Maftuna Tolipova is a New York City-based pianist and teacher. She has performed at esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum Hall. Also, Maftuna has performed internationally in China, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia and Uzbekistan. Maftuna has served as an orchestral member in performances with the ISM Orchestra, Interlochen Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra and Mannes American Composers Ensemble.
Maftuna has taught piano and music theory for all ages and levels. She teaches students to fully understand the music using theory skills and also adding/creating stories for each piece. She explains each step creatively to entertain students and help them remember the rules in different ways.
She was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At the age of five, she began piano classes at the prestigious Uspenskiy Music Academy in Uzbekistan. In 2013, she started studying at International School of Manila. In 2014, she continued her music education at Interlochen Arts Academy where she worked with Dr. Coonrod. For the Graduation Ceremony, Maftuna was chosen as a Senior Performer of Ceremony. In 2016, she started her undergraduate at Mannes School of Music majoring in Piano Performance and minor in Fashion Studies.
The summer of 2017, she attended the Perugia Music Festival where she played piano concerto with Czech Orchestra. In 2018, she participated in Beijing International Music Festival Academy. Also in the summer of 2019, she was invited to participate at the International Keyboard Festival in New York with a Full Scholarship.
Maftuna graduated from Mannes School of Music Bachelors Degree with honors (BM Piano Performance 20’). She is currently pursuing her masters degree on a merit scholarship at Mannes. Working with different teachers all over the world, Maftuna has gained Russian, Asian and American way of playing and creating music. She is eager to teach the next generation to learn music and help them to express themselves through music.