Nino Sanikidze
Lecturer, Music Performance

Georgian pianist Nino Sanikidze has held the position of a Head Coach for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera since the program’s inception in 2006. In addition to her duties with the Young Artist Program, she often serves on LAO Music staff as a pianist and a prompter, working closely with the LAO Music Director James Conlon.

Outside of LA Opera, she has been engaged with such companies as Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Royal Opera House Muscat, Teatro Municipal di Santiago, Washington National Opera, Bard Summerscape, Cleveland Opera, and Wichita Grand Opera. A frequent collaborator with the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, her notable concert appearances include a recital with tenor Marcelo Alvarez and a recital with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca. In addition, she has performed in a recital with world-renown guitarist Angel Romero at Palm Springs Life Festival.

Since 2008 she has been an official pianist for Placido Domingo’s World Opera Competition Operalia.  In this capacity she has performed on the illustrious stages of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Grand Théâtre de Québec, among others.

Dr. Sanikidze often serves on judging panel for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Richard Tucker Music Foundations Study and Career Grant Auditions, Marcela Sembrich International Voice Competition, Classical Singer Convention, Music Center Spotlight Awards, and Center Stage Opera Competition. A sought-after clinician, she has been a principal guest coach for the USC Thornton School of Music and has conducted masterclasses at Chapman Conservatory, Opera Santa Barbara, University of Kansas, Songfest, Music Center Spotlight, and YoungArts Los Angeles.  Since 2014 she is a Faculty Artist of the prestigious Vocal Institute at the Music Academy of the West. 

Ms. Sanikidze is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is an alumna of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera, as well as the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Center, Cleveland Art Song Festival, and SongFest. 


Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor
Emily Kubitskey
Lecturer--Music Education
Nick DePinna
Lecturer--Introduction to Musicianship
Meghan Turner
Lecturer, Music Education--Brass Methods
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Wendy Richman
Lecturer--High Strings, Music Education
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Alison Deane
Associate Adjunct Professor
Lily Chen-Hafteck
Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for curricular reform; Professor
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Ian Krouse
Distinguished Professor
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Elisabeth Le Guin
Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Faculty Development and Gender Equity; Professor
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Arturo O’Farrill
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Jessica Jones
Lecturer - Instrumental technique--Low Strings
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance

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