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SAVE the DATE for our Spring Fundraiser.

We are grateful for the support from so many friends, volunteers, students & families! This year we are celebrating our 23rd Anniversary!
Come & Join us on May 30th!

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Our next "Teacher and Student" Live Broadcast is June 2nd at 3:00pm EST featuring Piano Pedagogue Lora Tchekoratova and two of her students Jennifer Chen (prize winner at Anselmo VI International Music Competition) and Harrison Mesh!
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Lora Tchekoratova’s professional journey has been multifaceted. She made her debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in 1996 after winning first prize at the Washington International Competition for pianists, where she also received the audience prize and the prize for the youngest finalist. Since then, she has made recital appearances throughout the United States, most notably at the Phillips Collection, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, and Allice Tully Hall in New York and Alexandria, Chicago, Miami, and Minneapolis and in major venues in Europe, including in Rome, Monte Carlo, and Prague.

Renowned for her interpretations of the Romantic era repertoire, Ms. Tchekoratova is also an enthusiastic performer of new music. She has premiered and commissioned numerous contemporary works by American and Bulgarian composers throughout her career. She has appeared at many venues for new music, starting while a student at Juilliard under the direction of her mentor Joel Sachs, who featured her as a solo artist at the Focus, Summergarden, and Piano Century festivals. Tchekoratova has also performed at the American Composers Festival in New York’s Symphony Space, the Keys to the Future festival for new and recent piano music in Greenwich House, and at the Dear Composer series at Scandinavia House for the Musicians Club of New York. Tchekoratova frequently performs music by composer  Dobrinka Tabakova.  With a grant from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, she recently commissioned Tabakoa to write a new piano quintet, Stone Trail (2023), for the Off the Beaten Festival. In addition, she has presented several concerts and talks featuring the Bulgarian composer’s solo piano and chamber music in the United States and Bulgaria.

Lora frequently collaborates with other contemporary artists, writers, and intellectuals to create and present multidisciplinary events and presentations of grants for emerging artists and composers. Such was her collaboration in November of 2017 with the EuropeNow Journal, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, and the American Foundation for Bulgaria. The organizations presented contemporary Bulgarian creative minds, including world-renowned writers Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria) and Elizabeth Kostova (USA) and celebrated artists Houben R.T., Ani Collier, and Rafaelo Kazakov. The collaboration led to an annual multidisciplinary grant to create contemporary art collaborative works. The Council for European Studies administers the award at Columbia University.

Lora Tchekoratova is a dedicated chamber musician. She frequently performs with her husband, violinist Georgy Valtchev. During the past season, they presented a series of concerts in Toronto, Maryland, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., and their native Bulgaria. In addition, they often work for the World Artists Experiences in presenting lesser-known music from Bulgaria. Other upcoming collaborations include performances with world-renowned artists: flutist Carol Wincenc, violist and composer Kenji Bunch, composers Peter Kerkelov, Svetlin Hristov, and Lora Al Ahmad, and cellist  Zlatomir Fung.

Lora also appears regularly in various chamber music programs with members of the New World Symphony, where she was a fellow from 2000-2002 under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. These collaborations led her to performances in Miami (at the Lincoln Theater), Palm Beach (Kravis Center), and New York (Union Club), as well as on tours in Boston (Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum), Long Island (Residency in the Hamptons), and abroad. As a guest artist, she has been featured at many international festivals, including Kuhmo Nuori Musikii in Finland, Lappland Festspel, and Bastad Festspel in Sweden, Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, as well as the festivals Apolonia, Sofia Music Weeks, and Varna Summer in Bulgaria. She has made numerous recordings for Radio and Television in Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, and the United States. Her CD recordings for Gega New, Albany Records, and Naxos have received worldwide critical acclaim.

Lora Tchekoratova began her piano studies at age four and gave her first recital five years later at the State Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. At age eighteen, she continued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, where she received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin. Other teachers include Lydia Kuteva, Vessela Marinova, Prof. Jenny Zaharieva, and Oxana Yablonskaya. She serves on the faculty of Mannes Prep at the New School in New York.

