Piano Teachers

Eddie Guttman, piano and voice teacher

EDDIE GUTTMAN Piano • Voice

Eddie studied at Binghamton University and New York University, where he earned his Master’s in Composition. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, including at the New School/The Actors’ Studio and NYU. He studied with world renowned pianist Walter Ponce. Past performances include appearances at the Papermill Playhouse, Off Broadway, and CBGB’s. He served for 10+ years as the pianist for the Meet The Artist Series at Lincoln Center. Eddie composed “Equilibrium”, written for and performed by then NYC Ballet principal dancer Peter Boal. Eddie received the honor of being named “Favorite Piano Accompanist” by the readers of the national publication Back Stage. He gave tutelage to Mary Illes (Phantom of the Opera, Music Man), Ta’Rea Campbell (AidaHamilton), Eric Scott Kincaid (NewsiesCats), Adrienne Moore (Orange is the New Black), Doug Plaut (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kathy Brier (Hairspray), Bashira Cresswell (Lion King) and Joel Robertson (Les Miserables).

JEANNE HOLDER Piano • Brass

Jeanne received a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music where she majored in trombone and minored in piano and music education. She also has a Master’s Degree from Temple in Theory and Composition. She studied trombone with Carsten Svanberg, Glenn Dodson, and Roy Stevens, and piano with Lynne Howard and Polly McKeever. She has taught band, chorus, brass, and piano at several schools and colleges in Florida and New Jersey.

Jeanne is also an active performer, playing with the Livingood Big Band, St. John’s River City Brass Band, Jacksonville Symphony, Cathedral Brass, Goldman Band, and many others. She has many of free-lancing experience in Broadway shows, Dixieland, Big Band Jazz, cruise ships, recordings and tours.

Jeanne has been elected to the Board of Advisors for the International Trombone Association, has published several articles on teaching brass, conducted the North Jersey Area Band and Melbourne Municipal Band, and has been commissioned to write over 50 arrangements for various ensembles. In addition, she has run music festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada for the past three years.

MARY HREBIN HAAS

Mary studied piano at Carnegie-Mellon University. She studied piano with Elizabeth Weiss and Carol Ferri, as well as Jascha Zayde in New York City. Throughout her career as a piano instructor, she gained experience teaching students age 5 to 65 of all levels. She has accompanied many singers and instrumentalists for recitals and auditions. For 11 years, she was recital chairperson for the Music Educators Association (MEA) of New Jersey (a non-profit piano teachers organization).

RICHARD HAGEMANN

Richard Hagemann is a graduate of Bard College and New York University, where he earned his Masters in piano performance and an advanced certificate in piano pedagogy. Richard has experience on both the college and pre-college level, having worked as an adjunct instructor at NYU while maintaining his own private studio. Career highlights include participation in the recent “Beethoven the Contemporary” Festival at NYU, as a collaborator with soprano Samantha Burke on her recital documentary “Essential,” and an appearance as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

DIANE SMITH KIRSH Piano • Voice

Diane studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music. She recorded with Michael Bolton, Cyndy Lauper, Patty Austin, George Clinton, Bebe & Cece Wynan, Marc Cohn, and others. She sang as a session singer for radio and television commercials and voice-overs, recording jingles for Diet Coke, Hawaiian Punch, My Little Pony, Chevrolet, and Nestle Sweet Dreams. Diane starred as Eliza Doolittle in Keene State College Summer Theater’s My Fair Lady, as Marian in The Music Man and as Nettie Fowler in Carousel. She was vocal producer of three “Broadway Kids” Albums: ‘Christmas’,’ Broadway’ and ‘America’. Currently she sings with her band Kings Road and is a vocal soloist at the Presbyterian church in New Providence and The Community Congregational Church in Short Hills. She has over 15 years of experience teaching privately.

EMA MITROVIC Piano • Voice

Ema studied at the New Jersey City University and has over 7 years of experience teaching privately. She obtained a long list of performance credits including performing as Siébel in a full production of Gounod’s Faust with the Hudson Opera Theatre in Middletown, NY; as Octavian in the final trio of Der Rosenkavalier with Opera Theatre of Montclair; as Maddalena in Rigoletto; as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre; and in the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with the Concert Opera of Philadelphia. Honors include being named finalist for New Jersey State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, semi-finalist at the 8th Annual Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, and placing first in the advanced lower division of NJ NATS “Festival of Singing Competition,’ where she was also a featured artist. Ema is a regular cantor and alto section leader at Saint Vincent de Paul RC Church in Bayonne, NJ.

KYLE MOFFATT Piano • Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute

Kyle studied at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, earning a Master’s in Jazz Composition. In addition to private instruction, he was instructor at Camp Encore-Coda, a summer music program in Brookline, Maine. Kyle performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Andy McGhee, and Max Weinberg. He performed as a member of groups the Rainbow Band (Berklee College of Music), the Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra, the Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (New England Conservatory), and with the Brian Lewis Big Band, Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra, Beantown Swing Orchestra, and Joe Pino Sextet. He appeared at clubs and festivals including Somethin’ Jazz, The Garage, Silvana, Small’s, Caffe Vivaldi, North Shore jazz Festival, Chianti, Opal Room, Real Bar and All Asia Café. Kyle teaches all styles including jazz and classical, and can also incorporate theory and composition as primary or supplementary instruction.

