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WCU Pianist Named PA Music Teacher of the Year

September 19, 2012

Music teacher of the year Ignor Resnianski 2012

An assistant professor in piano and chamber music at West Chester University has been named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

A native of Russia, where he received his formal music degrees with distinction, Igor Resnianski moved to the United States in 1995 and a year later made his concerto debut in America performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo recitals and chamber performances in the United States, China, South America, Russia, and other countries. He performed with many orchestras in the US and abroad including the New Orleans Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Kemerovo Symphony. His performances were televised and broadcast in Novosibirsk, Russia; New Orleans, Palm Beach, Cincinnati and on the national PBS/WHYY television channel in the U.S.; and Medellin, Colombia.

Resnianski is regularly invited to teach for international music festivals and judge local, national and international piano competitions. His students have won numerous local, national and international contests, including the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Competition, William Kapell Young Artist International Piano Competition, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Texas Christian University-Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition, Alberti International Piano Competition, MTNA-PMTA state competition, and West Chester University’s Annual Piano Competition.

His students have performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall at the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in New York; the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia; and the Ed Landreth Hall at TCU in Fort Worth; and the Tchaikovsky and Rerich museums in Moscow. They appeared with many orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and Kennett Symphony.

A Steinway artist, Resnianski himself is a prize winner of many international piano competitions including First Prize of the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Bronze Medals from the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, fifth prize at the First China International Piano Competition and second prize at the All Russian Piano Competition “Sodrujestvo.” He earned his doctoral degree from Temple University.