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“When I started studying at your academy, I overcame my phobia of playing on unfamiliar pianos because you have so many pianos there and I end up playing on a different one every week. Also, other piano schools don’t tune their pianos as much. At your school, I can touch any piano and play like I'm at home. I can’t thank your school enough for removing that fear!” – Catherine
"Sonya got 93% on Gr.10 [piano] exam. I want to say thank you to you, for arranging us to learn at Showcase Academy. I still remember 4 years ago...your effort to schedule the time for us. This is the beginning of the journey. Without Showcase, I don't think Sonya could have this achievement at the age of 11. Hope she can keep up the good learning. Thank you!"
– Jean (September 7, 2016)
Henri-Paul Sicsic - Pianist and Teacher
Canadian pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic thrills audiences across North America and Europe with his intense, passionate and imaginative performances.
A concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Pasadena Philharmonic, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, among others. His performances have been aired in New York City on WQXR radio, on the National French program “France Musique” in other major centers in the U.S. and on the C.B.C. in Canada.
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Dr. Libby Yu
A favourite with audiences, Libby has been invited to perform as soloist with practically every major Canadian orchestra, such as the Montreal, Toronto, National Arts Centre, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Manitoba Chamber, CBC Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver Symphony orchestras, the Netherlands Philharmonic and I Palpiti.
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|Yana Levkovich, B.Mus. - Piano Teacher, Vancouver Location
Yana was born in the Ukraine near Kiev and started playing piano at the age of six. Yana studied with the great teacher who taught the world famous Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who was also born in the same city. Yana obtained her Bachelor in Music from the V. Kosenko College of Music. Her outstanding academic performance led to a teaching post with the college in piano and theory. Yana also studied voice at the Kiev conservatory. After immigrating to Canada, Yana became very involved in Vancouver's music community as an educator, piano performer and singer. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Yana loves to share her expertise with anyone looking for more information related to the study of music and the search for a good piano. She keeps motivation strong in her students aged 5 to 80 by her ability to adapt the curriculum to the student’s needs and interests.
Yana is fluent in English and Russian.
|Adam Page, A.R.C.T., L.L.C.M. - Piano Teacher Vancouver & Richmond
Adam Page, ARCT, LLCM studied for over 10 years with Edward Parker – his son Ian Parker and nephew John Kimura Parker are also active teachers – the author of Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach.
He conducted group theory lessons, master classes, and prepared private piano students for RCM Examinations for two decades in his own studio before relocating to Vancouver.
Adam has participated in countless competitions and became well-known in Vancouver for his work as an accompanist. His warmth and patience coupled with a methodicaland structured approach make each piano lesson enjoyable and productive.
Born in Vancouver, Adam is a native English speaker.
"Adam is easy to work with and listens to our needs. He offers customized lessons for each student." - Michael
"A couple sessions with Adam changed the way Valerie plays and I can see she improved a lot within one month. Even someone without any music background can tell the difference too! I am glad that I bumped into Adam and let my daughter learn piano under his guidance" - Lena Tam
|Christy Lin, B.Mus., DipABRSM - Piano Teacher Vancouver & Richmond
Christy started her training at XingHai Conservatory of Music at age 4. She has since earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano from UVIC and a Diploma of ABRSM and has studied under Bruce Vogt, Ivy Kwok, Ellen Silverman and Dr. May Zhu. Christy has earned several awards including Hugh Livingstone Maze Music Scholarship; Silverman Music Scholarship and Dr. G. Herald Keefer Music (Organ) Scholarship.
She encourages her students to participate in recitals, competitions, RCM Examinations and to achieve their goals as piano players step by step. With her patience and interpersonal skills, she is able to freely discuss any concerns with children and their parents.
Christy is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.
“Christy is an awesome teacher! She is extremely patient and easy to work with. Jacky has the motivation to practice at home and willing to learn after receiving a lot of support and encouragement from Christy.” – Ivy
|Jenaya Page, A.R.C.T. - Piano Teacher Richmond
Jenaya Page, ARCT, has enjoyed teaching since her early teen years at which time she opened her own music studio. She believes that while hard work pays off, the best way to learn is to have fun doing it! While accuracy, technical skill and theory comprehension are at the forefront, her philosophy is that music is highly individual. That’s why she encourages her students to develop their musical instincts and to cultivate their individual talents.
