Piano, Jazz Piano, and Keyboard Theory Instructors

Mark Anderson

Having begun piano studies at the age of 5, pianist and Executive Director of New World Music Academy Mark Anderson is widely recognized as one of the world’s outstanding classical pianists. In the United States, his formative teachers were Trula Whelan and Aiko Onishi while in the UK they were Ryszard Bakst and Benjamin Kaplan. He has performed in Japan, throughout Europe and the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Anderson’s recordings on Nimbus Records have received numerous awards and distinctions worldwide from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, among others.

Mr. Anderson holds a bachelor degree in piano performance from San Jose State University as well as postgraduate degrees from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In June 2001, he was awarded the Master of Arts in Multimedia from California State University Hayward. 

Mark Anderson is regularly invited to judge local, regional, state-wide, national and international piano competitions.

In July 2012, Mark Anderson joined the faculty at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He is Assistant Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music at UBC.

Mr. Anderson returns to NWMA in the summer to coach chamber groups and conduct masterclasses.

Mark Anderson is a Steinway Artist.

Markus Pawlik

Pianist and NWMA Artistic Director, MARKUS PAWLIK is best characterized as one of the rare pianists of today who manage to combine sensitivity and expressiveness together with a phenomenal virtuoso technique.  Born in Bremen in 1966, his talent was recognized at an early age as he began performing publicly at 7 and was the three-time winner of both the German National Young Musician’s Competition and the Hamburg Steinway Competition.  His development as a musician was influenced both by the German tradition through his studies with Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling at the Musikhochschule Hannover, and by the Russian school through his studies with Naum Grubert in Amsterdam.

In 1982, sent as the German representative to the first European Broadcast Union’s televised “Eurovision Young Musician of the Year” competition, Pawlik won the grand prize, which brought him much acclaim and began his international career.  He has since pursued his performance career throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Pawlik’s recent concerts include performances with the Dallas Symphony and at the Karuizawa Arts Festival in Japan.  As well as performing the classical and romantic piano repertoire, Pawlik enjoys exploring contemporary music.  In 2003 he performed the world debut of a concerto written for him by Japanese composer Ichiro Nodaira in Berkeley under the direction of Kent Nagano, and in 2006 played the Japanese premiere at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Pawlik has been featured numerous times on radio and television including the farewell gala of former German president Carl Carstens.  His recordings of the piano concerto by Moritz Moszkowski with the Polish National Radio Orchestra and two CDs with solo pieces by Max Reger and Ernst von Dohnanyi have been released under the Naxos label.

In addition to performing, Pawlik has given international master classes, has judged piano competitions and has taught as a guest lecturer at UCLA and the University of Arkansas.

Eric Zivian

Eric Zivian was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.

Mr. Zivian has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He will perform the Schumann Concerto with the Diablo Symphony (in Walnut Creek) in October 2013.

Since 2000, Mr. Zivian has performed extensively on original instruments, playing fortepiano in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco Conservatory’s faculty chamber music series.

Mr. Zivian’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.

John R Burr

John R Burr (jazz piano and songwriting) is a musician with uncommonly broad range of musical interests and experiences. He is equally at home with traditional jazz as well as pop, bluegrass, blues or rock and has been recently nominated for a Grammy Award. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Robben Ford, Steve Smith, Dennis Chambers, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, Paul MacCandless, Jimmy Witherspoon and Kenny Rankin.

John R has been a mainstay in the quartet of Grammy Award winning Banjo virtuoso Alison Brown. His solo album “Piedmont Avenue” on Compass Recordsfeatures his lyrical approach to the piano in both the solo and duo format. He has over thirty years of experience teaching people of all ages with a particular emphasis on Jazz and Blues piano.

Kiki Lieow

Kiki Lieow, or Ms. Kiki as her students know her, has over 29 years of teaching experience and has participated in numerous piano teaching workshops and piano pedagogy symposiums. She supports the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), a UK-based program for music students that promotes high standards of excellence in music and is recognized by higher level learning institutions such as universities and conservatories worldwide.

