Monday, January 6, 2020 – Monday, March 30, 2020
Mondays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class Size: 12
Piano Fusion Group Chamber Music meets Mondays in the Arizona Musicfest Community Room for Music Learning and Performance. All levels welcome; ability to read music necessary.
Arrangements are provided, students will need to provide their own keyboards as we work to build up electric pianos for class use.
Have an old keyboard you’d like to get rid of? Donate it to Arizona Musicfest! We’re currently looking for full 88-key keyboards for this program. To donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Community Room at Arizona Musicfest
7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy
7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
As a Piano Performance graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, Diana had the privilege of studying with the renowned Earl Wild, one of the last great virtuosos of the grand Romantic tradition, and Jose Echaniz, a Cuban-born child prodigy and one of the foremost interpreters of Spanish piano music. While at Eastman, she also had the unique opportunity to study jazz with the legendary Chuck Mangione and accompanying with Brooks Smith, the most sought-after collaborative pianist of his century, perhaps most well known for his work with Jascha Heifetz. After graduating from Eastman, Diana was appointed improvisational pianist for a dance troupe at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. After returning to her hometown of Boston, she continued her jazz studies with Jerry Bergonzi, a member of the Dave Brubeck quartet, and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Diana also holds a teaching certificate from Boston University and has had many years of instructing adults and children, designing her own methods and programs of study, tailored always to the individual. She has also taught piano to blind students, learning Braille along the way.
At the “late” age of 45, Diana was inspired to learn the harp and made it her personal goal to play professionally within 5 years, at which time she became the Principal Harpist for both the Cambridge Symphony and the Newton Symphony, in the Boston area. This experience made her especially sensitive to the needs and challenges of the adult learner. She is currently the founder/director of Piano Fusion (www.pianofusion.com), a unique group for adult keyboard enthusiasts of all levels, and she is also one half of a piano duo team, “Piano Sweets”.