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Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance : The Juilliard School (2000)


Emanuel Ax
Oxana Yablonskaya


Dorothy Delay (The Juilliard School)
Harvey Shapiro (The Juilliard School)
Felix Galimir (The Juilliard School)
Philippe Entremont (Paris Conservatoire/ Beaux Arts School, France)
Masao Kawasaki (The Juilliard School)


  • Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NY Recital Debut)
  • Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center Recital Debut/ Chamber Performances)
  • Salle des Colonnes (France)
  • Create Center Hall, Aoyama Hall (Osaka, Japan)
  • Honen In Temple (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Home of Comedian/Pianist Victor Borge (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Wheeler Opera House (Aspen, CO)
  • French Consulate (Washington D.C.)
  • Colly Soleri Music Center (AZ)
  • Puicerdá (Spain)
* Full bio available at SonyaKumikoLee.com


  • Faculty of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program
  • Assistant to Professor André Emelianoff (The Juilliard School: Pre-College Division)
  • Guest Lecturer at the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU (Music Studies for Actors)
  • Master Classes in Japan for aspiring young pianists (Kyoto/Osaka)
  • 15 + years of private instruction in New York City, Los Angeles, and Orange County


  • Fundamentals of piano playing (exercises, score analysis, performance technique)
  • Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Solfège
  • Music History
  • Basic Composition
  • Master Classes
  • Annual Studio Recital


Sonya’s primary goal with each student is to give them the tools to be able to play the music they enjoy, and to inspire students to expand their appreciation for music and all fine arts.

While Sonya’s musical training was rigorous and intense, she believes everyone can enjoy music lessons at all levels and ages with a nurturing and fun approach. Everyone learns differently, so each student’s curriculum is tailored to grow their strengths and encourage them through the challenges.


  • All prospective students must schedule a trial lesson to be considered for acceptance.
  • Adults and children are both welcome, though beginner level children are accepted only on rare and exceptional circumstances.
  • Lessons are once a week, however, occasionally Sonya travels for performances and will need to reschedule, so please be flexible with scheduling.
  • Out-of-town students who are preparing for conservatory auditions, competitions, and performances who would like a special coaching may contact Sonya for availability.

Studio Location
Orange County and Los Angeles, CA