Laurie Robinson – Director
Billboard Top Ten Composer and Vocalist, Laurie Robinson is a graduate Cum Laude of the University of Arizona in piano and composition where she was a student of renowned American neo-classical composer, Robert Muszinsky and noted pedagogue and Liszt scholar, Ozan Marsh.
During her last 18 years as a private instructor, Laurie has educated hundreds of children and adults, becoming involved in the musical development of numerous families. Laurie’s teaching philosophy recognizes the student’s necessity to gain a level of accomplishment very early on, and adapts to the natural abilities that each student brings. Understanding that in both children and adults, all students can innately play some music by ear, understand the geography of the instrument, harmony and a simple reading of the musical language.
Demystifying this musical process is the basis for her developing a unique and extremely effective piano method upon which her students thrive. In addition to providing a modified comprehensive piano method or a very traditional European classical education, Laurie also coaches aspiring songwriters to achieve their goals at the piano and in lyric writing, as well as theory and harmony for professional musicians.
Besides being an educator, Laurie Robinson is a published composer, songwriter and vocalist. Her compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Laurie Robinson has performed twice as a featured solo soprano at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and has been featured at the Kennedy Center For Performing Arts in Washington D.C., with the National Symphony Orchestra. Laurie Robinson is teaching piano also at our Santa Barbara / Goleta studio.
Emmanuel Fratianni – Director
Born and raised in Switzerland. Emmanuel Fratianni is a former tenured professor of the Montreux Jazz School. Conductor, pianist and composer, he has guest conducted around the world and in the US prestigious ensembles such as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to name a few. Emmanuel is an active member of the film and video games industry.
In his 30 years of experience as an educator Mo. Fratianni has developed a “to the point” teaching method for beginners and advanced students. In addition to a traditional jazz curriculum, Mo. Fratianni offers his students an in-depth approach to the study of blues, pop, composition and conducting.
As a pianist and composer Emmanuel Fratianni has performed extensively in Europe and in the US. In 1995 with a commission by the City of Montreux, Emmanuel made his orchestral debut at Stravinsky Auditorium with the Ensemble Orchestral de la Riviera. Since living in Los Angeles, Emmanuel’s musical career has expanded to include composing and conducting for film, TV and video games. He has worked for 5 seasons as an orchestrator and additional music composer on the courtroom drama series “JAG” and has recorded on all the major scoring stages in Los Angeles.
Emmanuel Fratianni’s concert work has been performed or recorded so far by renowned American orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Emmanuel Fratianni is teaching piano, composition and conducting also at our Santa Barbara / Goleta studio.
Is an accomplished Symphonic, Choral, Musical Theater Pianist, and Professional Accompanist. He is currently pianist in residence with the Pasadena Community Orchestra where he also assists its music director as rehearsal conductor. His many competition awards include first prize winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition in New York and performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Born in Manilla and raised in Los Angeles, George began the study of Piano at the young age of nine. He brings to his students the musical expertise of his professional work as well as the pedagogical lineage of his years of private instruction. He is a composition student of Bruce Reich, (former student of Penderecki,) piano student of Konstantin Sirounian and conducting student of Ken Kiesler. When not publicly performing, George has become a veteran educator, having taught music and enriching the lives of children and adults for over 15 years in Los Angeles
Sarah Ann Palma
Sarah Palma is a pianist and piano instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate from California State University, Northridge in Piano Performance. In addition to performing solo and collaborating with chamber ensembles, she is passionate about Piano Pedagogy. Her interest began after taking a Piano Pedagogy course at CSUN where she received the Piano Pedagogy Award and scholarship for two consecutive school years. She plans to continue her education and pursue a Masters Degree in Piano Performance with emphasis on Piano Pedagogy. It is important to her that both piano and music education are approached with fresh ideas and methods.
Pianist and composer Heather Rivas is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied Piano Performance and Music Business. She currently attends California Institute of the Arts where she will complete in 2019 an MFA in Jazz Studies. At Berklee College of Music Heather Rivas was an Executive Campus Ambassador for the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business where she created a Women’s Empowerment event on Berklee’s campus.
Since graduating in 2016 Heather has toured extensively with her own Jazz Trio in Southern California as well as in the Boston area. To this day she has performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival and has played for the former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. As a jazz pianist she had the honor to play alongside highly acclaimed trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and world-renowned bassist John Clayton. In June of 2017 Heather released her first solo EP entitled “Licorice”. Her debut album showcases her unique voice as a pianist and composer and displays her broad musical range and diversity. Since 2016 Heather is pianist for renowned singer and songwriter Tonina Saputo with whom she tours in both US and Europe.
Pianist and songwriter Anna Beatriz came to the United States from Santos, Brazil, where she flourished in the arts during her childhood as a student of piano, theater and dance. Beginning at the age of 8, she received her early education at the Conservatory Lavignac, in Santos, Sao Paolo Brazil, in both classical piano and Orff pedagogy. Graduating as a teen, she then enrolled in “Universidade Católica de Santos” – Santos, Sp – Brazil and received her Bachelors Degree in Advertising and Marketing.
Throughout her education Anna continued her position in her local community as liturgical pianist and accompanist, as well as private music teacher, specializing in children’s education. In 2010 her composing and performing passion brought her to Los Angeles where she completed an artists’ Associate Degree at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood in 2012, she was awarded Outstanding Student of the year.
Anna is very active in both public performance as a composer and recording artist, and in her liturgical music director commitments in the Los Angeles area, inspiring her many students. A specialist with children and beginning students, her 15 years experience as an educator in multiple pedagogies and warm personality has allowed her students to thrive.