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Piano Masterclass

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2 pm
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College

Simone DinnersteinThe Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its masterclass partnership with Westminster Conservatory of Music, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, with a PSO BRAVO! masterclass featuring pianist Simone Dinnerstein.


Piano students from area schools are guided by Ms. Dinnerstein as they perform in this public coaching session. The masterclass is open to the general public, and will be held at Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College.

Piano Masterclass Participants:


Joanna Hou

Joanna Hou – Age 9

Grade 4, Princeton Charter School

Piano Teacher: Jessica Rey-de-Castro

Anton Diabelli – Sonatina in F Major, Op. 168, No. 1, Rondo

Joanna Hou has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. In 2017, she won a Grand Prix award from Music-Fest, and she had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 2016, she won a competition and was awarded a piano scholarship from Westminster Conservatory.


Alexander SuponyaAlexander Suponya – Age 15
Grade 10, East Brunswick High School
Piano Teacher: Rita Shklar

Enrique Granados – Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (Goyescas) No. 4

Alexander Suponya has been playing piano for 7 years and loves to perform. Alex performed at such venues in New York as: Carnegie Hall in 2014 and 2016, and the Roerich Museum, organized by the Russian Heritage Foundation in 2013. He was a top prize winner at the Olympic Challenge (2014) and Russian Music (2016) Competitions, finalist and Honorable Mention recipient at the Princeton Steinway Competition, winner of a Westminster Conservatory Scholarship competition and High Honors awards of NJMTA spring recital auditions in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and Honors in 2014. Besides piano, Alexander studies guitar and is interested in jazz and singing.


Alexa Majana HeadshotAlexa Majana – Age 20

Junior, Westminster Choir College

Piano Teacher: James Goldsworthy

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata Op. 101, Allegretto ma non troppo

Alexa Majana is a current diploma candidate for a Bachelor of Music in Piano at Westminster Choir College, studying under the direction of Dr. James Goldsworthy. Alexa was born and raised in Nutley, New Jersey and has been studying piano since the age of six. She has performed in numerous venues such as Steinway Piano Gallery, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.


Richmond Denzel Garrick HeadshotRichmond Denzel Garrick – Age 22

Senior, Westminster Choir College

Piano Teacher: Ingrid Clarfield

Frédéric Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61

Denzel Garrick has performed in numerous piano recitals, and the “Associated Music Teachers League” recently selected him after auditioning to play in a Young Musicians Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He won the college division in the 2016 NJMTA piano competition. His outstanding performance at the Regional Piano Competition of the National Association of Negro Musicians earned him a second place position. He was one of the three top finalists at the National Princeton Piano Festival in June 2010, and he received Honorable Mention at the West Chester University Annual Piano Competition in 2011, hosted by West Chester University. He was awarded the Robert B. and Frances Tice-Claytor Endowed Scholarship along with first place in the Sophomore and Junior Division for Westminster Piano Competition from Rider University in this spring semester. He was a recipient of the Damion Dixon Scholarship in the 2016-2017 year.


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