Ioana started specializing in piano at the age of 7. She attended the Sigismund Toduta Music School for grades 1-12 and continued with her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 2011, she moved to the U.S., where she earned her Certificate and Master's Degree in Piano Performance on a full tuition scholarship at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where she studied with Dr. Laura Melton.
While in college, Ioana began teaching individual piano lessons to children and adults. Also, while attaining her Master's degree, she taught group piano lessons for college level music majors. Since 2014, when she relocated to the Boston area, she has been teaching piano full time to students of all levels, ranging from preschool to adults, both in-person and remotely. Her varied experience enables Ioana to adapt her teaching method based on each student's unique needs and personality. Some of her students’ achievements include earning prizes at the Judged Festival organized by Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MTNA), obtaining scores well above average at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) practical exams, and performing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Ioana has built a vast performing experience as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber music player. She has performed numerous recitals and earned prizes at several competitions in Europe and the US. Her experience includes collaborations with strings (violin, viola, cello), singers (solo and choir), wood-winds (flute, bassoon, tuba), and ensembles (piano at 4 hands, violin group, church band). Since live performances were cancelled due to COVID-19, Ioana has performed remote solo recitals for the patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as a member of The Volunteer Musicians for the Arts, Inc.
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