Posts tagged Piano Teacher
Risa Kaneko, Piano
Cincinnati Piano Teacher

Risa Kaneko is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music as a full-scholarship student under the guidance of James Tocco. She began her musical education with the Yamaha program at the age of 4 and started to play the piano at age 7. Before moving to Cincinnati, she spent several years in Bloomington, Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Evelyne Brancart and her Master’s under legendary pianist André Watts.

As a teacher, Risa enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge about piano playing with all kinds of students. She has been on the faculty of the Pre-College Piano Program at Indiana University Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music where she taught students of various ages and levels. In the past few summers, she has worked for their Piano Academy program for serious young pianists. Risa has also taught group piano class to non-music majors as an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University.

Born in Japan, Risa moved to the States when she was seven and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area where she studied with Marjorie Lee. Outside of music, she enjoys running and loves dogs and all kinds of food.

Donald Lee III, Piano
Cincinnati Piano Teacher

Donald Lee III recently received his Master’s Degree in Piano from CCM, where he was
a Yates Scholar and student of Awadagin Pratt. He has won numerous awards and prizes
including MTNA, James Madison University Concerto Competition, Harold Protsman Classical
Period Competition, and the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has made
appearances as soloist with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra in VA, as well
as the Guilford Symphony Orchestra in NC.
Donald received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University where he was a
Presser Scholar and student of Dr. Eric Ruple. He has also studied with Brazilian pianist, Luiz
de Moura Castro. He has performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists such as John
Milbauer, William Wolfram, Paul Schenly, and Yong Hi Moon, to name a few.
Donald is from Hampton, Virginia, where he was raised by his grandparents. With their
encouragement and engagement, his musical ability was well nurtured as has allowed him to
establish himself as a professional musician.

Bin Yu
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Korean pianist Bin Yu began studying music at age five.  Bin graduated Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University in South Korea. She acquired her master degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania on full scholarship and stipend.  While she was attending West Chester University, she received the Jacob’s Music Steinway award. She has worked extensively with Carl Cranmer, Aviram Reichert and Sun-Kyung Lee.  Bin is currently in a doctorate program at the College- Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati on full scholarship under the legendary American pianist James Tocco.

Bin won the first prize in the MTNA Pennsylvania State Competition, Honorable Mention at the MTNA Eastern Division Competition and was the winner of the Concerto Competition at West Chester University. She has performed the Jeon-Ju Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Symphony Orchestra in South Korea and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra in the states.  She attended several music festivals, including Yeon Eum Music Festival in South Korea, Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, where she won the Marina Bondarenko Memorial Prize. She has played in Masterclasses with pianists John Perry, Menahem Pressler, Boaz Sharon, Richard Braun, Jon Nakamatsu and Ann Schein.

As a collaborative pianist, Bin has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists and served as an accompanying graduate assistant at West Chester University.  She also was an accompanist for the Temple University preparatory students in Philadelphia.  Bin has been teaching all ages and skill levels since 2010 working through both her personal private studios in South Korea and Philadelphia as well as being a guest instructor, lecturer and accompanist at Music Education Center in Virginia.  Her teaching philosophy is based on a primary focus that all of her students love and enjoy music at whatever capacity they choose.  


Jordan Neiman

Jordan Neiman moved to Cincinnati from Boston where he completed his master’s degree and was the first prize winner of the Churchill Competition at the Boston Conservatory. He is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Principal teachers and coaches include Awadagin Pratt, Jung-Ja Kim, Clifton Matthews, Paul Schenly, and Markus Placci. Jordan has played recitals around the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. An experienced teacher, Jordan believes in reaching each student according to their individual goals and learning styles. He has studied piano pedagogy with Dr. Karen Beres, Max Levinson, and Dr. Michelle Conda.

Chia-Jui He

Chia-Jui He is a  flutist and pianist from Tainan, Taiwan. Chia-Jui studied at College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati and National Chiayi University. Her teachers included Dr. Bradely Garner, Dr. Tzu-Ying Lin, Anders Norell, Yu Hui Lin and Li-Xiang Lee.
As a music instructor Ms. He has more than 10 years teaching experience both in Flute and Piano. She creates her particular teaching methods to adapt to various  students of all ages and she believes that truly enjoying the music is the best way to keep the student interested in learning. Under her instruction, students have been members of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth orchestra,
All-State Ensemble of Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and achieved top places in national competitions and high levels for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
As a musician, Chia-Jui is also very active in all kinds of music performances. Recent performance activities are around the world which includes in Taiwan, Japan, China, Cincinnati, Dayton, New York City and Malibu, California. Chia-Jui has served as a church pianist in Sharon Baptist Church since 2010 and was an Adjunct faculty in flute performance of University of Dayton, flute sectional teacher in Kings High School and Cincinnati Hills Christian academy. Currently, Chia-Jui is a doctorate candidate of College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.