Raisa Isaacs, piano teacher and performer, awarded by US Commerce Association as the Best Teacher of Atlanta 2011 in Music Instruction for Adult Piano Lessons, and by All-Promedia Dimond Professional Award in Music Instruction in 2013. She has been selected as one of the best piano instructors in West Palm Beach, Florida and in Lesson.com in 2017. She is Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory MDP and a Life Member of Who’s Who. She earned her DMA in Chamber Music at the Kazan State Conservatory and Master Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Ufa State Institute of Arts (Conservatory), Russia. She continued her studies in post-doctoral courses at the Moscow Conservatory, Russian Academy by Gnesinuch in Moscow and Gorky Conservatory in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia and studied Harpsichord at the University of Michigan, US. She served as Associate Professor and Head of Chamber Music and Accompaniment Department at the Ufa State Institute of Arts (Russia) teaching chamber music, piano, harpsichord and Keyboard Performance Practice course. Ms. Isaacs performed extensively throughout republics of the former USSR and played regularly at music festivals and conferences. She was Artistic Director and harpsichordist of the “Early Music Ensemble” of the Ufa State Institute of Arts and president of the musical society “Knowledge.”
More recently, she taught at the Music Department of the Eastern Michigan University and performed in the Detroit, New York, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti areas. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 and was working at the NMS of the Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College and at the Reinhardt University. She was a member of Atlanta Camerata and performed as a pianist, chamber music performer and Artistic Director and harpsichordist throughout Metro Atlanta area. Raisa Isaacs has moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 2014 and currently teaches at Broward College, her private studio and gives piano lessons online via Skype. She is a member of Florida State Piano Teachers Association, Palm Peach County Music Teachers Association, Broward County Music Teachers Association, and Florida State Federation of Music Clubs.
Dr. Raisa Isaacs a frequent lecturer on the Piano Performance Practice in Baroque and Classical periods.
Her performances included recitals at the Canon Chapel of the Emory University, Kopleff Hall at the GSU, Oglethorpe University Museum of Arts, Steinway Piano Gallery, Reinhardt University Fallany Performing Arts Center, concert halls of Regensburg and Burglengenfeld, Germany, Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University in Florida. Raisa Isaacs was a member of the adjudicator committee of the final round of the Pianovision Competitions (WPPC) and on the faculty of the International Summer Academy in Germany ”Music on the Rhine”, “Music in Regensburg” and “Music in Cremona” in Italy.
Her teaching achievements include winners of the American Protégé Talent and Romantic Competitions, New York, Enkor International Piano and String Competition, International Great Composers Competitions, Alpharetta Outstanding Performer competition, NDMTA Piano Sonata Competition, Chopin Competition of the Chopin Society of Atlanta, the International competitions in France and USA, The National Junior Beta Club, the Olympics Competition at GCSU, finalists of the Pianovision Competitions, International Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado). Her students performed at the Carnegie Hall, have been chosen as a GMTA Conference Recitalists, were invited for the master-class at WPPC, and have won the Summer Scholarships at NFMC.
Raisa Isaacs organized International Conferences of the Early and Modern Music (Russia) and she is a Coordinator of the Keyboard Workshop of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance. She has been a main coordinator of Master classes in Piano of the leading piano educators Phillip Kawin, Manhattan School of Music NY, Vladislav Kovalsky, Monmouth Conservatory, NJ, Peter Takacs (Oberlin Conservatory), Harpsichord (UofM) and Chamber Music and Violin (Longy School of Music) who presented master classes at GSU, Reinhardt University, Brenau University, GPC and in Atlanta Metro Area MTA chapters (AtlMTA, NDMTA, GCMTA and NFMTA). Raisa is a founder and was a chair of AMTA Romantic&Impressionistic Festival-Competition, Program Chair at NDMTA, AMTA, and AMTA Outstate Program Coordinator.