Merzana Kostreci is an accomplished – classically trained – pianist, who has performed in Europe, and in several U.S. cities, and a piano instructor to students of all ages. After winning several national competitions in her native Albania, she was selected to attend the University of Music in Cologne, Germany, at sixteen years old. During her studies in Germany, she participated in numerous master classes, as well as international competitions. She also studied for a semester at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris, France. Merzana has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Serbia, Germany, and Sweden, and as a chamber musician in Germany, France, and Washington DC. Academically she was most influenced from her Professors Arbo Valdma in Germany, and Larissa Dedova in the United States. Merzana is a dedicated piano teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Music in Cologne, Germany, and a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA.