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.
Rosalie Morrow, a native of NYC, holds a BA from the City University of NY. She is former principal flute of Regina Opera. She has been teaching in N. VA for 19 years. She has been freelancing on flute, including playing with Prince William Symphony and Manassas Ballet Orchestra, and is a piano accompanist for the Fairfax County solo/ensemble festival.
Cristiana Tudor is a Violin Artist. She teaches Violin, 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.
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.
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 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 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, Art schools as well as she started offering private lessons at her residence. She also continued her musical career performing with such orchestras as 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. Her life-long passion for music Elena complements with studies in yoga.