Genres: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Contemporary
Teaches in English and Russian
Maria Fomina Tanabe is Russian American classically trained pianist, soloist, collaborative pianist, and a passionate music educator. She was born in Moscow, Russia, into a family of musicians. Maria started studying piano at age 5 and made her debut with the symphony orchestra at age 8. She studied at UCLA, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she was granted a full scholarship and earned a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance. Her teachers included such distinguished musician as Vitaly Margulis and Solomon Mikowsky.
Throughout her career, Maria has performed in solo recitals in the USA, Russia, Belgium, Spain, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Japan, and Turkey. As a performer, she also appeared as a soloist with Moscow Symphony, Tenerife
Symphony, Southwest Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Carson City Symphony, and numerous other orchestras.
Maria's extensive repertoire includes Mozart (Concerto No 27), Beethoven (Concerto No 1), Rachmaninoff (Concerto No 2, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini), Prokofiev (Concerto No 3), and much more. Maria is a winner of international competitions including California International Young Artists Competition and Houston
Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.
Maria has extensive teaching experience at the pre-K, K-12, and college levels. She strives to inspire her students and tailor lessons to their needs and musical tastes, all while providing a strong technical foundation so that her students can eventually become independent musicians. Whether a beginner or an aspiring professional, Maria can help her students realize their full musical potential in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Her students describe her as a highly professional, patient, and supportive teacher with upbeat personality!