Piano Faculty

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Aaron Weiman

Aaron Weiman, piano

Aaron started playing piano at 7 years old and studied both classical and jazz piano under the direction of Stanley Cowell. Aaron received a Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and won the Mason Gross Creativity award for his achievements.

Aaron was awarded a fellowship to attend both the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center. He has traveled and performed at venues such as the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal, Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, the East Coast Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has been featured in the Washington Post and Washington Times.

Aaron has been teaching private students since 2001 and developed Piano Summer Workshop in 2006. With experience in teaching classical and jazz piano, chamber music, jazz improvisation, and conducting professional development workshops, Aaron is now the founder and director of the SpeakMusic Conservatory along with Dr. HsinYi Tsai.

Enriqueta (Piano)

Enriqueta Somarriba, piano

Pianist Enriqueta Somarriba has performed in Europe and the United States, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Performances include appearances in Carnegie Hall in New York, Unity temple of Chicago, Castle d’Ursel in Antwerp (Belgium) and National Auditorium of Madrid (Spain), among others. She appeared as a soloist with the Andres Segovia Orchestra in the presence of the Queen Sofia of Spain, and other orchestras in her native Spain. In addition, Ms. Somarriba has made recordings for the Spanish National Radio and 98.7 WFMT Chicago and hasbeen awarded first prizes in national and international competitions.

She has taken part in several master classes with Andrei Gavrilov, Dina Yoffé, Joaquín Soriano, Akiko Ebi, Jorge Federico Osorio and Gilbert Kalish, among others, and has participated in music festivals such as the Euro Music Festival in Leipzig and International Piano Festival in Spain. Scholarship recipient of Juventudes Musicales of Madrid, Mutua Madrileña and AIE (Society of Spanish Artists and Performers), Enriqueta Somarriba studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and Manhattan School of Music. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with Min Kwon at Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University.

Since very young, Ms. Somarriba has found in teaching an incredible way to channel her passion for music, and a source of apprenticeship for her own development as performer.

Lessons offered in:  English, Spanish

Catherine Lam Ka

Catherine Lam, piano

Ms. Lam has won numerous competitions in Hong Kong as well as awards in the U.S. including the Euphemea Laraway Culp Scholarship and the International Keyboard Institute & Keyboard  Scholarship at Mannes College of Music. Ms. Lam also completed the Harmony Road piano pedagogy program with full funding from the University of Oregon.

Ms. Lam obtained her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from University of Oregon and her Diploma in Performing Arts and Bachelor (with honors) in Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She was staff accompanist for the Junior Department in the HKAPA from 2005-2008 and worked as a freelance accompanist during her study at the University of Oregon. Since 2013, she has worked as a piano accompanist for the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Ms. Lam is currently a DMA candidate in Piano Performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts under the tutelage of Daniel Epstein.  Past teachers include Gabriel Kwok, Claire Wachter, and Dean Kramer.

ABRSM(the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
LRSM(Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music)
Certified teacher for Harmony Road piano music program

Lessons offered in:  English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Chinese (Cantonese)

HsinYi Tsai

Dr. HsinYi Tsai, piano

HsinYi, born in Taipei, Taiwan, began playing piano at the age of 3. She had her international debut at the age of 11, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 in San Francisco.

Dr. Tsai received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Taipei National University of the Arts under the direction of Michael Dellinger and Alexander Sung. In 2008, HsinYi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, under the direction of Susan Starr.

During her career so far, HsinYi has thrived internationally as a performer of recitals, a chamber musician, and as a soloist accompanied by orchestra. Her playing has reached concert halls in Beijing, Vienna, Salzburg, Taipei, Budapest, San Francisco, New York and other major cities in Europe and Asia. In 2009, HsinYi toured as a Fazioli pianist.

Aside from being an active performer, HsinYi is also an experienced teacher and leads her piano studio at SpeakMusic Conservatory. Her students have won first prizes in competitions and performed in Carnegie Hall and other major concert halls in New York.

In 2006 she co-founded Piano Summer Workshop, a revolutionary program of musical exploration, composition, and performance for young musicians. Doctor Tsai can be found teaching and performing most of the year in the New York metropolitan area.

Lessons offered in: English, Chinese (Mandarin)

Roger

Roger Noguerol, piano and percussion

Roger received his Honors degree in Modern Percussion and Piano from La Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), under the direction of Enildo Rasúa, Anga Diaz, Dani Forcada, Mariona Segarra, Gary Willis, Ferran Conangle, Eduardo Tancredi and Joan Diaz.

He is a well trained musician in different disciplines by one of the top rated musical schools in Europe. He also studied Musical Language and Harmony in the “Taller de Musics” in Barcelona. Roger has also lectured at Rutgers University, as well as taught classes in piano and percussion at a primary school in Barcelona.

In his career he has produced many albums and demos for groups that he is or has been a member of such as: Tirant lo Funk, Aranjazza, Apache5, La Tremenda. He has contributed to the production of albums for other bands or artists such as Derrick Morgan, Hermano L, Desmon Deker Soweto, Sota Zero, Rocker Stress and others.

Roger is teaching percussion and piano as part of the SpeakMusic faculty.

Lessons offered in: English, Spanish, Catalan