Testimonials

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Anna is a wonderful pianist with a great love for music. We have worked together on two recordings of my compositions, and her work is exemplary. She is extremely conscientious, always prepared, highly skilled, and has a wealth of experience. She brings true artistry and dedication to her work, as well as a positive attitude, and is a joy to collaborate with. I am very grateful to her and give her my highest recommendation.

Bruce Babcock, composer

Anna is an extraordinary and sensitive pianist.
Her willingness to probe the music and try different approaches is very rewarding to a composer.
Her understanding of the “music between the notes” makes for a special interpretation.
I must say, that she made my composition ”Prelude” sound like a new piece. I am truly lucky to have had her play my music.

Michael Cohen, composer

"Working with Anna has been an absolute joy.  Her sparkling technique and her ability to perceive and draw out nuance and colour is amazing.  Anna has brought a pathos to the final movement of my Piano Sonata that I find deeply humbling.  Thank you Anna."  
 

 

Tara Guram, composer

"Anna is a serious interpreter for contemporary music, and her performance is sophisticated."  

 

Zhiyi Wang, composer

"Anna did a remarkable performance of my composition “Place in Landscape Reflection No. 1.” Not only did she read the score with the outmost efficiency, she also was able to take the interpretation to a new level of finding the “soul” of the piece. She added life and meaning in a profound emotional way"  

 

Eric Chapelle, composer

"It was such a thrill and honor to have Anna Kislitsyna record my Caucasus Sonata. She brings to it the same Russian virtuosity as her Rachmaninoff, the same modernist bite as her Antheil, and some of the same warmth as her Debussy. Plus she has incredible technique. It was truly a peak experience for me to hear the piece come to life."  

 

Mark Simon, composer

"I was most impressed with Anna’s performance of my piano works. I believe she is one of those unique musicians who can combine technical brilliance, musical and artistic intelligence, with a deep aesthetic understanding of style and genre. In our recording session, it was obvious to me that Anna was able to go beyond the written notes and discover hidden and new meanings in her interpretation. As a composer I could not ask for more than that: to have worked with a musician whose performances bridge and give voice to that enigmatic gap or space existing between the written score and a composer’s intentions. In being true to the music, Anna was also able to open up new possibilities, not only for audiences but also for me as the composer."  

 

Richard Vella, composer

    "Anna is incredibly understanding, helpful, and loving. Anna has a teaching style that can be described in three words: warm, encouraging, and engaging. She truly loves to teach and her love for music is inspiring. Her teaching differs from other teachers because of her ability to make lessons enjoyable. She constantly engages with her students, making lessons interesting. Anna has an absolutely unique teaching style, and it led me to success in the renowned Albert M. Greenfield Competition. Her amazing musical personality caused me to have the unbelievable opportunity of performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Anna has not only made an enormous impact on my musical career but also, in my life. She is a marvelous teacher, but also a magnificent person.
 

Best"


Melody Yu - former student

“Anna’s love for her music, teaching, and students has had such a positive influence on my life. During our lessons together, she taught me to think and feel deeply, by developing me both as a musician and a person. Her unique teaching style is truly refreshing. Wherever she goes, Anna inspires people with her bright, passionate, and generous personality. I am extremely grateful for having Anna as my teacher and mentor.

 

Best"


Maria Zhdankina - former student

"I’ve known Anna for many years, and as a teacher and a supporter of mine, she’s consistently been hardworking, focused, and dedicated to encouraging me as a pianist. She has guided me and responded to my areas of weakness with useful advice and unyielding perseverance, even if I felt I wasn’t up to the task. Though she is my teacher, I respect her as a performer, a master of the same art I practice. I am so grateful for the skills that I owe to her. In teaching me to be more story-like and expressive in my playing, I inadvertently learned to be more expressive in everyday speech, writing and thought. She is truly invested in my musical career and has been there every step of the way. Because of Anna, I have become a more whole person and performer.

 

Best"


Michael Zhou - former student

"Anna has been my harpsichord teacher for just a year but within the year, I have learned to be a more serious musician. Anna is inspiring, and remarkably dedicated to her students. She has taught me to be more artistic and to tell a story through the music rather than just playing the notes. Anna truly wants to see her students succeed in their music endeavors and has provided the support to see that through, whether it be a competition or an audition. Anna has also encouraged me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of accomplishing. She is also inspiring because not only does she dedicate so much of her time to her students but she is also a prolific performer! I really cannot say enough good things about Anna, and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher.

