Darlene Favenir, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a graduate of the Biola Conservatory of Music with a double degree in Piano Performance and Music Education. At Biola, she studied under Manami Kawamura, a former student of world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, and received masterclass instruction from notable pianists such as Ann Schein and Boris Berman.
For the past decade, Darlene has worked with a wide variety of ages. As a growing educator, Darlene functioned as Biola’s “Tuned In” Musical Director and conducted the Biola Women’s Chorus for 2 years. She has also directed and taught elementary, intermediate, and high school music classrooms all around Los Angeles and Orange County school districts, creating after-school lessons and guest conducting concerts.
As a pianist, Darlene won first place in the Biola Piano Competition in 2012 and became the first runner-up in the state finals for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Contemporary Music Festival in the collegiate category. Most recently, she recorded sessions with Grammy-award winning recording engineer, Matthew Snyder.
Darlene strives to be more than your average private piano instructor. She prioritizes on communicating the joyful artistry in music and caters to her students’ desire in becoming the best musician they can be.