Announcing our Piano Day concert starring acclaimed pianist Elizabeth Borowsky. Open to the public, this performance will feature Elizabeth performing as a soloist on the Omaha Conservatory’s Simon Concert Hall stage! This Romantic concert features works of Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, and Borowsky's own compositions.
The Piano Day concert caps a full day of immersive learning for Conservatory piano students. What better way to celebrate the timeless beauty of the piano? Get your tickets for just $10 today! We'll also be live streaming this event on our Facebook page with a suggested online donation to the Omaha Conservatory of $10. Join us either online or in-person for this riveting performance!
Patrons for the in-person experience are required to wear masks for this concert. Please try to select a block of seats the same size as your party. If your party is greater than 4 individuals, you will have to select from two blocks of seats. Limited seats available due to social distancing and safety precautions. Rows NN-PP are not available for sale, but are reserved for high-risk individuals or those who would like additional space for distancing. Please purchase your tickets in advance, there may be limited or no quantities of tickets available at the door.
Photo from Piano Day 2020: Feb. 29, 2020
A full day of learning for OCM piano students. Learn from our piano Artist-Faculty, guest artist Donna Gunn, and featured guest performer and clinician, Elizabeth Borrowsky! Class topics include performance, stage presence, practice tips, memorizing, music history, rhythm and more. Cost is just $10 for students to participate in this educational program. Students will be placed in groups based on their experience level. All classes will take place in large classrooms where distancing is possible, and masks are required.
Then, join us in-person or via our livestream to watch the dynamic Elizabeth Borowsky perform on our concert hall stage at 7PM.
thank you to our series sponsor Omaha Steaks!
Sat Feb 27
NOTE: A more detailed individual schedule will be provided at check-in. Elementary (younger) students will have two different classes during some class blocks, and will be dismissed 1:45PM.
Elizabeth Borowsky enjoys a vibrant career as solo and collaborative pianist, educator, and composer. “Elizabeth's performance and personality dismiss any preconceptions of classical music as elite, or being a music of the past. She is an engaging performer and can draw even the most reluctant audience member into her spell.” (Fidelio).
As soloist, Ms. Borowsky has performed in over thirty countries, at distinguished venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Beethoven House, Penderecki European Music Center, Concerti di Primavera, Klavierwoche International, and UNESCO's "Local Music Heritage in the Age of Globalization.” Her performances as soloist with orchestras have included the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Orchestra, Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra, Young German Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Soloists Orchestra, Lublin Philarmonic Orchestra, Oregon Pro-Arte, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. She was among the pianists selected to participate in the 10th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the Acte Preable Prize for Outstanding Interpretation of Chopin's Music, resulting in her solo album, “Chopin Recital.”
As composer, Ms. Borowsky’s works have been performed by the Tianjin Philharmonic (China), Šiauliai Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), King David String Ensemble (Israel), and the Cumanayagua Concert Orchestra (Cuba). Her composition "In Memoriam" was premiered at the Pažaislis Music Festival in Kaunas under the patronage of the President of Lithuania. In 2020, she was named the New Hampshire Commissioned Composer by the Music Teachers National Association. The first two volumes of her collection, 100 Solos for Piano Prodigies, were published in 2020. These works have received critical acclaim as outstanding and relevant musical compositions that address essential technical and artistic skills for young pianists.
Ms. Borowsky has earned a reputation as a dedicated and effective teacher. She has taught at Indiana University Bloomington, Morgan State University, Towson University and the Maryland Conservatory of Music and has presented masterclasses in the USA, Lithuania, Germany, Cuba, Japan, Poland, and Germany. She is founder and director of Piano Prodigies LLC, a program for young pianists that focuses on balancing the artistic, technical, and personal development of each student. Since 2010, she has held the position of Executive Director of the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival USA, a summer chamber music program for pre-professional musicians. She has been recognized for her work with young pianists by the Music Teachers National Association and the Towson University Alumni Association.
