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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 […]

Alfredo Marcos


Alfredo Marcos was born in San Jose California and is of Nicaraguan descent. Growing up he was always the only student of Latino heritage in the various piano studios he studied under in the south bay area. Nevertheless, that fact continues to distinguish his performance style up until this day. Fascinated on how music can […]