What makes PPS Special?  Our Faculty!

The majority of our instructors have Doctorate degrees or decades of experience teaching.  Their expertise and experience are what enables them to help your student to reach their true potential.  Click below to learn about the people that make our programs so effective.

PPS Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang
Music Director & Master Faculty of Piano

Dr. Zhao Zhao Yang was born in Beijing and began learning the piano at the age of four. In 1991, her family migrated to Sydney, Australia, and she had her first performance at the Sydney Opera House in the Suzuki Graduation concert at the age of nine. She received a full music scholarship to attend ... Read More ...

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Dr. Dante DiIanni
Master Faculty of Piano

Dr. Dante Lorenzo DiIanni specializes in solo classical performance and 19th century vocal accompaniment. During his time in England he completed a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has also held prestigious residencies at  .....Read More .....

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Dr. Sasha Burdin
Master Faculty - Piano

Sasha Burdin (also known as Alexander Ponomarchuk) is a concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and a piano teacher. He has prepared and presented concert programs in Russia, Europe, and the US.  He holds Master of Music degrees from Bowling Green ... Read More ...

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Dr. Anna Siampani
Faculty - Piano

A recipient of numerous prizes in solo and chamber music competitions and exhibitions, she has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals in Greece, Austria, China and the US. Among others, Anna has been chosen to perform in the first PanHellenic Piano Festival  ... Read More ...

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Dr. Timothy Stephenson
Faculty - Piano

Timothy Stephenson has performed widely in the United States as both a soloist and a chamber musician. He was featured most recently as a soloist on stage at Harris Hall in Aspen, Colorado, as part of ... Read More ...

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Vera Gerasimov
Faculty - Piano

Vera Gerasimov has received her music degree from Special Music College in the Former Soviet Union. In addition to graduating with a piano pedagogy degree, Vera has also received the music degree with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. Since completing both music degrees ... Read More ...

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Chinh Le
Faculty - Violin

Chinh Le was born in Vietnam and came to the US in 1980. Mr. Le completed his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, where he studied under Joseph Gingold, Rostislav Dubinsky, Yuval Yaron and Nelli Scholnikova. In 1991 he joined  ... Read More ...

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Alfredo Marcos
Administrator

Alfredo Marcos was born in San Jose California and is of Nicaraguan descent. Growing up he was always the only student of Latino heritage in the various piano studios he studied under in the south bay area. Nevertheless, that fact continues to distinguish his performance style up until this day. Fascinated on how music can ... Read More ...

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Dr. Tobias Falzone
Program Director

Dr. Falzone is a lifelong musician and the program director for Pacific Piano School.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 408-599-3535 or Email Us and we would be happy to make a recommendation based on your needs or arrange for a trial lesson with one or more faculty members.