Events & Announcements

View highlights from the 2017 LGPS End of the School Year Recitals under the Performances heading to the right
Recent Achievements:
2017 Stanley Du- 3rd Prize-International Music Competition - Best Scarlatti Performance
2017 Annie Ping -1st Prize-International Music Competition-Masters of Piano Sonata
2017 Stanley Du- 3rd Prize-International Music Competition-Masters of Piano Sonata
2017 Katherine Shi -selected from the Bay Area to perform with Richard Clayderman in Richard Clayderman Concert on Oct 8th, 2017, at Flint Center for The Performing Arts, Cupertino, CA.
2017 Riley Kong - First Prize Winner (Piano, Young Artist II Category) of the 2017 Concert Artists International™ Virtuoso Competition II with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall
2017 Stanley Du- 3rd place winner at the The United States International Music Competition (USIMC)
2017 Stanley Du- Honorable Mention and Winners Concert Performance at the 18th Annual San Jose International Piano Competition
2017 Stanley Du- 1st place winner group A at the 22nd annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
2017 Riley Kong - 2nd place winner group B at the 22nd annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
2017 Katherine Shi - 3rd place winner group A at the 22nd annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
2017 Emily Tsai - Honorable Mention group A at the 22nd annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.

2017 Riley Kong - Thera Rabinowitch Piano Competition 2nd Place Lower Division
2017 Annie Ping - Thera Rabinowitch Piano Competition 2nd Place Lower Division
2017 Crystal Cheng - Thera Rabinowitch Piano Competition 3rd Place Lower Division

2017 Riley Kong - CAPMT STATE FINALS Contemporary Music Competition 2nd Place Category B
2017 Annie Ping - CAPMT STATE FINALS Honors Music Competition Honorable Mention Category B

2017 Spencer Cha - 1st Alternate MTAC Concerto Solo Competition North Regional Concerto 1 Division
2017 Naomi Rockower - Honorable Mention MTAC Concerto Solo CompetitionNorth Regional Solo 1 Division
2017 Emily Tsai - Honorable Mention MTAC Concerto Solo CompetitionNorth Regional Solo1 Division
2017 Following students won in the online 1st edition of the International Competition for Young Instrumentalists: Best Bach Performance.
Benjamin Park - 1st Prize - Age Group II
Aaron Tu -2nd Prize - Age Group II
Riley Kong - 1st Prize - Age Group III

2017 Following students won 1st prize in the online 1st edition of the International Competition for Young Instrumentalists: Best Chopin Performance.
Jacob Rockower - Age Group II
Riley Kong - Age Group III

Crystal Cheng - Third Place American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2017 with a performance at Carnegie Hall

2017 25th Annual United States Open Music Competition
Naomi Rockower
Best Outstanding Gold Medalist Award
Showcase Piano Solo Junior D, 1st place

Xinran Shi Katherine Shi
Treasury of Baroque Composers Intermediate B, 2nd place
Treasury of Classical Composers Junior A, 2nd place
Showcase Piano Solo Preparatory, 2nd place

Jacob Rockower
Showcase Piano Solo Elementary A, 2nd place

Emily Tsai
Showcase Piano Solo Elementary B, 2nd place

Spencer Cha
Showcase Piano Solo Junior B, 2nd place
Open Piano Concerto Advanced, 3rd place

Sophia Cha
Treasury of Contemporary Composers Senior, 4th place

Spencer Cha & Sophia Cha
Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Intermediate, 3rd place

Stanley Du
Showcase Piano Solo Elementary A, 3rd place
Treasury of Romantic Composers Senior D, 3rd place

Crystal Cheng
Showcase Piano Solo Junior C, 3rd place

Peter Kudelin
Showcase Piano Solo Intermediate B, 3rd place

Caroline Liu
Treasury of Classical Composers Senior B, 3rd place

Aaron Tu
Treasury of Contemporary Composers Intermediate A, 4th place
Showcase Piano Solo Junior A, 4th place

Rohan Ramkumar
Treasury of Classical Composers Junior, 3rd place
Treasury of Romantic Composers Intermediate, 3rd place

