A graduate of Mannes School of Music (MM in piano performance 2021) and Florida State University (BM in piano performance 2018), Christopher Banka has won numerous awards for solo and chamber piano. Chris has performed in more than 100 recitals, concerts, and master classes, including at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Kinhaven Music School, Meadowmount School of Music, the Princeton Festival, and Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. In 2020, Chris was selected to represent the state of New Jersey in the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition. He is currently studying piano with Vladimir Valjarević and Adrienne Kim; previous teachers include Read Gainsford and Joel Hastings.
Mr. Banka has taught dozens of students how to play the piano. He places a strong emphasis on technical development without losing sight of his students' love of music. In lessons, Mr. Banka is patient, kind, and encouraging. He believes that every student can learn and advance and should be treated with the utmost respect.