Ms. Marina Obukovsky
Piano Teacher / Teacher Trainer
Marina Obukovsky lives and works in New York City where she is a sought- after piano teacher, performer and clinician. According to the American Suzuki Journal, “Marina is a true musician and passionate about music, with the ear of a superhuman, able to distinguish the most nuances of nuances.”
Ms. Obukovsky currently holds positions at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and at the School for Strings, where she is a certified Suzuki Teacher Trainer and an Assistant Department Chair. As a dedicated and inspiring teacher, Ms. Obukovsky maintains a full studio of pianists, ranging from beginner to pre- college level. Her students frequently participate in master classes with renowned pianists and have won of many of New York’s prestigious competitions, performing at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert hall, and Symphony Space. Many of her students continue their training at conservatories and major in music in college.
In demand as a clinician and teacher, Ms. Obukovsky has given numerous workshops and masterclasses in New York, Washington DC, Maine, Vermont, Texas, and Bermuda. At the 15th Biennial Suzuki Conference ( May 2012) she was invited to give a master class on new piano repertoire in the revised Suzuki piano books. During the past five years, she has taught at the InterHarmony International Festival in Germany and Italy, and at the ” Accademia di Musica Lorenzo Perosi” in Biella, Italy. A longtime faculty member at the Hartt Suzuki Institute in Connecticut, she additionally joined the faculty of the Berkshire Summer Music Camp in Massachusetts in 2014.
Ms. Obukovsky received her Master of Music degree ( cum laude) from Kharkov Conservatory, Ukraine. She studied piano with Professor Tatyana Verkina, a former student of Neuhaus. She also participated in numerous masterclasses and workshops at he renowned Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. As a student, she won several competitions and performed with Kharkov Philharmonic Orchetsra. An accomplished pianist, she has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout Ukraine and Russia and has served as an accompanist for the National Opera Competitions in Moscow, Odessa, Lviv, and Kiev. She was a former faculty of the Kharkov Conservatory( currently Kharkov University of Arts). Ms. Obukovsky completed her Suzuki training at The School for Strings with Sheila Keats, and some supplementary pedagogy courses with Mary Craig Powell.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Obukovsky frequently collaborates with fellow musicians in cello- piano duos, as well as in 4-8 hands piano ensembles. Ms. Obukovsky is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Associated Music Teachers League.