Theo Rockas accepted to Juilliard
April 15, 2020
Congratulations to Theo, Mannes Prep 2019, upon his acceptance to The Juilliard School.
Liam Kaplan awarded full scholarship to Juilliard
April 15, 2020
Congratulations to Liam, Mannes Prep 2016, who has been awarded full tuition to the masters program at The Juilliard School.
Liam Kaplan finalist in New York International Piano Competition
June 18, 2018
Congratulations to Liam, who is performing four times as a finalist in the New York International Piano Competition (Stecher and Horowitz competition) at Manhattan School of Music.
Alumnus Liam Kaplan presents solo recital at White Church
May 27, 2018
Liam Kaplan performs a solo piano recital at The White Church in Blandford, MA, including music of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Ravel (Gaspard de la Nuit).
Theo Rockas invited to prestigious Art of the Piano festival
May 26, 2018
Congratulations to Theo who has attended and participated in three weeks of master classes and concerts in the Art of the Piano festival in Cincinnati, OH.
Waylon Tse invited to perform in Encore Recital
June 3, 2018
Congratulations to Waylon on his being chosen to perform a second time in the Piano Teachers Congress Encore recital series.
Alex Chan is a winner in Concert Festival
April 15, 2018
Congratulations to Alex for his performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center as a winner of Concert Festival.
Marcia, Teddy, Alex, Gabriel and Waylon perform music by Seymour Bernstein
October 8, 2017
Marcia, along with students Teddy Rockas, Alex Chan, Gabriel Baccarini and Waylon Tse perform in a recital of Seymour Bernstein's piano music honoring the composer's 90th birthday at Tenri Cultural Institute.
Teddy Rockas wins New York Debut Young Musicians Competition!
September 16, 2017
Congratulations to Teddy Rockas who is the First Prize Winner of the 2017 New York Debut Young Musicians Competition, Piano Solo Competition. He will be performing in the Winners’ Concert on Sunday October 8th, 2017, at 7:30 PM at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Mary Flagler Cary Hall, 450 W. 37th St in New York City.
Teddy Rockas wins two competitions!
May 4, 2017
As a winner of Young Musicians Concerts Auditions, sponsored by the Associated Music Teachers League, Teddy will perform Rachmaninov at Weill Recital Hall on May 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. He is also a Platinum medalist in the Nelly Berman Competition, and will perform at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on June 18, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Ruth Mechanek, Kim Parker, Edith Simcha-Levi and Alice van Straalen perform at Faust Harrison Pianos
April 20, 2017
Bravo to Ruth, Kim, Edith and Alice for their beautiful performances at the Adult Piano Salon sponsored by Piano Teachers Congress!
Nicholas Kaponyas and Teddy Rockas singled out for Awards Concert!
February 28, 2017
Congrats to Teddy Rockas and Nicholas Kaponyas, who have been selected to perform in the Leschetizky Association's Gifted Young People's Awards Concert on Sunday, March 5th, 1:30 PM, at the Tenri Cultural Institute. Bravo to both!
Teddy Rockas wins piano competition
February 9, 2017
Teddy Rockas has received the prize of first-place platinum for his performance of Rachmaninov C-minor Étude in "Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow". Bravo, Teddy!
Nicholas Kaponyas wins the Mannes Prep Concerto Competition!!
November 19, 2016
Concert date with the Mannes Prep Philharmonic to be announced. Bravo, Nicholas! And kudos to Teddy Rockas, who did a superb job of playing the part of the orchestra.
Teddy Rockas receives a shout-out from The New York Times
June 23, 2016
Focused solely on Philip Glass’s 20 Études for piano, [the concert] featured — along with the composer himself, in a star turn — 40 youngsters, most seeming of high school age, each playing one étude in two cycles of the full work. ... And a few were remarkably fine: Theodore Rockas in a bravura account of the Étude No. 6 ...
James R. Oestreich
Waylon Tse, William Kim, Victoria Carchietta and Teddy Rockas chosen to perform in Encore Recital sponsored by Piano Teachers Congress of New York
June 5, 2016
Congratulations, Waylon, William, Victoria and Teddy!
Marcia Presents a Beethoven Sonata Class
April 30, 2016
Five Mannes Prep students played in a Beethoven sonata class, in which aspects of Beethoven's style and form were discussed and six different sonatas were compared and contrasted. Kudos to William Kim, Victoria Carchietta, Teddy Rockas, Nicholas Kaponyas and Liam Kaplan for their contributions to this class!
