Meet Our Instructors

Ana AlvarezAna Alvarez

Born in the Dominican Republic, Ana Patricia aspires to change the position of classical music in her country through her playing. She began studying piano at Hogar de la Armonía Art School with professors Catherine Disla and Patricia Melis, with further training at Instituto de Cultura y Arte with Hilda Melis and Mercedes Machín. She obtained a B.M. and a Performance Diploma in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Max Levinson. She is currently a Masters in Keyboard Performance candidate at the University of Miami under the guidance of Prof. Kevin Kenner.

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Ana CristeaAna Cristea

Moldovan pianist Ana Cristea has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in prestigious concert halls of Hungary, Spain, Romania, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldova, and the United States. Her orchestral appearances include the National Philharmonic, Chamber, and the Tele-Radio Orchestras of Moldova, West Chester Symphony Orchestra, Rowan University and the Frost School of Music Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Cristea has won top prizes in more than twenty-five national and international competitions in the US and Europe. 

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Clifford SuttonClifford Sutton

Clifford Sutton is a percussionist and music educator with diverse experience in contemporary, orchestral, and world percussion. The winner of a 2011 Fulbright IIE Fellowship in Ethnomusicology, Dr. Sutton has devoted himself to the study and promotion of candombe, an Afro-Uruguayan music and dance with the drum as itscentral instrument. He has given numerous presentations on the subject, including appearances at the 2012 Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference and the2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

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Emiri Nourishirazi Emiri Nourishirazi

Emiri Nourishirazi started piano lessons at the age of seven with Russian-American pianist Irena Kofman. She has been the winner of numerous competitions at a young age. Participating in the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition and Festival in the summer of 2015, she was the sliver medalist in her category. She also had the honor of performing with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and Coral Gables Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performance career, Emiri is an active teacher. She currently teaches at the Frost Preparatory Program, where she works with children of various ages. 

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Laura KeithLaura Keith

Dr. Laura Keith has been a member of the Frost Preparatory Program faculty since 2006, offering lessons in piano and harpsichord. She received her doctorate in Keyboard Performance and Pedagogy as a student of Professors Ivan Davis, Rosalina Sackstein and Frank Cooper at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A member of the Miami Music Teachers' Association, Dr. Keith enters her students who regularly place in its Honors and Scholarships programs.

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Laura MazónLaura Mazón

Music is Art and Art is a perspective of life. Meaningful art experiences inspire people to achieve a meaningful life. Everyone deserves that. Laura Mazón an Internationally awarded guitarist is one of the most outstanding and promising artists in South Florida who envisions music performance as part of a wholistic Art expression. She is a very active artist, committed to innovation and a performer who is dedicated to the development of the classical guitar field in Miami. Laura is consecrated to the study and expansion of the guitar in the 21st Century.

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Larisa SobolevaLarisa Soboleva

Born in Chisinau, Moldova, Larisa Soboleva began her piano studies at the age of five with Larisa Kalinovskaya. In 1998 she continued to study at the Republican Lyceum “Ciprian Porumbescu” under the distinguish pedagogue and pianist Lia Oxinoit. In 2003, Ms. Soboleva was accepted into the National Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau, where she studied Dr. Inna Hatipova and Sergei Covalenco. In 2008 Ms. Soboleva received a full scholarship and assistantship from Rowan University to study with Professor Veda Zuponcic.

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Maria SumarevaMaria Sumareva

Moldovan-born pianist Maria Sumareva teaches at the Frost Preparatory program since Fall 2011. Ms. Sumareva holds degrees in Piano Performance from Rowan University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.), where she studied with Veda Zuponcic and Menahem Pressler. She has completed her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, under the guidance of Santiago Rodriguez and Naoko Takao.

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Peter James LearnPeter James Learn

Originally from Rochester, New York, Peter James Learn began composing in his late teens, first focusing primarily on electronic soundscapes and EDM, then branching out into concert music. In addition to composing, Learn is also a trained percussionist and avid amateur pianist and violinist. Peter earned a BM in composition and theory from Heidelberg University, studying with Brian Bevelander, where he was awarded the Ars Nova prize for composition.

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Rosa Villar-Córdova ScottRosa Villar-Córdova Scott

Rosa Villar-Córdova Scott’s pursuit of expressive pianism has caused her to be noted as an artist of unique abilities. Since her debut with the National Orchestra of Peru at the age of twelve her talents as a pianist and collaborator have brought her to stages across America, Europe and South America. Especially of note are her performances as soloist with orchestras in both South America and the United States.

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