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Svitlana Syrtsova

  • Degrees and StudiesM.M., Kharkiv Conservatory, Ukraine; D.M.A., National Music Academy of Ukraine; M.Ed., Columbia University
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Ukraine

Performances and Distinctions: Svitlana Syrtsova has been the Special Award winner of the 21st Bartok-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, Radford, VA, and a finalist of the 9th Simone Belsky Competition, Litchfield, CT and J. S. Bach Piano Competition, Boston, MA. Ms.Syrtsova has performed extensively as a piano recitalist and a chamber musician and developed a diverse repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary. Her concert highlights include late works by Messiaen, National House of Organ and Chamber Music, Kiev, Ukraine, all-Bach program, Donnell Library, NY; Roerich Museum, NY. In 2010, together with her husband, pianist Sergey Krivonos, Svitlana founded Syrtsova-Krivonos Piano Duet. Since then, the duet has been successfully performing in New York/Tri-State Area presenting versatile programs of solo and four hands repertoire. Svitlana Syrtsova teaches piano at Riverdale YM-YWHA, Bronx, NY and maintains a private studio in Manhattan, NY. She is a member of MTNA and NYSMTA.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "As a pianist, I know how hard learning to play piano could be, and at the same time, what a joy this learning can bring. No matter what level or age of the student, whether she/he is professional or an amateur pianist, beginner or advanced, mastering music on the piano takes commitment by students (and parents), but the rewards are tremendous and long-lasting. As a teacher, I strive to make the learning positive and enjoyable for students and create an inspiring atmosphere for music making. I strongly believe that teaching a proper sequence of technical skills and carefully chosen learning materials and repertoire for every student are important factors for students’ achievements and successful learning."