Stella Branzburg Sick received her early music education in Novosibirsk, Russia,
at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory Preparatory School. Upon coming to the United
States, she went on to earn her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees at the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, NY. She continued her studies at the University of
Minnesota, completing her DMA in 2003.
A pioneer in the field of long distance piano performance and instruction, Stella
has taught students in various parts of the United States from her private and collegiate
studios in Minnesota, connecting her piano to the student’s piano over the Internet.
Using long distance MIDI connectivity technology in conjunction with video conferencing,
she has performed long distance as well.
Stella has been a Managing Director of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition
since June 2004. The e-Competition has become a highly respected event worldwide
and exploits modern technologies in novel ways, by bringing performers from around
the world to the competition via “virtual auditions” as well as sharing the competition
performances with worldwide audiences.
Stella has become a frequent presenter at major conferences, including the College
Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Conference on
Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2009, she was also a contributor to Clavier Companion.
An active solo and chamber performer, Stella is an adjunct assistant professor at
Hamline University where she teaches music history and piano.