Described as 'a graceful pianist', with an 'impeccable sense of timing', Taisiya Pushkar enjoys a vibrant career as a collaborative pianist. Having performed extensively in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Canada and the United States as a recitalist and in collaboration with many leading singers and instrumentalists, Taisiya is in demand as a dynamic performer and a sensitive collaborator.
Most notably, a long-time musical partnership with the cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen has led to the recording of their debut CD, which has been released on the Brilliant Classics label. Together, the duo has made their debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Taisiya has appeared on the acclaimed “What Makes it Great?” series at Merkin Concert Hall with Rob Kapilow, performing Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata for violin and piano.
Taisiya Pushkar has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Sorel Fellowship at SongFest in California. Through the generous sponsorship of the Sorel Organization, she was invited for two years in a row as a performer and coach to the renowned Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Tuscany, Italy.
Since 2009, Taisiya has been the official pianist of the Melodia Women's Choir of NYC, a group dedicated to exploring rarely heard music written for women's voices, as well as nurturing emerging women composers through commissions and performances.
In addition to Melodia, since 2014 Taisiya also collaborates with the Young People's Chorus of NYC, and has recently performed with the group at Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Pushkar has been on the faculty of the Waterville Valley Music Center in New Hampshire, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, and the Positano Chamber Music festival in Italy.
In New York, Taisiya Pushkar is on the faculty of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the Horace Mann School, and the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, of which she is an alumna.
Taisiya is also a teaching artist for the Distance Learning Center at the Manhattan School of Music, where she develops programs for students in a cutting-edge interactive videoconference setting, and has presented to schools both nationally and internationally.
Most influential musical mentors include Eva Zinger, Lydia Frumkin, Solomon Mikowsky, John Forconi and Andre-Michel Schub.
Dr. Taisiya Pushkar holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College, and a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.