Lessons begin Monday, Sept. 14
"...His Rachmaninoff was often downright luxurious. In the more spacious of the six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16...his masterful coloring and caressing of every tune, chord and background swirl made for pianism that was delicious in its expansiveness and poise. His sweeping, fearless playing of the more muscular numbers made an exuberantly virtuosic contrast, yet his unfailing sense of polished contour ensured that nothing deteriorated into a mere keyboard rampage..." Steven Brown, Sun-Sentinel
"...What he plays is an invitation to listen...he has a wide sense of style, and ear for music, and a feeling for its poetry, both lyric and dramatic...his performance was remarkable for penetration and blazing technique..."
James Roos, The Miami Herald
Elier Suárez is a prizewinning pianist of the Teachers Congress International in NYC, the Dealy Awards in Dallas, the Teresa Careño in Caracas, and the Chopin Competition in Miami. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Having settled in Rochester, NY, he taught at Eastman, and served as President for both the New York State Music Teachers Association and the Rochester Piano Teachers' Guild. An ambassador as Cultural Specialist for the "Arts America Program", he has given performances throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, In addition, Mr. Suárez is a frequent adjudicator, giving master classes as well as lecture-demonstration recitals while maintaining an independent piano studio.
Maxwell Sun wins First Prize in the 2019 Nazareth College Piano Competition Senior Category, First Prize in the 2019 Junior All-Star Piano Competition Level IV and First Prize in the 2018 Nazareth College Piano Competition Junior Category.
Raymond Feng wins the 9th West Virginia International Piano Competition.
Eric Liu & Raymond Feng win he 2019 Howard Hanson Award.
Amy Feng wins the 2017 Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2016 Nazareth College Piano Competition's Junior Category. In 2015 she won 1st Prize in the Solo Piano Division (Ages 7-10) of Duquesne University's Young Artist National Competition.
2019 Junior All-Star Competition Winners
Vivian Yu made her debut with Ward Stare conducting the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra last summer as a result of winning its Young Artist Auditions. Her many accolades include First Prize in the: David Hochstein Recital Competition, New York State Music Teachers Association’s Empire Piano Competition, Ithaca College Piano Competition, Crescendo International Music Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Nazareth College Piano Competition and all four levels of Greater Rochester Music Teachers Association’s Junior All-Stars Piano Competition. Vivian is now pursuing both science and music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Vivian Yu & Elier Suárez
Vivian wins First Prize in the Ness Piano Award & the Special Award at the Rochester Philharmonic League's 2015 Young Artist Auditions.