Liam Kaplan to attend Oberlin Conservatory in Fall of 2016
Congratulations to Liam Kaplan who has been accepted to Oberlin Conservatory as a scholarship student double-majoring in Piano and Composition.
Sofia Adele Polcri and Teddy Rockas accepted into Mannes Prep Honors Program in Piano
Bravo to Sofia and Teddy for their hard work!
Nicholas Kaponyas winner of Senior Division of Piano Accolades
Congratulations to Nicholas on his winning this distinction and being invited to perform at Mannes Prep on Saturday, May 21, 2016!
Sofia Adele Polcri and Liam Kaplan selected to perform at Tenri Cultural Institute
Congratulations to Sofia Adele Polcri and Liam Kaplan, who have been selected to perform in the Leschetizky Association Annual Awards Concert this coming Sunday, Feb 28th, at Tenri Cultural Institute at 2:00 PM!
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Marcia presents What's Wrong with this Picture? - Wellness at the Piano, an interactive presentation for kids 8-18 and their parents in the Glass Box Theater at Mannes Prep in Arnhold Hall. This is the very first Mannes Prep event to take place in the Glass Box.
Marcia in India
On Nov 15th, Marcia leaves for India where she will adjudicate, teach, present and perform in MusiQuest 2015, a national competition for young pianists in Pune.
Liam Kaplan in Rosalyn Tureck Bach Competition
Congratulations to Liam Kaplan for winning Honorable Mention in the Prelude and Fugue category of the 4th Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition!
Tali Ben-Yehuda Gets Piano!
Tali Ben-Yehuda has acquired a beautiful Yamaha U1 upright piano from Bondy Piano. This will greatly enhance her practicing and make it more fun. Bravo to Tali and her parents!
Marcia Eckert Interviewed After Southampton Concert
Robert von Bernewitz, a Long Island-based writer, recently interviewed Marcia after hearing her perform with Aurelia at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton, NY in a program of piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms. Read the whole interview on Robert's blog.
Debra Kaye CD Released
And So It Begins, the eagerly awaited CD of Debra Kaye's music featuring Marcia Eckert and others, has been released! To learn more about the recording and listen to samples, visit Debra Kaye's website. From a review on “...perfectly executed tracks. This music is focused, inspirational, and precise. This is an album that will surely stand the test of time.” Purchase it at ArkivMusic, Amazon or iTunes.
Liam Kaplan performs in AMTL master class
Liam performed Chopin Ballade No. 4 in a master class presented by Eduardus Halim on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Steinway Hall Rotunda, sponsored by AMTL. Bravo, Liam!
And So It Begins: Chamber Music & Solos by Debra Kaye
CD soon to be released - stay tuned!
Katie Au and Gavin Cappon chosen to perform in Encore Recital sponsored by Piano Teachers Congress of New York
June 7, 2014
Congratulations, Katie and Gavin!
Liam Kaplan plays solo recital in Blandford, MA, receives standing ovation
June 1, 2014, The White Church
Bravo, Liam!
Hannah Kulis graduates with honors from Mannes Prep
Hannah will attend the Thornton School of Music at USC in the fall of 2014.
Bravo, Hannah!
Hannah Kulis, Liam Kaplan, and Robert Bronchard perform at Weill Hall
May 11, 2014
Hannah Kulis, Liam Kaplan and Robert Bronchard (studio alumnus) performed in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by AMTL, which took place at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Bravo to all three!
Robert Bronchard winner in Hunter concerto competition!
Robert Bronchard, alumnus of Marcia Eckert's studio, and junior faculty member of Teen Pianophoria!, has been selected as one of the winners of the Hunter College Concerto Competition for his performance of the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor. He will be performing with the Hunter Symphony on May 5, 2014.
Marcia performs Mamlok with soprano Lucy Shelton
October 23, 2013, Symphony Space
Ursula Mamlok at 90 was an event that celebrated the life and work of this important composer, who is a long-time friend and colleague, and was herself present for the occasion. Don Isler writes:
The earliest written works on the program were the Four German Songs (1958) based on poems of Hermann Hesse, performed by the well-known soprano, Lucy Shelton, and Marcia Eckert, a very fine pianist. They got every ounce of expressivity out of this music. The third song, Schmetterling (Butterfly), was particularly delightful.
Read the complete article here.
