Pianist Athena Tsianos is a proud Kovner Fellow and Vergottis Scholarship recipient at The Juilliard School, where she studies under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. She has also studied extensively with Bernadene Blaha of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Her competition prizes include first place in The Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, where she was also awarded the prize for best performance of a contemporary piece; first place in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition; finalist in National YoungArts; and first place in competitions held by The Music Teachers’ Association of California.
Athena has appeared in venues such as Chapman University’s Salmon recital hall, Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara, LAMCA’s Bing Theater, and the Lincoln Center. As concerto soloist, Athena has appeared with the Young Musicians’ Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has been coached by figures such as Donald Weilerstein and Clive Greensmith. Her masterclass teachers have included Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Conor Hanick, Leon Fleisher, and Jerome Lowenthal. Athena has been a semifinalist in the PianoArts North American Competition, and participant in the Southeastern Piano Festival, Sejong International Music Festival at the Curtis Institute of Music, and The Music Academy of the West.