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Kirill Bolshakov was born in Moscow, the capital of Russia, to a musical and artistic family.
In the 1970s, Bolshakov attended the P. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory at the Central Music School. In 1978-1983, at the Faculty of Music in the Moscow State Institute of Pedagogy, Mr Bolshakov was developing
his skills as a concert pianist, conductor, composer and a piano teacher. His pianistic heritage is deeply rooted in the great Russian tradition of piano performance and can be traced back to starting with his professors A. Youdin and A. Artobolevskaya all the way through to Maria Youdina, Leonid Nikolayev, Felix Blumenfeld, Anton Rubinstein , F. Liszt and F. Chopin. Kirill Bolshakov later joined the Faculty of Music staff in a capacity of a concert pianist and assistant choirmaster. In the Soviet Union, Kirill Bolshakov performed numerous solo concerts in the halls of the Moscow Conservatory and Philharmonic, at the Radio and Television, and in the cities across the Russian Federation. After his family's immigration to Europe in 1990, Mr Bolshakov worked as a piano instructor and accompanist in the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and Gyor in Hungary, as well as in the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. He also led the choir and performed as an organist in the Hungarian Methodist Church.
During his time in Canada, Kirill Bolshakov has been continuously concentrating on the achievements in the fields of his main interests – music composition and piano performance. He had been engaged widely in solo and ensemble concerts across British Columbia and the United States. He is also collaborating as a pianist and a music consultant with the American and Canadian movie industry. Currently Bolshakov is engaged in an ensemble performance with cellist Bo Peng, and as well as a member of the Vancouver Concert Trio. Along with his performing engagements and teaching, Mr Bolshakov dedicates most of his time to music composition. He is currently working on a few piano opuses, including a piano sonata and a cycle of pieces “10 Etudes Cosmiques,” in which he continues to explore, evolve, and manifest his stylistic ideas. Amongst Kirill's long-term projects is the opera “The Wave-Running Girl” which is based on the text of the famous Russian author Alexander Green. Bolshakov is also planning to compose an opera on the subject of a modern-day story, which takes its narrative in one of the First Nations tribes of the Canadian West Coast. Mr Bolshakov is currently working on the finalization of his Cello Concerto’s orchestration, with the perspective of its performance in Canada in the near future.
Established by Dr. Bolshakov in 2013, the “Kirill Bolshakov Artists Agency” aims to provide classical Canadian and International artists with concert-performance opportunities both on the American continent and around the world.
Andrea holds a Piano Teacher ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and is an active Registered Music Teacher of BC. She has received extensive training from some of Vancouver’s finest pedagogues and continues to expand on repertoire for advanced pianists. As a gifted teacher, she has shared her rich learning experiences as
Adjudicator at many Piano Festivals throughout the province with great success. Many of her students have received numerous awards at Festivals, and excelled at RCM exams. She is an ethical and competent professional who achieves superior results in the field of music education and adjudication. Andrea is a creative musician whose passion for learning and teaching continues to grow by the day, and she attracts a large class of students wherever she goes.
As a supporter of all things music, she is a member of the Board of Directors for North West Piano Ensemble Society, bringing international piano competition to Vancouver.
Andrea also plays the cello, and divides her time between the two instruments.
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 300 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 was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver, B.C at a young age where he began his early music studies with Peggy Yip in Richmond. He then studied with Sasha Starcevich for a number of years before entering the UBC School of Music where he finished his Bachelor of Music for Piano Performance under the tutelage of Amanda Chan. Jovian’s past instructors include Sara Davis Buechner and Ian Parker. He was also one of only three local pianists chosen to participate in a master class with Lang Lang.
Jovian has enjoyed performing as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra twice, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Northwest Philharmonia Orchestra. He also participated in the Charity Ice Breaking Care Society Piano Concert at the Chan Centre to raise money for victims of the Sichuan earthquake.
Being a firm believer in the fostering of musical interest in young children, Jovian encourages his students to perform as often as possible. His own students have competed and achieved awards at the provincial and national level as well as outstanding results on their RCM Examinations.
