Stamford Music and Arts Academy has a wide variety of faculty and staff, including state of the art Piano Teachers!
Our Faculty and Staff At Stamford Music & Arts Academy
Mrs. Fiorito’s students have won more then one hundred awards at state, national and international competitions including Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists Germany, Washington International Young Artist Competition in D.C., International Piano Competition in Spain, participated in Aspen and Interlochen Music Festivals, performed at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Past performances Include: In Memoriam Alfred Schnittke for 2 violins in Chernivtsy Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine; Four Seasons for chamber orchestra, commissioned and performed by Freisinger Chamber Orchestra in Boston, MA and Ulianovsk, Russia; Music for Timpani by Martin Rodriguez at Strasbourg Regional Conservatoire, France; Red Snail on the Snow for koto and cello at Spectrum, NYC; Silenced Swallow for Japanese sho at Tenri Cultural Institute.
Ms. Raisa is actively performing on the concerts and recitals in many prestigious concert halls such as Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has also extensive experience in playing recitals abroad in countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and in various venues throughout her native country of Russia.
Her students have participated in Student activities, recitals and Festivals resulting in an Honors Rating. Several students been awarded Gold Rating at the Young Musicians Festival from Schubert Club of Fairfield County. Specialist in handpositioning and early age technique development.
In opera performance under a graduate assistant-ship from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland. She received her bachelors degree at Suny purchase college with a major in voice performance. Ms.
Hitchcock has performed roles ranging from the mother in Menotti’s_Amahl and the Night Visitors, _Sie mutter and Die Hexe in Humperdink’s _Hänsel und Gretel_, Dorothée in Massenet’s _Cendrillion,_ Rosalinda
In Strauss’s _die Fledermaus, _Fiordiligi in Mozart’s_ Così fan Tutte, _and Laetitia in Menotti’s_ Old Maid and the Thief. _Coming from a very musical family, she has studied piano as well since the age of four. While opera is MS. Hitchcock’s main focus, she also enjoys a variety of other musical styles.
Her 38 year teaching career brought her students to win prizes in many piano competitions. She specializes in traditional Russian methods and techniques. Elena is a member of Music Teachers National Association and The Schubert Club of Fairfield County.
Ms. Kitaychik has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Unated Nations’s Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space in NYC, Bolshoy and Malyi Halls of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and other centers of the performing arts throughout Russia. As a winner of the Concerto Competition, she performed Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Mannes Orchestra under the direction of Samuel Wong. Her other solo appearances includes Spectrum Symphony, One World Symphony and Doctor’s Orchestra of New York. She attended Schleswig-Holstein Festival and participated in master classes with such distinguished musicians as Midori and Pamela Frank.
As an orchestral musician Marina performed with world-renowned conductors including Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev among others. She held a Concertmaster position at Dicapo Opera Theatre Orchestra in New York City from 2000-2013. She was a Concertmaster of Bard College Summer Conductor’s Institute Orchestra during summers 2001,2002 and 2003. Ms. Kitaychik plays regularly with New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Norwalk Symphony and Simpatico Chamber Ensemble in CT.
Marina won the first prize in the All-Russian Young Artist Violin Competition and the second prize in the All-Russian Chamber Music Competition. She has also received a scholarship from the International Musical Program for gifted young artists “New Names.” Many of her performances have been broadcasted by WQXR radio in New York City.
Ms. Kitaychik is a member of MTNA and has nearly 20 years of teaching experience.