Brooke Balbuena, NCTM, is an active teacher, performer and accompanist in Memphis, TN. She currently teaches beginner to early advanced piano students of all ages in her home studio in Germantown, TN and collegiate group piano classes at the University of Memphis. Brooke holds a Master of Music (MM) degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and is currently a first year doctoral student at the University of Memphis.
In late 2017 Brooke was a finalist in the University of Memphis concerto competition while earlier that year she won the prestigious UTSA Graduate School Teaching Award of Excellence for her work teaching class piano in Texas. She also earned 2nd place in the 2017 UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Conference Graduate Music Division for her presentation "The Pedagogical Piano Music of Elie Siegmeister." Brooke won the UTSA concerto competition in 2015 and was the featured soloist with the university orchestra.
Brooke attended the pre-college division at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY under the tutelage of Alla Kuznetsov. She received the Eastman Preparatory Diploma in Piano with Honors in 2000 and a Bachelors Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2003. Brooke returned to Eastman to further her studies in Music Education from 2003-2005.
Brooke's pre-college piano students have earned top prizes in local and state level competitions in both performance and composition. Brooke is a veteran of the United States Army and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in Germantown, TN with her husband and pets.
Balbuena Piano Studio