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Piano Continuing Education Faculty

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Allegra Chapman

Bio coming soon

Jacqueline Chew


Teaching includes "practice strategies" from recent studies with Burton Kaplan of Manhattan School of Music. Also incorporates music theory in understanding repertoire. M.M. SUNY-Binghamton and B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; private studies with Leonard Shure in Boston and coaching with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Roger Muraro in Europe. Recorded Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur L'Enfant-Jesus and Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs. Performed and recorded with The Women's Philharmonic; solo performances in North and South America and Europe. Teaches at UC Berkeley, SF Community Music Center. jchew@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Amy Chiu

"I take great pleasure in inspiring students of all ages to enhance their technique and to explore their musical expressions."

M.A., piano performance, Manhattan School of Music; M.M., piano accompanying, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Fu-Jen University; studied with Zenon Fishbein, Timothy Bach, and Anne Epperson. Professional accompanist to Conservatory students and Music Academy of the West. amy.chiu@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Lauren Cony

M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, B.M. Skidmore College. Principal teachers include Sharon Mann, Paul Hersh, Pola Baytelman, and Laurette Goldberg on harpsichord. An alumna of the Bowdoin Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Italy. Has appeared in recitals at Old St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Church on the Noontime Series, Berkeley’s Hillside Concerts, as well as on the SF CMC’s Keyboard Marathons and Shenson Faculty Concert Series. Collaborates with 4-hand partner Jennifer Peringer in piano duet recitals, and has performed with distinguished artists such as soprano Lucine Amara and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Trained in the Taubman technique. laurencony.com lcony@sfcm.edu


Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Alla Gladysheva

"Works best with intermediate level students, who have encountered physical problems in their technique."

M.A., Leningrad State Conservatory; collegiate faculty, musicianship, keyboard skills, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; member of performing groups Lark, Tango #9, and Adama. allag@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning and intermediate students.

Erna Gulabyan

"I feel very strongly that you can't have artistic freedom if you don't have technical freedom."

Graduate of Moscow Conservatory and Central Musical High School for Specially Gifted Children in Erevan, Armenia; former faculty, Erevan Conservatory and Central Musical High School. egulabyan@sfcm.edu

Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Tomoko Hagiwara

"I love inspiring students of all ages and levels to develop not only their technique but to expand their awareness of the beauty and empowering gifts of musical expression."


B.A. and graduate studies, University of Tokyo; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Adolph Baller, Max Egger, and Lilli Kraus; first prize, San Francisco Symphony Competition; performed with San Francisco Symphony as a soloist under Josef Krips; competed internationally at Long-Thibaud, Paris and Queen Elizabeth Competitions, Brussels; numerous performances and recordings as soloist and chamber musician. thagiwara@sfcm.edu


Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Dorian Ho

New York debut Carnegie Recital Hall. Master degree, The Juilliard School. Concert diploma Vienna Academy of Arts, PhD New York University. Soloist with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Franz Liszt Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Kazakhstan State Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Symphony and Chorus,. Performance with St Petersburg String Quatet and Stamic String Quartet. Teachers include Beatrice Beauregard, Martin Canin, Eugene List and Bruno Seidlehofer. dho@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Machiko Kobialka

M.M., Catholic University; B.M., Hartt College of Music; graduate, Toho-Gakuen School of Music; studied with Akiko Iguchi, Raymond Hanson, William Masselos and Grant Johanneson; recipient, California Touring Grant; former member, Kobialka Duo; former faculty member, California State University, East Bay. mkobialka@sfcm.edu

Accepting advanced students.

Sima Kouyoumdjian

"Music is a living language more vivid, forceful, and fluent than any spoken tongue. The performer is the translator, the interpreter. From the first note in my lessons, I try to encourage my students to aim to make every sound meaningful. The beauty of sound is a pianistic virtue that must be acquired from the very start."

M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Graduate, Sayat Nova Music School in Yerevan, Armenian SSR; studied with Mack McCray and Paul Hersh; alumna, Conservatory's Pre-College Division; Performed with San Francisco Sinfonietta. simak@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Luba Kravchenko

B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studied with Paul Hersh; vocal coach and accompanist, San Francisco Arts Education Project; Director of Liturgical Music, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church. lubak@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning and intermediate students.

