Piano Teachers

yuiko ohoka

Piano, Music Theory (Classical)

Yuiko Ohoka was born in Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2001. She studied piano under the direction of Daggett Jensen, Yumi Tayama, and Dr. Gwendolyn Mok. She participated in many competitions and won prizes including second prize and honorable mention at CAPMT Concerto Competition. Ohoka was a finalist at Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s National Young Artist Competition and the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. Yuiko was also selected to perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and she was chosen to perform in the Young Artist Concert Series during the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. In the summer of 2013, Ohoka was invited to Japan where she performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with an orchestra. She holds a MM Degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Yoshikazu Nagai.

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wesley Li-Hwa Cheng

Piano, Music Theory (Classical)

Ms. Cheng completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance at Notre Dame de Namur University and Bachelor of Music degree at San Jose State University. She was a teacher in the Bay Area for twenty years. She was a winner of piano solo competitions in Taiwan and invited to the National City Hall for three consecutive years. Ms. Cheng teaches how to master basic piano skills by encouraging students to develop their own creative energy as they learn the material. Parents and students alike benefit profoundly from her teaching techniques, knowledge, and experience. Many of her students received first place prizes and championships in different competitions. Ms. Cheng stimulates her students’ desire to learn. She wants to make learning music fun and enjoyable, because she believes that is how children will learn to play music from their hearts.


Mimi nehse

Piano, Music Theory (Classical)

Mimi Nehse graduated from the prestigious Japanese Music University, Musashino Music Academy, with an MM in piano performance and teacher credentials. She was a teacher for more than 30 years in the both the U.S. and Japan. She taught private lessons in Japan and at the Yamaha Music School. She moved to San Jose in 1982, because of her husband’s job transfer, where she taught both native and foreign Japanese students. She took a break from teaching a few years ago in order to pursue another career, but she plans to resume teaching this year. She is a very experienced teacher who nurtures her students and fully stimulates their musical potential.



YElena Koroleva

Piano, Music Theory (Classical)

Ms. Koroleva was born in Russia. She completed her MM while studying at the Moscow Conservatory of Music. She was a teacher for more than twenty years and accompanied many operas, chamber orchestras, and competitions. She also performed in many countries such as France, Germany, United States, Finland, Bulgaria, and Russia as both a soloist and an accompanist. She is a very patient and soft-spoken teacher who is encouraging and nurturing. Her deep understanding of music and professional experience continues to guide students to their full potential.



Professor abi ramirez

Jazz & Classical Piano, Jazz & Classical Music Theory

Pianist Composer Abi Romero Ramirez was and is a tenured professor in the prestigious Universidad de los Andes since 1999, and as the Director of the History of Music and Latin-American Music Chair. Born in the Venezuelan Andes, he obtained a Bachelor in Music Degree from Universidad Cecilio Acosta in 1993. In 2005 he moved to the Bay Area to pursue Graduate Studies at SJSU, where, in 2007, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts (jazz performance). He stayed at SJSU as a guest lecturer until 2008, teaching music of Latin-American cultures and music systems. In his native country, he produced two editions of the Merida International Jazz & Blues Festivals ('09 and '11). In association with his concert and academic career, Abi Romero is a well-known film/tv music composer who has more than 30 short films and tv specials scored. He won the Best Music Award in a short film at the MTD International Film Festival (2014) and most recently was nominated for Best Film Score in three International Film Festivals. He recently moved back to San Jose, in self-exile due to the political persecution of the Venezuelan communist government against academic professors, artist and intellectuals from the opposition.

Abi is an incredible educator and performer. His insight into the history, theory, and traditions of music is immense and inspires people from all over the world. He is a very passionate and professional person who puts all his love and heart into teaching the necessary concepts to his students. He is patient, funny, and can make anyone feel comfortable and encouraged to immerse themselves into the world of music.

Diana Mueller

Keyboarding, Piano, Early Child Music Group Lesson

Ms. Mueller was born and received her Kindermusik Teaching Certification in Germany. Ms. Mueller began teaching children and adults while she was in high school. By the time she began college, she already started playing in a band with her father almost every weekend for weddings, company parties, street festivals,and other occasions. After moving to the United States, she taught in elementary schools using the Orff Music Method (the curriculum Cupertino Union School District uses in their music classes) of which she developed a deep fascination because of the mix of several genres and styles of music it offered. She attended Mills College of which gave her a good foundation on different types of music. Now she continues to enhance her knowledge of teaching at Legato, where she gratefully takes the opportunity to positively affect people’s lives with the sound of music.