Alina’s Bio

Alina Bennett – Piano Teacher

A Russian-American pianist, Alina Sarkisian Bennett has performed widely throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Poland, Azerbaijan and Russia.  She made her solo debut at the age of 9 with the Baku Philharmonic, performing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. Ms. Bennett went on to become a prize-winner of many international competitions, including the International Europa-Asia Competition in Orsk, Russia; San-Jose International Competition in California, Maria Yudina Piano Competition in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She holds a terminal degree (equivalent to DMA) from the prestigious Gnesins Academy of Music in Moscow and completed two graduate programs at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Her teachers include Natalia Vidulina, Oleg Rudakov, Igor Nikonovich, Vladimir Tropp and Alexander Kobrin.

A dedicated educator, Alina Bennett has been teaching for almost 25 years in various settings and levels, from private instruction to collegiate level teaching. Her family recently moved to Huntsville and she joined the faculty at Hawthorne Conservatory in August 2019.