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  • Addie Deppa

    Addie Deppa received both her Bachelor’s and Professional Studies degrees in music performance from Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland Ohio. Ms. Deppa is a certified Suzuki teacher and previously lived and taught in Cleveland Ohio for 5 years at private schools as well as El Sistema after school programs. She has been teaching in NYC for the past year at various schools both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to the violin and viola, she also teaches music theory. Dr. Suzuki’s quote “Beautiful tone, beautiful heart” has always been a cornerstone in her teaching. She believes children are so sensitive and once they are exposed to beauty, they will never forget and whatever they decide to do with their lives, they will always strive to make it beautiful!

  • Angelica Sganga

    Angelica Sganga, Artistic Director and Scholarship Chair of the Coral Gables Music Club, is both a Concert Pianist and Professional Classical Ballerina with vast experience in the Performing Arts realm. Born in Caracas Venezuela from Italian and Spanish parents, she began taking piano lessons from her mother and her musical training at the Juan Jose Landaeta Music Conservatory, where she was awarded special entrance at the early age of four. At the age of nine, she won her first piano competition, placing first, on the National Venezuelan “Demusica Piano Competition”. In 1989 Angelica moved to Miami where she continued her musical studies with renowned teacher Peggy Neighbors Erwin. She graduated with honors from the New World School of the Arts where she studied on a full scholarship and received a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. She obtained her Master's Degree at FIU and Artist Diploma studies under the direction of Kemal Gekic. Angelica has received wide recognition for her numerous public performances and awards throughout the years. From winning the Concerto competition at both New World and FIU to being a soloist with professional local and international orchestras. She has performed abroad from the United States to South America, Europe, and as far as, the Beijing Conservatory, Shanghai Music Hall, and the Peking Opera School. In 2007 she joined the faculty at FIU as a staff accompanist and does a great number of collaborative piano performances with numerous local artists. In 2015 Angelica co-founded the Zapateado Duo with Canadian born cellist Marie Elaine Gagnon, a piano-cello duo devoted to promoting Latin and Spanish Music. Since then they have done several tours around the Mid Western States, Florida, and most recently were invited to be part of the LoKo Arts Festival at SUNY-Potsdam New York 2019, performing at Crane School of Music.

    Mrs. Sganga has committed the past years of her life to give back to her community, helping promote young talented musicians; organizing numerous events for the Coral Gables Jr Music Club, raising scholarship money, judging many local music competitions, giving lecture-recitals and masterclasses. Together with the Coral Gables Music Club board, she will continue her efforts to help build a stronger local musical community.

  • Beiyao Ji

    Beiyao Ji is a pianist from Sichuan, China. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles in 2013. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Frost School of Music under the instruction of acclaimed pianist and teacher Kevin Kenner. Additionally, he serves as a full-time teaching assistant for the department of piano performance at Frost. Beiyao has received numerous accolades for his piano playing, including the opportunities to appear as a soloist with the Torrance Symphony orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra. Aside from performing, Beiyao has been teaching piano for six years and enjoys working with students from various levels. This is his second year teaching with the Frost Preparatory Program, and he looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the community through his passion for music.

  • Benjamin Montgomery

    Benjamin Montgomery is a composer and theorist from Pennsylvania, USA. Writing for a diversity of vocal, instrumental, and electronic mediums, he avidly works closely with performers in the creation and realization of each work. He views the uniqueness and challenges of each piece as a personal journey to better understand human perception and beliefs. As an instructor, Benjamin’s pedagogy focuses on developing students’ curiosity and personal connection to the music. He aims to develop more complex individual understandings and interpretations by approaching music from a variety of different perspectives.

