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  A product of a musical family, pianist Roxanne Michaelian began piano studies with Claire James at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She continued her education there completing an undergraduate degree and earning a Masters Degree in Piano Performance under Paul Hersh.

Ms. Michaelian’s first appearance as soloist with orchestra was at the age of twelve when she performed with the San Francisco Symphony on its youth concert series. She subsequently received First Prize in the North American Young Artists Competition in Denver and performed with the Denver Symphony under Brian Priestman. Other prizes include the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation Competition where she was chosen as overall winner. As a result of that award, Ms. Michaelian appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra under Calvin Simmons at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She has also been heard with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Oakland Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, Ms. Michaelian is an active chamber musician and one of the area’s most sought-after collaborators. She and flutist Maria Tamburrino released a CD featuring the works of Debussy and Ravel. A past winner of the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition and the Carmel Chamber Music Society, she has performed in joint recital with S. F. symphony members such as Michael Grebanier, Sharon Grebanier, Nadya Tichman and previous principal violist, Geraldine Walther., Nadja-Salerno Sonnenberg, as well as many S.F. opera members. She has also performed in concert with Jaime Laredo, Peter Oundjian and Laurence Lesser. Ms. Michaelian has toured the United States and Canada with artists such as cellist Sharon Robinson and violist Heiichero Ohyama, simultaneously giving master classes in various states. She has also been a frequent participant at festivals including Chamber Music West, Chamber Music Sundaes, Mid -Summer Mozart Festival, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Oakmont Chamber Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Michaelian has been one of the pianists for the Irving Klein International String Competition and has also played as an extra in the S.F. Symphony. Most recently, she performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra playing both piano and harpsichord. Ms. Michaelian is on the faculty at the yearly Kirkwood Chamber Music Festival. She taught private piano lessons at the Nueva School for 13 years, was piano instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and currently maintains a private studio.

My goal of teaching music is to develop one's own sensitivity and discipline, building self-confidence, and ultimately becoming one's own best teacher. With a solid foundation of technique, sight-reading ability, theory, and performing, the road to learning becomes much easier.

I have taught piano lessons for over 30 years, and my students range in age from 5-70. I have been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association for over 10 years, and have taught master classes throughout the United States. My students have won competitions, performing at Carnegie Hall. I believe with a solid foundation of theory, sight-reading, and technical skills, music learning will always be a fun challenge, as well as bringing joy to so many others be it for fun or as a career goal. My motto is to teach lessons with discipline and love. Students learn the true meaning of hard work at a young age, and this will set the stage for their entire lives. My lessons are 30/45/60 minutes once a week, and I give an introductory lessons at no charge.

I hold monthly recitals at my home, located in Rohnert Park, located three blocks from Sonoma State University, and a five to ten minute drive from Petaluma, Penngrove, and Santa Rosa. I teach all levels, from beginners to adults.

I have taught master classes throughout the United States, been adjudicator for many competitions, including the Junior Bach Festival, MTAC, United States Open Music Competition, and the San Francisco Young Pianists' Competition. I also have an extensive background in chamber music and accompanying nationally recognized musicians.


"My friend and colleague, pianist Roxanne Michaelian's presence in Sonoma County, including Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, adds a major asset to our musical community; for not only is she a brilliant pianist, but also an extremely innovative and creative teacher. Coupled with her high intelligence and deep level of empathy for her students, her rare talent gives her the ability and expertise to successfully teach all levels of pianism. Her piano lessons are of the highest quality"
-- Marilyn Thompson, Professor of Piano Sonoma State

"I would highly recommend Roxanne as a piano teacher. She is a true professional and has a style that is very comfortable to be around, while encouraging you to stretch to that next level. I really look forward to each piano lesson."
-- Trish S. Petaluma

"Roxanne is a kind, professional, and very effective piano teacher. She has helped me make my playing more artistic. I gain something from each piano lesson."
-- Peter S. Petaluma

Studio Location
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 481-1392