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Education

Music Department

Maya Isyanova, BBS Music Department Head

Leningrad, Russia | Joined Boston Ballet School in 1991

Maya Isyanova received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Leningrad Conservatory. She was also a full scholarship recipient at Boston University’s Doctor of Musical Arts program.

Isyanova 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 Boston Ballet School, Isyanova oversees 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 Spring Showcases across all studio locations and preparation of the piano scores for annual Next Generation performance rehearsals.

Olga Bezvitny, Musician

Samara, Russia | Joined Boston Ballet School in 2004

Olga Bezvitny holds her Master of Music degree in piano performance, music pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Music degree 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 Bezvitny was promoted to a full-time pianist position with Boston Ballet School. As a Solo Pianist at Boston Ballet School, Bezvitny also regularly plays recitals and performances.

Rebecca Harrold, Musician

Mentor, Ohio | Joined Boston Ballet School in 2004

Rebecca Harrold received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.  After graduation, she remained in the Cleveland area where her theater 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 Boston Ballet for 13 years, the last four as lead pianist at the North Shore Studio. 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 | Joined Boston Ballet School in 2012

Yoko Igarashi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University (BU) in Collaborative Piano with a full scholarship. Prior to her study at BU, she 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 (NEC).

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

Moriah Trenk, Musician

Westchester, New York | Joined Boston Ballet School in 2015

Upon completion of Boston Ballet School’s internship for pianists, Moriah Feiner Trenk joined Boston Ballet School as a part-time pianist in 2015 and in 2018 she was promoted to a full-time pianist position. Trenk recently completed her Master's Degree in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory of Music, where she received a merit scholarship to study with Cameron Stowe and Jonathan Feldman, and was a recipient of New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowship. Trenk received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from New York University where she was a student of Seymour Bernstein and Grant Wenaus.  

Recent engagements have included performances as a soloist and with ensembles at Jordan Hall, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Wagner College of Music in Staten Island, Loewe Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, Hunter College, and Queensborough Community College, among other venues. Trenk has been a featured performer at events honoring Alan Gilbert and members of the NY Philharmonic. As a versatile musician and collaborator, Trenk frequently performs with instrumentalists and vocalists and is a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She also performs outreach concerts with Boston's Volunteer Musicians for the Arts. In recent summers, Trenk received full scholarships to study chamber music at The National Music Festival at Washington College, Manchester Music Festival's Young Artist Program in Manchester, Vermont and the Emerging Artists Fellowship Program at Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Virginia. Trenk is a prizewinner of various competitions; including the Hudson Valley Music Club competition, the NYU Art of Solo and Collaborative Piano Award, the Yonkers Concerto Competition, the YWCA and Korean Daily News Piano Competition, the International Concert Alliance Piano Competition, and runner up in the Westfield Concerto Competition. Trenk has performed in masterclasses for leading performers such as Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Kobrin, and Carter Brey. She previously studied with Paul Ostrovsky and Sara Davis Buechner.

Part-time Accompanists

Emily Adams, Yelena Babitskaya, Henry Buck, 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, Emi Okumura, Irina Ramiel, Almas Serkebayev, Anna Shereshkova, Dan Shore, Alla Troyanovsky, Alexandra Yablonsky, Yulia Yun

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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