Noted pianist and teacher dies


Freeporter, Felice Takakjian-Bedrossian a concert pianist and pedagogue with a long and distinguished career, died on Feb. 11 at 91 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Her husband, Paul, and son, Peter, of Livermore, Ca., survive her. The Oceanside native moved to Freeport after marrying her husband, Paul Bedrossian in 1960. Takakjian-Bedrossian lived at 154 Delaware Ave, on the corner of California and Delaware Avenues.  Her husband Paul, had a medical practice on South Ocean Avenue, south of Merrick Road.

She graduate of Oceanside High School in 1944, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from New York University in 1948 and an Artist Diploma from New York College of Music in 1949.  She worked as faculty at the New York College of Music from 1950-1960, Syracuse University from 1960-1963, and of Molloy College from 1971-1980.  Takakjian-Bedrossian was dedicated to fostering the development of young talent and served on the organizing committee of the Freeport Memorial Library’s concert program for many years. Before relocating to Livermore, Ca. in 2013, Takakjian-Bedrossian gave private music piano pedagogy to young Freeport musicians.  No funeral service was planned and The Neptune Society of Northern California cremated the remains.