About our Faculty

Dr. ARMINE NAGHDYAN is a teacher with extensive experience, working with students ages 5 through advanced students who hold their Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music. She believes that a teacher has to open the door into the the World of Music to help every student enjoy the beauty of it.

Dr. Naghdyan was born in Yerevan into a family of musicians - her father was a famous composer, and her mother and sister were both piano teachers. She studied at Tchaikovsky Music School of Yerevan and afterwards continued her education at the Yerevan State Conservatory where she earned her Master Degree with Honors. During that time, she had numerous recitals all over Armenia and won First Prize at the local Bach Piano Competition.

After working some years as a piano teacher and accompanist, she continued her education in the world-renowned Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russia - where she completed her Doctoral Degree - with Professor Aleksandr Ikharev, a representative of the famous Nikolaev Russian School of Piano Playing. She attended classes of such outstanding professors as Natan Perelman, Vladimir Nilssen, Moesey Khalphin and studied piano pedagogy with Lev Aronovich Barenboim.

After returning to Armenia, her academic career included teaching at school and college - she also had a Professorship at Yerevan State Conservatory, as well as performances on Armenian Radio and TV. Her numerous students performed recitals in the USA, Australia, Italy, Russia etc. She received a “Diploma of the Best Teacher” when her student won Grand Prize at the International Competition in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

She has lived in Bellevue for over six years now and her students often win prizes in local Competitions and Festivals and participate in recitals as soloists and accompanists.

Dr. ELENA ALEKSANDROVA is a lifelong musician and has always loved to teach and perform. She graduated from Saint Petersburg's famous Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music where she received her Master’s Degree with honor. Dr. Aleksandrova studied solo piano, theory, harmony, piano pedagogy and children’s music education. In 2009, Elena was invited to teach students in the oldest Russian University of Theater Arts–GITIS, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Performing Arts. She worked as stage director and concertmaster in many Russian Opera Houses and State Conservatories. In 2008, Elena was awarded an internship in the Theater "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" in Florence, Italy. Teaching piano is a major part of her musical career. Dr. Aleksandrova really loves to work with kids. The key element in her style is the “Smart Start”, which means helping students to start thinking musically right away. Another important detail of her teaching style is a good portion of humor which aids young students to relax and easily reach the highest potential. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Competitions and Piano Guild exams, Music For Everyone programs, and her students participate in State and local festivals. Dr. Elena Aleksandrova speaks English, Russian, Italian, and Ukrainian.

Dr. HANNA CYBA (owner, manager, individual piano teacher) was born in Poland and began piano lessons at the age of five. After completing her piano education at the Szymanowski Music Lyceum, she continued studies with the renowned Polish pianist/composer and Professor Jan Ekier (known for his authoritative Urtext edition of Chopin's music for the Polish National Edition) at the prestigious F. Chopin Academy and University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. After graduating, she received a full scholarship to study piano and chamber music with J. Bonn and A. Smith at the University of Southern California. She continued her pianistic education at the University of Miami where she was a Teaching Assistant, earning a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance.

Hanna Cyba has performed in Poland, Italy, Australia, the Czech Republic and the United States in solo and chamber music recitals as well as with orchestras and has participated in international piano competitions as well as master classes. She organized the piano pedagogy program at Barry University where she was an adjunct professor of music (piano), worked in the Keyboard for Kids pedagogy program at the University of Miami, was an accompanist at the Grand Theater National opera in Warsaw, Poland, and serves on various piano competition juries. She also serves on the board of the directors of The Chopin Foundation of the United States Northwest Council. Dr. Cyba is now accepting competition level as well as hobby level piano students and beginners in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle and area. - (limited enrollment.) Many of Dr. Hanna's students are top-prize winners each year in local competitions and festivals.

Dr. ADAM ALEKSANDER (owner, manager, individual piano teacher) is also in great demand as one of the top teachers in the area; his students consistently win local and national piano competitions. He has given master classes at universities in SUNY Fredonia, Baylor, North Texas in Denton, Grand Valley State in Michigan, Loyola New Orleans, Viterbo, Georgia State University, Northeastern Illinois in Chicago, as well as in Vancouver, Japan and Ecuador. Dr. Aleksander was an adjunct professor at Barry University where he taught piano, piano literature and music history and was a teaching assistant during his doctoral studies at University of Miami where he taught piano and class piano as well as theory.

Born in Edmonton, Canada, Adam Aleksander has been performing to the acclaim of audiences worldwide since his debut with orchestra at the age of fourteen with the Chopin Piano Concerto in E Minor. He has studied with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Regina Smendzianka at the Chopin Academy and University in Warsaw, Poland (where he met his future wife, Dr. Hanna Cyba), J. Bonn at the University of Southern California, and has a Doctorate Degree in Music (University of Miami). He has performed at festivals in Tokyo, Tours, Atami, Orford, Quebec, Interlochen, Michigan, Cleveland, Miami, Winnipeg as well as Slupsk and Antonin, Poland.

Dr. Aleksander has received top prizes in over nineteen piano competitions, including international and national competitions in Barcelona, Paris, Salerno, Miami, Edmonton, Lawton and Palm Beach, and has received prizes for his recordings in competitions in Austin, Texas and Calgary, Canada. In addition, he has been awarded grants from The Canada Council and The Alberta Heritage Trust Fund. Adam Aleksander has made television, CD, and radio recordings and has performed in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Scotland, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada and the U.S. His recordings are available on iTunes, amazon.com and other websites. He is artistic advisor for the National Chopin Foundation of the United states and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Chopin Foundation of the United States Northwest Council. Dr. Aleksander is one of the most experienced and successful piano teachers in the Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Seattle area.

Dr. LEVI LARSON is passionate about the multifaceted world in which music lives. Learning and making music is about building character, self-discovery and creating a unique voice and expressive outlet. Dr. Larson feels that it is his privilege as a teacher to share his study of music and inspire creativity in his students.

He received his Doctorate in piano performance from the University of Nebraska, a Masters from the University of Kansas, and his Bachelors from the University of Idaho. Dr. Larson studied with Dr. Mark Clinton at the University of Nebraska and Dr. Steven Spooner at The University of Kansas and the University of Idaho. He has also been fortunate enough to have lessons with teachers such as Aldo Ciccolini, Dr. John Perry, and Dr. Ian Hobson.

Dr. Larson is an active performer and enjoys the large concert stage as well as the small church sanctuary or retirement home. Dr. Larson’s command of the piano and his musicianship create memorable and authentic music enjoyed by all audiences.