Ieva Carucci has distinguished herself as a highly insightful and artistic piano instructor whose students consistently achieve excellent results at a variety of international and national competitions, festivals and exams.
Education: Ms. Carucci’s music education began at the age of 5 under an intensive system of training that was prominent throughout the Soviet Union. She graduated with honors from the Jazeps Medins Music College in Riga, Latvia in 1985. From there she continued at the Latvian Music Conservatory (now called the Latvian Music Academy), where she received instruction from Constantine Blumenthal, Ventis Zilberts, Gunta Sproge, Gunards Stade.
Performances/Awards/Honors: Ms. Carucci was the winner of the Latvian National College Concerto Competition in 1985. While in Latvia, she performed as part of a chamber ensemble throughout her native country and Europe. Since arriving in the U.S. in 2001, she has performed as both concert soloist and accompanist. In 2010 and 2014 she was named Best Teacher by the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey. She has also received certificates of excellence from the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, The Golden Key International Music Festival and the Crescendo International Music Competition. In 2013, Ms. Carucci was invited as a judicator at the Young Pianist of New Jersey Concerto Division and she is a chairman for Le Petit Concerto division for YPC in NJ.
Philosophy: Ieva Carucci adheres to the Russian system of piano instruction. The Russian system emphasizes individuality and the belief that technique is always connected with the imagery and idea of music. Special attention is given to hand position, fingering, posture and quality of sound. This method is excellent for students who want to perform at a high level or for students who want to play the piano for pleasure. All students in Ms. Carucci’s studio receive a carefully selected repertoire based on the goals chosen by the student and parents.
Results: Students from Ieva Carucci’s studio consistently distinguish themselves with high honors at competitions and festivals that include the following: Buono and Bradshaw International Piano Competition; The International Young Artist Competition; The Crescendo International Competition; The Little Mozart Competition; The Cincinnati World Piano Competition; Young Pianists of New Jersey; The Young Maestro Competition; The American Fine Arts Festival; The Golden Key Music Festival. Her students have performed with distinction at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Peabody Institute, Catholic University’s Ward Recital Hall, and The Curtis Institute. Since 2004 Ms. Carucci prepares students for ABRSM Practical and Theory exams.