Iris Yu
Treasury of Classical Composers Intermediate, 3rd place

Nicholas Meeker
Treasury of Romantic Composers Advanced, 4th place

2017 Marilyn Mindell Competition at Stanford
Spencer Cha Honorable Mention
2017 CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition
Jacob Rockower 1st place category A
Riley Kong 1st place category B
Naomi Rockower 2nd place category B

2017 CAPMT Honors Competition
Annie Ping 1st place Category B
Emily Tsai 2nd place Category A
Crystal Cheng Honorable mention Category B

All first place winners will have a chance to compete with other district winners at the 2017 CAPMT State Conference in Los Angeles on April 29
Sophia and Spencer Cha - Second Place (Junior Category)Piano Duo American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2017 with a performance at Carnegie Hall
Jacob Rockower - First Place American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2017 with a performance at Carnegie Hall
Naomi Rockower - First Place American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2017 with a performance at Carnegie Hall
Naomi Rockower - First Prize-Group II International Best Mozart Performance Competition Series
Jacob Rockower - Second Prize-Group II International Best Mozart Performance Competition Series
Riley Kong - Third Place Winner(Category B) 2017 CAPMT Concerto North Regional Competition
Spencer Cha- First Place Winner (Junior Category) of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2016 including a performance at Carnegie Hall
Riley Kong - Best Perfomance of Composition by Chinese Composer at the 2016 US International Music Competition
Emily Tsai - 3rd Place Group A at the 2016 US International Music Competition
Crystal Cheng - 1st Place 2016 Taiwan Competition
Jacob Rockower - 1st place winner group A at the 21st annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
Emily Tsai - group A - Honorable mention at 21st annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
Spencer Cha - Group B - Honorable mention at 21st annual San Francisco Chopin Competition.
Peter Kudelin - 1st place winner 2016 CAPMT State Conference Contemporary Music Competition.
Spencer Cha - 1st place winner 2016 CAPMT State Conference Honors Competition.
Spencer Cha - 2nd place 2016 CAPMT State Conference Concerto Competition.
Spencer Cha - 2016 CAPMT Concerto Competition 1st Place.
Annie Ping - 2016 CAPMT Concerto Competition, 2nd Place.
Sophia Cha - 2016 Junior Bach - Finalist.
Peter Kudelin - 2016 Marilyn Mindell piano competition of the Peninsula symphony, Winner (Junior division)
Crystal Cheng - 2016 USOMC 2nd place Treasury of Contemporary Music, Intermediate.
Katherine Shi - 2016 USOMC 2nd place Treasury of Romantic Music, Junior.
Katherine Shi -2016 USOMC 4th place Treasury of Baroque, Junior.
Annie Ping - 2016 USOMC 2nd place Open Solo 8B
Annie Ping -2016 USOMC 3rd place open Solo 8A
Ryan Wang - 2016 USOMC 3rd place Treasury of Romantic Music, Advance.
Emily Tsai - 2016 USOMC 3rd place Showcase Solo, Junior.
Reily Kong -2016 USOMC 3rd place Open Solo 8B.
Reily Kong - 2016 USOMC 3rd place Showcase Solo, Intermediate.
Spencer Cha, 1st place winner, and Riley Kong, 1st place alternate winner, at 2016 CAPMT Honors Competition, Category A (age 12 and under).
Peter Kudelin, 1st place winner, at 2016 CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition, Category B (age 13-15).
Munan Cheng and Ryan Wang, 3rd Place Winners at the 2015 San Jose International Piano Competition, Young Musician Category.
Munan Cheng, 1st Place Winner and Ryan Wang, 2nd Place Winner at United States International Music Competition (CMTANC), Group B, Piano.
Annie Ping, Winner at CPYO(California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra) Solo competition for 2015-2016. Invitation to perform with CPYO in Dec, 2015.
