Isabel Keleti In 2019, Isabel, a NYC-based pianist, won two international competitions in China: the ROXE MTSY International Music Competition in Xi’an and BIMFA Solo Piano Competition in Beijing. She has been a prize winner in the American Protégé International Piano Competition, International Young Artist Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, K.C. Musical Club Competition, and KMTA Collegiate Auditions. Isabel has performed at a variety of concert venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC; Teatro Pavone in Perugia; Xi’an Concert Hall in Xi’an; RUC Concert Hall in Beijing; and Lied Center in Kansas. She has played as a soloist with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra of Spain, and the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra of Missouri, among others.
Isabel is passionate about spreading the joy of music beyond traditional settings. As a board member of the KU MTNA Collegiate Chapter, Isabel organized a series of benefit concerts for local nonprofit organizations in Lawrence, Kansas. She has enjoyed performing as a musician for Groupmuse, for elementary students in Brooklyn, NY, and patients at NewYork-Presbyterian and Johns Hopkins Hospitals.
Isabel is a dedicated teacher, having been awarded a Mannes Teaching Fellowship, and was one of the founding teachers for Pianos Without Borders. She shares her love of music with her 30 piano students in New York City.
Isabel recently completed a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music – The New School in New York City under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarević. She received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from KU School of Music studying with former department chair Dr. Jack Winerock.
Over the last nine years, it has brought me a special joy to teach music to my students. I mentor students of all levels and ages with patience, kindness and passion, so they can enjoy the process of learning music and take their skills with them for the rest of their lives. Music training is incomplete without a mastery of fundamental skills and concepts, such as sight-reading, sense of rhythm, healthy technique, music theory and history, and performance etiquette. Not only are these skills transferable to other disciplines, they are also useful for a lifetime of learning and music-making. To hone these skills, it is imperative students practice daily, are prepared for lessons, and most importantly, have a positive attitude and are excited to learn. Students are most empowered by developing problem solving skills, which is why I aspire to understand each student’s unique needs and encourage them to develop their own initiative and ideas. I teach using a wide array of teaching methods and classical repertoire to creatively address each individual's goals to inspire them to be dedicated and sincerely enthusiastic about their studies. Students are encouraged to perform in bi-annual recitals held at the Greenwich House Music School to polish their pieces, develop confidence in performance, and celebrate their hard work. Studying piano has enriched my life in ways I would have never imagined, and I hope to pass along a life-long love of learning onto each of my students.