Meet our Dedicated 2017 Faculty and Staff

Lyra Directors

Artistic Director, Co-Founder AKIKO SASAKI

Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Executive Director RACHEL ODO

Executive Director

2017 Lyra Faculty

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Piano Faculty, Artistic Director, & Co-Founder

The vibrant pianist Akiko Sasaki’s dynamic performances and detailed instruction have anchored her a prospering position as a concert pianist and music educator in the New York City area. Praised as, “impressively sensitive and interactive,” (City Arts New York), Sasaki has appeared throughout Europe and the United States as soloist and chamber artists. She has collaborated with many prominent artists from around the world, including artists from the... (more)

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Piano Faculty

Pianist Nathaniel LaNasa has performed at Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, Museum of Modern Art, (le) Poisson Rouge, Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, and the Seattle Opera House, as well as in venues in Ireland, Italy, Spain, and France. As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, he  performed John Cage’s Concerto for....(more)

Collaborative Pianist & Piano Faculty

Praised for her “musicality and confidence in abundance” [Showcase Magazine] Canadian pianist Vanessa May-lok Lee is much sought after as a collaborative pianist. Having made her Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) debut in June 2014, Ms. Lee has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Jörgen van Rijen (principal trombone of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic), Nicholas Daniels (Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival), Jeffrey Beecher (member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and ....(more)


Violin Faculty

Peter Rovit is the Concertmaster of Symphoria and on the faculty of Hamilton College.  He was among the last students of Josef Gingold at Indiana University where he also studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie.  His other teachers have included Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Kantor and Donald Weilerstein.  As a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist he has performed throughout the United States, in Russia, Cuba, and at music festivals such as Aspen, Taos, Yellow Barn, and Skaneateles.  A concerto competition winner at bot the Hartt School... (more)


Cello Faculty

Known for her mastery of lyricism and versatility, cellist Julia MinJeong Kang constantly expands her boundaries as a musician by combining the new and traditional ways of playing the cello. She is a founder of AKDuo (Aomori-Kang Duo), a group that combines pop, classical, and jazz elements in a new innovative approach. She plays with her husband Tomoya Aomori, and together they have appeared live in Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and have performed in many countries across the world. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, as well as... (more)

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Viola/Violin Faculty

Praised for her eloquent and passionate performances, Korean-born violist/violinist Ye-jin Han made her New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Korea and has been prize winner at many competitions including the 1st prize at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, and the Special Prize at the Citta di Brescia International Violin Competition in Italy. From performing on period instruments with the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble led by ... (more)