Adam & Anna Bendorf
Adam & Anna teach piano lessons in their Valencia, CA home. They take an avid interest in the musical development of each of their students. Their students have won state, regional, and local competitions and awards, have performed abroad, have performed as featured as soloists with orchestras, have accompanied choirs and ensembles, have led worship at local area churches, and have gone on to become career musicians.
Adam & Anna first met at a piano audition on Valentines Day. They traded email addresses that serendipitous day, and the rest is history! Fast-forward to today...they are happily married with two young daughters and a son. Church-life and beautiful music fill their home on a daily basis. They believe that music is a gift to mankind from God; that to enjoy music is to experience a small glimpse of God's enormous creativity. They sincerely want for you to enjoy music as they have enjoyed music!
Pianist Anna Bendorf received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon. She has performing experience as both an accompanist and solo performer. While studying music she won several piano competitions including the Oregon Music Teacher's Association Piano Award for high school and college, the Kiwanis Club Piano Scholarship and the Mu Phi Epsilon Award for Piano in the Eugene area.
As a collaborative pianist, Anna has played for state and regional winners for the MTNA Strings Competition, as well as the prestigious Petri Scholarship Competition. She has also worked with graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Oregon and The Master's University.
Anna sang in the University of Oregon audition choir, the Eugene Symphony Chorus, and the Oregon Bach Festival Choir. She has performed in masterclasses under Horacio Gutierrez, Scott McBride Smith, and Victor Steinhardt. Her instructors have included Dr. Claire Wachter, Virginia H. Buhn, Dr. Dean Kramer, Victor Steinhardt, and Robert Ward.
Anna’s main musical love now is teaching piano privately—something that she has been doing for the past 18 years. Anna has also written reviews for children’s music albums for the toy journal, TD Monthly. She and her husband, Adam, are duet partners and perform standard duet literature in the area.
Adam Bendorf teaches piano in Santa Clarita, CA. His teaching experience includes private and group instruction in piano, chamber music, music theory, and improvisation.
Adam currently serves as a district President for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). He also served as president of the SCV/Ventura local chapter of CAPMT, and is an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). He serves as an adjudicator for various piano competitions throughout the region.
Adam began playing the piano at age six, studying first with his mother. In 1993, Adam became a pupil of the renowned late pianist, Donald Walker. In 1996 he began piano studies with Dr. Ken Mays at the Master's College, obtaining his B.A. degree in piano. He then went on to study under Dr. Jeanine Jacobson (CSUN piano pedagogy faculty). More recently, Adam and his wife, Anna, also began studies for a M.M. degree at California State University, Los Angeles where they studied under noted pianist Robert Ward. From 2013-2015 Adam served as an adjunct piano faculty member at The Master's College. As a masterclass performer Adam has played for highly acclaimed artists such as Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Nelita True, and Sam Rotman.
Adam's most recent performances include The International Los Angeles Franz Liszt Competition, The Master's College Truth & Life Conference, and a collaborative performance with duo partner and wife, Anna, at Occidental College and California State University, Los Angeles. Adam occasionally plays for local area churches, offering both contemporary and traditional piano styles.
As a composer and arranger, Adam specializes in contemporary, New Age, and semi-classical styles. He is currently arranging a set of Christmas carols in contemporary styles for intermediate and advanced pianists. Adam and his wife are authors of The Right Notes, a music history resource book for piano students, published by Alberti Publishing.