Try a FREE Virtual Piano, Violin or Guitar Lesson with Opus One Music

  Last modified on February 18th, 2023

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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 Abela

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.

Nora Bartosik

 Rita Wang (Violin) 

Debuting at Alice Tully Hall at age 11, Rita has since performed and won competitions all over the world.

Rita Wang

 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.

Jeff Koch

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!

Our daughter (age 7) felt comfortable at the piano from the very start thanks to Audrey’s wonderful demeanor. Audrey is incredibly talented and shares her love for the piano, the music and the music theory which she deftly weaves into each lesson. She shows patience and professional respect for her students while maintaining high expectations, warmth and customized individual plans, encouraging each student to shine. Audrey was highly recommended by friends and for good reason! Our daughter has gained such an appreciation for music and confidence in herself as a musician. She has even blossomed into a performer thanks to Audrey. Highly recommend!

— Gayle, Mom of Sidney, age 7

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.

For a complimentary piano, violin, or guitar lesson through Zoom, please register here.

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