Hang Li

"Teaching is the joyful journey where I discover each student's individual strength and develop the approach accordingly in order to bring out the best musicianship through the combination of solid technical fundamental and refined musical expressions."


M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China; Artist Certificate, Southern Methodist University; Artist Diploma, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; Studied with Mack McCray, Joaquin Achucarro, Qifang Li and Yuan Ling. Master Classes with Gary Graffman, Murray Perahia, Robert Blocker, and Guangren Zhou. China premiere of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Shanghai Concert Hall in 1997; Solo appearances throughout China, Siena, Birmingham, Dallas, and the Bay area; Former faculty, Central Conservatory of Music, China, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Coppell Conservatory of Music. An active adjudicator in the US and China; currently directs Hang Li Piano Studio in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit Hanglipiano.com or email hli@sfcm.edu.


Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

Annamarie McCarthy

"I provide challenging, supportive instruction to students, with an emphasis on excellence in performance preparation and technique."  

B.A. Lone Mountain College; studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitsch and Peggy Salkind; performances at CAMI Hall (Columbia Artist Management) in New York, Yosemite Bracebridge Concerts, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, Chancellor's Series at UCSF; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; member, John and Annamarie McCarthy Piano Duo; former faculty, Lone Mountain College.  

For more information please visit annamariemccarthy.com or amccarthy@sfcm.edu.


Accepting intermediate and advanced students.

John McCarthy

Director Emeritus, Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions

"My teaching is dedicated to cultivating musical excellence in committed students, with an emphasis on developing personal musical insight and an effective, healthy technique." B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; attended Mannes College of Music and Hofstra University; studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitsch, Katja Andy, Martin Canin, Robert Helps, Thomas La Ratta and Milton and Peggy Salkind; recorded for Composer Recording Society label; performances with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ojai Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival; member, Annamarie and John McCarthy Piano Duo; Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; summer faculty member, International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, and EuroFest in Germany; former faculty member, Lone Mountain College, and Pacific Music Festival. For more information, please visit https://www.johnmccarthypiano.com or jmccarthy@sfcm.edu.


Accepting advanced students.

Richard Rogers

"I strive to inspire students to dig deeply into the great masterworks of piano music and to energize them to master the technical and interpretative demands of each piece, and I am in turn inspired by the passion of my community of adult students as well as energized by my accomplished younger students."

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; studied with Seymour Bernstein, Marthe Motchane and Paul Hersh; performances with Chamber Music West, Paul Dresher Ensemble and with San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; former faculty, Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. rrogers@sfcm.edu


Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Robert Schwartz

D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Indiana University; studied with Abbey Simon, Adolph Baller, and Joseph Gingold. rschwartz@sfcm.edu



Accepting advanced students.

William Wellborn

William Wellborn is in demand as a pianist, teacher and lecturer throughout North America and Europe and has given concerts in 25 states and ten countries. He received an M.M. (New England Conservatory) and D.M.A. (University of Texas) in performance, and a B.M. in piano pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander and Nancy Garret, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy, Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. A scholar of historic musicians, Wellborn hosted the radio program Piano Legacy from 1995 to 1997. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of the composers Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Haydn. He has taught at master classes of the Saint Malo (1998–2003) and Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy (2004–2007) programs and is currently on the faculty of the Austrian International Piano Seminar. Wellborn is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the American Liszt Society. He records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels and has been on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty since 1989. william.wellborn@sfcm.edu

Accepting advanced students.

Chia-Lin Yang

"I focus on preparing students to become professional performers with individuality, solving technical difficulties (especially due to inappropriate posture or execution), applying effective practicing strategies, and training sensitive ears and artistic acumen."  

Doctor of Music, Indiana University Bloomington; studied with André Watts and Evelyne Brancart; minor field studies: music theory and music education; prizes winner, Seattle International, Kingsville International, Wideman International, Camerata, and WAMSO Young Artist Competitions; performances at Banff Center, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival; founder, West Valley College Young Artist Concert Series, Aristo Trio; recipient, Chancellor's Fellowship from the Jacobs School of Music; former faculty, Indiana University, West Valley College; currently also Lecturer in Piano, University of California-Santa Cruz. More information at chialinyang.com or cyang@sfcm.edu.  


Accepting advanced students.