    His music has been programmed by ensembles and organizations such as Seraphic Fire, the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Electronic Music Festival, Duo Cortona, The NED Ensemble, Kaleidoscope MusArt, and the Skylark Vocal Ensemble. His work “Machine” for alto saxophone and fixed media has been released on RNM Music’s album “Electroacoustic & Beyond Vol. 4.” He has been in residence at festivals such as New Music on the Point, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

    Benjamin holds a DMA in Composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and MM degrees in Composition and Music Theory from Michigan State University. He received a BM in Composition from Ithaca College (NY). He has studied with composers such as Charles N. Mason, Dorothy Hindman, Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, and Dana Wilson. More information can be found at

  • Catalina von Wrangell

    A Miami based composer, performer, and educator, Catalina von Wrangell specializes in wholesome musical and artistic experiences. She strongly believes in nurturing the next generation to have an appreciation for music and the arts and does this by remaining active as a teacher of music theory, composition, clarinet, and piano. She holds a doctorate in composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where she has also been a part of the Experiential Music Curriculum teaching team for the past five years.



  • Cliff 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, Afro-Uruguayan music and dance with the drum as its central 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. A member of the Percussive Arts Society, World Percussion Committee, Dr. Sutton teaches courses in Latin American music and percussion at the University of Miami, where he also teaches classes through the Frost School of Music Preparatory Program. Additionally, he teaches percussion and directs ensembles at Miami Arts Charter School and Miami Dade College-Kendall.

  • Danny Sanchez

    Daniel "Danny Rein" Sanchez (born March 10, 1995) is a Floridian singer-songwriter/recording artist from Miami, FL. At the age of 14 he joined his first band "ATR" playing electric guitar and finding his voice. A few years later, after studying contemporary guitar and songwriting in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, he formed his own group "Love & Water" in 2017. Love & Water is known regionally for their distinct take on reggae-rock fusion. If you want to hear what they're about, find it free at

  • Drew Amendola

    Drew Amendola is an emerging guitarist and composer of contemporary jazz music. He has performed throughout the United States in jazz, rock, and country projects.
    He has studied privately with John Hart, Marc Mommaas, and Rodney Jones. His musical style encompasses a broad range of influences including jazz, classical, and popular styles.
    Drew has over 20 years of teaching experience in the areas of guitar, composition, theory, ear training, and jazz history. Additionally, he has provided private tutoring and advice for students preparing to apply to college music programs.  
    Drew holds degrees in classical composition from the Hartt School of Music, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is currently a doctoral student in the Jazz Performance Program at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

  • 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 silver 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. Emiri received her Bachelor's in Piano performance in 2016 at the University of Miami Frost School if Music, where she studied with Santiago Rodriguez. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree at the same school, studying with Kevin Kenner. Emiri is the piano fellowship recipient of the Henry Mancini Orchestra, an ensemble which she has recently performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

  • Gene Paul Gayol

    Gene Paul Gayol is born and raised in Miami, Florida and has 15+ years of teaching experience in Miami and Los Angeles. He has recorded or performed with Latin Grammy & Platinum award-winning artists such as Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz & David Bisbal. He currently accompanies three-time Latin Grammy-winning singer Diego Torres. In 2018 Gene released an EP of original music Live at City of Progress Studio recorded under the name Gene Paul Band. 



  • Inesa Gegprifti

    Albanian-born pianist Inesa Gegprifti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, U.S.A, and South America. Noted performances include appearances with the National Radio Television Orchestra of Albania and the Indian Hill Orchestra, chamber concerts in Italy, Slovenia, and Puerto Rico, as well as artist residencies at the “Vivace Vilnius International Summer Festival,” International Portogruaro Festival “A tempo,” the Conservatory of Cuenca, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Ecuador. Over the years, Dr. Gegprifti has pursued her piano studies under the guidance of Valbona Kasaj, Dario de Rosa, Maureen Jones, Alberto Miodini, Igor Cognolato, Max Levinson, Evelyne Brancart, Naoko Takao, and Santiago Rodriguez. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.), she completed her D.M.A. at the Frost School of Music, UM. Dr. Gegprifti is one of the founding members of Kaleidoscope MusArt, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Miami, dedicated to bridging the gap between canonical classical music and rarely-heard or recently-composed works. Dr. Gegprifti is currently on the faculty of the Superior Academy of Music, the Frost Preparatory Program, and the Frost Young Musicians Camp, as well as the Keyboard Department at Frost School of Music Adjunct Lecturer. 

