Long Ridge Music Center
1068 Long Ridge Rd.
Stamford CT 06903
(203) 968-1068
lessons@longridgemusic.com
MEET OUR TEACHERS (Cello, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Violin, Voice)
Benjamin Steinhardt (Voice, Piano)
Bryan Dmuchowski (Piano)
Jeb Dennis (Piano)
Mary Fairbank (Piano)
David Harewood (Piano, Voice)
Pete Cornell (Guitar, Bass)
Vicky Herrera (Voice)
Ariadna Kryazheva (Piano, Violin, Voice)
Jose F. Bastardos (Violin)
Jeff Hatcher (Drums)
John Bee (Guitar)
David Marsh (Cello)

Who We Are



MEET OUR TEACHERS ( Cello, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Violin, Voice )

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Benjamin Steinhardt ( Voice, Piano ) is also an accompanist, vocal coach, conductor and pedagogue who can be heard regularly in venues throughout New York City. Mr. Steinhardt works with students of all ages and abilities, striving to create a fun, positive learning environment carefully structured for the individual learning styles and needs of each student. Strong emphasis is placed upon the development of self-esteem, healthy body movements, and advanced learning skills.
As a pianist he has performed in the United States and Europe and has been heard at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. A strong proponent of new music he has premiered new works by Dag Gabrielsen, Marc Chan, Zachary Abramson, and Anthony Rosado. He can be heard on an upcoming recording of Marc Chan’s My Wounded Head to be released next year. As a accompanist and conductor Mr. Steinhardt has worked with the Connecticut Light Opera Company, New York and Fairfield Universities, among others. Mr. Steinhardt studied at Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, and Mannes College. His teachers have included Janice Weber, Sara Crawford Drogheo and Donn-Alexandre Feder. He currently studies with Teresa Dybvig, a leading proponent of the teachings of Dorothy Taubman.
He has participated in Master Classes with Richard Goode, Peter Frankl, Amy Dissanayake, Jonathon Biss, and the Raphael Piano Trio. Mr. Steinhardt is on the faculty of the Douglaston School of Music, and City Music Schools/Joria Productions. Locally he has worked with the Center Stage and Pocket Players children’s theater companies and in the Westport Public school system.


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Bryan Dmuchowski ( Piano ) has worked as a teacher, accompanist, and performer throughout the greater New York area and Fairfield County for 10 years. He has won several awards for jazz performance and improvisation, including being named one of the top two best young jazz pianists in the state. He serves yearly as the musical director and accompanist for the Off-Beat Players based in Greenwich, CT performs for the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio, and has accompanied several Greenwich High School musical theater productions. Bryan has taught music to elementary classrooms in the Greenwich Public Schools system for 4 years. He has performed solo pieces to sold out Lincoln Center crowds and has performed with such musical greats as Billy Preston and Wynton Marsalis.

Bryan started playing piano at age 7, and soon had the honor of becoming a student of local jazz great Joyce DiCamillo. Early promise allowed him to attend the Young Artists Philharmonic Jazz Workshop where at a young age, he performed and studied with several jazz greats including Joe Beck and members of Spyro Gyro. He was accepted to the music program at Boston College where he received his double Bachelor's Degree in Music and Psychology with high honors. He continues to study with Mrs. DiCamillo to this day.

As a teacher Bryan believes that the best education can only be achieved by calling upon a wide variety of approaches and methods, and that the best musicians are those that are the most well-rounded. His teaching style is characterized by building a foundation of mutual respect with his students and a desire to share all genres of music.


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Jeb Dennis ( Piano ) Pianist and organist Jeb Dennis began piano study at seven, and by age nine was playing organ solos for church services. At 11, he enrolled at the Silvermine School of Music in Norwalk, CT , studying with founder Juliet Shaw and her daughter Sandra Shaw-Murphy. Jeb started university-level study at age 15 with Karen Shaw, Professor of Piano at Indiana University-Jacob School of Music (also a daughter of Juliet Shaw). He received a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Indiana University, guided by Dr. Shaw, and continued post-collegiate study with her.

Mr. Dennis has studied with German Diez in New York , protege of pianist Claudio Arrau. He has performed for composer, conductor, multi-keyboardist Anthony Newman and in masterclasses of master-pianists Leslie Howard, David Dubal, Sarah Davis Buechner, Jeffrey Swan, and Leonard Hokanson.

Since 1998 he has studied organ performance with pianist/organist Randall Atcheson and is currently Atcheson's associate music director and organist at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich CT. In June 2006 he attended Yale School of Music's Church Music Clinic, led by Yale organ professor Martin Jean.

In May 2010, he received his Masters of Music in Piano from State University of New York, Purchase, as a student of pianist Stephanie Brown.

