Fusun Alpakin-Naska was born in Turkey and began her music education at the age of six, playing the mandolin and later switching to the violin, receiving instruction from her long time instructor, composer and violin virtuoso, Ekrem Zeki Un. At age 11 Alpakin-Naska auditioned for and was admitted to the Mimar Sinan University Istanbul State Conservatory where she studied violin with the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Professor Yusuf Guler Aksoz and Ensemble with Professor Resit Erzin. In 1988, she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. In 1989, she auditioned for the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra where she worked as assistant concertmistress. In 1996-97, she worked under tutoring Professor Piero Farulli (Italiana Quartet) with the Chamber Ensemble at Scola Di Fiesole in Florence, Italy.
Tatiana Naumova grew up in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, where she received her Master degree in piano performance and music education from a distinguished State Conservatory. As soon as she began her piano teaching career, she realized that her passion for performing and composition. Tatiana Naumova composed an original score for “Echo”- a play for Arhangelsk Youth Theater and won awarded by Regional Competition in Russia. Since she moved to the United States, Ms. Naumova has established a highly diverse career as a pianist and collaborator including engagements and appointments with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago Academy for the Arts, and Unity Northwest Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. Her passion is teaching piano and sharing love for music with her students. Ms. Naumova has been a faculty member at SPACE since 2009.
Voice and Theory / Solfege Instructor
Philip Torre, baritone, is a gifted singer with a sonorous timbre and masculine presence who has generated great attention from audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared on the stages of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, PORTopera, Manitoba Opera among others. On the concert stage, he has appeared as a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Grant Park Music Festival, The Bellingham Music Festival (WA), New York City Opera's VOX Festival of New Music, and the De Vive Voix Festival d'Art Lyrique, France.
Molly Rife, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, began playing the cello at age 11. Molly made her solo debut in 2007 when she performed as soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra after winning the Gold Medal for the Tucson Symphony Young Artists Competition. She has also performed as soloist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
Molly earned her Master of Music degree in cello performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Stephen Balderston and her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Arizona State University, under the tutelage of Thomas Landschoot.
Hande Przybylinski holds her Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Northwestern University in 2004. Ms. Hande Przybylinski has been teaching private and group classes in solfege, piano and guitar for over twenty years of teaching experience while continuing to perform in both solo and ensemble settings.read more