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Keyboard Pre-College Faculty

Learn Keyboard from our fantastic Pre-College Faculty.


Corey Jamason

D.M., Indiana University; M.M. Yale University; B.M. SUNY Purchase; director of SFCM Historical Performance program; co-director of Theatre Comique; principal keyboard American Bach Soloists; performances with Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; festival appearances at Berkeley Early Music Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; multiple recordings with American Bach Soloists, received a GRAMMY nomination for recording with El Mundo, additional recordings with Giles Apap and Astrid Andersson. cjamason@sfcm.edu


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

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

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

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 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

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

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. 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

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

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 premier 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 US and China; currently directs Hang Li Piano Studio in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit Hanglipiano.com or email hli@sfcm.edu.

Sharon Mann

Prefers to work with teenagers on track for collegiate conservatory study.

D.M.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Stanford University; B.A., The Juilliard School; early studies with Rudolph Ganz and Isador Buchhalter; later studies with Jose Echaniz, Irwin Freundlich, Rosalyn Tureck, and Dorothy Taubman; recipient, the George Eastman Award; has served as artistic director of Ohio's Governor Series; co-produced the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and Sommermusikwochen of Switzerland; recorded for Orion and Capella Records; former music director, Junior Bach Festival; former faculty, Perlman Music Program; collegiate faculty San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 2011; Master classes Sichuan Conservatory of Music 2012; Faculty Bowdoin International Music Festival. sharon.mann@sfcm.edu

Meikui Matsushima

Studio motto: hard work and quality practice. Diploma, Toho Music College, Tokyo; additional studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Administrative Director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy; member of Board of Directors of the Chopin Foundation, San Francisco Council. meikui.matsushima@sfcm.edu

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.

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, Milton Salkind and Peggy Salkind. John McCarthy has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Symphony Hall and at the Ojai Festival with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. The John and Annamarie McCarthy Piano Duo has presented numerous performances at Stanford University, the Bracebridge Concerts at Yosemite National Park, and at CAMI (Columbia Artist Management Hall) in New York City. McCarthy's many involvements in contemporary music include first performances of works by Gerard Grisey and Frederic Rzewski, as well as recording for Composer Recording Society.

In 2006, John McCarthy was one of three teachers of classical music to receive a distinguished teacher award from the Department of Education and the White House Committee on Presidential Scholars in the Arts. His students have appeared as concerto soloists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Baroque, Royal Scottish National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and with several youth orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and California Youth Symphony.

For more information, please visit JohnMcCarthypiano.com or jmccarthy@sfcm.edu.

Corey McVicar

Corey McVicar, described as a “truly poetic and exhilarating” pianist by the Sydney Morning Herald, has performed worldwide. He has appeared extensively throughout his native Australia, including notable performances at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Parliament House; he has also given concerto performances with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Other international performances include solo recital and concerto engagements in Singapore at Victoria Hall; in Thailand at the American University and Goethe institute; in France at the Saint Germain en-Laye Bibliotech; and in the United States at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Strathmore Hall.

Mr. McVicar’s competition successes include the New York Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Liszt International Piano Competition (Italy), and the Yale Gordon and Dan Saslov Piano Competitions in Maryland. He earned his music degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music of the University of Sydney, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Postgraduate study took place in Germany and France. The various artists with whom he has worked include Ann Schein, Yvonne Lefebure, Leon Fleisher, and Murray Perahia.

Before joining the collegiate piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. McVicar held piano teaching positions at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University; and he has given piano masterclasses in Asia, Australia and North America. Many of his current and former piano students have won major prizes in both National and International piano competitionsl corey.mcvicar@sfcm.edu.

Yoshi Nagai

Praised by audiences and critics alike for his fresh interpretations and dramatic presentation style, Yoshikazu Nagai has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and America in such venues as Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Concert Hall in China, National Concert Hall and Recital Hall in Taiwan, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in Canada, Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre, The National Gallery and Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. His schedule in recent seasons includes recitals in Naples, Seoul, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco and in collaborations with the Ives Quartet, violinists Robert Mann, Anthony Marwood and with orchestras across the country.

