Scholarships

Over the years I have had the good fortune to receive invaluable help and assistance in my musical explorations. It is a distinct honor to offer the following scholarships dedicated to the memory of some of the individuals who I met along this journey

Leonardo “Leo” Itzak Bortiri
Memorial 
Scholarship

Leonardo “Leo” Itzak Bortiri, was my first student upon moving to Durham, North Carolina, in the Fall of 2011. For the next two years I had the privilege of helping this wonderful intelligent, energetic and fun young human learn to play the piano. 



Leodied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 while traveling with his parents in Argentina. Leo was a bright-eyed 7 year old in the second grade at George Watts Montessori Magnet in Durham. He was born in Berkeley, California, but loved his adopted state of North Carolina. Leo was in perpetual motion. He was an avid soccer player, playing many seasons with Hillandale Sports Association and later Triangle Futbol Club. He rode his bicycle all over his Trinity Park neighborhood, and relished summer camps at the Eno River and the Levin JCC. He would eat platefuls of homemade pasta, and had just learned to play the theme to Star Wars on the piano. A week before his death, Leo proudly hiked up Mt. Tronador in the Argentine Andes, and walked across the Alerce Glacier.


Leo is survived by his parents, Rachel Raney and Esteban Bortiri, his grandparents Carolyn Raney and Curt Raney, his abuela Ana Maria Bortiri, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins, both in the US and Argentina. And his beloved dog Nelly.

Scholarship covers lesson expense. To honor Leo's heritage, preference will be given to students of Hispanic Latino and/or Jewish heritage.

Daniel "Dan the Man" C. McLean Memorial Scholarship
Richard Banks
Memorial 
Scholarship