Piano professor in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Inna Faliks, has been named to the Stony Brook University’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes outstanding alumni who are 40 years of age or younger. Nominees have demonstrated achievements in business, research, technology, healthcare, the arts, leadership, community, educational, entrepreneurial and/or philanthropic endeavors.

A Ukranian-born pianist and composer, Faliks performs in prestigious venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris' Salle Cortot and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Faliks is also the winner of many notable competitions, including the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and the International Pro Musicis Award in 2005

Faliks is founder and artistic director of Music/Words, which explores interdisciplinary live performance and forges connections between poetry and music by presenting collaborations with exciting solo musicians and acclaimed contemporary poets.