  • Jonathon Winter

    A native of the Midwest, violinist Jonathon Winter has performed as soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician across the United States and Europe. Recently, Jonathon has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, Palm Beach Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist with the Oneota Valley Orchestra and the Eurasia Chamber Orchestra of Berlin. Additionally, Jonathon has worked extensively with artists such as Laura Bossert, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Csaba Erdélyi, and has performed in masterclasses with Henning Kraggerud, Judith Ingolfsson, and Zakhar Bron. He has also attended the Lutheran Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Castleman Quartet Program. Equally comfortable as a studio musician, Jonathon has recorded with Jorge Mejia for Sony Music, jazz singer Patti Austin, and has performed with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Diane “Deedles” Schuur, Kristin Chenoweth, and John Williams, among others.

    Also an emerging educator and formally trained as a Suzuki Method teacher, Jonathon has a studio of young violinists ranging from ages 3-12 at the Frost Preparatory Program in Coral Gables, Florida, where he also teaches viola and Suzuki group classes. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Music as a student of Suzuki pioneer Mark Bjork. Jonathon currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he is a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and studied with the legendary violinist, Charles Castleman.

  • Katarzyna Cieślik

    Polish-born violinist Katarzyna Cieślik began her musical training at the age of 7 at the State Music School in Bialystok. Later she graduated from the Frederic Chopin University of Music with a Masters degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. She was a member of the award-winning Podlaska Philharmonic Orchestra for over 20 years in which she played an average of 80 performances annually and toured through most of Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and the U.S. (Carnegie Hall). During her years as an orchestra musician, she was often involved in educational outreach programs at local schools. She was also an active member of the Sotto Voce String Quartet until moving to South Florida in 2015 where her attention focused more intensively on teaching children. She has worked as a violin teacher at the Miami Fine Arts Academy and continues to work with children in local schools for Miami Music Project. As a certified teacher of Music Mind Games, she helps children learn the basic principles of music through games. She also utilizes the examination system of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program.

  • Kendall Grady

    Violinist Kendall Grady is from the seaside town of Swansboro, North Carolina on the Crystal Coast and began teaching herself to play the violin at age 10. Kendall has received many awards, among which was her acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School division to study with Joseph Genualdi. After finishing her undergraduate performance degree with Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein, she became a guest lecturer and orchestral librarian as Robert Davidovici's teaching assistant. Kendall will complete her Master's of Music performance degree with Scott Flavin at the Frost School of Music as a Henry Mancini fellow. Currently on staff with the Mancini Institute, Ms. Grady has discovered a passion for recording, collaborating, and commissioning new works that pair the violin with other art mediums, such as modern ballet and architecture, to communicate relatable meaning in the contemporary age. With two years of experience teaching ages 3 to 18 in public and private schools, Kendall’s goal is to instill healthy relationships between her students and their instruments that prioritize ease of technical playing and support the student’s unique interests in music.

  • Jack Schunk

    Downbeat Award-winner Jack Schunk is a drummer, pianist, educator, composer, and bandleader. In addition to his own group, the Jack Schunk Trio, he has performed with Grammy-winning musicians Eric Marienthal, Ed Calle, Dave Weckl, and Randy Brecker.  Schunk has performed at the Peaks Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. He is a 2013 YoungArts Merit Winner in Jazz and performed at the Kennedy Center with fellow YoungArts alumni in 2015. At the University of Miami, Schunk studied jazz drum set performance, classical composition, and music production.  He was a Weeks Scholar, a Foote Fellow, and a Who’s Who Among American College Students Award recipient.  He graduated cum laude in 2017 with a BA in music.

  • Juan Gomez

    Juan Gomez is a Frost Prep group piano teacher who was formerly a piano student under the Frost Prep Program for 11 years. He has experience in teaching group piano as before he became a teacher, he was a volunteer teaching assistant for his last year as a Frost Prep student. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in music education and aspires to become a college music professor.