Spencer Cha, 1st Alternate Winner, at the 2015 MTAC piano solo competition, northern CA division 1
Naomi and Jacob Rockower, won gold at 2015 Golden Key International Musical Festival, invitation to perform at the Carnegie Hall in June, 2015
Our 2015 USOMC Winners:   Nicholas Meeker,  Ryan Wang,  Spencer Cha,  Peter Kudelin,   Sophia Cha,  Riley Kong,  Munan Cheng,  Jacob Rockower,  Naomi Rockower,  Annie Ping,   Amy Zhou,  Emily Tsai,   Sofia Guo,   Daniel Xie
2015 The American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, Young Musicians Category(6-10 years)
  Jacob Rockower-2nd place
  Naomi Rockower-2nd place
  Invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall
2015 State CAPMT Final Results
Jacob Rockower-1st place, Contemporary A
Munan Cheng-2nd place, Honors A
Naomi Rockower-2nd place, Honors B
2014 CAPMT District II Honors Audition
Category A (Age 7 & under)
  Munan Cheng - Winner
  Jacob Rockower - Alternate
  Angelina Wong - Honorable Mention
Category B (Ages 8Г±9)
  Naomi Rockower - Winner
2014 CAPMT District II Contemporary Audition
Category A (Age 7 & under)
  Jacob Rockower - Winner
  Angelina Wong - Alternate
Emily Tsai and Dolsey Lin (Ellen Sarkisian's students) - Ribbons for receiving highest scores in Autumn Festival, Nov 23, 2014
Daniel Xie (Dr. Lundtvedt's student) - 2nd place winner, Open Legacy Music Competition, San Carlos, CA
Peter Kudelin - 2nd place winner, division I, MTAC state final solo competition, Los Angeles, CA
Spencer Cha - 1st place winner @First age category in the 2014 19th Annual Chopin Competition hosted by Chopin Foundation SF
Winners at 2014 Thera Rabinowitch Memorial Competition
Peter Kudelin - 1st place, Jr Division
Students selected to perform at the 2014 MTAC Palo Alto Branch Honors Recitals
Frederick Nitta, Jerry Qian, Rachel Zhou, and Andrew Chan
Peter Kudelin, winner at 2014 MTAC Piano Solo Competition Northern Regional Division I.
Andrew Chan, winner of Junior Bach Festival 2014.
USOMC 2014 winners:
Munan Cheng - Outstanding Gold Medalist.
Jerry Qian- Outstanding Gold Medalist.
Sophia Cha, student of Dr. Lundvedt, received 3RD place award for intermediate division at the 2014 Music Legacy Open Competition sponsored by Bay Area Music Association.
Ean Bennett, student of Dr. Lundtvedt, received 3RD place award for intermediate division at the 2014 Music Legacy Open Competition sponsored by Bay Area Music Association.
Spencer Cha received a 1ST Alternate award at the CAPMT Contemporary Piano Competition.
Miyabi Kadowaki won 1ST PLACE in 2013 the Aloha International Competition.
Miyabi Kadowaki won 3RD PLACE in the 18th annual San Francisco Chopin Competition for young musicians.
Mia Kao (student of Ellen Sarkisian) was placed Honorable Mention in CMTAC international Youth Competition.
Jerry Qian is a winner of 2013 Terra Rabinowitch Competition - 1 PLACE.
Andrew Chan was awarded Honorable Mention in 2013 Terra Rabinowitch Competition.
Andrew Chan was awarded Honorable Mention in 2013 Young Pianist Beethoven Competition.
Miyabi Kadowaki is a Winner of 2013 Junior Bach Auditions. Miyabi will perform at the Winners Concert at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park on March 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
Winners of 2013 USOMC (United States Open Music Competition)
Jerry Qian - 1 PLACE Showcase Solo Intermidiate. Jerry was also awarded with an "Outstanding Gold Medalist Award"
Peter Kudelin - 2 PLACE Showcase Solo Junior
Frederick Nitta - 2 PLACE Showcase Solo Junior and 2 PLACE Open Concerto
Brian Chan (student of Natalia Borodulin) - 3 PLACE Showcase Solo Junior
Rachel Zhao (student of Natalia Borodulin) - 3 PLACE Showcase Solo Inremidiate
Mia Kao (student of Ellen Sarkisian) - 3 PLACE Open Solo 3
