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Among the earliest stringed instruments with a keyboard in Europe was the dulcimer, a closed, shallow box over which stretched wires were struck with two wooden hammers. The dulcimer led to the development of the clavichord, which also appeared in the 14th century. These were followed by the spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and finally, the harpsichord in the 15th century.

The harpsichord, however, was limited to one, unvarying volume. The artistic desire for more controlled expression led directly to the invention of the piano, on which the artist could alter the loudness and tone with the force of one’s fingers.


The earliest piano, or pianoforte as it was called at the time, was invented by expert harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua about 1698-1700. (Historians are not in total agreement as to the exact date.) Cristofori was able to solve the fundamental mechanical problem of piano design: the hammer must strike the key but not remain in contact with it. This way volume could be controlled and the same note could be hit multiple times in succession. Cristofori’s new instrument was known as the pianoforte because it allowed players to produce notes at different dynamic levels by controlling the inertia with which the hammers hit the strings.


During the late 18th century, piano-making flourished in the Viennese school which included the likes of Johann Andreas Stein and the Viennese makers Nannette Streicher and Anton Walter. Viennese-style pianos featured wood frames, two strings per note, and leather-covered hammers. Some of these pianos came with black natural keys and white accidental keys, the opposite of modern day pianos and keyboards. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his concertos and sonatas for such instruments.


The piano is at the center of Western musical history in every style of music, from classical to jazz and rock/pop. Well-known pianists in the 20th and 21st century include Ling Ling, Yuja Wang, Elton John, Billy Joel, Art Tatum, Ray Charles, Mary Lou Williams, and Marian McPartland.



Bojan Kolevski

Piano Teacher
Bojan Kolevski is a graduate of Saint Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, Piano. Bojan is a highly skilled & experienced pianist, keyboard and accordion player who has played in front of over a thousand people multiple times. Bojan has more than 13 years of teaching experience in various educational settings K-12. He grew up as a classically trained pianist, and he also has excellent skills and technique to play and teach Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk and other musical styles. Bojan has performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, New York. He has performed as a pianist and piano accompanist in the group National Theater in Bitola, Macedonia with whom he also toured the nation of Canada. Bojan has had the privilege performing with Bitola Chamber Orchestra, Rock Symphonic Orchestra and Coverland Chamber Orchestra in Bitola. In addition, he has also performed in the Steinway Piano Gallery in Hinsdale, IL. Bojan holds many awards from international and regional competitions in performing piano as well as accordion. In addition, he has taught award winning students in European competitions. At the European Union of Music, 48th Competition for Youth, his student Vladimir Popovski won 1st place in the piano competition (2010). At the European Union of Music, 49th Competition for Youth, his student Bojan Georgiev won first place in a duo piano & violin (2011).

Bojan is an active performer with “Curious Grace & Black Rabbit”, a band with whom he recorded his first album here in US and where he is a composer and arranger. He has also performed and recorded with other various groups in Chicago. He performed with the band Monistra starting in his college years, and recorded the album named “Monistra” as their keyboardist. He also performed as a piano and keyboard player in the band “Live Five” and later “Rock N Rollers”, where he toured Macedonia and the Balkan.
Bojan also has a very rich choral experience performing as a bass singer and piano accompanist in Dragan Suplevski Choir, Linkestis Choir, Butelion Classics Chorus and Stiv Naumov Choir, which had tours in Bulgaria, Greece, Dubrovnik, Turkey and Macedonia.
Back in Macedonia, Bojan worked in a State Music School where he was among the most active piano teachers.
Bojan’s goal is to impart students with all his knowledge and love for music. Furthermore, he desires to continue his professional development to continue learning. In addition, he loves playing music, be it Classical, Rock N’Roll or any genre.


Nenad Mladenovic

Piano and Accordion Teacher
Nenad was born in Nis, Serbia and from early age started learning playing piano. In very begining Nenad knew that is going to be his destiny. He graduated Music school in Serbia in 2003 as very talented pianist with high grades and a lot of Diplomas from International Music Tournaments. After Music school he received opportunity to audition that he successfully passed and received scholarship for College. In 2008 he graduated College of Art and decided to extend his creativity in Children Music Orchestra as Pianist and Conducter and build his pedagogy skills. Today Nenad is experienced performer and piano teacher with huge level of patience for students...

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