About Us

Maestro Temirzhan Yerzhanov
Temirzhan Yerzhanov

Temirzhan Yerzhanov is the Music Director and Co-founder of Gradus ad Parnassum Music Studio. He is a concert pianist, conductor, teacher, accompanist, opera coach and graduate and former faculty member at the world’s famous Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He has performed and recorded in solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire throughout 12 countries.

He holds the distinction of First Prize winner and Gold Medalist at the XI International Schumann Piano Competition in Germany and the Best Performer of 2007 by San Francisco Classical Voice.
Temirzhan has a successful record of preparing students ranging from beginners to advanced concert players and from winners of regional competitions to top prize winners of major international competitions, including Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Vianna da Motta in Macau, AXA in Dublin and Casagrande in Terni.

Please view his full profile at www.temirzhanyerzhanov.com

Learn more about Gradus ad Parnassum opera and coaching services with maestro Yerzhanov.

Maestro Klara Frei
Klara Frei

Klara Frei is the Director and Co-founder of Gradus ad Parnassum Music Studio. She is a concert pianist and teacher with many years of experience teaching piano in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and USA. A graduate from Basel Music Academy in Switzerland, she also studied at the National Conservatory in Kyrgyzstan and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Klara Frei won First Prize at the National Piano Competition in her native Kyrgyzstan.

She has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician and, in partnership with her husband, Temirzhan Yerzhanov, in Switzerland, France, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Czech Republic, UK and USA.

Klara applies a variety of teaching methods to build a strong foundation of piano skills as well as making the music engaging and enjoyable. To do this, she combines the best of Russian and European piano schools, the Kodaly approach and her own innovative teaching method.

The Latin phrase Gradus ad Parnassum means "Steps to Parnassus," the loftiest part of a mountain range in Greece. Instructionally, the phrase is used to refer to gradual and steady progress, leading toward exceptional achievement.