Liam Furdyna - Director of Advanced Piano Studies
Native of Warsaw, Poland Liam started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. He holds a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2009 he moved to New York City in order to continue his education at Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. In the Fall 2013 he joined a Doctoral Program in Piano Performance at University of North Texas in Denton as a Fulbright scholar. He gave piano recitals in most of European countries as well as North Africa and United States. He is a laureate of several international competitions including Concours Musical de France (I prize, Rouen, 2001), International Competition for Piano Duets (finalist diploma, Bialystok, Poland, 2005) or Steinway Society Piano Competition (semifinalist distinction award, Boston, 2010). As a piano teacher, he broadened his pedagogical horizons working in such cultural centers as Warsaw, Paris, Tunis, New York and Dallas. Over the summers 2011 and 2012 he was involved in teaching master classes and judging piano competitions in Tunisia. He performed as a soloist with several European and American orchestras. He also recorded for Polish television and radio.
Justin Muller - Director of Film and Dramatic Productions
Justin Kurtis Muller (born April 11, 1981) is an American studio executive, producer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Muller is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his keen yet creative business sense that allows both artists and executives to thrive.
Muller has become one of the best-known studio executives in the Southwestern United States for his tireless efforts to restore the Texas motion picture industry. In 2001 he worked for Panavision International, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of high precision camera systems and accessories for the motion picture industry. In 2002, he became one of the youngest executive’s in recent history when he opened a studio operation group and management company to meet the needs of the Southwest film and television industry at the age of 22.
Muller is particularly known for setting record production goals by revitalizing The Studios at Las Colinas. After coming under the management of Muller Entertainment, The Studios at Las Colinas became a magnet for Hollywood producers seeking a professional and cost effective alternative to filming in Los Angeles. The result of these collaborations is the successful production of such television series as, Prison Break and The Deep End. Muller has also allowed for the creation of the soap operas such as Telemundo’s La Ley del Silencio, documentaries such as Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J., and many more.
In 2010, Muller founded the Muller Film and Television Education Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to students interested in pursuing a career in the film and television industry. Muller Entertainment is also currently expanding into radio and new entertainment media applications. In 2015, Muller is working with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate to open a sports and entertainment division for real estate transactions. This will bring growth in production to North Texas, yet again setting a staple in the industry. Justin K. Muller has always implemented a supreme brand of quality and satisfaction, and through this attitude he consistently brings a positive and efficient style to the industry.
Su Kim - Piano
Born in Seoul, South Korea, twenty-six-year-old pianist Su Hyun Kim began her musical studies at the age of seven. She studied at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts while also attending Sun-Hwa Arts High School in Seoul. Su Hyun received her Bachelor’s Degree from Korea National University of Arts, one of the top South Korean music institutes, with scholarship studying under Professor Chong Pil Lim. She graduated in 2015 with a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music, where she received a scholarship to study with Professor Enrico Elisi. Su Hyun is currently working as a teaching assistant at Southern Methodist University while pursuing her Piano Performance Diploma on full ride scholarship with Prof. Carol Leone.
Su Hyun won numerous competitions including 1st prize at the Berlin-Seoul International Competition in 2009, and she was invited to play in the winners concert at Carnegie Hall after winning 1st prize in the American Protégé International Piano Competition. She won 2nd prize at the Music Teacher’s National Association in New York in 2013 and 2nd prize in the Franz Liszt competition in 2011. She was a finalist in the Chataqua Piano Compeititon in New York in 2015. In addition to these accomplishments, she was awarded several prizes in numerous competitions including the Busan MBC Competition, Eum-Yeon Competition, Eum-Ak Chun-chu competition, and Nan-Pa Competition in South Korea, among others. Ms. Kim was invited to play at the 2010 Euro-Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany, at The Art of the Piano in Cincinatti, Ohio in 2014, and at the Chataqua music festival in New York in 2015. Su has participated in masterclasses taught by world-renowned pianists including Alexander Gavrylyuk, Arie Vardi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Oconer, and John Kimura Parker. Su Hyun won the 2016 Southern Methodist University Piano Concerto Competition. She will perform on February 26th and 28th with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under conductor Paul Philips, representing her debut in the United States.
