This list includes both faculty and associated in the area. Names of faculty members are in bold.
Nia-Imara Barberousse, Cello
Nia-Imara Barberousse is a young classical cellist and Chicago native. As a child she was the student of Martine Benman and a member of the Hyde Park Suzuki Scholars String Quartet, where they toured through the Chicagoland area. Nia graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Crispin Campbell. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Shauna Rolston-Shaw. Now that Nia has returned to Chicago she greatly enjoys teaching at her childhood music school (HPSI) and performing throughout her hometown of Chicago.
Saori Yamamoto, piano
Saori was trained through the Suzuki Method in Japan, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Aademy. She studied with Russian teachers in Kansas City and at Chopin Academy in Warsaw with Polish teachers. Her cross-cultural experiences have given her the skills to work with students from diverse backgrounds with different learning styles.
Besides teaching, Saori enjoys working as a dance accompanist and church pianist. Currently, Saori is completing her Master's degree in piano performance at DePaul University, and is studying under George Vatchnadze.
Erica Lessie, cello
Erica Lessie received her BM in cello performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg. At Florida State University she earned an MM in cello performance and completed coursework for a DMA.
Currently, she is teaching at DePaul University Community Music Division, Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College, Chicago High School for the Arts and Whitney Young Magnet High School.
Ms. Lessie is a freelance cellist in the Chicago area. She is a founding member of the cross-style string quartet Red Riding Hood and co-founder of Cherchez la Femme, an ensemble dedicated to performing works by women. She is also an auxiliary member of the rock band Tributosaurus.
Ifetayo Ali, practice coach
Ifetayo Ali, 14, began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4. Her teachers and coaches have been Lucinda Ali Landing, Megan Lauterbach and Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Tahirah Whittington, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. She has also studied with teachers at summer music camps at Suzuki-Deerfield, Illinois Wesleyan, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Meadowmount.
Barbora Valiukeviciute, violin
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Barbora Valiukeviciute began her studies at the age of five at J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium. Since then, she has gone on to perform around the world, most recently at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall and Staller Center for the Arts in the United States. She has also performed recitals at the Auditorium al Duomo in Florence, the Fukuoka Across Hall in Japan, and the Metropolitan Museum Concert Hall in New York, National Philharmonic in Lithuania. Barbora has served as a co-concertmaster of the New York Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Takahara Mamoru, leading the orchestra for five years in tours around the United States and Asia.
Nzinga Barberousse, piano
Nzinga-Ain Barberousse started with HPSI at age 3 on the piano. She has studied at Sherwood, MIC, UIC, and Northwestern for classical piano since then. Her teaching career began 7 years ago with a single student and has grown to include students of all ages. She teaches with the Suzuki Method and uses a mixture of methods to teach music theory and sight reading. She received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and plans to continue teaching throughout graduate school.
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, violin
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, (formerly Lucinda Holland) violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, began her studies at age six, with her father, James Holland, a violinist/violist. She began with Suzuki studies, which was relatively still new in North America in the early 1970's. After studying for one year with her father, she then studied with Sarah Deneen and later Donna Ross. See more...
Adjedmaa Ali, violin, viola