  • Lindsey Daily

    Hello, I’m Lindsey and I’m from Long Island, New York! I am a student in the Frost School of Music here at the University of Miami studying Music Therapy with a concentration in classical voice. I also play the guitar, ukulele, and piano. I started working with Little Canes in the fall of 2017, and I’ve really enjoyed my experience so far! Music has been a driving force in my life and has inspired me to want to share my passion with others. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with Little Canes, and to continue to share my love for music with your children!


  • Luca Cubisino

    Luca Cubisino is a polyhedral and versatile artist, whose path is paved with performance, teaching, and research. Prize winner in nearly twenty national and international piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has played in prestigious venues such as Teatro Massimo “V. Bellini” in Catania, Concertgebouw de Doelen in Rotterdam, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami, and other venues in Bologna, Leipzig, New York, Austin, Atlanta, etc. His musicianship has benefited from lessons and master classes given by Antonella Scuderi, Flavio Meniconi, Franco Scala, Aquiles Delle Vigne, François-Joël Thiollier, Antonio Ballista, Choong-Mo Kang, Gerald Fauth, Bruno Canino, Enrico Pace, Anton Nel, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, and others. 

    Born in Italy, Luca Cubisino earned undergraduate (B.M.) and graduate (M.M.) degrees in his home country. Additionally, he earned two Master’s degrees at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam and at Texas State University, where he was awarded the 2014 “Piano Achievement Award”. Recently, he has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Performance at the Frost School of Music, where he studied with Professors Tian Ying and Kevin Kenner and served as a Teaching Assistant. 

    Luca Cubisino collaborates with various musical organizations, including AmiCa in Sicily, of which he is the Artistic Director (, San Giacomo Festival in Bologna, which organizes almost two hundred concerts every year (, and Kaleidoscope MusArt in Miami, which focuses its activity mostly on contemporary classical music ( 

    Jury member in several piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has given masterclasses for Grumo Festival in Tesero (Italy) and for the Miami Conservatory of Music in Miami. He is also the 2016 winner of the Presser Award at the University of Miami for his project of publishing and recording Ottorino Respighi’s early piano works. 

    Currently, he teaches at the Preparatory Program of the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. 

  • Melanie McGrath

    Melanie McGrath is a contemporary singer-songwriter hailing from the Chicago area. Her musical journey began when she started classical piano lessons at the age of four, but her true passion for music arose when she started songwriting at the age of twelve. With her abilities on guitar, piano, cello, ukulele, and voice, she pursued a deeper knowledge of songcraft throughout high school, attending programs at Interlochen Arts Camp, New York University, and GRAMMY Camp Weekend. In August 2017, her debut EP, “Girl in the Corner Booth”, was released under her stage name, Melanie Jo.  

    Melanie is currently attending the University of Miami Frost School of Music on a full merit scholarship, studying Music Education, Contemporary Songwriting, and Spanish. She has been teaching for nearly 6 years, and her lessons incorporate and connect elements from both contemporary and classical music. In her free time, you can find her drinking coffee, recording new music, or traveling to new places (Barcelona was her most recent journey!)! This is her second year teaching with Frost Prep., and she looks forward to an awesome year of memories and music! 

  • Micayla Reynolds

    Micayla Reynolds is a rising senior at the University of Miami studying Music Therapy and Psychology. She is originally from New Jersey and now resides in North Carolina. Micayla teaches voice lessons through Frost Prep and will begin assisting Little Canes in the 2020-2021 school year before graduating in May.




  • Michelle Ameerally

    Michelle Ameerally is an accomplished singer, actor, dancer, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the President and Artistic Director of Broadway Kids Studio Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Music – Musical Theater from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Michelle has two decades of experience planning, designing, and implementing curriculum for traditional public and private schools. She has developed a world-class leading After School Program with an innovative performing arts curriculum inclusive of music, acting, dance, and vocal ensemble. Michelle is an Actors Equity Association candidate and has performed in multiple equity shows and tours. Additionally, Michelle is on the Board of Directors for Florida Children’s Performing Arts Foundation. Credits include A Chorus Line – Regional Tour (Diana Morales) Gypsy (Dainty June), King, and I (Topsy).