Ashley Tan - Piano
Born in Penang, Malaysia, Ashley started playing the piano at the age of 5. Under instructions of Catherine Lee, she obtained her Grade 8 certificate from the Associated Board of Royal Academy of Music at 14, then Performers' Certificate and Grade 8 violin from Trinity College Examination Board a year later. In 2005, she was awarded full scholarship to study solo piano performance at National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei, during which she had studied with Yueh-Ling Lee, Tamás Vásáry, Oxana Yablonskaya, Gustavo Romero and Joseph Banowetz. She graduated from NTUA in 2009 with first prize and was awarded Outstanding International Student Award. In December 2009, she was awarded Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Department Bursary and has completed her Master of Music degree studies under tutelage of Simon Nicholls, Malcolm Wilson, and John Thwaites.
Ashley has, upon graduation, established a promising career as a collaborative artist in the United Kingdom. She has performed in numerous festivals and concerts working with UK's leading music figures and associations including Helen Field, Justin Lavender, Dennis O'neil, Jane Samuels, Simone Rebello, Christopher Warren Green, Dante String Quartet, School of Theatre Excellence, Arts Educational Schools London, leading to an offer as resident opera repetiteur and vocal coach at Wales International Academy of Voice in May 2014.
Ashley is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts studies with emphases in Collaborative Piano at University of North Texas.
Gang Tian - Piano
Pianist Gang Tian has performed nationwide and worldwide as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Mr. Tian has been studying the piano since he was six years old. At the age of 14, he won the top prize of the Second Young Pianist International Piano Competition in Seoul, South Korea. Before he came to the United States, he went to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. In 2015, Tian won the TCU Concerto Competition and performed Liszt Concerto No. 1 with the TCU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro German Gutierrez. Recently, Tian was awarded by Pi Kappa Lamda, the Music Honor Society as the Honor Recital First Prize Winner. In terms of piano teaching, Tian is always inspiring, creative, passionate, and has his unique teaching strategies for each student. Mr. Tian is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at Texas Christian University with full scholarship, and studying piano performance major under the guidance of Dr. Tamas Ungar. Tian is a member of Music Teacher National Association and American Liszt Society.
Nabeel Zuhdi - Guitar
Nabeel was influenced by his father who loved playing the classical guitar, he grew up listening to music by Tarrega, Albeniz, Sor and, Villa-Lobos played by his father. Nabeel began his formal training in 1989 at age of eight at the National Conservatory of Syria under the tutelage of Wasim Ghreiwati who taught him the Guitar School of the famous spanish pedagogue Emilio Pujol and later under Ayman Jarjour (winner of an Artists International’s Special Presentation Award), graduating in 1997 Nabeel gave several concerts in his hometown Damascus. After graduating from high school in 2000, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Applied Geology in 2005 from the University of Jordan, Amman, and won the Moyen-Guitare lère mèdaille ascendante (the first medal of the middle stage in guitar performance) from both the National Conservatory of Jordan, Amman, and Conservatoire National de Region Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Nabeel has been a classical guitar teacher and performer since 2003 and he took Master classes under Adam Holzman, David Russell Pepe Romero, and Stanley Yates . Currently, he is working on a Master's degree in classical guitar performance at the University of North Texas, Denton
Herman M. Luzolo - Guitar, Piano, Flute, Drum, Voice
What makes Herman M. Luzolo a great teacher is his unique ability to capture your goals and visions, identify points of improvement, and provide practical solutions. He has the ability to instill a love of music despite its challenges, the drive to achieve no matter how difficult the task, coupled with the passionate desire to leave behind a lifetime legacy through coaching and assisting others. He started singing at age 4 and understood notes and pitch only by listening to his older brothers who practiced every morning. Herman began singing Solfege and Tonic Solfa at that point, and learned to read music while playing flute, his first instrument. One of the first genres to inspire him was Western Country music because his brother-in-law played it so often, and his first musical memory was hearing Handel’s “Alleluia Chorus”. His father is a Pastor, so everyone in the family had something to do in the church; either you sang, played an instrument, or cleaned. As soon as he discovered how it worked as far as producing the sound, he would locate all the notes that he knew from singing and start to play them using his own methods. He taught himself to play flute, harmonica, accordion, piano, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, conga and percussions.
At age 11, Herman began conducting the local choir of the Unification Church movement in the Congo. At 14, he became the choir master at Notre Dame of Victory (also known as College Alfajiri), a pilot school located in eastern Congo. He also played the organ there during mass, as it was a Catholic school.
