Piano is one of the most familiar musical instruments. It is played using a keyboard and it’s considered percussion instrument because the strings are struck rather than plucked. Piano widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, accompaniment, and for composing and rehearsal. Learning Piano is often recommended for children under five, as as the student develops skills that will transfer to other instruments as they get older.
Irene Osalla brings over 17 years of teaching experience to the conservatory. She started out directing and accompanying a church children’s choir at a young age and has continued her passion for teaching ever since.
Irene holds a degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University and currently teaches private piano lessons as well as piano and violin to pre-K thru elementary classrooms in Santa Monica and Palisades area schools. Although favored by young students, Irene has successfully taught ages ranging from 2 through 72! Patient and energetic, Irene introduces musicality and proper technique in creative, fun ways. Learn More…
David Bertok grew up and studied piano in Germany before relocating to Los Angeles in 2012 for the prestigious film scoring program at USC.
He has an extensive background in classical and jazz piano, and has composed, produced and toured as a keyboardist in progressive rock bands.
He also composes for film and TV and writes concert music.
His teaching method incorporates creativity to a high degree such as improvisation and composition.
Anna Goryacheva was born in 1986 in Kaliningrad, USSR. She began her professional music studies at the age of six at Kaliningrad Special Music School for gifted children. She performed her debut solo recital at the age of ten at the Kaliningrad Philaharmony.
In 2006-2011 Ms. Goryacheva studied at the Gnessin Music Academy (Moscow, Russia) in the studio of a prominent pianist and pedagogue Prof. Denis Burstein (piano department of Vladimir Tropp).
During her stay in Russia Anna Goryacheva became a Prizewinner of several International Piano Competitions, and participated in a number of master classes with leading performers and teachers, such as Lev Natochenny, Dmitry Bashkirov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Avo Kouyoumdjian, Lily Dorfman, Vera Nosina, Alexander Kobrin and others.
In 2014 she finished a very prestigious Artist Diploma Program at USC Thornton School of Music where she studied with a world-renown pianist Prof. Daniel Pollack. In 2016 Anna received her Masters degree at USC Thornton and graduated with honors.
Anna Goryacheva performed solo, chamber and vocal music recitals in Russia, United States, Hungary, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden. She also appeared as a soloist with Kaunas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Berman on the orchestra’s tour in Eastern Europe. Ms. Goryacheva’s recordings were broadcasted on the radio and television.