Ms. Borowsky comes from an exceptionally musical family: together they have performed concerts world-wide as "The American Virtuosi. She began her piano studies at age four. At seven, she performed her debut recital in Baltimore and by the age of nine, she was received enthusiastically by audiences in Bulgaria, Poland, and Germany. Her performance at age sixteen as soloist with the Polish Camerata was internationally broadcast by Pol-Sat TV. She received scholarships from the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Maryland International Education Association, U.S. National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Ford Foundation, and Kosciuszko Foundation and holds degrees from Towson University, Trinity College of Music (London), and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her teachers include pianists Reynaldo Reyes, Ann Schein, Yonty Solomon, Andrzej Jasinski, and Arnaldo Cohen. [Website: www.ElizabethBorowsky.com]
"She found great eloquence and a rich reservoir of expression . . . developed rich, deeply satisfying colors, as well as demonstrated her extraordinary technique." Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar Zeitung (Germany)
“A superb pianist. Her playing penetrates one's mind and soul.” Osaka News (Japan)
"Elizabeth is a powerhouse!" Prof. Ann Schein (concert pianist, Professor Emeritus at Peabody Conservatory)
"Elizabeth plays with interpretation, feelings, and elegance of the highest standard." Dziennik Zachodny (Poland
"Elizabeth really was the best teacher my son has ever had. She taught him from the time he was 9-11, and we only stopped working with her when she moved. She was able to inspire him to make steady progress, week over week, even when working on challenging pieces beyond the point that they were new or fun. She gave constructive, creative, practice tips. She helped him find his own techniques that enabled him to get over specific hurdles. She expected him to do better, and so he did. Elizabeth is a fantastic teacher - if you have the opportunity to work with her, whatever your age, be prepared for major progress ahead!" -Katherine Frey
"The improvement I have seen in Kara has been absolutely incredible. Elizabeth has helped her to become a better technical player, and even more dramatically, a better emotional player as well. Kara loves all kinds of music, and Elizabeth is always willing to work with Kara on pieces that she wants to play, even if some of them might not be considered “classical” piano. Something else I love about Elizabeth is her relationship with her students. Elizabeth really is kind of a “piano” mom to them. She truly invests a part of herself into each of her “kids” and their performances, and wants nothing but the best for them. Which leads to me to another great benefit Kara receives from Elizabeth; a multitude of different performance opportunities. Elizabeth doesn't limit Kara, or her other students, to just regular recitals; there are master class opportunities, concerts, and camps too. All with the intent on giving the kids a chance to show off their skills and improve as performers. Elizabeth is a smart, passionate and caring teacher. Piano is a passion for her, and has become a passion of Kara's and I truly think it is because of Elizabeth. She is a wonderful teacher and Kara looks forward to her lessons every week with joy and enthusiasm. Thank you so much Elizabeth!" -Richelle Iwanowski
"The progress my son made with Elizabeth far exceeded any expectations we had and demonstrated to me what a wonderful teacher she is. Our son is extremely shy. Not only did he grow as a piano player, he gained more confidence in himself. Elizabeth was able to encourage him to play in a judged competition, which he did successfully and looks back on with pride. Due to Elizabeth's inspiration, playing and practicing piano was not a chore, but rather an activity he performed happily and voluntarily. Elizabeth was able to impart her enthusiasm and love of playing the piano onto our son. She customized the music and lessons to his skill level and interests while at the same time providing challenges to keep the learning process going. Once a piano piece was mastered, he was very enthusiastic about beginning the next new piece. Elizabeth is not only friendly and patient, but great at gauging her student's level of knowledge and ability. She is a very positive and encouraging teacher who is able to make confident self-motivated piano players out of her students. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a piano teacher, her passion for music is contagious and she shares her love of music with all her students." -Kim Droboniku
"I can honestly give Elizabeth the credit for keeping my girls interested in piano lessons. All parents know about those transitional periods kids go through from Elementary school into the Middle school and High school years. Interests shift unless the lesson/subject is fresh. I find this applies to adults, too! Elizabeth grew up on the piano. She has the training, talent, expertise and passion to properly teach students. I have personally watched her develop her teaching skills. Her amazing personality keeps students focused, interested and learning. She's fun, loving, and all around fantastic at what she does and who she is." -Lisa Edwards