He completed his high school studies in Kinshasa and began working as sound engineer in the prestigious studio “Studio Bobongo Stars”. Here he recorded many famous musicians of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, he was also a member of the “New Hope Singers of Congo”, the national presidential choir conducted by his elder brother. While working in the studio, he met a man named Pepe Kale who had a band called Empire Bakuba. Herman helped this band to record 3 consecutive albums that became number one on the billboard charts in the Congo. He was then asked to join the band as their pianist, accompanying their world tour. He toured many African countries including Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Madagascar, and many more! He toured Saudi Arabia and Oman in Asia, all over Europe, and Canada and the United States. He has shared the stage with many famous musicians such as Lucky Dube in Namibia, Richard Bona, and Lokwa Kanza. Herman believes that every student must have patience, self-discipline, and the understanding that music takes time, and that pushing yourself beyond your perceived limits is a key factor to success. With his vast experience and deep passion for music, Herman Luzolo is confident in his abilities to help his students achieve and surpass their goals while instilling the love of music he knows all too well.
Scott Weltner - Drum/Percussion
Scott Weltner is one of the finest, most respected drummers in the music scene today. He has earned a reputation as being highly skilled and versatile in his musical techniques that include rock, jazz, r&b, latin & country.
He was originally drawn to the drums at the young age of 8 inspired by the talents of those around him. By 9 years old, he began formal study of drums and formed his first band. As his early education progressed, he joined the school band and began participating in all of the percussion school performances including drumline and jazz band. Then in his senior year, he achieved second place honors at the highly acclaimed Louis Bellson Drum Contest which further inspired him to actively pursue musical studies at a higher level. He began his studies at Indiana University and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Music with special emphasis on Jazz studies from the highly acclaimed University of North Texas.
Continuous commitment to drumming excellence has led him to perform with some of the greatest musicians of all time. His versatile style has come into play when he has performed with Patti LaBelle, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Gloria Estefan, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire), Larry Carlton, Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan), Grover Washington Jr, Robbie Kreiger (The Doors), Metal Shop, Le Freak and many more. He has toured throughout the United States and Canada, appeared in a movie, and on TV shows including "America's Got Talent">. His recordings include national releases for the Heads Up International record label including Pamela Williams "Saxtress", "Eight Days of Ecstacy", and with Joe McBride "Keys to Your Heart". Also with Progressive Metal guitarist Doug Stapp "The Earth Says Hello". His journey fueled by his passion for music has given him the opportunity to give back through his inspiring gift to teach students of all ages and levels from beginners to advanced. Some of his students have furthered their musical education at University of North Texas and Berkeley School of Music.
Jordon Cleaver - Cello/Montessori Music
Jordan Jones Cleaver started studying cello nearly 17 years ago under the private instruction of Dallas Symphony Orchestra cellist, Mimi McShane. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008. Jordan studied cello at Kennesaw State University in Georgia where she served as both principle and co-principle cellist under the tutelage of Atlanta Ballet's principle cellist. Ms. Jones has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and many other renowned musicians. Jordan also opened at the Dallas House of Blues for funk legend, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. Jordan has performed for Prince Edward of England and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Jordan has also been a pit musician for many acclaimed musicals and operas. Ms. Jones plans to further her career by taking advantage of every music opportunity that comes her way.
Shafer Wilkerson - Voice
Shafer is excited to be a part of the faculty for R.B.R. He is a sophomore Vocal Performance major studying at Baylor University. Currently, he is one of the top three vocalists for Freshman NATS Competition. Shafer has been a hip hop and modern dancer since he was 11, and has been seen doing shows and performances with The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch, as well as Moving Ground Dance Company and other dance crews. He focuses on Bel Canto classical vocal training, but is working on his debut pop album currently.
Mary Fougerousse - Montesorri Music Director
Mary Fougerousse has been studying classical voice for many years, most recently under Dee Donasco. Between 2008-2011 she participated in a competitive choir and placed 1st in her vocal solo three years in a row moving her on to compete and win at state solo competitions. Mary was also chosen to sing for the Texas Private and Parochial Schools Music Educators Association All-Region choir in 2009 and was a member of the 2009 University of North Texas All-state choir. In the Spring of 2015, she received her BA in German Intellectual History with a Concentration in Music from the University of Dallas. She served as a member of the Collegium Cantorum Choir and was involved in Lyric Theater productions throughout all four of her undergraduate years, most recently starring as Cunegonde in the University’s Mainstage Production of Bernstein's Candide. Since graduating, she has worked with the Dallas Opera Education Outreach Program as a team leader for their kids summer opera camps and has sung for concerts with Voces Intimae, the St.Thomas Aquinas Choir, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Goethe Center. Having grown up in Austria, she is fluent in German and is a firm believer in giving children early exposure to the classical greats, just as she had from a young age. She is honored to be a teacher for RBR Muzik School and cannot wait to share her love for music with your child.
