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A  pedagogue and concert pianist, Larissa Sokoloff draws on her extensive international training and knowledge of American and European (German, Hungarian, and Russian) schools of playing, in working with both beginning and advanced students.

Ms. Sokoloff has been teaching piano for 16 years. She has served as Lecturer in Piano at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently teaches at her private studio in Nutley, NJ and locally. Aside from the standard piano curriculum, Ms. Sokoloff teaches both the ABRSM curriculum, preparing students for the Royal Schools of Music exams, and The Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto curriculum which prepares candidates for the Conservatory's Certificate Program Examinations. Both examinations are administered internationally. She is an active member of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (MTNA)and the Music Educators Association of NJ (MEA-NJ).

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, and at 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 conservatories, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, and have performed in concert with renowned pianists such as Lang Lang. All of her students perform at annual recitals and at recitals held at concert venues throughout the year.

Ms. Sokoloff’s teaching style challenges students musically, technically, and artistically, and inspires each student to achieve personal satisfaction in playing the piano. Students develop confidence and self-esteem as they progress and through public performances. As no single teaching approach suits all students equally, she tailors her approach to each student accordingly. Ms. Sokoloff’s teaching style is highly interactive and supportive, and is based on the classical method, incorporating technique, repertoire, and theory in lessons.

A graduate of the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, Ms. Sokoloff received a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in Music and Slavic Studies. She subsequently graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University with a Masters degree in Piano as a student of Leon Fleisher and a Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society member. As a Fulbright Scholar she pursued piano studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Sokoloff is also a recipient of an Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Lazar Berman, Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Russell Sherman, and Frank Weinstock.

As a pianist Ms. Sokoloff has been featured in articles in the Chicago Tribune, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Washington Post among other publications. The Washington Post described Ms. Sokoloff as a "superb pianist and an even better musician," and she 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." Ms. Sokoloff’s performances have been broadcast on the radio stations WQXR in New York and WEMS in Washington, DC.

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, DC, the Ravinia Festival, the Harvard Club of Boston, the Sarasota Opera House, the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and the Down Town Association in New York as part of the “Harvardwood Presents” series. 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 also received a Special Jury Prize for the "Pianist Possessing the Most Remarkable Expressive Skills" from the Ettore Pozzoli International Competition in Seregno, Italy, presented by jury chairman and Italian pianist Maria Tipo. Ms. Sokoloff is also a winner of the Nena Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ms. Sokoloff has 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. Recognized for excellence in teaching by the Royal American Conservatory, she holds a Teaching Certificate from the Conservatory.

Education

  • The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, graduate
  • B.A. Harvard University
  • M.M. Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University
  • Artist Diploma, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Fulbright Scholar, Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary)

Awards

  • Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, Royal American Conservatory
  • Halina Czerny Stefanska Prize, Masterplayers of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Special Jury Prize, Ettore Pozzoli International Competition (Seregno, Italy)
  • The Wideman International Piano Competition, winner

Associations

  • New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA), member
  • Music Educators Association of NJ (MEA-NJ), member
 
Studio Location
Nutley, New Jersey
 
Phone
(513) 254-1297 (cell)
 

 
Website
pianoteachers.com/sokolol