Newton Piano Academy Instructors
- We are graduates of leading conservatories around the world.
- We are nurturing and sensitive instructors.
- We inspire students of a wide array of ages, levels, and musical goals to fulfill their potential through piano playing.
- Among our students are competition winners as well as beginners pursuing piano as a hobby.
- We believe that the world is a better place with more piano players!
OUR DIRECTOR AND ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome
Director, Head Teacher, and Artist in Resident, Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome has joined M. Steinert and Sons in 2014. Her commitment to teaching and inspiring young people in their study of piano music has been recognized with the Top Teacher Award by Steinway & Sons for several consecutive years.
Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome’s performances are known for their fresh, imaginative, and passionate interpretation. Her extraordinary artistry brings new life to a wide array of piano repertoire, from Baroque to the 21st Century. She has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, Russia, and South Africa – including Weill Carnegie Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in NY, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Aspen Music Festival, Palace de Beaux Arts in Brussels and Lucerne Music Festival. She performed as a soloist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, and Neuchatel Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. She has performed in recitals with world renowned musicians including Sarah Chang and Vladimir Spivakov, and continuously collaborates with her brother Mikhail Ovrutsky. Earlier in her career she worked as a collaborative pianist in the master classes and private lessons of professors Zakhar Bron, Dorothy DeLay, Mauricio Fuks, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, and Pinchas Zukerman. Her numerous competition awards include the Aspen Music Festival Competition and Concert Artist Competition in New York. Her duo CD with Mikhail Ovrutsky “Turning Points” recorded for Berlin Classics® has earned outstanding reviews and was selected as “CD of the Week” by RBB
Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School. She attended on a full scholarship, studying with legendary professors Herbert Stessin for piano and Felix Galimir for chamber music.
Ms. Dietrich is a concert pianist, educator, and the Artistic Director of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts since 2017. She has joined the faculty of the M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy in 2015 and was designated a Steinway Ambassador in 2020.
Ms. Dietrich has appeared as a soloist in concert and with orchestras, and has performed on such stages as Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Regularly scheduled on both the New York Public Library and the Chopin Society of New England concert series, her artistic achievement and collaboration with the incomparable soprano, Danuta Sava-Wysocka led to a special invitation by the Consul General of Poland to perform at the Consulate in New York. This was crowned by a letter of recognition and thanks from then President Lech Wałęsa of Poland.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Dietrich is a faculty member at Northern Essex Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College, piano department chair and faculty at Indian Hill Music, Founder/Director of the Chopin Conservatory of Music on the North Shore, and the Vice President of the Chopin Society of New England. She is a recipient of the Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award for both 2017 and 2018 for her vast contribution to music education.
Ms. Dietrich received her Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory, and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Boston University. Her principal teachers were A. Ramon Rivera, Victor Rosenbaum, Veronica Jochum, and Professor Anthony di Bonaventura.
Acclaimed concert pianist and teacher, Laura Teplitsky has been with the M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy since 2014.
Laura was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is a graduate of the world acclaimed St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance. Ever since becoming the US citizen in 1993, she has been residing in Massachusetts, dedicating her professional life to piano performing, concert organizing, and teaching.
Laura organized and performed various recitals in the area with vast variety of mixed classical music programs, from piano duo and four-hands groups to collaboration with singers to trios and other mixed groups. A devoted teacher, Laura has served on the faculty of Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Philips Academy in Andover, taught students of all ages and levels, from 4-year-old to adults in her private teaching studio and is a dedicated member of NEPTA. Among her students are winners of local and regional piano competitions.
Laura’s goal as a teacher is to enable students express their feeling through the music that they learn and play. Her students acquire proper technique and constantly progress as a result of her disciplined approach, in combination with inspiring repertoire selections.
Liudmila (Mila) Geyer joined M. Steinert and Sons in 2016.
Ms. Geyer obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Ryazan Music College, where she studied piano under Marina Pobedinskaya – a student of famous Heinrich Neuhaus. She continued her study at the Saratov State Conservatoire, earning her Master’s Degree in musicology, composition, harmony, music history, counterpoint and theory.
