IRINA Y. GELMAN
Pianist Irina Y. Gelman (BM summa cum laude in piano, MA summa cum laude in music/choral conducting) enjoys a multifaceted career as an educator, performer, musical theater/choral director, and presenter.
Irina Y. Gelman is the former president of NEPTA, the 200+ member New England Piano Teachers' Association. She is the founder of her own Piano Studio (Boston, MA) and Wellesley Music Studio (Wellesley, MA), author and developer of a unique music-based curriculum focused on the intellectual curiosity of the next generation, which has been successfully implemented at the Shaloh Day School of Boston. In 2004 she was appointed as the adjudicator in the Music Competition in Montreal, Canada.
In 2019, Irina was invited as a speaker and performer at the International Educational Bridge Project festival in St. Petersburg.
In addition to teaching for Shaloh Day School, she has served as the Piano Teacher of the Cambridge Lady of Pity and has continued her performance career. She is also a freelance musical director/pianist for various musical productions including West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Annie, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof (Benchmark Senior Living), Grease (Dexter-Southfield School).
Through the years, Irina’s students actively participated in Boston University’s Educational Bridge Project performing locally and internationally at various festivals.
Among the many stages, her students have performed on are the Emerson Paramount Center, Tsai Performance Center,
Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Steinway Hall, Goethe-Institut, Harvard University, and The Harvard Club of Boston.
Call our Music Studio in Wellesley at (617) 755-5739 and learn more about piano classes for children and adults!
"My daughter has been a student of Irina since she was 8. She just turned 18 and has gained so much skill, knowledge and confidence from her musical education. Irina is a warm and masterful teacher who has added a rich dimension of music to my daughter’s life and I strongly recommend her."
David Berlove, Ph.D. Excellence-Tutoring
"After fourteen years of piano lessons with Ms. Irina, I know from experience that she is exceptional teacher able to provide effective and tailored piano instruction. I was five when I began taking lesson with Irina and continued until my freshman year of college. Whether she discovers that involves rewarding progress with fun stickers, like was the case for me at 6 years old, or providing the student with more discretion over the genre of music to perform, she is always willing to customize her teaching plan to best meet your learning needs. "
Abigail Joseph, Winchester, MA, Harvard Class of 2021
"Irina is a master of her craft, and her passion for the art of music is evident in her approach to teaching and in each and every lesson.She is able to find the balance between pushing students to drive results, while still providing supportive motivation and maintaining a warm, playful disposition. From a parent’s perspective, she is engaging, responsive, flexible, and an overall pleasure to work with. We consider ourselves lucky to have found Irina as a teacher for our daughter and saw tremendous progress under Irina in a relatively short duration."