Pianist & Coach
Nyela Basney received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance with Highest Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alfredo Casella protégé Maria Luisa Faini. For her graduate work, she was awarded a full Accompanying Assistantship plus a stipend.
As a chamber musician, Nyela Basney has given concerts with members of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hochstein School on WXXI, and has performed live on WQXR in Manhattan and in Hong Kong on RTHK 4.
Maestro Basney is the Artistic Director of Opera at North Park University where she serves as the Senior Coach for the Opera Program.
As a collaborative pianist, Nyela Basney has appeared in recital at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the 92nd Street Y and at the Eastman Theatre, in recital with Renée Fleming. She performed over 300 recitals for the Musicians Emergency Fund in New York City for audiences in hospitals, prisons and retirement centers and served as a staff pianist at The Juilliard School.
Recently she has appeared in recitals with noted Italian violinist and concertmaster of the Marchigiana Philharmonic Alessandro Cervo.