Ms. Geyer is a nurturing instructor, who enjoys working with beginners and advance alike. She incorporates ear training, sight reading, and musical theory in her teaching, and puts emphases on fundamentals of piano technique.
Before coming to the US, Ms. Geyer taught piano at the prestigious Polyany School of Arts. Dedicated educator, in addition to her main focus, she also taught music theory and music history, and collaborated with the Dance Program.
Ms. Geyer has been a Massachusettes resident since 2008. In the US, she has worked as a collaborative pianist with the Choir at the Needham Public Schools, and continuously collaborates with the Bellingham First Baptist Church. She is actively participating as a pianist at the events at the Hopkinton Congregation Church and Medway Community Church.
Tatyana Shrago is a concert pianist, piano teacher, and accompanist. Dedicated to piano performance and teaching, Tatyana nevertheless considers teaching her greatest passion.
Tatyana is a graduate of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she earned her B.M. and M.M cum laude, majoring in piano performance, collaborative piano, and pedagogy. Throughout her career, she combined concertizing as a soloist and a chamber musician, teaching, and accompanying. Her performance life took her to numerous venues in Russia and the US. She performed in the prestigious Anna Achmatova Museum and in Cultural Center of Elena Obraszova in St. Petersburg, and in Fort Worth (Texas), Seattle (WA), and in Boston (MA). Her performances have been recorded on Radio Classica in St. Petersburg, Russia, and broadcast on WUNR Radio in Boston. As a collaborative pianist, Tanya has worked at the Boston Conservatory, continues working at the Noyes School of Rhythm, Portland CT and has performed in master classes taught by world acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo-Ma and clarinetist Jonathan Cohler.
An acclaimed piano pedagogue, Tatyana has been teaching extensively in the Boston area ever since moving to the US. She was a faculty member at the Community Music School in NH and is an active member of NEPTA. Among her students are numerous professional pianists, teaching and concertizing around the world.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Tatyana Shrago moved to the US in 1995, and has joined the faculty of the M. Steinert Piano Academy in Newton in 2020.
Yelena Baranovsky has joined the M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy in 2006.
Internationally acclaimed performer, Mrs. Baranovsky appeared as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups in Russia, Europe and United States. She is the First Prize winner of numerous local competitions in Massachusetts, and international competitions around the world. Her competition victories include Wilfred Churchill
Competition (Boston, MA), Best Performance of Mozart’s Works Competition (St. Petersburg, Russia) and The Loeus a Ferre Piano Competition (San Juan, Puerto Rico).
Mrs. Baranovsky is a dedicated collaborator, and has worked as a Staff Accompanist for various vocal and instrumental studios at The Boston Conservatory as well as Musical Theater department. Her teaching philosophy and individual approach to each student has been shaped and enriched by this 15-year experience, broadening her style in creative and unique way.
A native of Russia, Mrs. Baranovsky is a longtime resident of Massachusetts. She has begun her piano education in Russia and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from prestigious St. Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music. She completed her education in the US, graduating from The Boston Conservatory with Master’s Degree of Music and Diploma in Piano Performance.
Mrs. Baranovsky is a certified teacher for UK Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) program. She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. For a student’s repertoire Yelena loves combining music of classical and popular genres; playing duets is always a fun part of her student recitals.
Pianist Yoojin Lee, a native of South Korea, has extensively performed throughout South Korea, Europe and the United States. She holds Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance at Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea and Master of Music in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she received President’s Award. She also received Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University.
Ms. Lee has won the 1 st prize at the American Protégé Piano and String Competition and The Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music competition in NYC. She has appeared in The Lives of the Piano Concert Series-Mendelssohn 200th Anniversary Concert- in Manhattan School of Music, ALEA III (Contemporary Music Ensemble in residence at Boston University), and Arts Outreach Initiative at BMC in Boston. Ms. Lee also concertizes as a member of Duo Nouveau. Duo Nouveau has performed recitals sponsored by M. Steinert & Sons in Natick, Brookline Library Music Association, Newton Library and Indian Hill Music in Littleton, MA.
Ms. Lee is a passionate piano teacher. She teaches at her private piano studio located in West Newton, MA, and at Walpole High School. Yoojin has joined M. Steinert & Sons Piano Academy in 2019.