Dr. HANNA CYBA was born in Poland and began piano lessons at the age of five. After completing her piano education at the Szymanowski Music Lyceum, she continued studies with the renowned Polish pianist/composer and Professor Jan Ekier (known for his authoritative Urtext edition of Chopin's music for the Polish National Edition) at the prestigious F. Chopin Academy and University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. After graduating, she received a full scholarship to study piano and chamber music with J. Bonn and A. Smith at the University of Southern California. She continued her pianistic education at the University of Miami where she was a Teaching Assistant, earning a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance.
Hanna Cyba has performed in Poland, Italy, Australia, the Czech Republic and the United States in solo and chamber music recitals as well as with orchestras and has participated in international piano competitions as well as master classes. She organized the piano pedagogy program at Barry University where she was an adjunct professor of music (piano), worked in the Keyboard for Kids pedagogy program at the University of Miami, was an accompanist at the Grand Theater National opera in Warsaw, Poland, and serves on various piano competition juries. She also serves on the board of the directors of The Chopin Foundation of the United States Northwest Council. Dr. Cyba is now accepting competition level as well as hobby level piano students and beginners in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle and area. - (limited enrollment.)
Dr. ADAM ALEKSANDER is also in great demand as one of the top teachers in the area; his students consistently win local and national piano competitions. He has given master classes at universities in SUNY Fredonia, Baylor, North Texas in Denton, Grand Valley State in Michigan, Loyola New Orleans, Viterbo, Georgia State University, Northeastern Illinois in Chicago, as well as in Vancouver, Japan and Ecuador. Dr. Aleksander was an adjunct professor at Barry University where he taught piano, piano literature and music history and was a teaching assistant during his doctoral studies at University of Miami where he taught piano and class piano as well as theory.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Adam Aleksander has been performing to the acclaim of audiences worldwide since his debut with orchestra at the age of fourteen with the Chopin Piano Concerto in E Minor. He has studied with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Regina Smendzianka at the Chopin Academy and University in Warsaw, Poland (where he met his future wife, Dr. Hanna Cyba), J. Bonn at the University of Southern California, and has a Doctorate Degree in Music (University of Miami). He has performed at festivals in Tokyo, Tours, Atami, Orford, Quebec, Interlochen, Michigan, Cleveland, Miami, Winnipeg as well as Slupsk and Antonin, Poland.
Dr. Aleksander has received top prizes in over nineteen piano competitions, including international and national competitions in Barcelona, Paris, Salerno, Miami, Edmonton, Lawton and Palm Beach, and has received prizes for his recordings in competitions in Austin, Texas and Calgary, Canada. In addition, he has been awarded grants from The Canada Council and The Alberta Heritage Trust Fund. Adam Aleksander has made television, CD, and radio recordings and has performed in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Scotland, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada and the U.S. His recordings are available on iTunes, amazon.com and other websites. He is artistic advisor for the National Chopin Foundation of the United states and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Chopin Foundation of the United States Northwest Council. Dr. Aleksander is one of the most experienced and successful piano teachers in the Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Seattle area.