 

Best Regards"

Torsten Fras - current harpsichord student

"I learned from many famous teachers before Anna, but for me Anna is the best! In addition to be a master of the piano, she is also a marvelous and dedicated teacher. What Anna taught me went far beyond piano technique. She taught me how to use music to express my feelings. I enjoyed every lesson with her and looked forward to the next one. She could tell my weaknesses and figure out a unique way to help me to improve. I learned my first piano concerto with her and pianist Lang Lang gave a high praise on my playing of this piece! He asked me who my piano teacher was! I am so lucky to have such a generous, professional, and passionate teacher! Thank you, Anna!

Henry Wu - former student

"Ms. Anna is a great piano teacher. She is very detailed when she teaches. She makes sure everything is right before moving on. She prepared me for numerous competitions and performances. It was a great experience for me! Ms. Anna is very dedicated to teaching. I can tell that she really loves what she is doing."

- Isabella 

 

 "I had the opportunity to attend her lessons as a parent. I have learned so much just by listening to her as she guides my child on her musical journey. There are so many wonderful things I can say about Anna. She loves kids. She loves music. She loves teaching and she enjoys what she is doing which I think are the main ingredients on being a successful teacher. She has inspired my kid to practice correctly. She ensures that my child has  piano pieces that are suitable for her skills. I can tell that my little one is very happy every lesson because she has a lot of stories and information that she shares with me when she goes home. It is a blessing that my child is able to learn from her. She is a great role model to her students because she is hard-working and an exceptional performer. As a parent, I am thankful that I can easily communicate with her. If I have a question regarding competitions she would email me even late at night. Her students are a part of her life and it seems to me that it brings her so much joy. Her students' success is also her success. I would highly recommend her as a music educator! Anna, I wish you all the best in everything you do and hope to see you soon in one of your concerts". 

- a parent of a piano student

 

Isabella Florendo (former student) and Monina Florendo  

"I started studying with Ms. Anna about a year ago, and from the beginning, she has been one of the most approachable teachers I’ve ever had. She truly cares about how each student is doing, and feels comfortable talking about her own life as well. For me as a student, this makes lessons much more enjoyable and allows me to feel a connection to a teacher. Additionally, instead of simply listening to her comments about a piece and applying them absentmindedly, she encourages conversation and active listening. It is because she is so approachable that I have always felt comfortable asking the questions “why?” or “how?” when I don’t understand something. She answers calmly and appropriately and in the end, I feel like I gain a deeper understanding of the music. Ms. Anna is very encouraging and helps me find opportunities for performances or competitions. She serves as a wonderful role model for any young pianist - warm, caring, and funny, but also hard working, professional, and extremely knowledgeable in her field.

 

Best" 

 

Erica Clarke  - former student

"Dear Anna,

 

Thank you so much for everything over the past few years. I cannot even begin to describe how much I have learned from you, both about the pieces I have played and about life itself. I am so tremendously grateful to have had you as my teacher. From you, I learned how to be an artist and not just a girl playing the piano. I am so excited for all the cool things you have been doing. It is so well deserved and I wish you the best of luck! 

Love" 

 

Alison Tatsuoka - former student

"I am so grateful for everything Anna taught me about music in the last several years, as she has helped me improve my skills and increase my knowledge as a musician. Although I was a tough student at times would continue to help me learn everything I would need to know about a piece. During lessons, she not only shows me methods to help me improve my playing, but also tells stories about the composer, and how the piece was written. Additionally, Anna is an incredible harpsichordist, and has also taught me many techniques for performing a piece on harpsichord, continues to encourage piano students to learn pieces on harpsichord. Anna is a phenomenal teacher, who’s teaching always brings a positive vibe.

 

With appreciation"
 

Rachel Wang - current student

"Dear Anna,

 

I wanted to tell you that it was amazing to have you as a teacher. You taught me so many things about the piano that I had never focus before and emphasized the importance of playing with your emotions. I loved watching you play the piano and felt inspired by your stage presence and your passion about the piano. I will definitely play piano in my leisure time and might go back for lessons again one day!  

 

 

Best wishes"

Linda Huang - former student

"Dear Anna,

You are a great teacher and an amazing piano player. I’ve improved so much in the past few years, due to your patient and kind teaching. You’ve taught me to look beyond the notes, and to enjoy music, not just play it. Your fondness for music and piano is evident, and you are always working so hard, I’ve always wondered how you could learn a whole piece of music in less than a week. You will succeed anywhere you go. Thank you!

 

Best"


Betti Pang - current student

    "Anna Kislitsyna is an outstanding young pianist with remarkable technical ability and true artistic insight. She has been a wonderful addition to our doctoral program at the Boyer College. I predict great success for her future in music"

 

Dr. Charles Abramovic,

Professor, Chair of Keyboard Studies

Temple University

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