STEFANIE SANTORO Piano • Voice • Flute

VIDEO: Stefanie Santoro Introduction

OLIVER SHAPIRO Cello • Piano

Oliver studied piano with Boris Bazala and William Dawson (Amherst Summer Music Center). He has been teaching privately since 1974. He performed with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony, Society of Musical Arts, South Orange Symphony, Columbia-Barnard Symphony, West Orange Collegiate Music Association, and other chamber groups and societies. He also has extensive vocal and choral experience and received commissions for a number of his compositions and arrangements.

MARINA STEFANOVSKY Piano • Violin • Viola

Marina earned her BA and MA from Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. She was an instructor at the Village Music Guild in New York City and Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City. Marina has extensive experience teaching violin, viola, piano, and music theory. She has instructed individuals and groups, conducted string orchestras, and transcribed music for string instruments. She taught at Moscow City Music School from 1985-1990. Since 1990, Marina has been teaching privately in Russia, New York, and New Jersey. Marina prides herself on being a responsible and reliable person, as well as a motivated, creative, and patient teacher.

RYAN TOMSKI

Ryan earned his MA in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University and his Ph. D. in Musical Arts in Jazz from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is an award-winning educator with over 15 years’ experience teaching classical and jazz piano, performance, and songwriting to all ages/abilities. He co-leads Big Beat, an NJ-based R&B big band and regularly performs as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the tri-state area. Ryan performed music in eight countries. As a composer, Ryan penned approx. twenty works for large ensembles including big bands, wind ensembles, choirs, marching bands, pep bands, and more.

PETER TOTH

Peter earned his Ph. D in Musical Arts/Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a worldwide concert performer and regular guest artist at various piano festivals, such as the ALS Festival in San Francisco and the Festival Musique en Vallée du Tarn in France. Among his many accomplishments, he won a special award for the best performance of a major romantic work for his interpretation of Brahms’s First Piano Sonata at the Southern Highland International Piano Competition in Australia. He performed concerts in Europe, including Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. He also performed in Japan, South Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, China, Australia, and the United States. He was invited to serve on the jury panel of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2014), and adjudicated at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore in October, 2015. He has been a member of the American Liszt Society since 2011. An advocate of Franz Liszt’s music, Mr. Toth has a wide and diverse repertoire, ranging from J.S. Bach to contemporary music, with a particular focus on the piano music of the 19th century. He is an enthusiastic interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms. Peter’s additional honors include winning the American Paderewski Piano Competition in 2013, the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles in 2010, and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions in Budapest in 2001 and Weimar in 2000. His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society in 2006.

STEVE UJFALUSSY Piano • Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute

Steve studied at the New Jersey City University
and with renowned saxophonists Tim Ries (Rolling Stones, Maria Schneider Orch) Walt Weiskopf (Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan), Jim Snidero, Jane Ira Bloom, Dan Willis, Roger Rosenberg, and Allen Won. He taught woodwinds & piano at Ackerman’s School of Music in Midland Park, NJ for 5 years before joining Elefante Music in 2007. His performance highlights include touring internationally with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic/Talking Heads) and with Postmodern Jukebox. In 2017 he appeared on the album “Blind Gold” by Pool Cosby featuring Hip-Hop legend Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan. Steve works as a music producer, mixing & mastering engineer, and cinematographer, shooting videos for Postmodern Jukebox and producing 75 videos for Robyn Adele Anderson as audio/video engineer. His work as a performer and producer has over 100 million online views. Steve believes production is now a necessary tool for any musician to grow their ability and career. With over 20 years of performing and teaching, Steve is happy to share his experience with his students and impart the best approach to grow their musical enjoyment & ability.

ANDRZEJ WINNICKI Piano • Accordion

As a classical and jazz pianist, Andrzej toured all over Eastern Europe, including Poland, the former Soviet Union, Germany, and the Czech and Slovak Republics. His quintet won a Polish National Jazz Competition, and recorded and performed on national radio and television. He performed in the Lincoln Center, the Polish Consulate General, St. Peter’s Church in New York City, and many top jazz clubs in the tri-state area. Andrzej is also a recording artist for J-Bird Records and WM Records and released three albums (“In the Bush,” “Crazy Girl,” and “Requiem”) of original compositions on these labels. Played with Jeremy Pelt, Mark Egan, Ralph Alessi, Scott Colley, Rodney Holmes, Nasheet Waits and many other top players on the NYC jazz scene. He performed with top stars of Broadway, including Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters. As a part of the Hank Lane Music organization, Andrzej played at countless major corporate functions throughout the United States, including Kurt Masur’s 70th birthday celebration for the New York Philharmonic, many New York City Ballet fundraisers, and events for major corporations. He has been a member of ASCAP since 1997 and local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in New York City since 1989.

Video: Highlights from Andrzej’s virtual piano recital