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Cello Instructor Andrew Borkowski
Andrew Borkowski performs regularly as a soloist/chamber musician and with orchestras throughout NYC as well as the Western New York Area. He has performed in Masterclasses with such world renowned artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Eric Bartlett, Chris Finckel, and has studied with such legendary performers as Benjamin Karp, Jonathan Golove, Stephen Harrison, and Marcy Rosen. He holds a B.A. in Cello Performance from the University at Buffalo and a M.A. in Music Performance from the Copland School of Music at Queens College. Learn More about lessons with Andrew, our cello teacher.
Sage Music school’s unique and innovative curriculum is derived from traditional music school pedagogy combined with tenets from psychology, holistic approaches to health and well-being, and communal creativity. Sage Music focuses on teaching the skills that enable musicians to play with confidence and ease. The school’s educational core encompasses proper instrument mechanics, proper body usage (biomechanics and kinesiology), as well as the best methods for learning and practicing. Learn More about Sage Music school.
Recent PostsRecent Posts
- Sage Music opens second location at PLAY in Greenpoint, Brooklyn November 24, 2013
- A Concert: The Iraqi Book. October 18, 2013
- Macaroni Kids Fans: Introducing Sage Music! October 17, 2013
- Sage Music invites you to our final September Sundays concert in Gantry Plaza State Park. September 21, 2013
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- Wednesday Group Music Practice in Long Island City on December 11, 2013 7:30 pm
- New York City Guitar Orchestra Concert on December 13, 2013 7:30 pm
- Saturday Group Music Practice in Long Island City on December 14, 2013 5:00 pm
- Wednesday Group Music Practice in Long Island City on December 18, 2013 7:30 pm
Motivated by his passion to bring the wonderful music of the classical guitar to a wider audience, Oliveira has overcome many obstacles to his goals: He started the guitar at the late age of 16, significantly behind his peers in music school; he did not pass his first audition to get into music school, but changed his teacher and worked even harder to get in; and he overcame the debilitating effects of Repetitive Strain Injury that plagued him for 3 years by committing himself the study of better technique, better health, and better practice habits. Oliveira says, “The injury slowed me down a bit, but I remained persistent in my practice and my studies and I have recovered so that I can still play, something I am very happy about”.
Before auditioning for music school, Oliveira was enrolled at Queens College as an undeclared major. “I was scared to do music, because it seemed like such a hard living, especially when I saw many other guitarists drop out of the music program. But then I realized if I didn’t devote myself fully to the study of music, then nothing was going to happen with it, so I put everything else off to the side to pursue my degree and a life of music.”