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Larissa Sokoloff

Nutley NJ | 07110

About me

A pedagogue and concert pianist, Larissa Sokoloff draws on her extensive international training, integrating her performance experience and knowledge of American and European (German, Hungarian, and Russian) schools of playing, in developing both beginning and experienced students. Ms. Sokoloff's approach to teaching cultivates the unique musical strengths of each student, and channels a student’s unique personal qualities into the process of learning.

Her approach nurtures both a challenging process of musical growth that ultimately brings personal satisfaction and develops confidence, and a joy in the study of the piano. As no single teaching approach suits all students equally, she tailors her approach to each student accordingly. Her teaching style is highly interactive and supportive, and is based on the classical method, incorporating technique, repertoire, and theory in lessons.

Ms. Sokoloff’s students have received prizes and awards in regional, national and international competitions, and have performed at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall among other venues in New York City, the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre in London, the Aronoff Centre in Cincinnati, and have been featured in articles in the nation’s press. Several of her students have pursued advanced and professional studies at the world’s most prestigious conservatiories, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, and have performed in concert with renowned pianists such as Lang Lang. Ms. Sokoloff’s students have, without exception, received the highest ratings in annual evaluations held by the Music Educators Association of New Jersey (MEA) in the past three years. All of her students perform at annual recitals and at recitals held at local venues throughout the year.

In her 15 years of teaching, Ms. Sokoloff has served as Lecturer in Piano at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and maintained her private studio in Nutley, NJ where she currently teaches.

Ms. Sokoloff has also served as a competition adjudicator, led master classes at the pre-college and college levels, and presented lectures for both the Rotary Club and the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the The Royal Conservatory of Music and holds a Teaching Certificate from the Conservatory.

As a pianist Ms. Sokoloff has been critically acclaimed for her performances "rich in communicative emotion … full of grandeur, sweep and passion," possessing a "dimension of electricity, dead-center accuracy, and artistic command." The Washington Post described her as a "superb pianist and an even better musician."

Ms. Sokoloff has performed as soloist and with orchestra throughout the United States and Europe. She has appeared in venues in France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, and Switzerland. Highlights of appearances in the United States include performances at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Ravinia Festival, the Sarasota Opera House, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Down Town Association in New York as part of the series “Harvardwood Presents.” She has also performed as soloist with the Manhattan School of Music Composers Orchestra, the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, and the Summit Symphony in Summit, NJ, among others.

A competitor in numerous international competitions, Ms. Sokoloff is recipient of a number of international awards, including the Halina Czerny Stefanska Prize granted by the Masterplayers of Lugano, Switzerland. She received a Special Jury Prize from the Ettore Pozzoli International Competition in Seregno, Italy, presented by jury chairman and Italian pianist Maria Tipo. She is also a winner of the Nena Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport. Louisiana.

Ms. Sokoloff’s performances have been broadcast on the radio stations WQXR in New York and WEMS in Washington, DC.

Specialties

standard piano repertoire,technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading

Education and Accreditation

Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts
Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Master of Music
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Artist Diploma
advanced professional studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary as a Fulbright Scholar

Professors: Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Russell Sherman, James Tocco, Frank Weinstock

master classes and specialized study with Vera Gornostaeva, Karl Heinz Kammerling, Lev Naumov, Andras Schiff

Teaching Certificate from the The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto

Testimonials

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$60 & up

Genre

Classical
Performance

Methods

ABRSM
Alfred Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Languages

English
Russian

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