Anton Smirnov, piano instructor
A graduate of Yale University School of Music, Anton Smirnov began his piano studies at the age of seven in Novosibirsk, Russia. He has made more than 1,000 public performances world-wide at venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon his graduation from Novosibirsk Conservatory, he moved to the US and graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with an Artist Diploma in 2010.
Anton is a dedicated and gifted teacher: last year 3 of his students won auditions to the Carnegie Hall. Besides teaching piano, Mr. Smirnov enjoys teaching chmber groups and conducting sting orchestras.
As a soloist, Anton is a prizewinner of several international piano competitions including the Moscow International Competition for Young Musicians, International Russian Music Piano Competition in San-Jose, CA, Oberlin Concerto Competition, Corpus Christi International Concerto Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition, the NTD International Piano Competition in New York, and others. He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra, San Jose Symphony and the Oberlin Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Anton collaborated with the members of Quatuor Ebene; double bass players Edgar Meyer Eugene Levinson, violinists Simone Perter, Mark Kaplan and Grigory Sokolovsky, violist Barbara Westphal, and many others.
Anton has participated in many international music festivals including “International Program New Names”, Cassalmaggiore International Music Festival, Banff International Master Classes, and Sarasota International Music Festival. Anton is a member of the collaborative faculty at The Heifetz International Music Institute. He participates in the “Heifetz on Tour” music series, performing chamber music with finest young string players. He has also performed in the master classes of John Perry, Marc Durand, Robert Levin, Hung Kuan Chen, M. Boguslavsky, M. Delli Ponti, Boris Berman, Menahem Pressler and many others.
Kelly Shin, piano instructor
Multi-talented musician, Kelly HeeJeoung Shin is a piano performance graduate of Manhattan School of Music, NY. She also holds a double undergraduate degree in piano pedagogy and percussion performance from CSUF. Gifted educator, Kelly turns every lesson into fun and engaging adventure for her student by fusing her love for teaching and excellent education with renown Russian professor Alexandre Moutouzkine.
Kelly began playing the piano at the age of 5. As her interest in music grew, she soon won awards from several competitions. Couple years after moving to the United States, Kelly won the Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition and had her first public performance in United States performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012, Kelly was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist winner and performed at the 2012 Music for All Summer Symposium.
As a collaborative musician, Kelly performed as a percussionist and a pianist in school ensembles and orchestras. She also has shared her music giving solo piano performances as part of the university’s Pianist-in-Performance program. She enjoys performing with other musicians as a duo or in a chamber group and continues to give performances with other musicians at benefit concerts, collaboration concerts, and festivals.