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" ...All one has to do is hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself." Johann Sebastian Bach

"We do not play the piano with our fingers but with our mind." Glenn Gould


Dr. Mikhail Yanovitsky, Founder and Co-director of EMA

Mikhail Yanovitsky, born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), began to study piano under the guidance of his mother. He graduated from the Leningrad Music School for Gifted Children, where he studied under Marina Wolf, and then from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied under Mikhail Voskresensky. Dr. Yanovitsky continued to develop his piano career in the 1980s, making his debuts with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Leningrad Philharmonic. He relocated to the United States and in 1991 won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, becoming their most frequently re-engaged artist. Represented by Young Concert Artists, he played for the New York Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gerald Schwartz, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas and several other orchestras in the US, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and South America. Yanovitsky has performed in thirty-four American states, including appearances at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Convention Center, San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Mikhail has also performed throughout Europe, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and China. Winning the Gina Bachauer Piano Graduate Scholarship in 1991 and 1992 allowed Yanovitsky to study under Seymour Lipkin at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2002, he completed his Doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Harvey Wedeen and defended his thesis on Scriabin’s piano music. Several years later, the thesis was translated into Chinese and published by a Shanghai music publisher under the title Early Piano Miniatures by Scriabin. Mikhail Yanovitsky has won numerous awards. In 2001, Steinway & Sons named Yanovitsky a Steinway Artist. He was awarded 1st prize at the Concerto Competition (Cantu, Italy) in 1998 and subsequently appeared at the Sala Verdi in Milan. In 1996, he was a prize winner at the International Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia. He won the Pro Piano competition in New York in 1994 and the East Hampton Competition in 1992. Since the mid-1990s, Mikhail Yanovitsky has regularly performed in Russia, including at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Rachmaninoff and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Scriabin Museum in Moscow, the House of Architects and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Dr. Yanovitsky is currently teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Critics around the world have praised Mikhail Yanovitsky as one of today’s leading artists.

“Particularly striking was the sound: big without brutality, rich but always clear in focus.” The New York Times

“His ability to execute the details while at the same time clothing the music in broad colors and expansive melodic gesture recalled a manner of Chopin playing from past generations.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Yanovitsky will become one of the great piano talents of our time.” Duluth News-Tribune

“Rarely does one leave a concert hall in such an elated mood as provokes the performance of Mikhail Yanovitsky... he is a true master.” El Porvenir

Larisa Yanovitsky, born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), studied at the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Vera Razumovskaya, one of the exemplary teachers in Russia.

Upon graduation, Larisa began teaching children at several district music schools, as well as adults at the Institute of Culture, now the St. Petersburg University of Culture. Teaching is her passion, which she has passed to many of her students, who now teach in Russia, as well as Germany, Israel, and the United States. The most accomplished of her many students is her son, Mikhail Yanovitsky, a Steinway artist, a winner of numerous competitions, a concertizing pianist, who is also on the piano faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Upon arrival in the United States, Larisa continued her teaching career. For the past twenty years, she has been a part of the Settlement Music School piano faculty, and has an extensive private studio. Her most motivated students continued professional musical training at universities and conservatories, such as Manhattan School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, and many others.        

Yelena Rader, born in Kiev, Ukraine is a classical pianist, and a dedicated pedagogue. She began her piano studies at the age of five, attending the Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev. When she was twelve years old, she placed second in Ukraine's national Tchaikovsky competition. In 1982, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the R. Glier Kiev State Musical College, with a concentration in piano performance and music theory. Yelena is a graduate of the A. Gorkiy Kiev State Pedagogic University, with a Master’s Degree in music, piano and voice, where she studied under Olga Orlova and Igor Ryabov. At the age of twenty-three, Yelena began to teach piano, and since then has become a dedicated and highly sought after teacher. Having taught piano for the past thirty years, it has become Yelena’s professional calling, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with all aspiring musicians.

Ala Emet was born in Potsdam, Germany and moved to Moldova at the age of seven. The following year, she began her piano studies at the Eugen Coca’s Music School for gifted children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the G.Musichescku Kishinev State Conservatory, where she studied under E. Zak. After graduation, she remained at the conservatory, working as an accompanist for the Brass and Jazz Conductors Department, until relocating to Romania. There, she continued to work as a teacher and an accompanist at the Ploiesti College of Art. Ala was subsequently offered a position at the G. Enescku Bucharest National Music College, where she took part in various festivals, accompanying strings, brass, and percussion ensembles. At the same time, she worked at Bucharest Music Academy as an accompanist in a vocal class of E. Eneshescku. After moving to the United States, Ms. Emmet worked as a private teacher and accompanist in New York and Arizona, and taught students of all ages and levels at the Tucson Music and Dance Academy.

Olena Haviuk-Sheremet began her piano studies at the Solomiya Krushelnytska’s Music School for gifted students in Lviv, Ukraine. She continued her education at the Mykola Lysenko’s Lviv National Music Academy, under the tutelage of Oksana Rapita.

Olena’s first performance with an orchestra was when she was just eight years old. Since then, she played with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Kiev National Philharmonic Orchestra, under the batons of such conductors, as I. Yuzyuk, Y. Kolesa, Y. Bervetsky, A. Torybayev, M. Mestre, R. Filipchuk, S. Burko and many others. She has also performed at many festivals, some of which are, Summer Music Evenings (Kiev, Ukraine), International Festival “Improvisation” (Lviv, Ukraine), International Piano Forum “Bieszczady without boundaries” (Sanok, Poland), and Alion Baltic International Music Festival (Tallinn, Estonia).

At the age of 10, she won the first prize at the Vladimir Horowitz Interantional Yound Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine). She was also a second prize winner at the International Piano Competition “Sribny Dzvin” (Uzhgorod, Ukraine), and a third prize winner at the Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition (Lviv, Ukraine). In addition, Olena was a participant at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, Spain), Mykola Lysenko International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine), and Emil Gilels International Piano Competition (Odessa, Ukraine).

Olena participated in several masterclasses with many famous professors such as, B.Goetzke (Germany), V. Kozlov (Ukraine), N. Fisher (England), M. Mestre (Spain), M. Voskresensky (Russia), A. Mamriev (Germany), L. Morales (Spain), M. Yanovitsky (USA).

Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Mikhail Yanovitsky.