Dina Pruzhansky

About: Dina Pruzhansky

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Instrument you teach: Piano

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Organ, sometimes. And I compose music for all instruments.

Education: 

Postgraduate Professional Studies, Mannes School of Music

MA in piano performance, summa cum laude, Tel-Aviv University

BA in Music and Art History, Tel-Aviv University

Where are you from? Born in the former Soviet Union, raised in Israel.

Favorite age group to teach: All age groups

Favorite style of music to teach: All styles of music are fun to teach, but classical is my main focus.

Favorite song: “My Funny Valentine”

Favorite piece of music: My favorite piece of music is always the one I’m practicing at that moment.

Favorite food: Chocolate

Favorite color: Turquoise

What’s your favorite musical memory? My very first piano recital – when I was six. I still remember what I played – ‘Allegro’ by Mozart, and my own ‘Lullaby.’

Do you have any pets? (Describe them!) Bonnie the cat. He is very musical too! He would come up when I practice and try to “sing.”

What do you like best about teaching music? Music is a key to a world of endless imagination and creativity. I love helping my students discover and develop abilities they were never aware of or didn’t know how to apply. Whether it is an advanced student seeking further mastery of the instrument, or a beginner who just learned how to play a favorite tune, or a timid person who found out that he or she can go onstage and give a great performance – my students can be very different, but seeing their love for music and their accomplishments makes me happy.

What is your favorite composer or musician? Just too many to list!

What is the first piece of music you ever learned? A little Russian folk song.

How many hours a day do you practice? Four to five hours.

Accomplishments:

Dina Pruzhansky is a Russian-born, Israeli-raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Ms. Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit, and a member of the Tonyhonored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She holds MA in piano performance, summa cum laude, from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art History.
Ms. Pruzhansky has been enjoying a diverse career, both as pianist and composer. She has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at the leading venues throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Belgium, and Germany, and has shared the stage with many distinctive artists, including soloists of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, members of the Met Orchestra, and others. Having her compositions featured at NYC venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, as well internationally, Ms. Pruzhansky has recently made her WQXR debut in an exclusive ‘Young Artist’ program with the renown host Robert Sherman. Ms. Pruzhansky was named a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, with the award-winning lyricist Matt Schatz. Her opera Shulamit, written and premiered in 2014, has had its full production at the JCC of Manhattan Auditorium in 2016. A passionate educator, she is the author of I Can Play Chopin series — a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners.