Dr. Rumyana Yanakieva

Dr. Rumyana Yanakieva, Director, started playing piano when she was six years old. She joined the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and later performed as a soloist with the National Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. She then moved to the USA and completed a M.M. in Piano Performance with a full assistant-ship from the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL. While studying at The University of South Florida, Rumyana was a collaborative pianist for the trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, violin and viola studios, and performed at the National Trumpet Competition and as a piano soloist at Nativity Church.

Dr. Yanakieva then completed the D.M.A. in Piano Performance from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Rumyana was a scholarship winning pianist during her time at Michigan State University, and was a collaborative pianist in over 50 graduate and undergraduate recitals. In 2013, Dr. Yanakieva was selected to participate as a collaborative pianist at the International Trumpet Guild Seminar, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Currently, Dr. Yanakieva is a founding member and teacher at Cupertino Music Academy. She is the pianist and organist at Union Church, in Cupertino, California. She maintains an active studio of all ages, featuring 'Master Classes', Recitals, and community performances. Yanakieva is always in demand as a performer for events featuring piano or other special music. She enjoys playing all types of musics and occasions, including solo recitals, weddings, home recitals, and providing choir and vocal accompaniments. Rumyana enjoys spending time outdoors, making jewelry, and traveling home to visit family and friends. She likes to practice yoga and maintains a vegan diet.