Kardontchik, Libby

Kardontchik, Libby

Education and Background

Libby Kardontchik, a popular Bay Area pianist and collaborative musician, graduated with her Bachelor of Music from the Moscow State Musical Academic College, affiliated with P.1.Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and earned her M.A. from the Moscow State Musical Pedagogical Institute.

Libby is a pianist with the NACUSA SF Chapter and frequently performs the newest works of U.S. composers. She is the staff accompanist at Stanford University and a member of Two-Piano Club of Palo Alto. With her piano-duo partners, she has performed at the International Peggy and Milton Salkind Festival at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Libby has 30 years of teaching experience and is an active member of MTAC, preparing students for CM (Certificate of Merit) exam. Her students have performed in recitals, have won USOMC, participated in the piano duo concert at SF Conservatory, and also played at Master classes with J. Gardner and T. La Ratta. Libby was on the piano faculty of the Inter-Harmony International Music Festival in Netherlands.

Teaching Philosophy

“When Words fail, Music speaks! Regular attendance, joy of learning piano, practice, listening, and exploring the music help to create the new generation of well-rounded musicians and music lovers. The individual approach should match the students’ interests and goals. Music and piano are the performing arts and playing in recitals is a very important motivation for all!”