Location: Manhattan, NYC
Bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from Rice University in Houston, TX.
Gregory has taught piano to students of all ages and levels.
American born pianist Gregory M’s. life is deeply intertwined with the Russian piano school from an early age. His mother Svetlana started giving him lessons at the age of four. From the age of 7, Gregory studied with Dr. Tatiana Vetrinskaya at the New Mexico School of Music. His primary pedagogical studies were as a young pianist in Moscow, Russia where Gregory studied with Mikhail Voskresensky, Irina Plotnikova, and Andrei Diev at the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory.
The Russian piano school offers some of the best training, with an early focus on proper technical development, and relaxation. Relaxation is crucial for proficiency at the keyboard and also to avoid future hand injuries. Gregory then studied under Dr. Robert Roux at Rice University in Houston, TX for his bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance.
Besides teaching private students, Gregory also taught intermediate piano to music majors at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as part of the program’s requirements. Gregory’s early life influences became essential for the development of his young piano students. Being bilingual, Gregory has provided lessons in both Russian and English. His focus for beginner students is proper hand positioning and relaxation. For intermediate students to advanced students, his focus shifts to sound production and musicality. Generally, Gregory’s teaching philosophy involves nurturing the students passion for music and instill in them an interpretation regarding the visual image of the piece. Gregory currently studies with Olga Kern at the Manhattan School of Music. Gregory is a prize winner of many competitions around the globe including Grand prize in the Jackie McGehee concerto competition. Examples of a few of his performances with symphony orchestras include the likes of the Fort Worth, New Mexico, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, and the Moscow City Symphony orchestras.