Ryan and Lydia Blakemore
Ryan and Lydia Blakemore are classically trained pianists who live and teach in the greater Orlando area. They met while pursuing Master's Degrees at Florida State University, fell in love, got married, and started The Blakemore School of Music in 2015.
Their dream is to build a flourishing music program where they can share their love of music with their students and inspire them to develop their own artistry and creativity. Although they teach differently, both Ryan and Lydia always seek to bring out the best in their students and always encourage them to strive for excellence.
Aside from teaching and taking care of their little daughter Emma, Ryan and Lydia both perform as soloists, collaborative pianists, and as The Blakemore Piano Duo.
Lydia Aluri Blakemore is a classical pianist living in the Orlando area where she maintains a private piano studio and is an active performer. Lydia has been teaching privately for about 14 years and has experience working with students of all ages and levels. She has had the privilege of studying with many distinguished teachers and her performance career has taken her to various venues in the United States and Italy.
Lydia is a recent graduate of Florida State University, where she received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance under acclaimed concert pianist and teacher Dr. Read Gainsford. Previous to her study at Florida State University, she obtained a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where she studied under Dr. Derek Parsons. While at Furman Unversity, Lydia was selected to participate in a semester-long study abroad program in Arrezzo, Italy where she worked with Italian pianist Alessandro Tricomi and performed in venues around Tuscany. Lydia has participated and performed in several masterclasses and music festivals, including the Brevard Summer Music Festival (2009 & 2010).
Lydia performs with her husband as part of the Blakemore Piano Duo and is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association serving on both the state and local boards. She is also proud to be a Founding Teacher in Carnegie Hall's "The Achievement Program", now known as "The Music Development Program". She also has had the privilege of teaching alongside Florida State faculty at the 2013 and 2014 Summer Piano Institute and Camp.
Scarlatti SOnata in C Major, K. 159
Debussy Pagodes (from Images)
Ryan Blakemore is an active performer, accompanist, and teacher both at the collegiate and pre-college levels. He graduated from Florida State University earning his Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy under Dr. Vicki McArthur and studying piano with Dr. Joshua Pifer and Dr. David Kalhous. Prior to his studies at FSU, Ryan completed a Bachelor of Science in Music at Clearwater Christian College where he studied piano with Dr. Craig Ralston and also extensively accompanied singers, instrumentalists, and musical theater productions.
Following his graduation from FSU, Ryan enrolled at the University of South Carolina, studying pedagogy with Dr. Scott Price and piano with Dr. Charles Fugo. While at USC, he taught class piano as a graduate teaching assistant, presented a poster session at the 2012 SC State Music Teachers’ Convention, accompanied the University Chorus under the direction of Dr. Alicia Walker, and also accompanied undergraduate vocal auditions.
Aside from maintaining his private studio at The Blakemore School of Music, Ryan currently teaches and performs at Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, FL. His responsibilities include accompanying the choirs, vocal coaching, and teaching private piano lessons. Previously he has also taught on faculty at the Orlando Music Institute and Clearwater Christian College. Ryan also enjoys serving as Music Director at Faith Baptist Church and is an active member of MTNA.
Kabalaevsky Sonata No. 3 in F Major, Op. 46
Hadyn Sonata in E Minor, HOB XVI. 34 MVT 3