Melody Yu plays with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Anna Kislitsyna has over 15 years of teaching experience with all ages. Her students boast accomplishments that range from playing as soloists with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra at age 12, to giving a solo recital at the White House at age 11, as well as playing as soloists with professional symphony orchestras as winners of international competitions. Prior to moving to the United States, she served as a piano faculty member at the Novosibirsk Conservatory in Russia, which is a leading conservatory having an acceptance rate of under 5%. Additionally, she taught five years in the Novosibirsk Music College which is one of three professionally-oriented music schools in Russia for students ages 4 to 18. She is currently on the faculty at Haverford College (PA), the Nelly Berman School of Music, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival (Philadelphia, USA). She also accepts students at her private teaching studio in Philadelphia. In addition to piano, Dr. Kislitsyna teaches harpsichord. Her harpsichord students regularly play solo recitals and perform at various competitions and festivals internationally.
Dr. Kislitsyna brings a unique approach that is a combination of European and American Pedagogy. She holds two doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Novosibirsk Conservatory (Russia) and Temple University (Philadelphia, USA). Her students' additional accomplishments include prizes in From The Top, the XII International Seoul Competition; V Chopin International Piano Competition in Connecticut; the Pennsylvania State Music Teacher’s National Association Competition; the VII International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Russia, the Bluthner International Piano Competition, Gershwin International Competition in New York, and performing on NPR and WRTI public radio.
During Anna’s teaching career she has been invited to give master classes and judge international piano competitions. Her students have performed with various symphony orchestras, including Philadelphia Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. Her students are winners of international piano competitions in Italy, Austria, China, South Korea, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland, France, Canada, UK, and U.S.A. They annually perform at Carnegie Hall.
Every student that Anna teaches receives an individualized approach based on that student's strengths and weaknesses. Lessons encompass a wholistic development of piano technique, virtuosity, sight-reading skills, musical styles, theoretical analysis, and artistry.
As a teacher, Dr. Kistlitsyna has a goal to help her students develop a love of music, a professional level of playing, and their own artistic voice.
Grand Prix winners performance at The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia)