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.
Carol Anne Bosco
Carol Anne, cellist, draws influences from all kinds of music, based in DC she plays with a style that is eclectic and diverse.
As a classical player, she has performed in orchestras including the McLean Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Her studies in chamber playing have taken Carol Anne as far as France, participating in festivals including the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Duxbury Music Festival, and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau.
While living for a year in New Orleans, Carol Anne began experimenting with alternative styles of playing. She continues to explore and has participated in folk duos and trios, funk rock groups, electrified string quartets, traditional Irish and Scottish music ensembles, alternative rock groups, and jazz ensembles.
Her most current project, called Boss Company, is an ensemble featuring guitar, bass, drums, and violin, for which Carol Anne writes, sings, and plays the cello. Slightly indefinable in style, the band’s music has been referred to as gypsy noir, pirate folk, and even cabaret chamber. In 2018 they completed their first album, titled Boss Company.
Carol Anne has performed for the Tiny Desk Concerts featuring alt-J, Billy Corgan, and Meg Myers. For the latter concert, she arranged the songs for string quartet.
Venues at which she has performed include the New World Center in Miami, the Black Cat main stage, the Takoma Park Street Fest, the Institute of Musical Traditions, the HiHo Lounge and Columbia Station in New Orleans, as well as in art pieces featured at the Corcoran and for other exhibits
in galleries around DC.
Carol Anne’s principal teachers have included Kenneth Slowik, Evelyn Elsing, Dennis Parker, Michael Kannen, Greg Sauer, and Diana Ligeti.
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.
Joe Omspach has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A. Although, versed in many musical styles: rock; pop; contemporary; and more, he studied classical piano technique and completed courses in piano pedagogy. He has taught private lessons for over 7 years to ages from 5 – 60 years of age. He has taught group classes for summer camps.
“It is my passion to encourage students to be the best they can be!”