Nathaniel Liu received 1ST place in the Audition at Joyful Melody School. He was also selected to receive the Judge's award for his performance.
Frederick Nita received an Honorable Mention in CAPMT Honors competition
Andrew Chan was the 1st place winner in the "American Protege Competition" both Romantic and Contemporary category.
Jessica Li won the 1ST PLACE in 2012 Aloha International Piano Competition.
Andrew Chan received Honorable Mention in 2012 CMTANC Competition - Advanced Category.
Jessica Li - 2ND PLACE in International Russian Music Piano Competition! She performed in the Winners Concert on June 10th at Le Petit Trianon, 72 North 5th Street, San Jose.
Winners of 2012 Annual MTAC Palo Alto Branch Thera Rabinowitch Competition:
Douglas Yao - 2ND PLACE in Seniors'
Miranda Shum - 3RD PLACE in Juniors'
Paulomi Bhattachurya - HONORABLE MENTION in Seniors'
Catherine Huang was awarded 3RD PLACE in 2012 Pacifical Society Competition.
Douglas Yao and Andrew Chan were the winners of Panel Honors Competition.
Mia Kao (student of Ellen Sarkisian) - winner of the US Open Music Competition! Treasury of Romantic Preparatory- 1st place; Open Solo 1C- 3rd place.
Catherine Huang - Finalist in 2012 Pacific Musical Society Competition!
Andrew Chan and Douglas Yao - Panel Finalists!
Winners of 2012 US Open Music Competition:
Jessica Li - 2nd place - Showcase Solo - Elementary
Catherine Huang - 3rd place - Showcase Junior
Nina Zhao - 4th place - Showcase Junior
Miranda Shum - 3rd place Treasury of Romantic - Senior
Douglas Yao won the 1st place in 2012 CAPMT State Honors Audition and the 2nd place in 2012 CAPMT State Contemporary Music Competition.
Jessica Li got Honorable Mention in 2012 CAPMT State Honors Audition.
Andrew Chan! It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you on behalf of the AADGT "Passion of Music 2012" Festival Committee that you have been awarded Third Prize and Honorable Mention Diploma.
Catherine Huang winner of 2012 Junior Bach Audition!
Andrew Chan has been chosen as a Second Place Winner of the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition 2012.
He will perform Gargoyles op.29 #4 by Liebermann at the Winners Concert on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Weill Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, New York.
Students of Natalia Borodulin Arthur Dvorkin and Talia Beyer won Golden Trophy in Music Legacy Winter Festival sponsored by Bay Area Music Association
Miranda Shum received Honorable mention in 2011 CAPMT Concerto Competition
Winners of the CAPMT Honors Audition 2011!
Jessica Li - 1ST place (Junior)
Brian Chen - 3RD place (Junior)
Douglas Yao - 1ST place (Advanced)
Douglas Yao!! - 1st place CAPMT Contemporary Competition, District II. Douglas will compete at the state level at CAPMT Conference on February 17, 2011
Winners of 2011 CMTANC Youth Music Competition!
Jessica Li - 1st place; Brian Chen - 3rd place and Best Performer of Chinese composer piece
Winners of 2011 Chopin Competition (San Francisco Conservatory)!
Catherine Huang - 3rd place
Douglas Yao - Honorable mention
Charles Ye was awarded an Honorable Mention at 2011 Annual East Bay Music Festival
Douglas Yao got an Honorable Mention (Division Solo II) at 2011 MTAC Solo Competition
Arthur Dvorkin student of Natalia Borodulin placed as Honorable Mention in 2011; MTAC, San Francisco Branch Competition.
Winners of 2011 Thera Rabinovich Competition:
Miranda Shum - Junior High Division, 2ND PLACE;
Douglas Yao - High School Division, 3RD PLACE
Winners of Menuhin-Dowling Competition held on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at the Nueva Music School in Hillsboro: Miranda Shum-1st place (age 11-12)
Catherine Huang-3rd place (age 9-10)
Jady Wei - 3rd place (age 13-14)
Congratulations to Andrew Chan!
2011 US Open Music Competition Winners
Jady Wei - Winner of 2011 Junior Bach competition.

