in Sweden.
Since 2012 she toured as a chamber musician in Europe with her sister, the cellist Junghyun Byun. More recently she has primarily taught private lessons and is active as an accompanist.
June enjoys teaching and is motivated to develop the love of music in her students.
Joshua D. Colbert from Surfside Beach, SC, has played the violoncello for seventeen years, and piano for twenty. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violoncello Performance from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University. With several years of teaching experience, Joshua also enjoys playing in ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist in and around the D.C. area. He currently resides in Falls Church, VA.
Hye Jung has been teaching piano students in the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1993. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Professional Studies Certificate in Piano Pedagogy.
Every year, as an active member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, Hye prepares her students for both non-competitive and competitive events such as the Sonata Festival, the Piano Concerto Festival, and the Achievement Awards. Her students have consistently received superb ratings and have won numerous prizes.
Hye performed as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in numerous concert venues in the U.S., including Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music; Klein Recital Hall at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University; and Ulrich Recital Hall at the University of Maryland.
She a registered accompanist for the Fairfax County Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Elena Smirnova began her musical education at the age of five when she learned to play violin at the local School of Music. After graduation in 1990 she was accepted into Music Lyceum at the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts in Russia where she continued her studies in Musical Theory, Pedagogy and Music History. Elena then went on to receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the M.I. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Russia, where she studied under the tutelage of Professor G.G. Feldgun, a renowned scholar, music book author and art critic. At that time, she also performed at the Music Theatre, Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and offered private lessons.
Soon after moving to Virginia in 1997, Elena continued her teaching carrier as her primary occupation in Northern Virginia, She also continued her musical career performing with such orchestras as Washington National Philharmonic, Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philarmonic Symphony.
Elena is a winner of the Regional Round for the UNESCO International Competition “New Names”. She is also a recipient of Scholarship for the Winners of Krasnoyarsk Festival of Young Musical Talents. Elena compliments her life-long passion for music with studies in yoga.