EXPERIENCE

Kamilla Sonkin has been instructing the art of playing the piano since 1982. She presently teaches at the Cider Mill Conservatory, Wilton, CT and privately at her Piano Studio in East Norwalk, CT. 

Previous teaching experience includes nearly two decades as Adjunct Professor, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; Director of Center Music School, Stamford, CT; Continuing Education, Darien & Wilton, CT, Lecturer where she developed an unusual insight into one of the most fascinating topics of all times such as Chopin & Liszt…The Love-Hate Relationship, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Triumph and Tragedy; Westchester Conservatory of Music, Westchester, NY; Music Arts School, Highland Park, IL (she developed a class of over 40 students); Premier Ballet Companies, Piano Accompanist, Chicago, Evanston, IL.

Kamilla Sonkin's extensive teaching and performing experience, special training and education has been highlighted by awards, scholarships, and honors throughout her career. She has performed extensively in the New York metropolitan area, as well as in the Midwest and Europe, including several appearances on Lithuanian TV and accompanied numerous instrumental, vocal and ballet performances.

The Music of Beethoven for Ballet Use - arranged and performed by Kamilla Sonkin, was recorded on the Langenberg Label, 1984.

It was at the age of 7 that Kamilla Sonkin began musical studies at the preparatory school for gifted children in Vilnius, Lithuania. She won several junior competitions between 10 and 14 years of age and received her Bachelors of Music with Honors from the Tallat-Kalpshia Music Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania. Graduate studies were pursued at Vilnius Conservatory, Lithuania, Mannes College of Music under Oxana Yablonskaya and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL from which she received her Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Chamber Ensemble in 1982. Sonkin also trained at the Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Her pedagogical pedigree stems from the finest European pianistic tradition. The latter half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th was dominated by the pupils of Franz Liszt and Theodore Leschetizky. Sonkin’s teacher was a student of a teacher who was student of Theodore Leschetizky. Leschetizky was a student of Czerny - a student of Beethoven.

Contact Ms. Sonkin: info@artofplayingpiano.com