Message from Jing Hu, May 29, 2017

Hi Lena,

Thanks for your help! You not only teach Katherine how to play, but also teach us how to love music. We all enjoy your classes a lot and Katherine always wants to be in your class, that's her most enjoyable time in the week. As everyday she spends tough time with me for practice, but she enjoys the music journey with you. :)
Thanks for being her teacher!
Thanks for all your encouragement and unlimited enthusiasm of music to inspire us.

Best Regards, Jing

Message from Miranda Shum

I am writing to express my gratitude for your piano instruction to me. I learned so much from you, and hope that you enjoyed our lessons as much as I did. You taught me that music was beyond playing the correct notes and you helped me connect to the music I played. Thanks to you, I began to develop my own musical point of views.
In the fall, I have decided to continue my studies at Vanderbilt University on the Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship, where I will double major in piano performance and pre-med.
I really appreciate all the years of your tireless coaching, and I am extremely grateful to you!

Thank you for everything you have done for me.

Message from Jing Hu, Nov 9, 2015

Hi Lena,

Thanks very much for the workshop yesterday! Katherine said that she really enjoyed the workshop a lot. She told me it's very fun and she liked each kids' performance, especially Claire's. :)

When we came back home, she can not wait to show us how you help her to improve the three pieces, and she even showed us how to introduce herself and how to bow in an elegant way. It's quite surprised me and my husband. You can not imagine that we struggled a lot at this part in the morning of the workshop day. And when she showed us the three pieces at home, we also WOW for the improvement. It's so amazing. Thanks very much for your effort and help!

Have a good day and see you this afternoon.

Thanks again,


Message from Sandra Clark, May 19, 2015

Dearest Lena,

The pleasure was mine! Hearing your students play Saturday was even more moving than I remembered! Their technique is superb, but their ability to capture and express the heart of the music is truly extraordinary. Upon leaving your house, I remarked to your husband, "Does Lena know what a supremely great teacher she is?" And he replied, "No -- I don't believe she does."

BELIEVE, my dear! And thank you so much for letting me share your wonderful gifts!

Happiest wishes,

From Andrew Aday, Dec 2014

From Ryan Wang, Dec 2014

From Andrew Chan, class of 2014, now a college student continuing his journey on piano

From Fumiko Yamaguchi, mother of Jacob and Naomi Rowock, 2014

Dear Lena, Thank you always for your enthusiasm in teaching the kids the beautiful art! I really appreciate it and we learn and get inspired a lot every time.

From Pamela, 2013

Dear Lena,
Please allow me to express our gratitude for you in the meantime. We are thrilled to see Angelina progressing every day. We greatly appreciate that you ask nothing less than perfect with kindness and caring. It is truly magical, thank you so much!

Letter from Douglas, 2013

To Mrs. Grozman,
The reason why I'm sending an email, instead of giving you a phone call or meeting you in person, is so that I have time to think all my thoughts through and make sure what I say is truly what I want to say.
That being said, thank you so much for the years we have spent together. You've taught me innumerable things about piano and music that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I owe a great deal to you for all the time and effort you've invested to teaching me, and you've helped me mature both with regard to music and as a person. Without a doubt, I wouldn't be where I am today without your help...........I want you to know that the skills you've taught me are being put to good use.
Again, thank you for everything. It's hard to say goodbye after all these years...
Thanks, Douglas.

From Doris, 2013

Your student did a great job, he played that piece from his heart.

Message from Fumiko Rockower

Thank you so much for the lessons for Naomi and Jacob today. I was deeply impressed with how you teach with such focus in artistic expression. I understand completely how your students play the way they do. I wish I had a teacher like you when I was growing up! I feel like I was missing the whole point!

