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Paul Posnak, Professor Emeritus, Keyboard Performance and Director of Collaborative Piano Program, UM Frost School of Music
Hugh Gonglewski, Classical and Jazz Piano
Brian Murphy, Jazz Piano
Inesa Gegprifti, Classical Piano
Alexander Sancho, Classical Piano
Jake Hart, Classical Piano
PAUL POSNAK - UM Faculty Emeritus
Paul is an internationally recognized concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber, and teacher. He has performed at the White House, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra (see performance reviews), and to great acclaim at Carnegie and Tully Halls and throughout Europe and Asia. Dr. Posnak is the recipient of the Loeb Prize (the highest award at the Juilliard School of Music), and First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. He has collaborated with world-renowned vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti and Jennie Tourel and with many chamber ensembles such as the Emerson, Fine Arts, Vega, St. Petersburg, Bergonzi and Amernet String Quartets. His 14 recordings of solo and chamber works for labels such as EMI, Naxos, Vox, Yamaha Disklavier, Arabesque and Cambria have received highest praise. Posnak is renowned for his improvisations and transcriptions of the unpublished brilliant solo improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas "Fats" Waller from the old recordings and radio broadcasts. His transcriptions of 16 of "Fats" Waller's greatest solos have been published by Hal Leonard, and his Arrangements of Gershwin Songs for Two Pianos have just been published by Alfred Music. Dr. Posnak is Professor of Keyboard Performance and Director of the Accompanying/ Chamber Music Programs at the University of Miami School of Music. Recent engagements include solo recital tours, chamber music concerts, appearances as soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe, and a special recital appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is Founding Artistic Director of the St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series in Miami Shores, and is one of the national judges for the Grammy Awards.
Hugh Gonglewski is a pianist and instructor in the Miami area. He received his Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Philadelphia college of the Performing Arts where he studied with Susan Starr and his Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He taught piano and jazz history at Lake Forest College where he also directed the jazz and blues ensembles. He played for ten years in the Chicago area with his own trio and septet before coming to the University of Miami for his Doctoral work. He is instructor of the University of Miami's Computer/Keyboards & Music courses and teaches jazz, theory, and piano ensembles for the university's Piano Preparatory programs as well as improvisation, jazz ensembles and advanced theory for the university's young Musician's Camp. He has played with such diverse artists as Sugar Blue, Sandra Bernhardt, Tom McCormick, Nicole Yarling and Mark Colby. He frequently performs in the Miami area as a solo pianist and with the eclectic group LEGM. His private piano students have received numerous prizes and awards from such groups as Ars Flores, Music Teachers National Association, and Florida Federation of Music Teachers.
Brian Murphey is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. with many of the world's most renowned Jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Buddy DeFranco, Diana Krall, Paquito D'Rivera, Woody Shaw, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg, Wycliffe Gordon and Duffy Jackson and Blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert Collins and Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson.
Inesa Gegprifti is currently a DMA student and Teaching Assistant at the Frost School of Music. She holds a BM from Boston Conservatory and a MM from Indiana University. Originally from Albania, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the US. She has won top prizes in competitions in the US (Arlington Concerto Competition), Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, and others.
Alexander Sancho was born of Filipino descent on February 18, 1989. Raised in Miami, he started playing piano at the age of 12 and was self-taught in theory/music history.Though having a late start, Alex was determined to pursue a music career. He had played with many different orchestras/ensembles across South Florida. Some awards won are 1st Prize in Florida Federation of Music Clubs (Composition), 2nd Prize in the FIU Concerto Competition, 2009 and 2011, the Undergraduate Performance award from the FIU School of Music, 2011, as well as the Teaching Assistant position in Piano. In 2012, he was awarded the Philippine Consulate of South Florida Leadership Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement and Performance in Music. Though coming from a classical background, Alex takes a musically-eclectic approach in his endeavors, with influences from Hip-Hop to Electronica that help shape his understanding of music. Alex plays regularly for Dr. Rosenberg, President of Florida International University, and graduated from FIU with his B.M. (2011) and M.M. (2013) in Piano Performance, under Professor Kemal Gekic and Dr. Jose Lopez. He is currently a piano instructor at SharpMinds Music Academy where he teaches piano and composition.
Jake is a student at the Frost School of Music where he is currently pursuing a performance degree, studying with UM Professor of Jazz Piano, Martin Bejerano.