Milana Strezeva
Piano Instructor

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SoBe Institute of The Arts
21
00 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
305 674-9220
 

TEACHING

  • SoBe Institute of the Arts - Piano Instructor (2012 - present)

EDUCATION

  • 2002 • Masters of Music Degree [The Juilliard School]
  • 2000 • Bachelors of Music Degree [The Juilliard School]
  • Principle Instructors • Piano: Julian Martin, Bella Davidovich • Chamber music: Joseph Kalichstein, Symour Lipkin, Felix Galimir, Charles Neidich, Brian Zeger, Jacob Lateiner, Jonathan Feldman, Marshall Williamson, Toby Appel, Bruce Brubaker.• Diction: Thomas Grubb, Corradina Caporello
  • Master classes • Vocal: Anna Moffo [USA], Martina Arroyo [USA], Bruno Rigacci [Italy], Charles Riecker [USA] • Piano: Rudolf Buchbinder [Switzerland], Susan Star [USA], Boris Lvov [Germany], Fabio Bidini [Italy]

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

  • 2004 to present • Founding member and pianist of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio (MPT).
  • Over 500 performances with MPT spanning 35 American states, Italy, South Africa and Australia.
  • Debut performances in Alice Tully & Merkin Concert Halls, [New York, NY], Ravinia Festival [Chicago, IL], Pro Musica [Detroit,MI], Kravis Center [West Palm Beach, FL], Chamber Music Sedona [Sedona, AZ]
  • Over 50 performances with renowned Flutist, Eugenia Zukerman at leading concert halls.
  • Over 50 performances with mother and Soprano, Svetlana Strezeva, as part of “Lana Duo”
  • Active educational outreach and master-classes at various schools and colleges.
    1994 to 2004
  • Concert tour in Germany, Moldova, China with Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano)
  • Concert tour in China with Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano) and Ion Pojar (Tenor)
  • Over 200 performances with Strezev Family Trio comprising Father (Clarinetist)- Anatoly Strezev (deceased),
    Mother (Soprano) - Svetlana Strezeva.
  • Performances in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Weill Recital

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 2010 to present • Viva! Virginia Music Festival [Blacksburg,VA]: collaborations with Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich, Mathias Tacke - violin, Alexander Fiterstein - clarinet, Michael Klotz - viola, Dmitry Kouzov – cello • Collaboration with Frank Cohen (Clarinet)
  • 2006-2011 • York Preparatory School [NYC] – playing for Musical Production • Privately coach Russian vocal repertoire • Accompanied at Hofstra University, The Juilliard School
  • 2001-2006 • Played in voice studios of Anna Moffo, Doris Yarick-Cross, Patricia McCaffrey, Joshua Hecht, Dody Protero, Charles Riecker, Antonia Lavanne, Richard Barrett. Clarinet auditions at the Juilliard School
  • 2002-2005 • “L'histoire du soldat” by Stravinsky and “Strangers Tale” by Tucker in Sorg Opera [Ohio] – rehearsal pianist • “I Pagliacci” by Leoncavallo in Sorg Opera [Middletown, OH] – rehearsal pianist • “International Institute of Vocal Arts", working with Bruno Rigacci, [Chiari, Italy] – staff accompanist • "L'Amico Fritz" by Mascagni, DiCapo Opera Company, NYC – rehearsal pianist • "Street Scene" by Weill, DiCapo Opera Company, NYC – rehearsal pianist • Vocal Coach at Brooklyn College
  • 1999- 2001 • "La Boheme" by Puccini, American Opera Company, NYC – rehearsal pianist
    • "West Side Story", "42nd Street", "Follies" - Music Director at Belvoire Music Camp
    Camp [Lenox, MA] - "Bellini International Voice Competition", [Ragusa, Italy] - staff accompanist

AWARDS

  • 2007 • Australian Broadcasting Corporation Classic FM Listeners Choice Award
    • Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition
  • 2006 • Grand Prize winner at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition
  • 1998 • Grand Prize in Ibla International Accompanist Competition [Italy]
  • 1996-2000 • Full scholarship winner at The Juilliard School
    • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts [Honorable Mention]
  • 1995-1996 • Florida Federation of Music Clubs [1st Prize]
    • Yamaha High School Piano Competition [1st Prize]

BIOGRAPHY

Praised by the critics for “technically fluid, dramatically convincing, and sonically full-bodied supportive collaborations” (Boston Globe) - Milana Strezeva is a Moldovan-American pianist.

Growing up in a family of musicians with Clarinetist father and Soprano mother, Milana has started playing chamber music with her parents at the age of 11 and that love for family collaboration eventually grew into passionate advocacy  of vocal and instrumental chamber music.

Milana is a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most creative and dynamic young ensemble in America, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 30 states,  Australia, South Africa and Italy, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival. The Washington Post described the Trio as "impressive" and "outstanding", while the Sarasota Herald Tribune said "one seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance." A disc of Schumann and Chopin trios in honor of the composers bicentennials, was successfully released on the Marquis Classics label in 2009.

She is a recipient of the grand prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition; Australian Broadcasting Corporation Listeners Choice Award in Melbourne, IBLA International Competition as a vocal collaborator, and Arts Recognition and Talent Search Award.

Milana's performances brought her to such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York),  Jordan Hall (Boston), Kravis Center (West Palm Beach), Gusman Hall (Miami); Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), South Melbourne Town Hall (Australia), Linder Auditorium (South Africa).

Some of the internationally acclaimed artists Milana has performed with, include: members of the former Vermeer Quartet - Schmuel Ashkenasi, Mathias Tacke, Marc Johnson;  Amernet Quartet, Robert Bourton, Sebastian Baverstam, Franklin Cohen, David Ehrlich, Alexander Fiterstein, Michael Klotz, Michael Maniacci, Lina Tetriani, Eugenia Zukerman.

The most intimate collaboration remains with her mother, the  renown Soprano, Svetlana Strezeva (a.k.a. the Russian Nightingale), winner of the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition. With the big emphasis on promoting Russian Vocal Literature, they have given recitals in various parts of the US as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and China.

A talented vocal collaborator and a consummate vocal coach, Milana has been part of several opera productions including Dicapo Opera (NYC), Sorg Opera (OH), and American Opera Company (NYC). She has collaborated with conductors Enrique Carreón-Robledo  Curtis Tucker,  Paul Nadler, Bruno Rigacci, Elaine Rinaldi, Luis Salemno. While leaving in NY, Milana has worked in voice studios of Anna Moffo, Dody Protero, Joshua Hecht, Doris Yarrick – Cross, Richard Cross, Antonia Lavan, Patricia McAffrey and played for voice lessons at the Juilliard School, Mannes College, Brooklyn College, and Hofstra University.

She has studied piano with Bella Davidovich, Julian Martin,  Boris Lvov. Chamber music with Bruce Brubacker, Felix Galimir, Jonathan Feldman, Symour Lipkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Joel Krosnik, Jacob Lateiner, Charles Neidich, Toby Appel, and song repertoire with Brian Zeger and Thomas Grubb.

She has completed her Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School.