EKS Music School
Quincy . MA ● 1.617.770.7677
Ellyses Kuan, Music Director, Lead Faculty (Piano, Theory, Musicianship, Chamber Music)
A native Hong Kong pianist who started taking piano lessons at the age of three, Ellyses received a full scholarship for her Master Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music. She was selected to represent Hong Kong and attended the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. Among her other major teachers and mentors are Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang and Paul Odette. She also performed in masterclasses by John Perry, Dang Thai Son and Malcolm Bilson. Ellyses is enthusiastic about chamber music and collaborates with artists from all over the world. She also performs as a soloist often. She is passionate about Baroque and Classical Performance Practices and she strives to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences.
Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School and fonder of the Duo Amie, a cello and piano duo in Greater Boston area. She also organizes and host house concert at the Alida House Concert Series in the South Shore area. Her goal is to build a community, promote performing arts awareness, and support local young musicians through advocacy, inspiration and performances. She has recently set up a music scholarship fund at her school to support quality music programs in the area. In 2014, Ellyses was invited by the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel to speak about Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. Ellyses also holds an Information and Library Science degree and practiced as Collection Development and Technical Services librarian for over 10 years before she full-time pursuing her musician dream.
Maral Annaovezova, Faculty (Piano)
Maral Annaovezova, Maral Annaovezova, a classical pianist, concertmaster, and pedagogue, was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Ms. Annaovezova was a piano prodigy who at the age of six had been admitted on full scholarship to the Special Boarding Music School for musically gifted children at the Turkmen National Conservatory, and then - to the Turkmen National Conservatory in Ashgabat, which is the best and most prestigious conservatory in her native country of Turkmenistan.
In 2014, Ms. Annaovezova graduated from the Turkmen National Conservatory with the highest pedagogical honors in the history of the Conservatory. Her rare talent as a pedagogue/concertmaster has been recognized by the faculty and trustees of the Turkmen National Conservatory when she was offered a tenure faculty position immediately upon her graduation, making her one of the youngest ever Turkmen National Conservatory professors to have received the honor.
In 2016, Ms. Annaovezova received her Master’s Degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College under Donald Berman. In 2017, Ms. Annaovezova served as the Longy School of Music Delegate-Representative at the American Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference.
An acclaimed piano performer and concertmaster, Ms. Annaovezova has starred at the Sounds of Hope Dana Farber Cancer Institute and International Refugee Committee concert series. She has also performed at the great Concert Hall of the Turkmen National Conservatory with a symphony orchestra and in a series of recitals with Turkmenistan’s biggest opera stars.
Outside of music, Ms. Annaovezova enjoys traveling, and exploring new cultures and languages. A polyglot, she speaks English, Turkmen, Russian, and Turkish languages fluently. Ms. Annaovezova also holds a CELTA certification in Teaching English as a foreign language. In 2007, she was awarded to be a part in the US Future Leaders Exchange scholarship program by the U.S. Department of State through funding from the Freedom Support Act.
In addition to music and language, Ms. Annaovezova’s longtime pursuit of her childhood hobby of playing chess has resulted in four straight years of gold medals in her native country national university chess competitions.