Each student is encouraged to reach their full potential as artists, to cultivate a life-long love of music, and to ultimately enjoy sharing it with others.
In addition to teaching piano, she has worked with kids and teens in many capacities including volunteering with at-risk youth and assisting children with Autism and ADD.
Born in Canada, Jenaya is fluent in French and English
“Jenaya is very fun and down to earth, sensitive to the individual needs and learning styles of each student.” - Erika
|Wenwen Du, B.Mus. - Piano Teacher Richmond
Wenwen Du studied with Zhaoyi Dan in China before her mentorship with Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM). She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance. While teaching full-time, Wenwen maintains an international performance schedule.
As a solo pianist, Wenwen was awarded prizes at the Third Prokofiev International Piano Competition (Ukraine) and the Third Wiesbaden Piano Competition (Germany). She received the Mark Ray Memorial Scholarship, which resulted in an invitation to play a solo piano recital in Warsaw. She has also received a Young Talent Scholarship from the Vancouver Chopin Society.
She has served as the primary repetiteur for VAM Opera and was hailed as “exceptional” by Opera Canada for her work with the program. She received the Opera Coaching Fellowship from the Atlantic Music Festival (USA), preparing singers for art song, chamber music and opera performances.
Wenwen is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Lydia Kay, M.Mus. - Piano Lessons Richmond
A Master's degree in Music and a Bachelor in Visual Arts helps to express more vigorously the passion that she feels for her heritage.
In the course of Lydia's life she was fortunate enough to live and travel in many different countries, absorbing the most that each had to offer.
Lydia currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. where she continues to pursue her career as a professional musician and screenwriter.
Lydia is fluent in English and Russian.
“Lydia can make different teaching plans for different family requirements. I know this from my experience with Lydia teaching my daughter and those that I have referred to Lydia. She is good at reading body language, so even the students that cannot speak English can understand her well. She always explains everything so clearly." – Isabella Leung, translated from Chinese.
We are so pleased with her teaching abilities. We find her to be an excellent teacher, with an encouraging and patient attitude but balanced with firmness and insight into the student's abilities and interests. I particularly appreciate how accommodating she is of our schedule and also how open she is to various styles of music (although we are very impressed with her wide knowledge of the classical music repertoire).
|Maryna Prysyazhnyuk, B.Mus. Pedagogy, M.Mus. - Piano Lessons Richmond
Maryna graduated with Distinction in Bachelors of Music Diploma in Piano Pedagogy, Performance and Collaboration. While working on her Master’s Degree, she won the International Student Exchange Program and toured internationally.
For the past two decades, Maryna has focused on teaching and performing locally while studying with renowned pianist Alexander Korsantia at UBC and legendary jazz pianist Linton Garner. She is the provincial finalist of the Canadian Music Competition and is now a certified ORFF teacher.
Maryna follows Russian tradition in piano and enjoys working with all levels. Maryna believes in nurturing good habits from the start, so her students develop strong technique and musicianship.
Maryna is fluent in English and Russian.
“Maryna teaches my 13 year old son. Maryna is able to determine what my son needs to practice in order to become a better pianist. She has a way of interacting that fuels interest and excitement in music. The result has been that my son's progress is steady and he is happy while playing increasingly complex pieces.” - Martin Pelchat
Dr. Bogdan Dulu, D.M.A. – Piano Lessons Vancouver & Richmond
Passionate about imparting his musical excitement and knowledge, Dr. Bogdan Dulu is an active and experienced performer, educator, and adjudicator. Dr. Dulu received a rigorous foundation in the fundamentals of music through specialized education in his native Romania. This led to his orchestral debut at age 12 in a concert broadcast nationally by the Romanian Radio Corporation. It was this institution that significantly contributed to making his name recognized across the country, through multiple live broadcasts of solo and orchestral performances, interviews, and several studio recordings. His recordings represented the Romanian Radio at the Concertino Prague (1997) and EURORADIO New Talent Bratislava (2006) competitions.
