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Oksana Kolesnikova


Valencia, CA

Oksana Kolesnikova:  Pianist, Composer and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Owner of the Oksana School of Music and Art;  Mastermind of the Oksana Management Group (OMG, Inc.)

As a successful entrepreneur living and teaching in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, Oksana Kolesnikova vividly represents “The American Dream,” having emigrated to the U.S. from Siberia in her teens and going on to become the superstar she is today. As a descendant of two generations of academic educators, Oksana began mastering the art of playing the piano at the tender age of five, winning her first competition at nine and attaining a degree in music from the prestigious Florida State University. By 2003, Oksana held the accolade of becoming the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain U.S. military personnel, completing two exciting world tours on behalf of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department of the U.S. Navy and even engaging in a solo tour to entertain U.S. troops in Italy, Spain and Greece.  As a performer and composer, Oksana enjoyed the honor of becoming the in-house pianist at the legendary Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel from 2006 to 2013; here, she transformed into a household name within the circles of celebrity patrons who frequented the renowned venue. Following this successful foray, Oksana launched her company, OMG, Inc.

James Bastani


Beverly Hills, CA

James was born on October 23, 1962 in Tehran-Iran. At the age of five, he started his musical education under the tutelage of Maestro, Ardeshir Rohani. At the age of eleven, he moved to the United Kingdom to further his studies in music and human arts. At the age of sixteen, he moved to the United States, and continued his musical education at NVCC with Professor Herbert Smith, and on to Boston at Berklee College of Music in Boston with maestro Ray Santizi, where he graduated "Summa Cum Laude" in composition and conducting. Upon graduation, he studied Persian Classical music under the tutelage of Maestro Mohamad Reza Lotfi. He currently resides in LA, California, where he is engaged as an Instructor, Composer, Pianist, and Arranger.

Lorie Bromley


Los Angeles CA

I'm Lorie Bromley, the instructor of Silver Lake Piano. I have 10 + years of experience teaching piano lessons, and I design my approach to help students cultivate skills that will give them a lifelong passion for music, learning, and creativity.
My studio location is now on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. I also offer online piano lessons, which brings the benefits of one on one, private instruction to busy kids and adults without the traffic and travel time.
Because I believe playing an instrument should be a positive, fun, and truly rewarding experience, I create customized lesson material aligned to each student’s specific interests, goals, and learning styles.
Offering classical + jazz + contemporary + pop | Open to all genres and original work for artists.

Vandad Massahzadeh


Los Angeles, CA

Vandad Massahzadeh, pianist, composer and percussionist (born 1970) started learning piano with his father at the age 4 and continued playing accordion for 5 years later. He has accompanied in many music bands such as Lyrica music band, Zeytoon choir and Baku symphonic orchestra.
He has composed over 20 scores for cinema and television. He also has published 2 method books for percussion and accordion.
His music band "Kooban" has has performed more than 300 concerts around the world.

Arezoo Rostamian


Los Angeles, CA

Arezoo Rostamian, has been teaching piano for many years in Los Angeles. She is specialized in teaching younger children. her method books are Hanon, Czerny and Michael Aaron.

Sheila Shahbazi


Sherman Oaks

Ms. Sheila completed her Masters of Music Vocal Performance at California State University Fullerton in May, 2018. She has performed professionally in numerous fully staged operas and concerts in Southern California, including with Opera Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Baroque, Los Angeles Camerata, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles, Center Stage Opera, Guild Opera Company, Ridgecrest Opera Guild, and others. Additionally, she has performed at the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, Connecticut, and Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop in New York. She graduated from University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, holds a Phi Beta Kappa award, and speaks two languages other than English: German and Farsi. She studied piano privately throughout her upbringing and uses her skills regularly to teach voice and piano students alike.

Ms. Sheila has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2013. For singing, Sheila believes in teaching a healthy vocal technique which can be applied to any style of music, be it pop, musical theater, rock, or opera. Lessons focus on technique and proper warm ups, as well as building up the student's repertoire. The technique should allow you to be free to express yourself to the fullest while you sing so that you enjoy your performance experience.

For piano, Ms. Sheila believes in a strong foundation in music theory to help in the student's understanding of what they are playing. This work, combined with regular practice, adds greatly to the enjoyment and mastery of the instrument.

Overall, Ms. Sheila wants to make singing and piano fun while challenging the students to do their very best and always progress. 

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