Card from Jessica Li, 2012

Card from Miranda Shum, 2012

Card from Jessica Li, 2012

Card from Adele Li, 2012

Message from Tsuneko (Freddy's parent)

Dear Lena
I am really grateful to you for teaching Freddy with his small hands and with high expectations. I have more than several experiences with music teachers in the past and you are the best teacher for Freddy.
Best wishes,

Card from Brian Chen, 2012

Card from Adele Li, 2011

Card from Ashley Zhang, 2011

Card from Catherine Huang, 2011

Card from Nina Zhao, 2011

Message from Amy Zeng

Hi Lena,
I thought about our conversation at the last lesson for quite awhile. Before I go on, I'd like to say that you've been such a wonderful teacher and mentor. I always look forward to our lessons together because you always manage to inspire me to practice harder with your kind words of encouragement and your gentle guidance. You have motivated me for such a long time to keep practicing, even when I was discouraged and I hadn't won any competitions for two consecutive years. If it weren't for your patience and dedication, I would have quit piano long time ago. I will always appreciate the time and effort you put into teaching me and will remember the time we spent together with great affection........


Card from Miranda Shum, 2011

Thank you card from Brian Chen

Card from Amy Zeng, 2011

Card from Thomas Chan, 2011

Card from Catherine Huang, 2010

Message from Sondra Clark

Dear Lena,

How fabulous! ... I meant to write you right after the recital and thank you for your wonderful students!? I also wanted to give Alice and Anna special credit for playing so well While Sharing a Single Bench! That goes beyond musical talent! :)

And your younger students, Catherine and Miranda, were just breath-taking. All of your students should be showcased in more concerts in this area -- you produce absolutely superb musicians!

So again, thanks -- I'm always so pleased to hear my music played by your students!

Happiest wishes,

Sondra Clark

Comment from Lu & Chaofeng Huang April, 2010

Hi, Lena:

The positive comments are very encouraging, and we love to see Catherine's progress under your teaching in such a short period of time !


Lu & Chaofeng

Comment from Sondra Clark April, 2010

Bless you, Lena,

I'd love to come to your recital May 1st. And Gordon would, too -- he liked your recital last year so much!

I just can't thank you enough for the joy you give me!

Sondra (Clark)

Comment from Anna Boonyanit April, 2010

Dear Mrs. Lena,

Thank you for helping me win the first place in the MTAC solo competition. Without you, I would not have won. It means so much to me. Thank you very much...

Best Wishes,


Comments from Alice Zhu

Dear Lena,

I got a notice from Pacific Musical Society that I made the Finals. Thank you for being such a wonderful piano teacher and making all my dreams come true! I think you are an amazing teacher, and I'm so glad you put so much effort into polishing my Chopin piece. See you tomorrow!

Your student, Alice

Message from Nina Zhao

Dear Mrs.Lena,

Thank you for your kind letter, it really makes me have a warm and happy heart! You are a great, helpful, patient, and kind piano teacher. I really want to be a piano teacher and pianist when I grow up.


Message from Thomas Chen

Words cannot express our sincere thankfulness to your tremendous help in making Andrew successful in his recent competitions. We always appreciate your passionate teaching.

A million thanks,

Thomas Chan


Message from Becky Wu

Dear Lena,

...I want to let you know that both Albert and I are very grateful for all the wonderful lessons that you have given
him over the past 7, 8 years. Albert will not be Albert without you in terms of his piano education ...

Becky Wu

Message from Sandra Wright-Shen

Thank you for your generous spirit and constant support. I'm so blessed by your friendship and thanking God for bringing you into my life! I have to thank American Fine Arts Society for hosting competition in the bay area!!! :)…

Sandra Wright-Shen


Message from Chris Hepp

"The importance of Jon's (Nakamatsu) email is that he is saying that Anna (Boonyanit) is playing at a level of maturity well beyond her chronological age . . . Anna (Boonyanit) is blossoming under Lena's tutelage so much so that a great artist like Jon Nakamatsu took important notice of her playing."

