Gabe Jaar


Gabriel Jaar is a 23 year old pianist from Frederick Maryland, currently attending The Catholic University of America (CUA) where he is studying for a Masters degree in piano performance. Gabriel also graduated Cum Laude from Catholic University in May 2018 with a Bachelor inMusic Composition.

During his time as a student, Gabriel has organized several of his original compositions for recitals, as well as played in several recitals at CUA. In the spring of 2018, Gabriel organized seven original compositions to be played for his senior recital, with various instrumentation and performers for each piece.

Before entering college, Gabriel studied piano with Dr. Noel Lester as part of Hood College’s Preparatory program. In the Fall of 2014, Gabriel began taking piano lessons with Dr. Nikita Fitenko at CUA and continues to work with him as a masters student.

Some of Gabriel’s favorite composers are J. S. Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. In the summer of 2014, Gabriel was invited by Dr. Noel Lester to perform at The Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival at Hood College. In the spring of 2019, Gabriel performed the complete two-piano arrangement of Concerto in D Major Hob. 11 by Joseph Haydn, with his piano teacher Dr. Nikita Fitenko accompanying him.

Teaching Philosophy

Being a piano teacher is something that I have wanted to do for a few years now so I would love to have the opportunity to teach others and instill my passion of the piano.

Patience is key and providing constant guidance and positive feedback is important. To me, success indicators would be if the student is making steady progress over the course of their lessons and also enjoy the experience at the same time.

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