Audrey Abela is an Upper West Sider, a well-respected French pianist, and the founder and director of Opus One Music, which offers piano, violin and guitar lessons for all ages and levels with a primary focus on school-aged kids. While they typically travel to their student’s homes, Opus One Music is now offering virtual lessons – including a free 30 minute trial!
Audrey moved from France to NYC to attend the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed both internationally and at local institutions like Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art.
The instructors at Opus One Music are graduates of the world’s finest institutions, including Juilliard, Yale and Harvard – and come from all over the world, hailing from countries including Italy, Spain, France, Japan and Cyprus.
Instructors teach with a traditional pedagogical approach to music. Note-reading is taught early on, and music theory and history are incorporated into lessons in order to give students a comprehensive musical education. While the primary genre of focus is classical, instructors are happy to explore other genres like pop, jazz and Broadway, upon student requests.
Some of the instructors include:Nora Bartosik (piano)
A graduate of Harvard, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the University of Music in Leipzig, Germany, Nora has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleisher and Emanuel Ax.
Rita Wang (Violin)
Debuting at Alice Tully Hall at age 11, Rita has since performed and won competitions all over the world.
Jeff Koch (guitar)
A guitar teacher for over 15 years, Jeff studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Teacher’s College of Columbia University.
In addition to lessons, Opus One Music offers special events including student recitals, concert attendances and outreach concerts – during which both students and teachers perform at assisted living facilities throughout Manhattan. These events will be resumed once we are through the crisis!
Opus One Music began from Audrey’s Upper West Side apartment, where she would give lessons (as well as traveling to her client’s apartments for in-home lessons).
The majority of the school’s students live on the Upper West Side, as her quality lessons have spread entirely through word of mouth.