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Maftuna Tolipova 
Piano Instructor

Maftuna Tolipova was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At the age of five, she began piano classes at the prestigious Uspenskiy Music Academy in Uzbekistan. She was privileged to have highly experienced teachers, who were also great musicians. In 2013, she started studying at the International School of Manila and had private lessons with Dr. Raul Sunico, Dean of the University of Santo Thomas. She played solo and performed with the orchestra and band in a variety of school assemblies and activities for different audiences including the family of the former President of the Philippines. She also represented the school in the annual Cultural Convention in Malaysia and became a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. In 2014, she continued her music education at Interlochen Arts Academy where she worked with Dr.Coonrod. To gain more musical skills, she started playing organ. For the graduation ceremony, Maftuna was chosen as a Senior Performer of Ceremony. In 2016, she started her undergraduate at Mannes School of Music where she majored in Piano Performance and minored in Fashion Studies. The summer of 2017, she attended the Perugia Music Festival where she played piano concerto with Czech Orchestra. In 2018, she participated in Beijing International Music Festival Academy. Also in the summer of 2019 she was invited to participate at the International Keyboard Festival in New York with Full Scholarship. Maftuna has performed in different venues in New York, such as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan and was part of New York Fashion Week 2019 as a musician.  

Currently, Maftuna is pursuing her Masters degree at Mannes School of Music. Working with different teachers all over the world, Maftuna has gained Russian, Asian and American ways of playing and creating music.

With more than 6 years of teaching experience, Maftuna has prepared students for exams/tests such as NYSSMA, ABRSM and more. She enjoys teaching piano for all ages and levels using theory skills and also adding/creating stories for each piece. She explains each step creatively to entertain students, which helps them remember how to follow musical notation. Maftuna encourages her students to perform throughout the year and organizes concerts for them to perform. She believes music should be a place for students to create a language where they can share their emotions and be fully engaged with their musical journey."