Liam Kaplan performs Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I - Complete
September 28, 2013, Mannes College The New School for Music
Congratulations to Liam on his stunning performance of this difficult work, which inspired a standing ovation. Don Isler writes:
This was a program fit for an intellectual heavyweight with the stamina of a marathoner, and Mr. Kaplan did not disappoint. There were at least two other impressive things worthy of mention. One, that he played the whole thing (two hours of music) from memory. The other is that he is fifteen years old.
Read his complete review of this concert here.
Hannah Kulis plays in Jerome Lowenthal master class
September 21, 2013, Steinway Hall Rotunda
Don Isler of Associated Music Teachers League (AMTL) writes:
Seventeen-year-old Hannah Kulis impressed this listener as a pianist who already has the makings of a fine Chopin pianist. She plays expressively, has a wide dynamic range, understands rhythmic freedom without being undisciplined, and played some parts of the work particularly well, such as getting just the right mood at the beginning of the D-Flat Major section.
Read his complete post here.
Liam Kaplan wins first prize in Invention/Sinfonia Category of Tureck International Bach Competition
June 8, 2013
Bravo, Liam!
Liam Kaplan advanced to final round of Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition
June 6, 2013
Congratulations, Liam!
Caroline Castellano selected to perform in an Encore Recital sponsored by Piano Teachers Congress
June 6, 2013
Congratulations, Caroline!
Eric Fegan to present Graduation Recital
The Concert Hall
Mannes College the New School for Music
150 W. 85th Street
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 PM
Brahms: Opus 119; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; compositions by Eric and his colleagues
Studio Recital set for Sunday, June 9
The Concert Hall
Mannes College the New School for Music
150 W. 85th Street
Sunday, June 9, 7:00 PM
All are welcome!
Hannah Kulis admitted to Mannes Prep Honors Program!
May 4, 2013
Congratulations, Hannah!
Graduating senior Eric Fegan wows audience with Rhapsody in Blue!
May 2, 2013
Eric Fegan performed for a large crowd on May 2nd at JFK High School in Bellmore, NY, in several ensembles as accompanist and arranger, and as piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, for which he received a spontaneous standing ovation. Bravo, Eric!
Liam Kaplan is a semifinalist in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition!
The final rounds will take place in New York City June 6-9, 2013. Bravo, Liam!
AMTL Young Musicians Concert
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 1:30 PM
Performers: Hannah Kulis, Liam Kaplan
Congratulations to Hannah and Liam, who have been selected by audition to perform in the AMTL's Young Musicians Concert!
Robert Bronchard Graduation Recital
The Concert Hall
Mannes College
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 1:30 PM
Come celebrate Robert's seven years at Mannes Prep!
Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninov
AMTL Young Musicians Concert
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
Sunday, May 13, 1:30 PM
Performers: Robert Bronchard, Adrian Saari
Congratulations to Robert and Adrian, who have been selected to perform in the AMTL's Young Musicians Concert!
Beethoven and Beyond
Student Recital at A. C. Pianocraft
42-24 Orchard St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 3:00 PM
Performers: Robert Bronchard, Eric Fegan, Liam Kaplan, Hannah Kulis, and Adrian Saari
Honors Recital
The Concert Hall
Mannes College the New School for Music
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:00 PM
Performers: Robert Bronchard, Adrian Saari, Liam Kaplan,
Marcia Eckert and Tatjana Rankovich in Amalgamation by Eric Fegan
Adrian Saari and Mannes Prep Philharmonic Concert
The Concert Hall
Mannes College the New School for Music
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5:30 PM
Adrian Saari, soloist in Schumann Piano Concerto, first movement
Pedaling Workshop/Pianophoria Reunion
There will be a workshop on pedaling at my house, January 22, 2012, 2:00 to 6:00 pm. It will include a discussion of the piano pedal mechanism and various pedal techniques. Participants are invited to bring passages which present pedaling issues to play for the group. The fee is $50 and includes a wine and cheese reception at the end. All are invited!
Adrian Saari Wins Concerto Competition!
Congratulations to my student Adrian Saari, age fifteen, who recently won the Mannes Prep Concerto Competition. He will be performing the first movement of the Schumann Concerto in A minor with the Mannes Prep Philharmonic on May 19, 2012, 5:30 pm, in the Concert Hall at Mannes College the New School for Music.
Three Students Perform in Honors Recital
Congratulations go to Robert Bronchard, Adrian Saari and Liam Kaplan for their beautiful performances in the Mannes Prep Honors Recital on December 3, 2011. Photo here.