Carmen has over 20 years of teaching experience in piano, music theory, and music history. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UBC, obtained her ARCT in piano performance, and is a current member of the BCRMTA. As a piano accompanist for both flute and cello students, Carmen has participated in numerous RCM exams, Kiwanis music festivals, and recitals.
Carmen is fluent in English and Cantonese and can converse in Mandarin.
For 15 years, Monika Diaz has taught piano privately and produced award winning students. Her students range from beginners to professionals, young children to adults. Although she has many serious students, Ms Monika’s students have developed a love for music. She has coached students as young as three and adults who are interested in taking on a new challenge.
Pianist Wenwen Du trained with Dan Zhaoyi at the Shenzhen Arts School in China, and with Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music in Canada. She attended master courses at the Oxford Lieder Festival (UK), Britten-Pears Programme (UK), and Franz Schubert Institut (Austria), where master teachers included the pianists Julius Drake, Imogen Cooper, and Helmut Deutsch, the singers Elly Ameling, Ian Bostridge, and Wolfgang Holzmair.
Wenwen has given piano recitals in Europe, North America and Asia, most recently or the Coast Recital Society (Canada).
Wenwen collaborated with Nikki Chooi and Timothy Chooi at the Coast Recital Society and Cecilian Chamber Series (Canada), with Caroline Goulding at the Vancouver Recital Society (Canada), and with Abigail Levis and Johannes Kammler at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK). She appeared at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with director Yuval Sharon, soprano Julia Bullock, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, pianist Richard Valitutto, and the actors Miles Anderson, Alan Mandell, Barry McDaniel. Bella Merlin, and Priscilla Pointer, in a programme entitled “Night and Dreams,” a Schubert and Beckett recital.
She has frequently appeared with Ian Bostridge, to widespread critical acclaim. The New York Classical Review commented on their Songs of World War I, “Du was indeed sensitive but also forceful—her playing was more duet than recital, equal to Bostridge in intensity, suave one moment, crashing the next.” Of their Winterreise, the Vancouver Sun wrote, “Du and Bostridge are not just on the same page, they anticipate each other’s every nuance in perfect synchronization.” Their appearances have included the Dallas Opera’s Titus Recital Series, the Park Avenue Armory, Spivey Hall, the Suseong Artpia, and the Cheonan Arts Center.
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.
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 is available in Richmond and Surrey, teaching Classical, Jazz and Latin to students from beginner to advanced.
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.
Alongside teaching music, Tiffany has developed and facilitated children’s summer camps for over 6 years in various institutions, including art galleries and music studios. Her programming combines visual arts classes, storytelling, music making, and movement activities. She has directed summer camp programming for children of diverse ages (4-15) and levels of ability. Tiffany has experience teaching children’s art classes in various visual media, including: painting, sculpture, textile, mixed media, and drawing. She combines visual arts skills with music to create a hands-on learning environment which integrates sight and sound. Her background and training as a visual arts educator has allowed her to develop a vibrant, expressive, and colourful approach to teaching music.
Tiffany also 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. Tiffany is trained in CPR and is First Aid Certified.
Tiffany is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Stephanie has over 20 years of teaching experience in voice, piano, and music theory. Her love and passion for music motivated her to open her own studio in 2000. She teaches all ages from young children to adults and all skill levels from beginners to professionals. Stephanie's lessons are all individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each student. Through positive encouragement, she helps her students to build more confidence in their skills and develop a love for music. She completed a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from UBC. She is also registered with the RCM and can prepare students for all exam levels, specializing in voice.
Stephanie is fluent in English and Korean and can converse in Mandarin.
Benz holds Master of Music degree in piano performance from University of British Columbia under a renowned pianist, Sara Davis Buechner.
He originally received his music training in Thailand. He went to one of the best music schools in South-East Asia for his Pre-College (high school) and Bachelor of Music program.
Benz has opportunities working with various acclaimed pianists and pedagogues where he inherited many methods of piano teaching concurrently. He participated in masterclasses with Dina Yoffe, Daniel Vaimann and Eri Nakagawa in France, Barry Snyder from Eastman School of Music, Jerzy Sterczynski from Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy (Warsaw), Jane Coop and Robert Silverman at UBC.
