Piano Faculty

Todor Stoinov, Director of the Academy earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the State Academy of Music in Sofia,Bulgaria. In 1993, the year of his graduation, he won third prize in the Johannes Brahms piano competition in Sofia. In 1996, Mr. Stoinov became a tenured professor at the New Bulgarian University. He performed as a soloist and with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, and received first prize in the William T. Gower Concerto Competition in Hattiesburg in 2001.

Mr. Stoinov came to the US in 2000 to study with Dr. Stanley Waldorff at the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a second master degree. In 2005 Mr. Stoinov received a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music. From 2005 to 2007 he studied at Harvard University Extension School. He has taught at Wallnut Hill School in Natick, Joy of Music School in Worchester, Sharon Music Academy, Allegro Music School in Natick

His students received first prices in international piano competitions in Finland, USA, Austria and have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Currently he is also a music director at First Parish Church in Waltham, MA where he enjoys exploring a wide range of musical styles. He invites performers of historic instruments as well as classical, jazz, pop, and folk music performers.

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Daniel Dickson
Music Director at the Federated Church of Norfolk

Mr. Dickson has performed over 2,000 concerts throughout North American, South America, Russia and China. He has studied with such diverse artists as the Arianna, Muir, Parker, Tokyo, Emerson, and Pacifica String Quartets, Midori, Joanna Hodges, Gila Goldstein, and Olga Kern. He is Founder and President of the 21st Century Artist Initiative, which is an educational resource for musicians across the world. He is also President and Artistic Director of the New England Chamber Music Society, which is focused on bringing concerts into the suburbs of New England. A native of California, he received his professional training at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he was a student of Kurt Baldwin and Alla Voskaboynikova. Receiving degrees in both cello and piano performance, Mr. Dickson continued his education with Masters Degrees from Boston University, again in cello and piano performance under the direction of Michael Reynolds and Gila Goldstein. He is currently a candidate in Boston University’s esteemed Doctorate of Music program.
Mr. Dickson has taught privately and in public schools for the past twelve years. He was a sought after accompanist in St. Louis, MO, and was a accompanist at the University of Missouri St. Louis during his time in the state. He currently teaches at Note-Worthy Experience Music Studio in Sudbury, and is cellist of the rising Denovo String Quartet. Mr Dickson was a substitute member in the Manhattan Symphony, and has played with many orchestras around the Nation. He is the Director of Music at the Federated Church of Norfolk, and maintains an active performing schedule around the Nation.
Daniel is a state certified real estate agent and works at Benjamin Apartments and Cityside Homes as a licensed sales agent. He enjoys playing competitive volleyball and participates in tournaments around the state. He is also a donut enthusiast, and enjoys making and consuming these delicious treats. 

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Lora Tchekoratova
Lecturer, Chamber Music Coach, Music Program Adviser.

Lora Tchekoratova began her piano studies at age four and gave her first recital five years later at the State Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. At age eighteen, she continued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, where she received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin. She has made numerous recordings for Radio and Television in Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, and the US. Her CD recordings for Gega New have been received with worldwide critical acclaim.

Lora Tchekoratova has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. At age 21 she won first prize at the Washington International Competition for pianists, where she was also awarded the audience prize, and the prize for the youngest finalist. Subsequently, Ms. Tchekoratova made her debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She also made recital appearances at the Phillips Collection (broadcast over WGTS-FM) as well as in Alexandria, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. During the 2011/2012 Season, Ms. Tchekoratova is engaged to perform as soloist and chamber musician at major venues in New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago as well as in Canada, Bulgaria and Sweden. She is a frequent soloist with the major orchestras in her native Bulgaria, and has performed with the Lyric Orchestra of New Jersey, New World Symphony, and the Friday Morning Music Club orchestra in Washington, D.C.
As an active advocate for new music, Ms. Tchekoratova has appeared at many festivals for new music, such as Focus, Summergarden, and Piano Century at the Juilliard Theater, MoMA, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Recently Tchekoratova performed at the American Composers' Festival in New York's Symphony Space, and the Keys to the Future festival for new and recent piano music at Greenwich House, New York.
Lora Tchekoratova is a dedicated chamber musician. She frequently performs with her husband, violinist Georgy Valtchev. This season they presented a series of concerts in Maryland, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. She also appears regularly in various chamber music programs with members of the New World Symphony, where she was a fellow for two seasons under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. These collaborations led her to performances in Miami (at the Lincoln Theater,) Palm Beach (Kravis Center,) New York (Union Club), as well as on tours in Boston, Long Island; and abroad in Prague, Rome, and Monte Carlo. 

