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Known for her incredibly rich and flexible voice, American-Iranian Actor and Lyric-Soprano Neda Lahidji is equally adept at singing in an array of genres, including: musical theatre, opera, jazz, and popular. In addition to performing, Neda is the Owner and Founder of NL Vocal Studio, a holistic approach for vocal athletes for their voice and […]

Jamie Mulfinger

Flute, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Voice

Mrs. Mulfinger holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Education, and Master of Music degrees and is a San Jose State University alumni. She attended masterclasses from pianists Alexander Peskanov and Anne Epperson and studied with Gustavo Cardinal at Interlochen International Fine Arts Academy and is a former student of Dr. Dan Steenson and Dr. Christopher […]

Nicole Lai, a Bay Area student, has been an avid musician since the age of six. As a highly accomplished pianist, she has earned numerous awards at state, national, and international levels. Notably, she performed at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in 2017 and 2018 as part of the winners’ recitals for the American Protégé International […]

With over 20 years of teaching and performing, Eliza has guided students of all ages and levels to a consistent 95% success rate in ABRSM exams. Her music journey began at age 6, inspired daily by her elder sister’s piano practice. Excelling in her studies, she graduated with top honors in piano from National Tsing […]

Paola Rapaj Kraja, who holds both a M.M. and M.Ed., is a seasoned pianist with over 20 years of experience in the realm of piano study. She earned dual master’s degrees from Charles University and the Prague Conservatory, majoring in piano performance and education. Her considerable talents have led her to perform as a soloist […]

Dr. Jackie Gao

Violin & Viola

Dr. Gao is a versatile violinist and educator who has performed and given lectures across Asia and the United States. Her performances have been featured on radio and TV programs in China, as well as at prestigious events such as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, the Summit Music Festivaland the Immanuel […]

Chun-Han Sophia Lin, originally from Taiwan, started her first serious piano training in the United States with Ms. Erna Gulabyan, preparatory faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory. Through her instruction, Sophia quickly became a prize winner of multiple competitions such as the MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California), CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers), […]

Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang

Piano, Artistic Director

D.M.A. – Michigan State University Masters – Sydney Conservatory of Music Master Faculty at Pacific Piano School since 2014 Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang was born in Beijing and began learning the piano at the age of four. In 1991, her family migrated to Sydney, Australia, and she had her first performance at the Sydney Opera […]

Mari Kawamura is a concert pianist whose curiosity has taken her in a variety of directions ranging from improvisation and dance to biology and physics. Kawamura is drawn to music which utilizes the entirety of the piano as an expressive device. She is as equally fascinated by works which showcase the tremendous agility of the […]