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Winona Zaky is a talented performer teaching private in-home piano lessons in the Washington D.C. area.
University of Maryland
Bachelor of Arts Candidate
Arabic Studies
Winona Zaky
Piano

Winona Zaky was born in 1996 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Herndon, Virginia and now resides in College Park, Maryland. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland pursuing a Bachelors in Arts in Arabic Studies and Government and Poitics. She started playing piano just 4 years ago, but has learned quite quickly since then. She was always interested in learning, but never actually started taking lessons until 4 years ago. Around the same time, she also started to learn to play two traditional Indonesian instruments: the angklung, and kolintang/gambang, a percussion and xylophone-like instrument. She is self-taught with the kolintang. Since it is similar to a large piano, she taught herself how to play by following a certain song’s chords or baseline, and whatever rhythm that came about.

That being said, she has also been apart of some local musical organizations, such as Indonesian Kids Performing Arts (IKPA) and House of Angklung (HOA). With IKPA, she was one of the two piano players for the orchestra for about 3 years. She was also the Youth Representative for 1 year. Her performances with IKPA ranged from diplomatic events at the Embassy of Indonesia or the Ambassador of Indonesia’s Residence, to various universities and festivals, such as University of DC, University of Maryland College Park, Northern Virginia Community College, the Made in Indonesia festival, and even live on radio, on WPFW 89.3 FM. With House of Angklung, she played the kolintang, gambang, and angklung, all traditional instruments. She has also performed at different diplomatic events, at Copley Square in Boston, MA, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art. Performances for both groups included traditional Indonesian songs or medleys with American songs.

Due to Winona's extensive experience with being in musical performance groups, she has become very interested in her own culture’s musical world, but still loves playing pieces by Chopin, Bach, or Mozart. For one of her recitals, she even performed all three movements of Sonata K.545 by Mozart. And ever since her first and only piano teacher, Wendy Hancock, moved to Utah, she became more independent with her piano skills. Winona then also became inspired to try to teach piano herself. She did, starting in November of 2013, and since then, she has taught several children the basics of piano and simple nursery rhymes. Because her only students have been young children, she likes to teach and explain step by step, helping the students understand exactly how to play and the concepts in an easy manner.

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