    Michelle’s student success stories include Mariangeli Collado, Emily Taylor Kaufman, Issie Swickle, and Sophia Carson. Mariangeli Collado started at BKS at the age of 7 and at age 12 was signed by Warner Music as a member of the all-girl pop group L2M. Emily Taylor Kaufman was selected by the Phil Collins “Little Dreamers Foundation” which fulfills the dreams of aspiring musicians, artists, and athletes.

    Issie Swickle, who has attended Broadway Kids Studio since the age of 5, was made the lead in the national Broadway tour of Annie at the age of 9. Sophia Carson, now age 26, honed her voice, acting and dancing with Michelle’s help and has gone on to appear as one of the main characters, Evie, in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Disney’s Descendants and was a guest star on the television series Austin & Ally to name just a few of her accomplishments.

  • Molly Blumenfeld

    Molly Blumenfeld graduated high school as a voice major from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2017. She is currently a senior at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music studying opera with Sandra Neil Lopez. The soprano also has a passion for musical theatre and is completing a theatre arts minor. Molly has performed with The Performing Arts Project, Boston Conservatory Opera, UTEP Dinner Theatre, and Frost Opera Theatre. A few of her favorite shows she has performed in are The Light in the Piazza, Cendrillon, Sister Act the Musical, and Sour Angelica. Molly is thrilled to be a part of the Frost Prep team. Her goal is to help people create a beautiful, healthy, confident way to sing! 


  • Natsumi Ikenaga

    Born in Ithaca, New York, Natsumi Ikenaga is currently studying for a Master of Music degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Dina Parakhina as an RCM Scholar supported by the Gordon Calway Stone Memorial Award. In July 2012, she received a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction at the RCM where she studied piano with Kevin Kenner and Gordon Fergus-Thompson, and harpsichord with Jane Chapman. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Beatrice Leigh Prize and the Sarah Mundlak Prize for achieving the highest mark in her 3rd and 4th Year Piano Recital Exams.

    Previously, she studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, under Takahiro Hoshino and Shuku Iwasaki. She has performed at many international venues, including the Mirabel Palace in Salzburg, Steinway Halls in both New York and London, National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Handel House, and the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall. She also regularly performs with a number of chamber ensembles, playing a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

  • Olivia Rich

    Olivia Rich is a master’s student at Frost, studying Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Jeanette Thompson. She is a classical soprano who also likes to sing musical theater and plays guitar and ukulele. She currently teaches voice lessons through the Shalala MusicReach Program. One of her most valuable and favorite experiences with the Frost School was studying opera and the German language with the Patti and Alan Herbert Salzburg College Program in Austria, for which she was a scholarship recipient. When she is in her home of Rhode Island, she works as a soprano section leader and soloist at Peace Dale Church and as various Disney princess characters for birthday parties and events. With Frost Opera Theater, she has sung the role of Franca Naccarelli in Guetell’s The Light in the Piazza and will perform as La Soeur Jumelle in Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée in March 2021. She has found success in a number of competitions and festivals; most recently in the 2019-2020 season of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra Collegiate Vocal Competition.
    She adores working with children and is so excited to be making music with Little Canes!

  • Parya Rostamian

    Parya Rostamian is a Guitar Teacher at the Frost Preparatory. Iranian native, Parya has always had passion and respect for the performing arts. A graduate of the University of Tehran, Parya holds a degree from the College of Fine Arts with a concentration in Classical Guitar.

    Shortly after her time spent at the University of Tehran, Rostamian moved to Vienna, Austria. She began to teach classical guitar and perform at versus venues.

    Parya moved to the United States to peruse her passion for music and further advance her knowledge. At the University of Miami, she met her teacher and mentor Rafael Padron, Assistant Professor of Practice. Rostamian is currently attending the New World School of Arts to further her education.

