Our Musical "Family Tree" Which Flows from Teacher-to-Teacher Stretches Back to Haydn



One of the most prominent composers of the classical period, and is called by some the “Father of the Symphony”.

“Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts.”



Taught by Haydn. One of the most prolific and influential composers of the Classical era, his genius was unsurpassed.

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”


Ludwig Van Beethoven

Taught by Mozart. German composer and virtuoso pianist. He was an important figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras, remains one of the most famous and influential musicians of all time.

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.”



Taught by Beethoven.Austrian pianist, composer and teacher. He is best remembered today for his books of etudes for the piano.


Franz Liszt

Taught by Czerny. A Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer of the Romantic period. Today, he is considered to be one of the greatest pianists in history.


Count Leschetizky

Taught by Liszt. Famous pianist and composer in the nineteenth century, especially well-known as a piano teacher. Taught many world-class pianists including Ignace Paderewski and Artur Schnabel. Authored “The Groundwork of the Leschetizky Method” – a dissertation reflecting the classical technique of playing the piano.

Artur Schnabel

Taught by Leschetizky. Austrian classical pianist, who also composed and taught. Renowned for his seriousness as a musician, avoiding anything resembling pure technical bravura. Widely considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, whose vitality, profundity and spiritual penetration in his playing have seldom if ever been surpassed.

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.”

Tung Kwong-Kwong (Mrs. Ma)

Taught by Schnabel. Cited by Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops as his favorite soloist, Tung Kwong-Kwong has concertized throughout the world. She is founder of Manhattan’s “Si Yo Society”.

Tung Kwong-Kwong was the last protege of Artur Schnabel. She then went on to study with with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Leonard Shurer, all of whom were students of the line of Beethoven.

Mary Wendelken

Mary Wendelken

Taught by Tung Kwong-Kwong. Founder and Director of Wendelken Piano Studio of Tampa. Teacher, performer, composer & arranger of music. Ms. Wendelken graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in Music from SUNY Purchase. In addition, she was a scholarship recipient for the Royal Academy of Music, London, Master’s Program. The winner of numerous competitions, an active teacher, judge, and Royal Conservatory of Music Representative for Tampa Bay, she has founded two music schools of classical music in Tampa.

“Things today are transient, but classical musical training and love of music are for life.”