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🎉🎶 We're thrilled to announce Zoom Round winners from the Anselmo Academy VI International Music Competition! 🏆✨

Piano Young Category:
🥈 2nd Prize: Blaike Stephen
🌟 Honorable Mention: Lukas Stephen
Piano Junior Category:
🥇 1st Prize: Vivian Zhang
🥉 3rd Prize: Chen Song
🌟 Honorable Mention: Sofia Simonius
🌟 Honorable Mention: Helena Zhang
String Senior Category:
🥇 1st Prize: Baran Guzelsoy
🥈 2nd Prize: Anna Jing
🥉 3rd Prize: Jaime Chirinos
🌟 Best 20th Century Performance: Aurora Sandner
Huge applause to all participants for their outstanding performances. Stay tuned for more updates and future opportunities! 🎵👏
Gifted & talented Recitals are on March 10th at Symphony Space Thalia Theatre.

All local talented students are welcome to perform on a BIG STAGE!

SIGN UP TODAY BY CLICKING HERE
The deadline to register is March 1 OR until we are at capacity!

Don’t wait! These events are very popular, and we have limited availability left.

Our next LIVE BROADCAST will be on February 25th at 3PM EST on Facebook Live. This will be featuring Piano pedagogue Nino Merabishvili and two of her students: Nina Iorik & Rei Yamazono.

Click here to tune in!
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, pianist and educator, Nino Merabishvili, is one of the region’s prominent music educator, performer and adjudicator and she enjoys very rewarding teaching and performing career in Pacific NW. Her Students have been top prize winners of local and international competitions, such as SYAMF, Chopin Competition, NY International Competition, Golden Key, American Protege, King FM, Seattle Symphony Concerto competition, Bellevue Symphony Competition and many more.

Nino’s family was closely connected to Art and Music. Since early childhood she was introduced to performing art, opera, ballet cinema. At age of 5 she even composed a little waltz!! At age of nine she debuted with the Georgia State Philharmonic, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 in A Major. She has since gone on to perform with the major orchestras in her native country, and has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Baltic Republics, Georgia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Nino collaborated with outstanding conductors such as Roman Koffman, Vitali Kataev, Yuri Dadiani, Vladimir Ponkin, Jansug Kahidze, and many others. Nino’s solo performances won her great acclaim. Her playing was characterized as powerful yet very sensitive. Today she is in-demand soloist and chamber musician in this country and abroad, who has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists including Stanislav Neuhaus, Byron Janis, Yakov Milstein George Edelman.

Debut venues include Great Hall of Tbilisi State Conservatory, Tbilisi Opera House, Great Hall of Sverdlovsk Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Tbilisi, Great Hall of Liszt’s Music Academy in Budapest Concert Hall Estonia to name a few. Nino has been a featured performer on chamber music concerts at Seattle’s
Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Second City Chamber Music Festival, Music Fest Perugia and continues to maintain a regular teaching and performance schedule.

Currently, Nino maintains very successful piano studio in Bellevue and since 2013 teaches at Musicfest Perugia, in Italy. Nino also serves as a board member of Chopin Council NW, SYAMFA, Bellevue Symphony, and Pacific NW Competition.

Nina Iorik is an outstanding 13-year-old pianist residing in Seattle, Washington.

She started her musical journey at the age of nine and currently studies with prominent pedagogue Dr. Nino Merabishvili. Nina combines her piano playing with harpsichord and organ studies under Dr. Wyatt Smith. Nina is also a student of the Seattle Chamber Music Academy (SCMA) and has performed numerous times with the SCMA’s chamber music program at Benaroya hall, Seattle. Nina studied at SCMA under the guidance Dr. Craig Sheppard, Sasha Starcevich and principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, Efe Baltacigil.

Nina has also taken masterclasses with many acclaimed pianists, such as Robert Shannon, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alvin Chow, Steven Spooner, Natalia Trull, Anne-Marie McDermott, Joseph Rackers, Marina Lomazov, Eleonora Karpukhova, Paige Roberts Molloy, Marta Aznavoorian, Jean-David Coen, Andreas Frolich, Philip Raskin, John Weems, Tatiana ioudenitch, Sergei Artsibashev, Boris Konovalov. Nina completed SCMA programs under the guidance of violinists James Ehnes and Rachel Lee Priday , cellists Meeka Quan di Lorenzo and Michael Kannen, violist Susan Gulkis-Assadi.

Nina is also a harpsichord student and continuo player at the Early Music Youth Academy (Seattle), which is part of the Seattle Historical Arts for Kids Society. As a harpsichordist, Nina took lessons with acclaimed harpsichordists and fortepianists such as David Breitman and Mark Edwards (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), and Jillon Stoppels-Dupree.

Nina is also a young composer and writes classical solos and duets for different instruments. Her works are used by local piano teachers for intermediate students. In 2023, Nina won first place with her musical composition at the Reflections PTA Art Competition.

As an addition to her music studies, Nina is an active member of several musical non-profit organizations: Back to Bach International Music Society, ConChord Music (Music for mental health) and Project CliKK (diversity and accessibility for musicians). Nina is giving free recitals and lectures about classical music at local schools, senior homes, and fundraising events.

Nina is a gifted musician with a deep sense of music. Despite her young age, Nina has won many awards at regional and international competitions. She also takes part in music festivals in Europe and USA, such as Oberlin Piano festival 2023 (Ohio, USA), Peng Piano Academy 2022 with full scholarship (California, USA), Piano loop Festival 2022 (Croatia), Seattle Young Artists Music Festival 2023 (Washington state, 2023), Russian Chamber Music Festival (Washington ,USA, 2020- 2023), Bach International Music Festival (Seattle, USA, 2020-2024), SonaFest (Washington state, 2021-2023), Virtuoso Artists Seattle International Piano Festival (2021).

Rei Yamazono was born in Tokyo/ Japan in 2013, and has been performing since she was six years old. Rei is a 5th grade student at Woodridge Elementary School, and currently studies under Nino Merabishvili at Bellevue, Washington USA. Rei also enjoys dancing as a member of a local hip hop team, and loves food. Her particular favorites are pickled Japanese plums. She wants to become a pianist when she grows-up, and part-times as a picked plum taster.

Rei’s recent achievements include the followings:
2023 Bellevue Symphony Concerto Competition: 3rd place
2023 ESMTA Eastside Chapter Scholarship Competition: 2nd place
2022 Pacific North West Piano Competition: Gold
2022 Chopin North West Council: Silver
2022 Chopin Festival Seattle: Gold
2021 Virtuoso Artists Festival Piano Solo Division: Gold
2021 Simon-Fiset 2021 Piano Competition: 1st place.

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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Registration for the 2024 Gifted and Talented Recitals is now open! 

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