  • Rexa Han

    Chinese-born American pianist, Rexa Han, has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. As a child prodigy, she made her hometown debut at the age of five. During her teenage years, she won important national competitions and played throughout China to enormous success. She attended the Central Conservatory in Beijing and was granted a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in the United States. She graduated with the highest honors, winning the President’s Award as well as the coveted Munz Scholarship. In 2018, Rexa received full scholarship and a stipend to continue her Doctoral degree in Musical Arts at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

    As a concert pianist, Rexa has given solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and across the United States. She performed in various prestigious concerts and venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Center, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam Netherlands, Poly Theater in Beijing, and more. She was also invited to perform in music festivals such as International Piano Festival in Spain, the renowned International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, International Music Festival in Shanghai, China, InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, Echos International Music Festival in Italy, and Palermo Classical Music Festival in Sicily, Italy. Rexa has frequently appeared on radio stations such as WQXR-the the most famous Classical Music Station in New York City, Network In New Jersey, in Chicago and as well as on Chinese Television. 

    In 2011, Rexa won First Prize in the 62nd Kosciuszko Chopin International Piano Competition in New York City. In 2012 she was awarded an “Extraordinary Ability” green card from the Government of the United States under recommendation by Van Cliburn. Rexa Han’s CD, “A Tribute To The Piano,” has been released on the Elmaleh Collection vec. 102 under the Concert Artist Guild and her upcoming CD, “Déjà vu,” will be released in Sicily under Palermo Classica. 

  • Robert Bronchard

    Robert Bronchard’s involvement with the piano started after he decided to follow his older sister’s footsteps and sign up for lessons. After a few years of private instruction, he successfully auditioned for Mannes College The New School For Music Prep. Division in New York City, where he studied with Marcia Eckert. At the preparatory conservatory, Robert was accepted to the prestigious Honors Program, a program designed for the most talented and most promising students of the school. Robert completed his B.Mus. and M.A. in piano performance at the City University of New York Hunter College under the instruction of Quynh Nguyen, DMA. He had the privilege of performing with the Hunter College Symphony twice as a concerto competition winner. Robert attended many masterclasses with notable pianists, such as Eduardus Halim, the last student of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz. Robert performed at prestigious venues, including Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, The Kościuszko Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. As a fifth-time laureate of The Associated Music Teachers League (AMTL) competition, he performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Apart from performance, Robert is also passionate about teaching and music education. While working on his M.A., Robert simultaneously attended a Suzuki teacher training program at the School for Strings. After completing the two-year intensive program, he became a certified Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Robert is currently a faculty member of the Frost School of Music Prep Division and a doctoral student in keyboard performance and pedagogy at the University of Miami under International Chopin Competition laureate, Professor Kevin Kenner.

  • Rosa 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.

    The Peruvian-Spanish pianist has been an award recipient in many competitions. These include prizes in the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters (Florida Chapter), the Central Florida Symphony Concerto Competition, the NYU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Tutte le Corde (Music after 1950) among others in the United States. Also, in her native country of Perú, she has received recognition for her accomplishments by garnering first prize in the National Concerto Competition and receiving the Southern Perú Corporation Music Award.

    Rosa Scott performances as a soloist and chamber musician have given her the opportunity to appear in masterclasses and lectures given by world-renowned artists such as Vladimir Feldman, Mischa Dichter, John Perry, Arthur Pizarro, Glenn Dicterow, Daniel Epstein, Ursula Oppens, Donald Berman, Seymour Bernstein, Joaquin Achucarro, Mark Durand, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Ann Schein, Paul Posnak, Frank Cooper and Isaac Stern. She has also been awarded scholarships to participate in such noted music festivals as Marguess International Music Festival in Switzerland, the Gijón Festival in Spain, the International Institute for Young Musicians in Kansas City, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes School in New York.

