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Our next "Teacher and Student" Live Broadcast is THIS SUNDAY June 21st at 11AM EST featuring Dr. Ronn Yedidia and two of his students Noah Xia (First Prize at the AMTL New York Young Performers Prize 2023) and Alex Sino Xu (honored member of the New Jersey Intermediate Region I Orchestra for two years and has been selected as a chamber violinist)
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Ronn Yedidia's compositions have been commissioned and performed worldwide by numerous soloists, ensembles and orchestras, and have captivated audiences and critics alike. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave the world premiere of his work "Steps In The Wonderland" in May, 2007. Major commissions have included the San Antonio International Piano Competition, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Zamir Chorale of New York.

Ronn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in composition from the Juiiliard School - where he was the recipient of the Lincoln Center Scholarship, the Irving Berlin Scholarship, the Henri Mancini Prize, and the Richard Rodgers Scholarship. He also won the Juilliard Composition Competition twice - in 1987 & 1989 and received the Milton Babbitt Prize. In addition to his many international awards, Ronn has won special grants from both ASACP and BMI, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Many of his compositions have been recorded by renowned artists and ensembles and released on major recording labels, including SonyBMG, EMI Classics, Centaur, and on the Naxos' American Classics series. His solo piano album, "Yedidia Plays Yedidia", was released by Britain's Altarus Records and has galvanized the attention of numerous pianists and composers around the world. He founded and directed the New York based series "21st Century Music & On" which operated between 1992-2011 - and for which he composed a large volume of chamber and vocal works.

Known for his wide versatility, Ronn Yedidia has composed and performed in a variety of mediums, including classical, jazz/fusion, pop song, dance, theatre and klezmer. In his native country, Israel, he was a well-known child prodigy - equally gifted as a pianist and an accordionist, and later as a young composer as well. His exceptional piano gift became known when
at the age of eight he won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists' Competition of Israel. His main teacher & mentor was Pnina Salzman - Israel's first lady of the piano and a protege of Alfred Cortot.

In 1994 he was invited by Wanda Toscanini-Horowitz to edit and record the unpublished piano compositions by the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz - a project which was documented at the American Academy of Arts & Letters in Manhattan. Yedidia is the founder of two virtuoso ensembles of different nature: the world/ethnic/contemporary quintet DanzaNova - in which he serves as an accordionist & composer and also arranges well known ethnic tunes, and the crossover/fusion/jazz quartet Prophets - which records and performs all his music of that genre - and where he is also the pianist.

Ronn Yedidia is a renowned classical piano pedagogue, and he has mentored some of the finest young piano talent in the tri state area and in international festivals and workshops. He has served as Chairman of the piano department at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York between 1993-1998, and as Vice President and Program Director of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York between 2001-2004. In 2005 he founded the New York Piano Academy on Manhattan's upper west side together with his jazz partner, Haim Cotton. Yedidia's music is printed & distributed by his individual publishing company, Verse Music, in affiliation with BMI. He most recently signed an exclusive publishing contract with the new Japanese publishing house Muse Press - for the publication and distribution of his solo piano compositions. For more info visit: www.ronnyedidia.com

Noah Xia is a dedicated pianist who started her journey in exploring the world of classical music at the age of four with a genuine love and passion, first with Reiko Yoshida, then with Mark Timmerman. Now 12, under the instruction of Dr Ronn Yedidia - Director of the New York Piano Academy, Noah's creativity and innate connection to the music she plays has helped her earn recognition in several prestigious competitions.
Among her notable achievements are the First Prize at the AMTL New York Young Performers Prize 2023, First Prize at the 2022 IGMC YouTube Competition and First Prize at the 2022 International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in both Vienna and London. Furthermore, Noah found success in receiving the First Prize of the Virtuoso Junior category at 2021 NEMTA Competition, and Gold Prize at the 2021 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition.
On June 4, 2023 Noah presented her solo recital debut at the New York Piano Academy in Manhattan - performing a program of masterworks by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin and Moszkowski. With a heart full of gratitude and a dedication to her craft, Noah continues to develop her skills and share her love for music.

Alex Sino Xu is a 12-year-old 7th grader who attends Tenafly Middle School in New Jersey. Since 2019, he has been studying piano under Dr. Ronn Yedidia, whose guidance has helped him gain recognition in numerous piano competitions. In Spring 2020, at the age of 8, Alex performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as the Grand Prix Winner of the New York Concert Festival Competition. The following year, he won the Gold Prize at the 2021 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase. In 2022, Alex claimed First Prize at the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, resulting in a memorable performance at London’s prestigious Albert Hall. In the same year, Alex also attained First Prize at the Junior A category of the New York Young Performers Prize Competition and reached the semifinals of the 5th George Gershwin International Music Competition. Recently, his exceptional musical abilities were recognized at the 2023 Anselmo Academy Annual Youth Competition, the National Young Virtuosi Recital Competition, and the New York Young Virtuoso Competition, leading to performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and other distinguished venues in New York City and New Jersey. In 2024, he was honored with the First Prize at the International Grande Music Competition (IGMC).

Currently, Alex is looking forward to his solo recital debut on June 23, 2024 at the New York Piano Academy in Manhattan, where he will play an 80-minute program of masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. 

In addition to his piano pursuits, Alex also enjoys playing violin. He has been an honored member of the New Jersey Intermediate Region I Orchestra for two years and has been selected as a chamber violinist in 2024. Alex has also been the concertmaster of the Tenafly Middle School Orchestra and a member of the JCC Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra since 6th grade. This summer, he will join Kinhaven Summer Music Camp as a violinist and piano chamber member.

During his free time, Alex enjoys reading and writing. He also likes being competitive in chess and video games.
Enrollment in PRIVATE LESSONS is OPEN and ONGOING! 
new students can join at any time!
All ages and all instruments, including voice and acting.
Please contact your area manager to enroll OR fill out our registration form by 
clicking here.
We can't wait to make music with all of you!

INTERESTED IN PRIVATE LESSONS OR KNOW OF A SCHOOL THAT NEEDS A MUSIC & ARTS PROGRAM?
 please connect with your area manager
Josh Binkhorst (Manhattan & The Bronx) josh@anselmoacademy.org
Erick Eiser (Brooklyn, NY) erick@anselmoacademy.org
Daniel Rofer (Queens, NY) daniel@anselmoacademy.org
Alecia McClintock (New Jersey, Rockland & Westchester) alecia@anselmoacademy.org
We wanted to share with you an amazing opportunity for our students to perform ONLINE with Concerts in Motion!

Concerts in Motion offer a variety of intergenerational SEL-based service learning opportunities for students ages 6 - 18 who would like to share their music and talent with a very appreciative audience. All students in our program can earn volunteer service credit.

For more information and to get involved, send an email to:
info@concertsinmotion.org & check out their website here.
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We are looking for enthusiastic Anselmo Academy parent volunteers to share their thoughts & ideas on how to make our programs even better for our students.
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