In our second episode, the Piano Pod interviews Vera Anselmo, the founder and artistic director at Anselmo Academy of Music and the Arts (formerly The Piano School of New York City). Ms. Anselmo describes how she went from being a young pianist from Moscow just starting out in NYC, to founding and directing one of its most successful non-profit music schools.

[Season 1 Episode 2]

0:00:00 – Intro
0:02:16 – Vera’s Beginning
0:06:41 – Starting Life in NYC
0:12:25 – Origin of the Name, The Piano School of NYC
0:13:48 – Group Piano Lessons of The Piano Schol of NYC
0:17:16 – Non-Profit Organization
0:20:38 – From Small Business to Non-Profit
0:22:45 – Community Recitals at Jazz at Lincoln Center!
0:25:10 – The Future of The Piano School: Anselmo Academy
0:30:20 – Beating COVID-19
0:33:20 – Advice to Young Professionals
0:34:54 – New Offerings at Anselmo Academy of Music and the Arts

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The goals of The Piano Pod are to examine the traditions of the piano and help expand what it is capable of in the modern era. To this end, each month we interview a guest speaker who has been breaking exciting new ground in the industry.