Lora resides in New York with her husband and two children, Ivan and Mina.

Jennifer Chen is a 11th grade student at E.O. Smith High School, Mansfield, Connecticut, USA. She is also a student at Mannes Prep, New York City, New York, USA.

Jennifer began her piano studies at the age of five. She studied with Dr. Sarah Masterson for three years (August 2012 - August 2014). She then studied with Ms. Elaine Silbereis from 2014 to 2018. From 2018 to 2021, she has been studying with Ms. Tamila Azadaliyeva at Hartt School of Music. In 2021, she began to attend Mannes prep and study with Ms. Lora Tchekoratova. ㅡ Piano Programs Jennifer has been attending Camp Sonatina in Bennington, Vermont since the summer of 2016. In 2023, she was selected to be a junior counselor. In the summer of 2023, Jennifer was selected to participate in the one week intensive piano program at Interlochen Arts Academy. She also participated in the 2018 Beijing International Music Festival & Academy. In addition, she participated in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program from 2013 to 2016. She was awarded the State Certificate of Excellence for level 3 piano in 2015 and for level 4 piano in 2016 for level 7 in 2018 and was invited to play at Carnegie Halls.

Jennifer has played in the Mannes and Hartt Honors recitals. She is a Clara Mannes Scholar at Mannes. In 2023, she was selected as the piano finalist at the Mannes Concerto Competition. In 2022, she was an honorable mention medal winner at the Young Maestro Piano Competition. In 2021, she won first place at Rondo Vanguard piano competition and was invited to play at Carnegie Halls. She is also the winner of 2020 MTNA Connecticut Junior Performance Piano. In 2020 she won first place at Rondo Young Artist Festival and was invited to play at Carnegie Halls. She won first place at Audrey Thayer piano competition in 2019 and 2021. She won first place in the Connecticut Bach Festival 2022, 2020, and 2017, and Second place in the Connecticut Bach Festival 2019. ㅡ Violin Studies Jennifer began her violin studies with Dr. Laurel Thurman in August 2017. In 2021, she began to study with Ms. Adela Pena at Mannes. She was selected to play at East Region Music Festival Orchestra in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was in the Mannes Prep Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mannes Prep Game Orchestra, the Hartt Virtuosi Orchestra, and Mansfield Middle School Orchestra. She currently plays for the E.O Smith orchestra at her school. ㅡ Conducting Studies Jennifer started conducting with Mr. Scott Wiley at Mannes Prep in 2021. She continued to take private and group lessons with him through 2023. She also studied conducting with Ms. Bridget Kinnery at Mannes Prep in 2023. She conducted excerpts of Haydn’s Symphony no.104 with the Centre Symphony Orchestra, and Copeland’s Appalachian Spring with the Mannes Orchestra. She is currently a member of the International Conductors Guild. ㅡ Other Musical Activities Jennifer has participated in chamber music as a pianist since 2019. In 2019 and 2020, she was a member of the Gypsy Piano Trio at the Hartt School of Music. At Mannes Prep, she has participated in a variety of chamber music groups including a piano trio, a piano and two violin group, and a piano 8 hands group. Jennifer also has a strong music theory and ear training background. Jennifer began theory and ear training with the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2015. She then began taking theory lessons with Dr. Jessica Rudman at the Hartt School in 2019. In 2021, Jennifer began taking music theory and ear training classes at Mannes Prep. Since 2022, Jennifer has been in the highest level of ear training (ear training IV) and theory (Theory and Keyboard Harmony V) classes offered at Mannes Prep.

Harrison Mesh is a junior at High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ and student at Mannes Prep. Pianist for nine years and performed at venues including Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and charity events. First place winner in the Musical Life Competition. I enjoy playing chess and listening to classical music in my free time.

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 
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We can't wait to make music with all of you!

 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.
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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