Mr. Dennis is in demand as an organist, notably substituting for organists Anthony Newman and Mary-Jane Newman several times. Jeb has received organ coachings from Anthony Newman as well as insight in interpreting the composer's solo piano music. He has a large and varied repertoire and regularly collaborates with classical and non-classical artists.


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Mary Fairbank ( Piano )  B.A. Music, Brigham Young University, certified teacher, enjoys giving her students a well-rounded music education, customized to each student's current interests. She teaches piano by training students in technique, theory, classical, pop, jazz, and improvisation! She has experience teaching a wide variety of students, including fresh beginners, adults, and students with disabilities. In her time away from the piano, she tutors science and math and performs in local musical theatre.

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David Harewood ( Piano, Voice ) David Warren Harewood was born and raised in New York City,  attended the famous high school of Music and Art, where upon he started playing the piano in his senior year.  After a year at Northwestern University, he spent the summer at the Berklee School of Music followed by the Mannes College of Music and Queens College. He then spent 10 years as a church musician and played with various jazz and pop artists during that period. In 2006, David attended the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music on full scholarship and graduated with a bachelors of music in Jazz studies, while studying classical piano with Alice Rybak.
Upon graduation, David traveled to Villard de Lans Jazz Festival in France and performed there with vocalist Heidi Schmidt. David has also performed in Sopot and Koszalin, Poland. In 2009, David was featured soloist at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, CO.
David has taught music lessons to all ages since 1999 and is a sought after teacher.
 


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Pete Cornell ( Guitar, Bass ) For Pete, music has been an integral part of his life for as long as he can remember. His love for music has taken him down many paths including being a performer, composer, and educator. A graduate of New York University’s Music Department, Pete is an accomplished guitarist and composer of electronic and rock music.
Since Graduating NYU in 2007 Pete has gone on to produce many records on his own and with various bands. The success of his band Bend or Break gave him the opportunity to tour the US, and make two records with world class engineer Richie Corsello. After Bend or Break disbanded in 2012 Pete joined up with the Last Call Experience playing covers for private parties, weddings, and various events. Pete has also released many solo albums, most notably under the alias "Pedrodomus."
Besides producing and writing his own music, Pete has a deep passion for teaching and preparing young musicians for a life in the arts. Between his experience teaching his private clients and his role as Show Director at School of Rock, Pete has a wealth of knowledge and skills to share with the younger generation. Whether a young musician is looking to play a few chords or has the goal of becoming a professional, Pete is adept at molding his lessons to each individual student's goals and ability.
Pete is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase.
 


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Jose F. Bastardos ( Violin ) holds graduated degrees from both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the Royal Conservatory of Music Amaniel in Madrid. His career extends from the Baroque and Classical periods to the contemporary repertoire championing the works by such composers as Kirk Miller and Jens Joneleit. Formerly a faculty member at the Madison School of Music he has also performed and taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Mr. Bastardés has appeared throughout Europe as a solo performer with special frequency in Spain and Germany. In 2001 he was featured at the National Public Radio of Spain. In the U.S, has appeared in concerts and recital halls in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Colorado, Michigan San Francisco and North Carolina. In 1990, he performed in the International Celebration of the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Carnegie Hall in New York.

José is also a chamber musician entrepreneur as well as a String Pedagogue. He was co founder of the chamber group Amaniel Piano Trio, has been featured as a violinist for Plant and Page during their world tour concert in Madrid in 1995, and is writing a Treatise on Violin Pedagogy.

José is a former Fulbright Scholar, a Distinguish Ministry of Culture Fellow and graduated with the Prizes of Honor in violin and chamber music performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Amaniel in Madrid.


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Jeff Hatcher ( Drums ) is a young drummer who is fiercely passionate about making music. With roots in the small town of Bakersfield, California, Jeff began playing drums at a very young age. He got his first drumset when he was only thirteen and would go on to play drums in his high school jazz band and numerous local theater productions. However, his love of the instrument would eventually lead him out of Bakersfield to New York City to study jazz at New York University. There, under the guidance of a great variety of world-renowned musicians- including Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, Stefon Harris, John Scofield, Mike Richmond, Robert Dick, Andy Milne, Dave Pietro and Jean-Michel Pilc- Jeff would develop his skills as a professional musician.

Jeff's drive and dedication to his craft have afforded him opportunities to play and collaborate with several of the world's best musicians including Francesco Bearzatti and Andy Gravish. Jeff has also performed at notable venues across the globe including the Blue Note Milan, Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood, Torrione Jazz Club in Ferrara, and The Florence International Music Festival. His musical talents have been further developed through his travels to Trinidad and Tobago, where he studied djembe and performed with the country's renowned percussion group, Drummers of Tomorrow.