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When he was 8, Baris Perker began his piano studies with Prof. Seher Tanrıyar in the preparatory division of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory. In 1994, he was accepted to the composition department of the same university and studied composition with Prof. Hasan Uçarsu and piano with Prof. Metin Ülkü. Upon succesful completion of the requirements of both Piano and composition departments, Perker graduated from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2002. He was accepted to the composition department of the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute in 2003 there he studied with many renowned composers such as Nicholas Maw, Bruno Amato, Christopher Theofanidis and Shafer Mahoney. He holds his Master in Music (2005) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2011) degrees from Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute.

Among the awards Baris Perker received are Macht Composition Competition first prize with his orchestral work, The Dreamy Dance; Randolph Rothschild Merit award; Prix d’Ete Electronic Music Competition second prize with his Fantasy for Bassoon and Max electro-acoustic work and in 2006, Dr. Nejat Eczacibasi National Composition Competition second prize with his orchestral work Sound of the Red Shadow.

The composition commissions that Baris Perker received include a chamber music work for violin, guitar and voice with the same title of an English translation of Orhan Veli Kanık’s famous poem I am listening to İstanbul, commissioned by the Chamber Music Department of the Peabody Institute, a theatre piece “Leaves with a Name” for the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Institute by the Peabody Institute Ballet Department and in 2010 a solo harp piece Seven Images of Istanbul to be performed by harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu in one of the events of  Istanbul – European Capital of Culture project.

Perker’s most orchestral works have been performed by many renowned orchestras in Turkey such as Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchstra, İzmir State Symphony Orchestra and also by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in the US. In these concerts, many great musicians appeared as soloists and conductors such as Mark Kadin, Gürer Aykal, Naci Özgüç, Burak Tüzün, Bohuslav Rattay, Paul Kim, Antonio Pirolli, Metin Ülkü, Jerfi Aji and Kenneth Radnofsky. In addition to them, Michael Sheppard, Brian Bubnash, Hey Rim Jeon, Ina Zdorovetchi, Sirin Pancaroğlu and other names performed works by Barıs Perker in multiple concerts.

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Maral Annaovezova, a classical pianist since the age of five, was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to Jeren Kurbanklycheva, the first female composer in the history of the country. From the earliest ages, Ms. Annaovezova had studied at Specialized Boarding Music School at Turkmen National Conservatory and been taught by her 1st teacher Starikov Alexander Anatolyevich. In 2009 the result of this tutelage showed as she was accepted into the Turkmen National Conservatory and later, obtained certification as a solo pianist, teacher, and accompanist under Merited Artist of Turkmenistan Vladimir Mkrtumov. In 2016 she received her Master’s Degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College under Donald Berman.
An active performer, Ms. Annaovezova is seen accompanying and performing solo works in recitals in the Boston area and in the Middle East. She has recently performed in benefit recitals for organizations such as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and International Refugee Committee. Teaching Artist and a Pedagogue, Maral is currently a Music Director at The Woodward School for Girls and a Piano Instructor at EKS and Allegro music schools in Greater Boston Area. An avid chamber musician, she performs regularly in chamber groups inside and outside of the Cambridge area.
Before and after moving to the United States Ms Annaovezova has maintained a studio of private students and has already been awarded a permanent piano professorship at the Turkmen National Conservatory in 2014.
Outside of music, Ms. Annaovezova enjoys traveling, and exploring new cultures and languages. Currently she speaks Russian, Turkmen, Turkish and English fluently. She also holds a CELTA certification in Teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to music and language, a longtime pursuit of her childhood hobby of playing chess has resulted in four straight years of gold medals in her university-wide sports and chess competitions. 

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Born into a family of musicians, pianist Nomin Samdan is the recipient of numerous top prizes from international piano competitions in Mongolia, Russia, France and Spain. Ms. Samdan started her piano studies at the age of 6 in her native Mongolia and has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and the United States in countries such as China, Russia, Italy, France, Austria, among others.

Ms. Samdan continued her formal education at the Mongolian Music and Dance College. Chosen among hundreds of applicants, she was later invited to attend the United World College of the Adriatic in Trieste, Italy, where she obtained the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Here she studied with Alberto Miodini and Igor Cognolato, as well as being coached by members of the Trio di Trieste and the Trio di Parma. The recipient of the Davis Scholarship, she then moved to Boston where she attended The Boston Conservatory under the guidance of professor Ya-Fei Chuang. Here she received her BM (suma cum laude)  and the Graduate Performance Diploma.

Ms. Samdan always enjoyed collaborating with opera singers and other instrumentalists, and, following her overall passion for chamber music, she decided to start her Masters in Collaborative Piano at Boston University under the joint tutelage of Shiela Kibbe and Melinda Lee Masur.