Andrea Garbarino - Montessori Music
Andi Garbarino is a warm, energetic and dynamic teacher who resides in Denton where she is studying Music Therapy at Texas Woman's University. Her extensive background in early childhood education and zeal for making music with others has become the perfect foundation for a passionate teaching career. Andi enjoys singing and playing guitar, ukulele, piano and autoharp for the residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center. She is committed to lifelong learning of music and it's potential to heal body, mind and spirit.
Elizabeth Misko - Early Childhood Music
Elizabeth was born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia and has been playing the piano since she was six years old. She was taught using the Suzuki Method until she was twelve and then continued her studies at the Shenandoah Arts Academy. She moved to Dallas shortly after completing her B.A. in philosophy in 2009 and studied classical piano with Andrey Ponochevny at the University of Dallas while pursuing a Masters in Psychology. During the last year of her graduate studies, Elizabeth took a part-time teaching position at a private school and realized that she wanted to be involved in the formative process of education rather than the corrective process of psychology. She has spent the past five years teaching first grade in both private and charter schools. She is thrilled to combine her passion for music and love of working with young children by teaching at RBR Muzik
Mercedes Zepeda - Suzuki Violin
Specializing in the fundamentals of violin pedagogy, Mercedes Zepeda has been teaching beginner Suzuki violin lessons for over 12 years. She recognizes and truly appreciates the early years of music education and strives to provide a firm foundation for every student. Having studied Music History and the Liberal Arts in college, Mercedes acknowledges the important role music plays in developing a beautiful soul. She embraces Dr. Suzuki's "whole person education" and cultivates a positive learning environment for the student and parent. Mercedes moved to Irving as a high school freshman and is now married and raising her family here (including one budding 3 year old violinist!). She is beyond thrilled to see the fine arts growing and feels so blessed to be among the first instructors at RBR.
Edinson Moreno - Violin
Edinson Moreno was born and raised in Cali, Colombia; Edinson began taking violin lessons at the age of 9 and piano lessons at the age of 10. Over the past 9 year Edinson has taught not only violin but also viola.
Edinson studied at the conservatory of Cali and he holds a bachelor degree in violin music performance from Texas Christian University. He is a violin associated of the Irving Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic of Irving, Plano Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Christ Chapel bible Church Orchestra, and Lyric Stage Otchestra. Since summer 2012, he has trained at the Suzuki Institute at Beaver Creek, Colorado, achieving the teacher training course certificates in 8 books of the violin method. Edinson has taught violin in several foundations and music academies in Colombia. In Fort Worth, Texas, he has taught not only private but also group lessons in several music studios. Edinson is excited to be part of the RBR Muzik's team.
Marcin Parys - Piano
Hailed as a dynamic musician, with a sensitive touch, Marcin Parys had the distinct pleasure of performing across Europe, Israel, and the United States on the big stages such as Felicia Blumenthal Center and Carnegie Hall. His unique ability to bring Chopin’s music to life has been met with great praise and recognition in many competitions.
Born in Kraków (Poland) in 1984, Marcin acquired an interest in playing the piano at an early age. In his youth Marcin studied under the tutelage of Jerzy Stępień and Jarosław Iwaneczko. Later he studied with Waldemar Andrzejewski at the Academy of Music in Poznań, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. Marcin has also received his master’s degree from Oklahoma City University where he studied with Amy I-Lin Cheng and Sergio Monteiro. Currently he is pursuing his Doctoral degree studying with Adam Wodnicki at the University of North Texas where he has received a full scholarship and a Teaching position as a Teaching Fellow.
Since his first performance at the age of 9 he has taken part in over 30 competitions worldwide. The most significant of these competitions include the 2015 IBLA GRAND PRIZE Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily, Italy, 2013 Isabel Scionti Piano Performance Scholarship in Denton, TX, 2012 20th International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, TX, the 2010 Piano Division at The Naftzger Instrumentalists Competition, 2009 Israel Exchange Young Pianists Competition, 2003 11th Music Festival in Jasło (Poland), in all of which he received first prize. In his youth Marcin earned acclaim as a soloist in the 2000 National Piano Competition for High School Pianists in Kraków (Poland), 1996 2nd prize winner in the International Piano Competition in Koszyce (Slovakia), and in 1994 2nd prize winner of The Polish National Piano Competition "Janina Garścia" in Stalowa Wola.
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