Mr. Nagai has appeared at many international music festivals, and his live performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, RAI Italian National TV, Hong Kong National Radio RTHK4, and on public radio stations in San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland, and Salt Lake City. Winner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize at the 2002 Washington International Piano Competition. Mr. Nagai is also a major prizewinner of the San Antonio, Missouri Southern, New Orleans, IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competitions, and the Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition.

Born in Germany and raised in the United States, Mr. Nagai studied with John Perry at Rice University, Paul Schenly and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the Malvina Podis Prize in Piano upon graduation, and Duane Hulbert at the University of Puget Sound with whom he recorded the Glasunov Fantasie for two Pianos, Op. 104.

He has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts for excellence in teaching and Mr. Nagai’s students are top prizewinners of national and international competitions including the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Australia, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Hilton Head, Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, Nina Wideman, International Russian Music, King Award, Missouri Southern, Corpus Christi, Lennox Young Artists, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU, Heida Hermanns, International E-Piano Competitions, Gilmore Young Artists Award, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Mr. Nagai frequently gives master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Asia including recent classes at Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Shenzhen Arts School in China, Seoul National University, Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul Arts School, Hanyang University, KyungHee University, Konkuk University, and Sejong University in South Korea, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University. He also regularly serves as adjudicator of international piano competitions and has served on the juries of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, World Piano Competition, and Alaska International Piano E- Competition amongst others.

Currently Professor of Piano and Chamber Music, he is chair of the piano department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Visiting Prof. of Piano at the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Nagai teaches regularly during the summers at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, where he serves as chair of the piano faculty and “Art of Piano” at Cincinnati Conservatory. He has also been summer faculty at the Shanghai and Beijing International Piano Festivals in China, Maestro International Piano Festival in Taiwan, Brancaleoni Festival in Italy, Chautauqua, Summit Festivals in New York, Pianofest in the Hamptons, South Eastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, Colburn Academy, JPA Festival and Montecito International Music Festival in California, Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and RPPF in Florida.

Mr. Nagai is a former faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Academy and is Visiting Professor of Piano at the Shanghai Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. ynagai@sfcm.edu

Scott Pratt

M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Mack McCray and Nina Svetlanova; four-time winner, Musical Merit Foundation Award. spratt@sfcm.edu

Lena Schuman

"I espouse the great Russian tradition of teaching by emphasizing the importance of solid technical preparation, analysis of musical style, and beautiful sound production. I welcome students of all ages and experience levels who are willing to engage in a profound study of classical piano repertoire and vastly improve the depth of their understanding and love for music."

Lena Schumann grew up as a pianist in the former Soviet Union, and performed with the Azerbaijan Symphony Orchestra at ages nine and twelve. She graduated form the Azerbaijan Specialized Music School before immigrating tot he United States in 1981. M.M. and B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Maria Itzkovich, Haggai Niv, Milton Salkind and Herbert Stessin. lschuman@sfcm.edu

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

Sandra Wright Shen

"I seek to bring out the best in students, to nurture them to love music, to listen intently, to observe thoughtfully, to stretch their imaginations, to strive for excellence, and embrace life with the joy of music."


Pianist Sandra Shen has appeared as a soloist and guest artist over 400 concerts in 16 countries, including concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center, the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, Monte Carlo Opera House, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Taiwan National Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Hong Kong City Hall, Granada Intl Music Festival, and Recontres Musicale de Chaon in France. Shen was the Artist-In-Residence of the Charleston Symphony for the 2017-18 season. She has received several first prizes in competitions, including the France International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition. Shen’s recordings include her debut CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, recorded live, and the Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals”, both released on the Taiwan Rolling Stone Music label.