He received the Gold Medal at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition and won the 2005 Yamaha Prize in Romania, followed by wins at the 2006 Liszt-Bartok Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria) and the 2007 William Garrison International Piano Competition (Baltimore, USA). Other international competitions include Helsinki (Finland), New Orleans (USA, semifinalist), Honens (Canada, quarterfinalist), Sendai (Japan), Enescu (Bucharest), and e-Competition (USA), among others.
An active performer, he could be heard in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. He is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, coach, or public speaker, with appearances on NHK Tokyo, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, and KING FM Seattle. His most recent engagements included a concert tour on the Canadian East Coast presented by Debut Atlantic, as well as performances with British actor, Tayo Aluko in “Call Mr. Robeson,” a mono-drama about the life of famous American actor, singer, and civil rights campaigner, Paul Robeson.
As an educator, he was invited to present piano masterclasses and lectures at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB), and Douglas College (New Westminster, BC). He has also participated in children’s music outreach programs in Eastern Canada, Japan, and Botswana.
Of note is his association with Marc-André Hamelin, with whom Dr. Dulu worked closely during his final stages of his doctorate. Dulu is the first pianist to have written a doctoral dissertation on Hamelin’s infamous Études, researched under the personal guidance of the composer. He also received coachings from Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough, and worked with soprano Dawn Upshaw at the Banff Centre.
After studying privately with Ana Pitiş in Bucharest while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Dulu continued his training with Irina Morozova at Mannes College (Master of Music) in New York City, and with Jane Coop at University of British Columbia (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Vancouver.
| I - CHENG CHEN - Piano Lessons Richmond
I-Cheng Chen pursued his advanced musical training in Vienna, Austria and Montreal, Canada in Piano Performance, Composition and Conducting. During these years, I-Cheng performed in major concert halls and music festivals.
His playing is distinguished by softness of sound and a variety of tone colors. His extraordinary memory (a three - hundred - composition repertoire) and advanced improvisational skills have led to a very active career as a teacher, recitalist and a pianist for classical ballet.
I-Cheng is known for his patient and sensitive approach to teaching.
He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
|Jovian Cheng, B.Mus. - Piano Lessons Richmond
Jovian Cheng studied with Dr. Sasha Starcevich before entering the UBC School of Music where he studied under Sara Buechner and Ian Parker. He was one of only three local pianists chosen to participate in a master class with Lang Lang.
Jovian has won first prize at countless competitions including the 2009 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the Performing Arts BC Provincial Competition – Senior Division, the 2007 Canadian Music Competition, CBC Radio’s Battle of Beethoven, and the Festival on the Lake Concerto Competition.
Jovian has enjoyed participating as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra twice, with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in 2009, and on CBC Radio. He participated in the Charity Ice Breaking Care Society Piano Concert at the Chan Centre to raise money for victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Jovian helps his students achieve outstanding results on their RCM Examinations.
He is fluent in English and Cantonese.
|Herbert Kwan, B. Mus., A.R.C.T - Piano Teacher
Herbert Kwan holds a Bachelor of Music from University of British Columbia and an ARCT in Piano Performance from Royal Conservatory of Music.
He is a very active performer in the Vancouver Asian pop scene and have performed with artists such as Anson Ping (平安), Power Station (動力火車), Where Zhou (周蕙), Peter Cheung and Andrew Cheung (張崇基, 張崇德), and Albert Au (區瑞強).
Although he has been classically trained for the past 20 years, he understands the importance and enjoyment of pop music. As a result, his over 9 years of teaching experience and teaching materials are a fusion of classical and pop genre.
Other than being a music instructor and performer, he is also a composer and arranger. Other than doing arrangements and recording, he enjoys making pop arrangements for his students in his spare time.
Herbert Kwan is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
"Herbert always knows what to do. My boys [are four and five] and already they are more focused and listen to instructions. He's a really great teacher!" - Michael
|Waka Shinko - Piano Teacher
Born in Hyogo Japan, moved to Vancouver BC in 1996. She worked as a music composer and was presenting her original music in the morning show at Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. As a Yamaha professional pianist and keyboard player, she has given many concerts and performances nationally.
