Maryam Hajialigol

Maryam is an award-winning classical guitarist, using her passion for performance and her experience in education to promote guitar in the world of classical music and beyond. She has given performances at diverse venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her experience in education and the public sector includes time working for the Aspen Music Festival & School’s Afterworks program, the nonprofit organization Lead Guitar, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s Education Program, the Yale University Music in Schools Initiative, and the City of New Haven Department of Arts & Culture. In addition, she is a published arranger for guitar, most recently having been commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America to contribute an arrangement for their Spotlight Series, which highlights works by composers of color.

Maryam completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin; she received her Master of Music degree studying with Benjamin Verdery at the Yale School of Music. She is originally from the Washington, D.C. metro area and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Maryam is delighted to join the EzraGuitar faculty in the 2022-23 season.

Videos:

Duke Ellington – In A Sentimental Mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i2kCz0W4o4

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Jonelle Robinson

Jonelle Robinson is an artist, youth theatre facilitator, and entrepreneur from New York City with a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. She has been working with youth for nearly a decade via teaching, directing, choreographing, devising, costuming and set building. Recent theatre credits: Lordes (New Ohio Theater), Totally Wholesome Foods (Episcopal Actors Guild), The Space Between The Letters (The Public Theater), and Blanks (Signature Theatre). Recent Commercial credits: Walmart, My Heritage DNA (National), Purell, Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids. As an entrepreneur, Jonelle created Marvetta, a Mango Pepper Sauce made in NYC: www.MarvettaNYC.com for more info! And of course, she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Ezra Guitar team!

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Joshua Breslauer

Joshua Breslauer is an NYC based Drummer and Percussionist. Originally from the Hudson Valley, Joshua began studying percussion with the jazz vibraphonist Victor Catanzaro, drum set with Joe Carozza, and timpani with Sgt. Dave Smith of the West Point Band. In 2012 he graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor of Music studying with the renowned drummer/percussionist Dr. Karolyn Stonefelt, and in 2016 he received his Master of Music in Orchestral Percussion from the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, Germany studying with Prof. Markus Leoson. Joshua has performed extensively throughout Germany and the United States as both a drum set player and classical percussionist. In 2016 he moved to NYC and quickly established himself as a percussionist comfortable playing styles ranging from Gospel to Classical to Cabaret. Today he can be seen as a regular fixture at Lighthouse Tabernacle SDA Church and at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd St.

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Claudio Paciocco

Claudio Paciocco is an Italian classical guitarist based in New York City. He began the study of classical guitar at very young age with Rosario Caida Greco and he continued his studies with Sandro Torlontano graduating with honors from the Conservatory Umberto Giordano in Foggia (Italy). Admitted at the prestigious International Guitar Academy of Koblenz (Germany) in the class of Aniello Desiderio, he received in 2011 the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He has attended master classes by Leo Brouwer, Pavel Steidl, Dale Kavanagh and many others. As a soloist he has been awarded in several national and international music competitions. An active performer, he has played many solo recitals, chamber music concerts and musicals in festivals and events in Europe and United States.

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Anna Mnich

Anna Mnich, of Poland,began her guitar studies at the age of ten. Between 1999 and 2004 she studied at the State Academy of Music in Katowice in the guitar class of Ms. Wanda Palacz. She is a laureate of the competitions in Kielce, Sanok, Koszalin, and Rust (Ausria). Anna has played in the master classes of David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Jorge Morel, Joaquin Clerch, Carlo Marchione and Denis Azabagic. She performed for the New York Historical Society, the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Pilsudski Institute of America in New York, 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony and Metropolitan Museum of Art . In addition, she was a member of the Silesian Guitar Octet and has recorded with the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra of Katowice. In May of 2010 Anna graduated from prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Master of Music degree under professor David Starobin.

Listen to Anna on Youtube HERE

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