As an educator, Shen served on the piano faculty of the Masterworks Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Southern Illinois University and the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Furman University. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the direction of legendary pianist, Ann Schein. Sandra Wright Shen is a Steinway Artist. http://www.sandrashen.com

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

Yi-Fang Wu

Equally active as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, Yi-Fang Wu is dedicated to passing on her passion for music to the younger generation. Yi-Fang welcomes students of all levels to explore the beautiful piano repertoire by deepening their understanding of technique and diverse musical styles, as well as a commitment to consistent practicing and studying.


Yi-Fang’s students have garnered top awards in competitions locally and globally, including Junior Bach Festival, United States International Music Competition, Piano Star International Competition, Chicago International Competition, Chopin Avenue Piano Competition, Elevato International Piano Competition in Switzerland, Henle Piano Competition in Germany, and WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition.


In addition to being a musical partner in high demand, she has appeared in festivals across the US and Europe, such as Eastern Music Festival, The Castleman Quartet Program, Miami Music Festival, International Music Festival and Workshop in Germany, and Savonlinna Music Festival in Finland. She has a B.A. in English Literature from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and a M.M. in Piano Performance and Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal teachers include Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, and Anita Pontremoli. For more information, please visit https://www.yi-fangwu.com/ or ywu@sfcm.edu

Chia-Lin Yang

Hailed by critics as possessing “the requisite touch of poetry that eludes so many pianists,” Dr. Chia-Lin Yang has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and her native Taiwan as a concert pianist and chamber musician. 


Top prizes at the Seattle International Piano Competition and Kingsville Isabel Scionti Solo Piano Competition helped launch a performance career which has included concerts at Benaroya Hall and the Banff Centre’s Rolston Recital Hall as well as a national broadcast on WQXR in Minnesota. Additional competition awards include the National Arts and Letters Competition, WAMSO Young Artist Competition, Camerata Concerto Competition, and Wideman Piano Concerto Competition. She is a recipient of the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists.


As a collaborative artist, Chia-Lin has appeared in concert with Queen Elisabeth Gold Medalist Ik-Hwan Bae, and has been featured on chamber music series throughout the Bay Area including the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, 405 Shrader, and Noontime Concerts in San Francisco. She was previously a member of the Aristo Trio and Yang-Shin-Bate Trio, and most recently co-founded the Verve Trio which has been receiving rave reviews throughout the Bay Area.


Passionately dedicated to teaching, Chia-Lin serves on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz and San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division. Her students are frequent top prize winners at international and national competitions including the César Franck Piano Competition, American Beethoven Society Celia Méndez Competition, Franz Liszt Centre International Competition, WPTA Finland International Piano Competition, Costa Rica Piano Competition, KAMSA, US International Music Competition, MTAC Piano Competition, Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, International Grand Music Competition, and Junior Bach Festival. They also participate in youth symphonies, chamber music programs (YCM), concert series, and summer music festivals around the country.


Chia-Lin received her Doctor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Evelyne Brancart and André Watts. More information at chialinyang.com or cyang@sfcm.edu.

Amy Zanrosso

Amy Zanrosso’s playing has been hailed as expressive, magnetic and masterful but since no one at the New York Times has said this, she’s not allowed to put it in quotes. Thanks to her attentive Italian immigrant mom, piano lessons started at the age of 6 and by the age of 15, Amy had made the decision to make music her life. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Symphony of the Kootenays, the Russian Chamber Orchestra and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. Her love of chamber music has led her to more fully admire her favorite composers while sharing the experience with countless inspiring musicians and appreciative audiences.

Amy is a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Pre-College Academy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA. She is constantly fueled by her fantastically inspiring students and enjoys forcing her favorite composers on them as well as telling them what to. Many thanks to Beethoven and Brahms for inspiring her to come this far – she wouldn’t change a thing. For more information, please visit www.amyzanrosso.com. azanrosso@sfcm.edu.