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Education

Music Department

Maya Isyanova, BBS Music Department Head

Leningrad, Russia | Join Boston Ballet School in  1991

Maya Isyanova received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from the Leningrad Conservatory. She was also a full scholarship recipient at Boston University Doctor of Musical Arts program.

Isyanova has played numerous recitals including appearances in Jordan Hall, Wang Center, and Tsai Performance Center, and also served as a Music Director of “Operafest” Company of New Hampshire. As a pianist for Choral and Vocal departments of New England Conservatory, she participated in many world premieres and worked with celebrated composers Toru Takemitsu and Osvaldo Golijov.

At BBS, Isyanova is in charge of hiring, training and managing pianists as well as monitoring and scheduling pianists for Company Classes. She plays for classes and rehearsals in Boston and Newton and  arranges piano scores for ballet classes and performances. She is in charge of selecting class progression music for the Spring Showcases across all locations and preparation of the piano scores for rehearsals of the annual Next Generation performance.

Olga Bezvitny, Musician

Join Boston Ballet School in 2004

Olga Bezvitny holds her Masters of Music degree in piano performance, music pedagogy and Bachelor of Music from Saratov Conservatory, Russia.

Bezvitny began her career as an accompanist at the Samara State Academy of Music, in the Department of Orchestral Conducting .

She joined Boston Ballet and Dean College in 2004 as a part time pianist.

In 2007 Olga was promoted to full time pianist position with BBS.  In addition to being a Solo Pianist for BBS, Olga regularly plays solo recitals and performances.

Rebecca Harrold, Musician

Ohio | Join Boston Ballet School in 2004
Rebecca Harrold received her BA in Vocal Performance from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.  After graduation, she remained in the Cleveland area where her theatre training led to playing piano and singing for Playhouse Square in Cleveland.  While there she performed and helped create and stage innovative multimedia programs serving the Playhouse Square Foundation.  

Harrold sang and composed for Faith in Action, a female a cappella, jazz/gospel group.  Faith in Action was featured in the WGBH television series:  “Basic Black”  and  worked with Stephen Schwartz as principal pianist for a Boston production of “The Baker’s Wife” which received an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award.

Harrold sang lead with four-time Boston Music Award winner, Eye To Eye, and served as keyboard player and background singer for Lois Lane and the Daily Planets.  With the original rock band, Y.O.M.A.M.A., she opened for the Average White Band and the Guess Who.  Her original music was featured on Malden Community Access TV.

Harrold has served as a pianist for the Boston Ballet for 13 years, the last four of as lead pianist for its newest studio in Marblehead, MA.  It was during this period that much of the material on her premiere CD, The River of Life, was refined.

Yoko Igarashi, Musician

Osaka, Japan | Join Boston Ballet School in 2012

Yoko Igarashi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University in Collaborative Piano with a full scholarship.  Prior to her study at BU, she had earned her Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance at The Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying at San Francisco Conservatory, and Graduate Diploma degree in Collaborative Piano at  New England Conservatory.

During her studies at NEC and BU, Igarashi began working as a ballet pianist at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA. In Igarashi is also a staff pianist at New England Conservatory of Music and maintains private piano studio in Boston.

Almas Serebayev, Musician

Joined Boston Ballet School in  2002
Almas Serkebayev is an Honored Artist of Republic of Kazakhstan, and a laureate of State Prize of Republic of Kazakhstan.

Graduate of the Almaty State Conservatory, Department  of Composition, Serkebyev has been working as a professional composer. since 1973. In 1975, he became a member of the Union of Composers of the USSR, and was later elected to the Board of Directors of Kazakhstan Composers’ Union in 1980.

As a full time pianist for Boston Ballet School, Serkebayev is responsible for arranging and performing for character class music and presentations.

Part-time Accompanists

Emily Adams, Yelena Babitskaya, Yan Cheng, Robin Cho, Delgir Chunaeva, Maryellen Cohen, Natalya Deychman, Akila Haynese, Diran Heller, David Hero, Jeongje Hwang, William Johnson, Susan Kaswell-Wilcon, Ha Kyoung Lee, Kathryn Lieppman, Lydia Lucas, Olena Lvovska, Stephanie Mao, Jean Meltaus, Yoon Ah Oh, Irina Ramiel, Anna Shereshkova, Dan Shore, Alla Troyanovsky, Greg Woodsbie, Alexandra Yablonsky, Yulia Yun

Our artist/athletes are always pushing themselves to the edge. That passion and energy is what makes watching them so exhilarating.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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