Oskar Falta was born in Prague, Czech Republic.
A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was a recipient of the Vivian Joseph Scholarship, he has previously attended the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in the class of Prof.
Oskar has given both solo and chamber music recitals in different venues across Europe, including the St. James’s Piccadilly or the Abbey of Fontenay.
An avid orchestra musician, Oskar has played in various ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Académie d’Orchestre Régis Pasquier and more recently the RAM Symphony Orchestra, conducted by M. Alsop, S. Bychkov, L. Morlot and L. Zagrosek and has participated in a joint Stockhausen project of the Academy Manson Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta in the Royal Festival Hall earlier this year.
Oskar also serves as the principal cellist of the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
He has participated in masterclasses of Steven Doane, Colin Carr, Robert Cohen, Peter Bruns, Michel Strauss and Alexander Ivashkin.
Oskar plays on a cello made by Miroslav Komar in Prague in 2013.
Elvira Lagji is a teacher of choice for students who seek efficient, effective and measurable progress in learning the cello. Her students range from early to advanced levels She has a graduate degree from University in Tirana, Albania (equiv. to Masters in Canada) and has a history of success with students both in Canada and Europe. She has had advanced training in pedagogy and is active as solo and orchestral cello performer. Her students have done well in both local, national and international competitions.
Mr. Bo Peng holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Performer’s Diploma from the Indiana University where he studied with distinguished cellist Janos Starker. His teachers also included renowned cellists Steven Doane, Carter Enyeart, Marc Johnson and Eric Wilson.
Mr. Peng was a two-time winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competitions (Strings Division); he also won 3rd prize in the International Chamber Music Competition held by the Czech Radio “Spring of Prague”.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he attended several summer festivals and master classes including International Summer Academy at University Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria) on the Johann Strauss Foundation (2002 and 2003), the Banff Summer Festival, the Spoleto Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival and the National Arts Center Young Artists Programme where he worked with world-class musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffmann, Aldo Parisot, Pinchas Zurkermann and the Tokyo String Quartet.
In 2003, Mr. Bo Peng toured as member of Vancouver Piano Trio to Japan performing concerts and teaching Master Classes. In May 2005, he performed in the Shanghai premiere of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with clarinetist Gene Ramsbottom. In December, both of them worked together again for a Chamber Music Concert with local musicians in Taiwan. Being a founding member for Vancouver Trio with Clarinetist Gene Ramsbottom and Pianist Keiko Alexander, Mr. Peng has been performing regularly in Universities and Chamber music Series in B.C since 2006. In February 2008, as soloist Mr. Peng played Dvorak Cello Concerto with Richmond Orchestra and Chorus. In November 2009, he performed Beethoven Triple Concerto in Vancouver with pianist Eugen Skovorodnikov and violinist Victor Kuleshov. In December 2009, Mr. Peng performed with Stradivari Ensemble of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s debut as soloist with director and violinist Robert Rozek. In February 2010, Mr. Peng is feature soloist with Vancouver Philharmoic for performing Dvorak Cello Concerto. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Bo Peng was invited by Quanta Culture and Education Foundations touring with Robert Rozek and Eric Wilson for the summer concerts and workshops in Taiwan. In January 2012, Mr. Bo Peng joined Borealis String Quartet as Cellist. The Quartet toured USA, Canada, Germany and Italy, in 2013 the Borealis will tour China, USA, Canada and Italy. In 2012, Mr. Bo Peng was invited as Principal Cellist by Taiwan Connection Music Festival under directing of Violinist NaiYuan Hu toured the whole Island of Taiwan. Since 2012 summer, Mr. Bo Peng joined the cello faculty of Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Italy. The Borealis Quartet will be the Quartet in Residence of Casalmaggiore International Music Festival since then.
Mr. Peng’s teaching experience included being a sectional coach for the Dallas Youth Orchestra, and teaching cello in the Dallas Private School District. Currently, he is teaching in Richmond Music School, Delta Community School of Music, and Guildford School of Music. Mr. Peng served as the Cello teaching assistant for Mr. Eric Wilson (Cello Professor) at UBC from where he was working towards his Doctoral Degree in Cello Performance. He taught Master Classes in Shanghai, China, Taichung, Taiwan as well as at the University of B.C. for the Young Artists Experience weeks. He recently joined the Faculty of Cello and Chamber music at Kwantlen Polytechnical University in Langley and appointed the Junior Orchestra Director at the VSO School of Music and Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra.
"Always been fascinated by cello, finally I signed up for cello lesson with Mr. Oskar Falta. Thanks for Oskar, I enjoy so much with the learning process because every lesson is lots of fun and interesting. Oskar is such an amazing cello teacher. Totally falling in love with cello now!"