Sterling Conservatory of Music 10506 Providence Way Fairfax, VA 22030 Tel: (703) 261-6698 Email:



"Learning music is a two-way relationship in which both student and teacher are invested in an activity that mirrors life and enhances it to the highest degree. At its best, it's transcendental. Being able to share that energy with people of all ages and experiences is one of the most rewarding parts of my life. I feel that my students offer me just as much as I offer them. They are all unique individuals, and I love tapping into the self-discovery process they go through to learn. Everyone has a perspective to offer, so we're both learning life through the art of music. Sitting side-by-side at the piano each week is like a little microcosm of life itself. That is a beautiful thing."

Catalin Dima

Instructor, C. Dima (MMus, Bucharest, Mannes)

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Catalin Dima earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Music from Bucharest. Granted with a full scholarship, he received his second Master’s Degree at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York, in the studio-class of Prof. Irina Morozova. From 2014, Catalin is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Shenandoah University in Virginia, as a student of Prof. John O’Conor, where he was awarded a full scholarship and a Teaching Assistantship.

Catalin is a laureate of Shenandoah Concerto Competition, Fr. Chopin International Piano Competition (USA), Karl Filtsch International Piano Competition, Yamaha Piano Competition and Pro Piano International Competition (Romania) and has also participated and performed in festivals in New York, Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and International Summer Academy Prague – Wien – Budapest in Austria. Other performances include the Romanian Atheneum and Radio Concert Hall in Romania, The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, International House and Klavierhaus in New York and Boston Conservatory in Boston and he has appeared in several newspapers articles, TV and Radio interviews and live broadcasts. Catalin Dima is an inspiring pianist and teacher who leads by example. He is a top musician of his generation, and his compassionate personality makes him a wonderful instructor for students of any age or level.

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