Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Born in Iran, Negar Ghasemi is an undergraduate student, studying piano performance at Temple University. She began her studies in piano at the age of four in her mother’s music school. By the age of 8, she began to attend festivals overseas, including Syria, Slovakia, and Hungary. She then entered a music high school in Karaj. Followed by her immigration to United States, she continued her education as a music major and clarinet player at FLC school in Philadelphia. During that time, she was invited by Hugh Sung to an interview for the Cunningham Piano Company.
She furthered her studies in music by taking music lessons with teachers including Kayoko Segawa, Emiko Edwards, Meng Hao and Sean Bailey. In addition, she had the opportunity to play as a member in Philadelphia All-City band and PMEA Districts band, under the instruction of musicians such as Deborah Confredo and Joseph Conyers, while taking advantages of performances with musicians such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Don Liuzzi. After entering Boyer College in 2019, under the instruction of Sara Davis Buechner as her primary piano professor, she began to further her experience in piano pedagogy. Followed by her experience, she founded pianozi, a piano teaching team providing lessons for Iranians around the world. She serves as a director and teacher for the team, with the hope to bring a new mindset into the piano pedagogy within Iran, and to offer piano lessons using a structure that follows the global standards. She is also very passionate about composing, the field in which she wants to expand her experience to share her ideas.