Currently, Jeff is an active member of the New York music scene and performs regularly throughout the tri-state area, playing both drumset and percussion instruments. With a love for all types of music, Jeff can be found playing everything from jazz to pop to hip-hop and R&B. He has acted as both a sideman and a leader in several musical contexts and his professional attitude and musical ability make him a highly sought-after musician and collaborator.


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Vicky Herrera ( Voice ) Ms. Herrera combines her active performing career with her love for teaching voice. “If you can speak, you can sing” that’s her motto. She has 11 years of experience preparing students of all ages and levels to learn, accept, develop, control and master their vocal instrument using proper vocal technique, repertoire and interpretation.
 
Virginia Herrera has earned a reputation as a complete artist combining effortless vocal technique with sensitive affecting interpretation.
She studied voice in México, in Italy, and in the United States at OMTI (Opera Music Theater International in NJ) with Met Bass Jerome Hines and at the Center for Opera Performance in NYC., with Franco Iglesias. She has won vocal competitions and has performed in Zarzuela, Opera, Oratorio and in Concert in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Opera Companies: Anchorage Opera, Amato Opera, Pacific Opera, Verismo Opera, Riverside Opera, Bronx Opera, Queens Opera, Il Piccolo Teatro dell’Opera among others.

Ms. Herrera has had the good fortune to perform with notable conductors such as Pablo Zinger, Anton Coppola, Gerardo González, Borislav Ivanov, Johannes Somary, Will Crutchfield, among others. She has been featured in the Tri-State area at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall,  Merkin Hall, Town Hall, Repertorio Español Theater, PNC Arts Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center,  Symphony Hall, Rich Forum, National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Lensik Theater in New Mexico.



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Ariadna Kryazheva ( Piano, Violin, Voice ) Ariadna is a violinist, vocalist, composer and an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Ariadna studied violin from the age 5 and piano from the age 7 at the Glazunov School of Music. After moving to the US in 2004, Ariadna has immersed herself in jazz music, and subsequently received a full scholarship and graduated from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, cum laude, with a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Violin and Jazz Voice Performance. 
 
After years of classical training, Ariadna was enticed and influenced by contemporary jazz composers and began writing her own music. In 2011 the University of Denver awarded her a grant to record her debut album of original jazz art songs titled Opaque Voices. DU is also where she joined creative forces with pianist David Harewood in a collaboration now called Whisper Knot. In January of 2014 David and Ariadna released another album of original music in Koszalin, Poland, and continue to perform, compose, and record together.


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John Bee ( Guitar ) is a Michigan-native currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. John grew up singing in choirs, playing in the high school jazz band, and playing in a number of local bands and ensembles. He booked his first tour at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped since. 
 
With over 30 nationwide tours spanning the United States and Canada, John has spent the majority of his career honing his craft on stage. He started by playing house shows and worked his way up to playing world renowned music festivals like SXSW and the Vans Warped Tour. He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, William Elliot Whitmore, and plenty more.
 
John spent eight years on the road with indie darlings “Your Best Friend” who played alongside New Found Glory, Bayside, Thursday, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Chiodos, and more. After the band disbanded, John unveiled his latest project “American Opera.” The new project is a far departure from his indie rock roots that features a more polished songwriting style rooted in folk rock. His latest album has garnered interest from several prominent record labels and is due out in early 2017.
 
As a teacher, John makes the lessons fun and informative for his students. His goal is to tailor the lessons around the abilities, needs, and desires for each individual student.
 

 


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David Marsh ( Cello ) Cellist David Marsh began his cello studies at the age of five with Barbara Wilcox.  Over the years, he continued his studies with Richard Straub, Robin Reinarz, Dr. Lee Richey, and Dr. Andrew Smith.  He received a B.M. in 2011 from The Boston Conservatory, studying with Andrew Mark, and a M.M. in 2013 from Purchase College Conservatory, studying with Julia Lichten.  He also had the pleasure to perform for several renowned musicians, including Matt Haimovitz, Emilio Colón, Stephen Balderston, Brinton Smith, Karen Basrak, Jorja Fleezanis, and Joseph Silverstein.
 
A versatile cellist, Mr. Marsh has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Round Top Festival Orchestra, Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra and the Music for All National Festival Honor Orchestra of America.  Since high school, he has also played in several musical theater productions and chamber music groups throughout the Las Vegas, Boston, New York and Connecticut areas.
 
As an avid performer and chamber musician, Mr. Marsh holds several awards.  In 2006, he won 1st place prize at the Silver State competition in the ensemble division.  In 2007, he received 2nd place in both the solo and ensemble divisions at the NMEA All-State Solo/Ensemble competition.  In 2010, his chamber music group was one of the winners of The Boston Conservatory’s Honors Chamber Ensembles.  Also in 2010, he was the recipient of the Founder’s Choice Award for Best of Chamber Music at the Round Top Music Festival.
 
David is the Orchestra Director at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers and is an active freelance musician in the New York and Connecticut area.


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