    The pianist Elena Ichikawa at the National Conservatory of Music in Peru was Rosa's first teacher in her home city of Lima. After she moved to the United States she was given the opportunity to study with such celebrated teachers as Susan Starr, Roberta Rust, Kemal Gekic and Nina Svetlanova. She also spent two years in Italy studying with the French pianist Marylene Mouquet and the Italian pianist Sergio Perticaroli. While living there she was awarded a music grant by the province of Rome. Upon her return to New York, she received two scholarships from the Marion and Eubie Blake scholarship award and the Steinhardt department at NYU to continue her studies in piano performance with Professor Miyoko Lotto. She attended the Manhattan School of Music and New York University for her Master's degree and she was awarded a full scholarship to study with Dr. Jonathan Bass at The Boston Conservatory where she received a post-graduate diploma in performance. In 2010 she married brilliant pianist Marion Scott and moved to Miami where she studied under scholarship in the Artist Diploma program at the Frost School of Music with professor Tian-Ying. Together with her husband, she is co-director of the Miami Music Series in Palmetto Bay. Her students have received numerous awards and scholarships to major music programs in the nation. She is the Music Director at Holy Rosary - St. Richard Catholic Church and a faculty member at the University of Miami’s Frost Preparatory School of Music.

  • Sydney Altbacker

    Sydney Altbacker is a sophomore Music Theory and Composition and Media Writing and Production double major at the Frost School of Music. She studies french horn and voice and accompanies Suzuki levels I-IV classes on piano. On campus, she is a member of University of Miami’s premier a cappella group, BisCaydence. In her summers, she teaches elementary music at a Long Island day camp as well as private voice lessons.



  • Tiffany Zadi

    Tiffany Zadi began studying music at the age of three and started formal Suzuki piano lessons when she was four. She studied piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business. She went on to study Copyright Law at New England School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate. Tiffany has taught piano through her private studio for over ten years, and now teaches group and private piano lessons for the Frost Preparatory Program.

  • Violaine Mazel

    French cellist Violaine Mazel studied at the famous Conservatory in Boulogne Billancourt in Paris and in Lille with Xavier Gagnepain and Helene Dautry. She received her DEM (Diplome d’Etudes Musicales) with the first prize for cello, chamber music, and theory in 2002.

    She has studied string quartet in collaboration with the Quatuor Rosamonde and performed with other chamber music ensembles (chamber orchestra, trios, and cello ensembles).

    She performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) conducted by Jean-Claude. Casadesus, the Orchestre Symphonique Francais (OSF), and the orchestra of the conservatory in Boulogne Billancourt. She participated in various French festivals including Flaine and Les Arcs.

    After moving to Brazil in 2011, she joined the Orchestra Filarmonica de Sao Caetano do Sul, conducted by Sergio Assumpcao. She participated in the Jazz Sinfonica de Sao Paulo and in the Instituto Fukuda Orquesra (IFO). She has performed as a member and soloist in the Fukuda Cello Ensemble (FCE). 

    Violaine is Passionate about a wide variety of music and always on the lookout for new projects: she decided to explore the Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) and created a trio with Paulo Tine, (guitarist and composition teacher in the EMESP) that revisited famous classics of MPB (Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, etc.) and arranged them for trio. The trio played in famous theaters throughout Sao Paulo ( SESC, Teatro da Vila, etc.).

    While a student herself, Violaine discovered her love of teaching and started a cello studio in Paris. She also taught cello and pre-k music discovery at the Conservatoire Octave in Paris. Once in Brazil, she taught at the Instituto Fukuda. She became the pedagogical leader of the Institute and led the theory, orchestra and chamber music lessons, and organized workshops and masterclasses. 

    Violaine has studied the Suzuki philosophy and is certified to teach Books 1, 2, 3, and 4. She taught in the Escola Suzuki in Sao Paulo and implemented the method at a Brazilian middle school.

    She has just moved to Miami, teaches in the preparatory program at the University of Miami, plays in the South Florida Orchestra and in the Miami Orchestra. She is working on building her own studio.