Waka graduated from Osaka City University,Osaka College of Music studying musicology and also holds the ARCT in piano performance/teaching. The music genre of her favourites are classical, popular and hit music. She likes working with small children to adults from her experience as a parent/teacher.
"I love Wednesdays because of laughter in piano class. Thank you for teaching me, Miss Waka!" - Kathy, Showcase Academy Student
"Miss Waka Shinko is an awesome piano teacher. She is so nice to and patient with my son and always has her own way to inspire and encourage her students in the class. My son surely exhibits keen interest in playing piano and shows evident improvement after learning from Ms. Waka. Her devotion and enthusiasm to piano teaching is greatly appreciated." - A Proud Showcase Academy Mom
"Miss Waka is a wonderful teacher. Very kind and Caitlin loves the way she teaches. Thank you Ms. Waka for teaching Caitlin!" - A. Cheung
"My daughter looks forward to her piano class every week because of Ms. Waka’s friendly and encouraging teaching style. Her passion for music clearly shows in her teaching and is inspirational to her students." - L.M.
Crystal Yu, A.R.C.T. in Piano Pedagogy – Piano Lessons Richmond & Surrey
Crystal also holds a degree from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. In leisure time, she enjoys playing the zither and traveling around many parts of the world, especially in Europe, to find musical inspiration in the hometowns of many of the famous composers.
Crystal is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Iris Lam, B.Mus. – Piano, Harp & MYC Lessons Richmond & Vancouver
Iris has over 13 years of teaching experience with students from ages 3 to adults, and inclusive of students with special needs. She studied locally under the influence of Karin Plato and has obtained outstanding results completing Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Grade 8 piano by the age of 11. Other outstanding results include obtaining First Class Honours with Distinction in all Rudiment Music Theory Courses and being selected as winner of Teacher Enrichment by the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) for her active pursuit of continuing education in her teaching career.
She has undergone a valuable mentorship program from UBC School of Music, job shadowing opportunity via Capilano University, and more pedagogy training at VCC and with famous composers like Forrest & Akiko Kinney. She is certified in the curriculum for Music for Young Children, Musikgarten, Royal Conservative of Music. As a side hobby, she studied harp under the talented mentorship of Tegan Peemoeller, a student of internationally renowned harpist Alice Giles. She focuses on the joy of simplistic harp music, based on the Salzedo Method.
Iris is a fun, and experienced educator dedicated to working primarily in the local community to enhance music appreciation for students through the piano or harp. She demonstrates ability to implement diverse instructional methodology- fun music lessons for private, duet-trio lessons to group class for preschool and day camp. Her goal is not only to train students technically, but to excite their interest, so they enjoy coming back each week to make music. She successfully inspires her students, constantly achieving 90-100% student return rates all across the lower mainland.
J. Isaac Chua, B.Mus. – Piano Lessons Richmond
J. Isaac Chua has performed extensively in USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Taiwan, and the South-East Asian Countries; he has also been featured on several of their radio and television broadcasts.
Currently completing his Artist Diploma with Lee Kum Sing at VAM, Isaac has given several concert tours in South-East Asia (2014/2015) teaching and performing in renowned musical institutions such as University of Santo Tomas, St. Paul University de Manila, Adventist University of the Philippines, Sekolah Pelita Harapan, and St. Scholastica College where he was invited to become their visiting professor. He has also performed for First Lady Imelda Marcos and Governor Chavit Singson for their birthday celebrations and has given a capacity-audience fundraising concert with Jose Mari Chan who praised him for having “a high degree of musicality that few ever hope to reach”.
Prior to finishing his Bachelors of Music Degree at the Eastman School of Music in New York with Nelita True, J. Isaac Chua won the Gold Medal and the Special Award for “Best Polonaise” at the International Chopin Youth Piano Competition. In addition, he toured USA on many occasions. In 2009, he gave concerts across the Pacific Northwest with several orchestras, and he performed in Carnegie Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC. In 2010/2011, he was invited by the Polish Associations of United States to give two concert tours—on one occasion (2011), he gave the Centennial Anniversary Concert for the Polish Library Association together with Ryszard Wrszakala where the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland was present.
