About Dr. Denitsa VanPelt
Dr. Denitsa VanPelt holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA and BM summa cum laude) and Bowling Green State University (MM).
Dr. VanPelt started piano studies at the age of five. She attended a music school for gifted children in Bulgaria at the age of six and made her solo recital debut at the age of eight. In 2001 she was the first high school recipient of a National Diploma for Academic Excellence and Artistic Achievement presented by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education. Dr. VanPelt received a full scholarship as an undergraduate piano performance student to attend the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and relocated to the US to pursue her higher education.
As a performer, Dr. VanPelt has won numerous piano competitions and has played hundreds of solo and chamber music concerts in Europe and USA. She has collaborated with outstanding musicians, including James Bunte, professor of saxophone and head of the Performance Studies Division at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Jeremy Long, associate professor of saxophone at Miami University, Timothy McAllister, associate professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan, and Jörgen van Rijen, principal trombonist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Dr. VanPelt collaborates frequently with her husband Michael, a classical saxophonist. The duo explores contemporary repertoire and music of living composers.
As a pedagogue, Dr. VanPelt believes in the importance of early childhood music instruction. Her experience as a child pianist as well as her cosmopolitan music education has led her to explore various methods of teaching children. She believes strongly in the Suzuki piano method and completed her training with the world renowned Suzuki trainer Mary Craig Powell. Dr. VanPelt combines Suzuki and traditional methods in order to provide students with a well-rounded music education. Her students regularly receive highest recognition in achievement programs and local music events.
Dr. VanPelt offers weekly private lessons in Suzuki and traditional piano. In addition to lessons, students can participate in studio performance classes and recitals as well as local music events. Dr. VanPelt prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music assessments.