She has also worked with group childrens’ classes for many years after completing a variety of rigorous pedagogy programs. Her passion for piano teaching has continuously inspired her to excel in her teaching skills, especially with regard to young children. Kiki offers piano lessons to students starting from as young as 3 years old. Her style of teaching is creative, fun, and inspiring. She has performed in Japan and Malaysia.

Jacob Lane

Jacob Lane received his BA in Music Performance from Johnson State College in his home state of Vermont. He relocated to the Bay-Area to continue his studies at Mills College, where he received a Masters degree in Music Performance and Literature. He has studied piano under Robert Schwartz, Diane Huling, and Joseph Pepper, and composition with Denis Bathory-Kitsz, Roscoe Mitchell, and Zeena Parkins. In addition to regularly performing as a soloist, Lane frequently collaborates with clarinetist, John McCowen, with whom he performs both classical and jazz repertoire. He began giving lessons as an undergraduate, and, in addition to The New World Music Academy, Lane also teaches at The Alameda School of Music.

Amelita Guevara

Amelita Guevara attained her master’s degree in education from California State University East Bay, with her research thesis on the power of music towards the holistic education and values formation of young people. Coming from a family of musicians, she was trained in the classical German piano method at Saint Bridget’s College, Philippines, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree, emphasis in Piano Performance and Music Education. As a piano educator for more than 20 years in Northern California, she teaches diverse ages from 4 years to 60 years old, from beginner to advanced levels, using varied methods and styles, according to the achievable goals of both students and parents. Her accomplishments as piano teacher are proven by majority of her students consistently passing the MTAC certificate of merit with several making it to the honors level. She promotes music performance not only for public piano recitals but also for community outreach and church service. According to Amelita: “I guide my students of in deep enjoyment of music in each piano lesson, so that whether music becomes their vocation or avocation, their experience of music can add to their personal and social sense of meaning and self-fulfillment in their lives.” As a professional piano faculty, Amelita is patient, innovative, fun and deeply committed in delivering New World Music Academy’s excellent quality of musical education.

Chelsea Kim

Graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chelsea Kim is a trained classical pianist. A long-time student of virtuoso Eugene Masluk in Livermore, CA, Chelsea completed the Certificate of Merit Level 10 with honors. She then went on to the Panel Level, also placing as a NorCal Division Top Tier Nominee.

After being admitted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 15 years of age, she competed in the Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition and placed Honorable Mention. She has also competed in the Youth Focus Competition, being titled as the Grand Prize Winner.

Chelsea has extensive collaborative experience and has worked at Stanford University with Professor Mary Linduska voice students.

Chelsea has taught all ages from preschool-12th grade and offers instruction in baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, and pop styles. She preps students for the ABRSM (international music exam) and competitions.

Lisa Braz

Lisa Braz has taught piano privately, prior to joining New World Music Academy.  She has studied music at Las Positas College, Berkeley Jazz School, Hayward State Jazz Program and San Francisco State University.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from SFSU.   Lisa studied classical piano with Richard Gough and while at SFSU studied with William Corbett-Jones.  She studied Blues and Ragtime with Aaron Blumenfield, additionally studying Blues with Jennifer Jolly.

Anna Logiman

Anna Logiman was first introduced to piano at age 5 by her mother, an avid pianist. She continued to learn piano under her mother until she was 10 in which she developed a lifelong passion of music. From age 10 till high school, Anna learned piano exclusively under a Japanese piano master in Jakarta, Indonesia. After high school, Anna continued her piano studies at Koeln Musichochschule in Koln, Germany under Professor Herr Kladetzky. She then added her piano repertoire at Musichochschule in Wiesbaden, Germany. She applied her piano knowledge and passion to students at Jakarta Yamaha Music School from 1996 to 1998 and taught groups of kids for a couple of months.  In order to stay home with her young kids, Anna became a private teacher from 2000 to 2007 in Indonesia, until she moved to United States and passed grade 5 Yamaha exam piano in Los Angeles in 2010. She also has an Associate degree in Music from Diablo Valley College where she studied under Dr. Bruce Cook. Anna has experience working with children at all ages and is passionate about teaching piano.