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  • 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.

  • 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 song writing 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 loveandwatermusic.com.

  • 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. 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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 (amicafest.com), San Giacomo Festival in Bologna, which organizes almost two hundred concerts every year (sangiacomofestival.it), and Kaleidoscope MusArt in Miami, which focuses its activity mostly on contemporary classical music (kaleidoscopemusart.com). 

    Jury member in several piano competitions, Luca Cubisino has given master classes 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 song craft 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 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! 

  • 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. Additional, 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, artist, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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-C√≥rdova 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.

  • 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 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.