Marina Porckhidze & Vladimir Shinov- American citizens,family team,piano duet, multi- faceted artists, whose activities include performing, composing,teaching, accompanying,arranging, music editing,musicology, poetry writing . Marina Porchkhidze -is an alumnus of piano division at Tbilisi State Music College [Georgian republic-in former Soviet Union],where she has been a winner of college piano competitions; continued music studies privately with Nathan Perelman and Oleg Malov in Leningrad, and then studied at Petrozavodsk Branch of Leningrad conservatory[now St. Petersburg conservatory]. Appointed to the piano faculty of the Petrozavodsk State College of Arts, Karelia, she produced number of students who has gone on to professional careers. Marina has performed many concerts as soloist- pianist/ and duo of Karelian State Philarmony. In 1987 Marina with her husband Vladimir Shinov founded the first private music school for children in Karelia, where they taught piano, theory, music literature, and directed students in writing and performing their own piano music and theatrical compositions[mini-operas]. Since 1993 the family team has been living in Manhattan, where they have established The Marina's piano studio /212-586-5716/ The students are enjoying playing piano,improvising and composing music. Many of the students have successfully passed the auditions in the most prestigious art schools in USA. Among her students: pianists from different music schools and colleges, who are wishing to refine their skills and find out something new; singers,dancers. Children are very special students here. Marina's composition "One',choreographic novelettes, was written in collaboration with V. Shinov. Vladimir Shinov - composer's music embraces a wide range of media, including works for orchestra, vocal-symphonic and chamber ensembles, opera, ballets, numerous choruses, songs, piano pieces. He has also written a book and articles on composition training. He has worked with many prominent ensembles and presenters, including the Karelian State Philarmony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk University Chorus, Sanct-Petersburg conservatory's string quartet. His works are published in the " Compozitor" Publishing house in St.Petersburg [ Russia], have been broadcasted on TV and radio shows. Vladimir Shinov is an alumnus of Petrozavodsk Branch of Leningrad State Conservatory,where he majored in composition and music theory. In 2002 Shinov's Ballet "Sketches" has received great acclaim in New York and Miami, where it has been performed by Elizabeth Higgins Dance Theatre. Ballet by V.Shinov "Mother Goose", choreographed by K.Michael, has been premiered by dance company New York Theatre Ballet on March 4, 2005 at Florence Gould Hall/ New York City with live performance of duet- M.Porchkhidze & V.Shinov. In 2004, one of USA's prominent specialist in classical music, Karl Haas, the creator of the longest running radio show " Adventures in good music " has referred the CD of the piano duet " Masterpieces of French Music" to the listeners of the radio[see discography]. Family team are members of BMI/ Broadcasting Music Inc./.