Chris Hepp, D.M.A.
Sherman Clay Pianos

Nina Zhao's Card

Anna Boonyanit's Card

Kaitlyn Dai's Card

Miranda Shum's Card

Amy Zeng's Card


Message from the Chans

Dear Lena,

…We(’re) truly thankful for your passionate teaching.  You are a wonderful piano teacher…

Tomas, Julie & Andrew Chan



Message from Charles Ma

Dear Lena:

I can't say thank you enough for what you've done in the past couple of months for Charlene. As a matter of fact, every time we took lessons with you, we found them fruitful and productive. The structure, the intensity, the depth, the emphasis on discipline and quality are all right on. Experience counts. ...you've already left a deep mark in Charlene. She said right after the lesson she'll miss you. ... Thanks so much for nurturing young musicians.

Sincerely yours

Charles Ma

Message from Amy Zeng


My life is like a play. Many have a role in my life. Everybody I know—no matter how much I dislike them—those who I know the existence of and maybe a little more all influence the twists and turns of the plot. Of course those in my family influence me the most--*cough cough*--but there are more outside my family that also influence me. The most powerful person outside my family that rubs off on me the strongest is my piano teacher, Lena Grozman!

Lena influences me in many different ways. The most significant way that she has influenced me is my self-confidence. Before I started playing piano at her studio, I would always be a shy girl. I never started friendships by myself. I usually waited for the other to start the conversation. I kept to myself a lot if I were new, and I waited until the other would set the goal of what I were to aspire to in order to become their friend. This all changed when I became Lena’s student. She sent me to various competitions and recitals, and I have developed a sense of self-confidence from performing onstage. Now, I am no longer shy, and I’m usually the one who starts the conversation among my friends. I have also been influenced in other ways from learning piano with Lena. I can now demonstrate a few skills that I used to find frustrating to master, such as my tone and isolation of insignificant notes, so my playing doesn’t get too “busy.” Lena also inspires me to practice piano. She instructs me so diligently, that I feel extremely guilty if I don’t play a piece on the piano at least once a day. Lena has a big role in the play of my life. She is the most significant part of my play, other than my friends and my parents. She has influenced me greatly, in my personality, and in my piano mastery. I thank her from the bottom of my heart.

Amy Zeng, 10 years old


Message from Sandra Clark

Dear Lena,

What a treat it was to hear your students play! They are so very lucky to have such a superb, devoted teacher! And of course, I loved hearing Eileen and Jennifer play Miami Mambo...Lena, you are simply amazing to me. Thank you so much for inviting me to your recital and for teaching my pieces.

Warmest wishes,
Sondra Clark

(Comments about Amy Zeng's Performance)

Amy, this is wonderfully musical! What talent! Lena, you are the most amazing piano teacher!! I swear you can somehow teach musicality.


Message from Chris Hepp

Congratulations Lena on such a beautiful class today.

Your teaching and musicianship is so fluent that the students respond to you almostimmediately and the changes were palpable. It was a special event to watch and I'm so glad we could host it here at the store. I am eagerly looking forward to hearing your students perform here in June.

Many thanks again Lena for your wonderful teaching.

Chris Hepp, DMA
Sherman Clay

Message from Clare

Dear Ms. Grozman,  
You are the best piano teacher in the world.  I really appreciate when you polish the competition pieces and show me how to express beautiful music.  Thank you for being my piano teacher.  Wish you a Happy New Year. 



Message from the Teoes

Dear Lena,

Thank you very much for everything you've done for NiuNiu.  You are a truly inspirational teacher and musician!  You will always have our deepest affection.

NiuNiu, Leilei and Tat-Jin Teo


Message from Cary Wun:

Hi Lena! This is Cary. ...After all that nostalgia I guess I just wanted to say thanks for being my piano teacher. Even though I had no talent, and was not a good student in the later years (I didn't practice nearly enough, only an hour a day), learning how to play the piano made me love classical music forever...

I was only 8-13 years old when I was taking lessons, so I was too young to appreciate how good of a teacher you were. I remember wondering why we had to do all those scales and arpeggios, and do them perfectly with the metronome! Or how you focused on performing the piece instead of just pounding the notes at the right beat. It makes much more sense to me now…


From Lulu Shu:

Thank you for being such a great piano teacher. You
have taught me a lot of basic techniques to get
me where I am today. If it weren't for you I wouldn't
have had the chance to go to my dream school with a scholarship!

Lulu Shu