Education and Background
Klara Frei earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at The City of Basel Music Academy in Switzerland (Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel). At the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she earned her Post-Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance with Professor Evgeny Malinin, distinguished student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus.
In addition, Klara was awarded the prestigious USSR Ministry of Culture Scholarship for her achievements in concert performances. While a young student at the Kyrgyz National Conservatory, she won First Prize at the National Piano Competition.
Klara was awarded the prestigious USSR Ministry of Culture Scholarship for her achievements in concert performances. While a young student at the Kyrgyz National Conservatory, she won First Prize at the National Piano Competition.
Klara taught piano for over 15 years in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom before relocating to San Francisco Bay Area. She has applied many different approaches to teaching music, including the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods, with exceptional results.
Klara has many years of experience preparing students for ABRSM Grades 1-8 exams. Under her tutelage, students in London passed auditions and won acceptance to the junior department of three of the top musical institutions in UK: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Klara Frei has performed in Europe including Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, UK and Russia, both as a soloist and an ensemble player. In partnership with her husband, pianist maestro Temirzhan Yerzhanov, she has recorded a CD and frequently performs in concerts.
Klara believes each child is a unique individual who needs a nurturing, friendly and stimulating environment. Every child is capable of achieving his or her full potential with the right teaching approach. She strongly believes that the success of learning piano dependent on a three-way commitment between parent, student, and teacher.