Our Staff

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Kathleen (Kat) Reyes

Administrative Assistant

Kat is a Bay Are native and received her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music from San Jose State University. While at San Jose State, Kat studied electronic music and found the world of choral conducting and film scoring, which quickly came to be her passion. Kat enjoys an array of activities in her spare […]

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), […]

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 […]

Vera Gerasimov has received her music degree from Special Music College in the Former Soviet Union. In addition to graduating with a piano pedagogy degree, Vera has also received the music degree with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. Since completing both music degrees, Vera has been working as a piano teacher in Russia and was […]

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy: University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctoral Degree in Somatics and Biomechanics for Optimal Performance: University of Wisconsin-Madison Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy: Pennsylvania State University Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and Music Education: University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science and Art, Greece A native of Greece, Dr. […]