Meet Our Staff

Screen Shot 2021-07-01 at 5.33.30 PM.png

Anahita Khorsandi

CEO

Anahita Khorsandi is a pianist living in DC area. She started playing piano at age 6 with Mr. Pardis, who was one of the best teachers at the time. After that she started taking lessons from Mojgan Salehi who was also one of the best teachers. She has also studied piano in a conservatory of Tehran for several years. She moved to the USA at age 18 and started to teach piano to kids. After a while, she decided to study marketing to open her own business. She has studied marketing in University of Massachusetts. As a result of her life-long study of both music and marketing, Anahita Khorsandi founded the Ava Music School based on the philosophy that developing emotional depth, artistic maturity and a genuine love of music is the essence of musical study. Ava Music school is founded in 2017 by Anahita Khorsandi, who serves as a director.

Sheida Jenkins

Music For Wellness

Sheida Jenkins is a Pianist, Music Composer and Music Therapy Researcher.

Always having a passion for music, she began studying under Faramarz Abasi, and then continuing her studies with Prof. Chista Gharib.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Classical Music in 2009 from Azad University of Tehran. She studied the Master program called DAMS (Disciplines of Art, Music and Performance) at Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy and Psychology and Music Composition at the Modern Music School in Italy.
She studied Piano and Music Composition with Prof. Stella Quadrini and Prof. Margherita Traversa in Italy and with Prof. Tom Hall in the United States.
Sheida also worked in a music therapy center with patients with mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer, PTSD and Autism. 
She has sixteen years of experience in teaching music to children, and piano to adults and children alike.
Her articles about Music Therapy, and Music in Ancient Persia and Zoroastrianism were published in various magazines in the United States and Italy in 2016 and 201, 2019.
She currently joined Ava Music School as a music instructor.

8f763de6-c548-4c03-9d01-f48724690bc1.jpg
Antonio Espinal.jpg

Antonio Espinal

Piano & Vocal Instructor

Antonio is an Orchestral Conductor (BA, National Conservatory of Music, MFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA), Choral conductor (MFA, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA) and a Pianist (BA with Honors, UNAM, Mexico). He made his Opera debut conducting ‘La Traviata”, in Mexico City at age 24. Prior to that, he was a Piano Faculty at the Mexico’s National Conservatory of Music. He is currently a Candidate of a DMA in orchestral conducting at the Benjamin T. Rome School of music, at the Catholic University of America.
He had a personal invitation for an apprenticeship with Maestro Essa-Pekka Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he recently joined Ava Music School in Vienna, Virginia.

Niloufar Rahmanzadeh

Piano Instructor (Group Lessons)

Niloofar has always been passionate about art and started her journey by practicing piano with Amirreza Kardar Tehran , a great piano teacher who leaves in Mashhad, Iran. He taught her the basics and built the foundation of her piano journey. Then three years ago, She started taking lessons from Anahita Khorsandi ,who is the founder of Ava Music School. 
Now, She is proud to level up the challenge by starting her new role as a piano teacher at Ava Music School.

IMG_0851.JPG
IMG_1572.jpg

Dr. Nikan Milani

Piano Instructor

Nikan Milani is an accomplished pianist, composer, conductor, and music instructor. He has studied in London and the United States. His teachers include Haynush Makarian and Eda Shlym. He has performed US piano recitals in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, Boston, and in Cambridge at Harvard University. Nikan Milan studied Piano and Composition at The Longy School of Music. When not composing, performing, or teaching, Nikan conducts a choir. Being extremely well-rounded enables Nikan to be a phenomenal music instructor.

Arman Nasrinpay

Violin & Viola

Arman Nasrinpay's passion for music quickly brought him into the spotlight as one of classical music’s upcoming young stars. Among his accolades, he was the recipient of top prizes at the prestigious Washington Performing Arts Society’s Feder Competition and has played for famous notable figures such as US Senator Timothy Kaine as early as the age of 13. He has performed at world class venues, including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall alongside such violinists as Joshua Bell, Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, and Rachel Barton Pine. He has also been heard on nationally syndicated radio stations such as Chicago's classical music station, WFMT.  Mr Nasrinpay holds a Master of Music degree from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. An avid orchestral player, he has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. He is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association. His teaching philosophy centers around the fact that we are all people before musicians, so tailing a multi-facets education to reflect their individuality and musical level is paramount.

IMG_1750.JPG
IMG_1209.jpg

Pendar kordnavahsi

Piano Technique Group Lessons

Pendar Kordnavahsi was born in August of 1989 in Tehran, Iran. He started to learn keyboard at age 5 and then the Flamenco style of guitar performance at 13. Once he turned 17, he solely focused on the Classical piano studies and thus took lessons from the best Iranian and Russian teachers. He became a private instructor at 18 and began his solo concerts as well as ensemble performances, activities that he has been doing ever since.


Due to the systematic religious persecution of the Bahais in Iran, imposed by the government, he moved to America with his family in 2013. Since then, he has been a private piano instructor in Northern Virginia and an active performer in DC, Virginia, and Chicago. He dedicated specific performances to honor his American citizenship in 2019. Pendar got his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from George Mason University and is currently working on his first solo piano album.