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  • Milena Zhivotovskaya


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    Milena Zhivotovskaya


    Milena Zhivotovskaya is a Ukranian born and New York based pianist, composer, and collaborator. She has been a prize winner at the American Fine Arts Festival, The Young Artist Piano and Composers’ Competition, the ASCAP Young Composers’ Competition, and the Composition in the Arts Program. Ms. Zhivotovskaya performed one of her compositions on the radio program “From the Top” which aired on National Public Radio. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Roerich Museum concert series, Soofser series at Bohemian National Hall (NY), Ukrainian Embassy (Washington, DC) and Colston Hall (UK) among others. She appeared as a soloist with Lucy Moses Chamber Orchestra playing “Four Temperaments” by Hindemith and Mozart's Concerto 23, and with Mannes Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart's Concerto 20, and Round Top Festival Orchestra. Ms. Zhivotovskaya's duo performance in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT.


    As a founding member of the Akian Quartet, Ms. Zhivotovskaya won the Concert Festival Chamber Competition in March 2010 and performed Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a founder, performer, and co-manager of Duo Ephelia, with clarinetist Amy Glover, she presents thoughtfully crafted recitals and creative educational programs. She has participated in International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Round Top International Festival Institute, and Puerto Rico International Piano Festival.


    Between 2012-2015 Ms. Zhivotovskaya presented a series of solo and collaborative recitals in Bristol and Cambridge, UK. She has appeared on the Jerry Cowhig Show on BCFM radio where her performance and compositions were broadcast. She also premiered contemporary works by British composers, part of Piano Triets Project in Colston Hall, England.


    Ms. Zhivotovskaya holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Mannes College where she studied with Pavlina Dokovska and Jerome Rose. She has also studied with Eteri Andjaparidze at NYU Steinhardt where she was a member of the Adjunct Piano Faculty. Her composition mentors were Leonid Hrabovsky and Robert Cuckson. She has studied chamber music with Todd Phillips, Victor Rosenbaum, Lewis Kaplan, Charles Neidich, and David Krakauer. She has been a receipient of UJA Federation Rose Biller scholarships from 2004 to 2016.

    Milena currently serves on piano faculty at Kaufman Music Center and music theory faculty at Mannes Preparatory Division. She has previously taught as an adjunct instructor of piano and keyboard skills at New York University.


    Degrees Held

    Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Mannes College the New School for Music, New York, NY 2008

    Master of Music in Piano Performance , Mannes College the New School for Music, New York, NY. 2010

    Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, New York University 2018

    Future Courses

    Ear Training
    RATM 0501, Spring 2023

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Lesson 1/2 hour
    RAML 0350, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Ear Training
    RATM 0501, Spring 2022

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Spring 2022

    Lesson 1/2 hour
    RAML 0350, Spring 2022

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