Isaac is fluent in English and Hokkien and can understand Mandarin, Tagalog, and Spanish.
|Linda Hayes, A.R.C.T. – Piano & Theory Lessons Richmond & Surrey
Pianist/Dancer, Linda Hayes has been teaching and performing for 25 years. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto with an Associate Diploma in Piano and Music theory. Her teachers in classical are Ellen Silverman and Robert Rogers and in Jazz studies, Robert Doyle for 10 years. Linda’s students participate in many music festivals, master classes and recitals. She is also a devoted student to African and Afro-Cuban drumming. As a dancer, Linda studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the professional program where she trained in all genres of dance with Flamenco being her forte. She visits Spain yearly to study and perform.
Linda believes that studying the arts is a life long journey and that teaching children and young adults music is giving them "a gift for life". She currently operates a music studio in Surrey, teaching Classical, Jazz and Latin to students from beginner to advanced.
|Wintin Chen, M.MUS - Registered Music for Young Children Teacher
Chen’s devotion in music education has inspired countless students over 25 years. Wintin holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Music and Dance Pedagogy from The Carl Orff-Institute at Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Austria).
She received a Master's of Music degree from University of Memphis (Tennessee, USA); and completed her B.Ed. degree (early childhood education) from National Taiwan Normal University.
In group music lessons, Wintin facilitates young children's musical learning through playful games. Children's development of musical skill, appreciation and creativity is best in a natural and joyful environment. The natural rhythms children create in the Music for Young Children curriculum rhymes, chants and games will prepare them for learning any musical instrument, even for RCM examinations.
In past years, Wintin has conducted Christmas Carols with S.F.U. Children's Choir and organized Young Children Musical Flash Mobs at Simon Fraser University. These fun and joyful group music activities encourage young children's self-confidence and creativity. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.
Stephanie Nakagawa, M.Mus., A.R.C.T. in Piano, A.R.C.T. in Voice – Piano, Voice & Theory Lessons Richmond
Stephanie has won numerous awards including the Western Canada District - Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts. Her stage credits include Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Vixen (The Cunning Vixen), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La Bohéme), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), and Amy (Little Women).
Stephanie is currently pursuing her doctorate at UBC. She was also recently appointed as music director and conductor of the choral group, Ensemble Étoile. She received her Bachelor’s degree in opera from UBC and was awarded the UBC Medal. She also holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University. Stephanie has ARCT Performance Diplomas in both piano and voice and is the winner of the Voice National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephanie has also been awarded the UBC Wesbrook Scholar, Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, BC Arts Council Award, Canada Millennium Scholarship, UBC TREK Excellence, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Laureate, and the BMO National Scholarship.
Stephanie is an experienced teacher of voice, piano and theory whose students have achieved successful RCM exam results. She enjoys working with students of all ages and teaches both Royal Conservatory curriculum as well as popular or musical theatre genres for students who just want to learn music for fun.
Tiffany Humble, A.R.C.T., B.A. Psychology - Piano Lessons Vancouver & Richmond
Tiffany Humble completed her ARCT in Piano Performance at the young age of 15 and has been teaching ever since. During her studies, she received numerous awards and honours in various competitions including the Winnipeg Music Festival, the Junior Music Club, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg. Through her persistence, hard work, and passion for music, she achieved First Class Honours with Distinction standing in all Rudiment Music Theory Courses and First Class Honours on all levels of Practical studies with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Before relocating to Vancouver, Tiffany studied and worked alongside Dr. Jorge Suárez (Curtis Institute, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, McGill University, UCLA, Ravel Academy) in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the past 8 years. While she has an extensive classical background, she values and appreciates musical diversity by teaching pop, jazz, and rock music alongside classical repertoire, technique, and theory. She also creates her own piano arrangements based upon her students’ favourite pop music songs for them to learn and enjoy.
Alongside teaching music, Tiffany holds a degree in child psychology which has enabled her to work with children of all ages and diverse levels of ability, as well as children with various learning and cognitive disabilities. Her background and training as a visual arts educator has allowed her to develop a vibrant, expressive, and colourful approach to learning music.
Tiffany is fluent in English and Mandarin.
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