Benz is active as both soloist and collaborative pianist. He has performed in Toronto, Winnipeg, France, Malaysia, and Thailand. He received various awards and scholarships from music schools and competitions.
Benz is a dedicated piano teacher. Besides many years of teaching experience, he has served as an adjudicator for exams and festivals.
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.
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.
Lixia Li is considered a pianist with "incredible instinct and mature artistic insights," by eminent artists such as Philippe Entremont and Jacob Lateiner. She has had the opportunity to work with numerous prominent pianists, such as Leon Fleisher, Aldo Ciccolini, John Perry, Francoise Thinat, Anthony di Bonaventura, Meng-Chieh Liu, Boris Petrushansky and Mikhail Voskresensky and Lee Kum-Sing. She has performed solo and chamber music in various music festivals such as Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Belgium International Piano Week, International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy, Brandywine Piano Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Grandin Festival at Cincinnati and International Keyboard Institute & Festival at New York.
Ms. Li's competitive accolades include winners of the “Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra”, the “Concerto and Aria Competition of the Huxford Symphony”, finalist and "Audience Favorite Award" in Seattle International Piano Competition and finalist in the 5th "Mozart" International Piano Competition, in Italy. Ms. Li has been awarded distinguished "Career Development Award" from Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University.
Besides performing solo piano repertoire, Ms. Li is an experienced and highly acclaimed chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed in many concert halls in different countries, across United States, China, and Europe. Her collaborative performances have been highly praised by world-renowned artists Victor Danchenko, Cho-Liang Lin, John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Warren Jones, and many others.
She was a graduate of the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with the head of the keyboard department and one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States, Boris Slutsky (student of Anna Kantor, who was the teacher of Evgeny Kissin as well). Her principal teachers also included Eugene Pridonoff (student of Rudolf Serkin) from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and Dr. Jonathan Bass (student and assistant of Menahem Pressler) from The Boston Conservatory. She has more recently worked intensely with her mentor, Prof. Lee Kum-Sing (student of Hans Richter-Haaser and Magda Tagliaferro), to pursue an Artist Diploma at the Vancouver Academy of Music while maintaining an active performance schedule. She performs regularly with the Vancouver Chamber Players and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Li has many years of teaching experience, with students from beginning to performance level. Her interesting educational background makes her teaching style exceptionally unique and well-rounded. Her expertise in teaching hand position, piano technique, sight-reading, musical interpretation and score understanding, has nurtured students to utilize a comprehensive approach to piano music that has won universal acclaim from students and parents. Her students have regularly won first prizes in local competitions and have received very high marks in the RCM exam..
Domenico Mongelli was born in Foggia (Italy) in 1986. He started to learn piano when he was nine. In 1997 Mongelli entered the Conservatory of Music U. Giordano in Foggia studying under the direction of Daniela Caratori. He graduated with a Bachelor Diploma with Honours and received an award from the Conservatory O. Respighi in Latina.
In the same year, Mongelli received the “Regione Lazio Award”, recognizing the best pianist of the year. For this occasion, he was invited to play in Roma (Biblioteca Angelica), Frosinone and Latina.
Notable awards received from national and international competitions are: Citta' di Cesenatico, Al Chiaro di Luna in Torano Nuovo, Citta' di Nettuno, Igor Strawinsky in Bari, Onde Musicali in Taranto, Citta' di Formia.
Mongelli attended master classes led by Roberto Prosseda, Claudio Trovajoli, Elisso Wirsaladze, Graham Scott, Aaron Shorr, Teppo Koivisto, Hu Yong Liu Tavaststjerna, Petras Geniusas and J.-C. Pennetier.
In the second Concert Season of Assaggi di Musica, Arte e Natura in 2009, Mongelli performed a Beethoven and Schumann recital solo in Foggia. In 2010 Mongelli studied at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in a frame of Erasmus under the direction of Peep Lassmann.
In 2011 Mongelli obtained the Master degree with Honours in piano performance at the Conservatory U. Giordano in the class of Claudio Trovajoli.
In 2012 he performed the Haydn Piano concerto in D major with the young orchestra ArtOrchEesti under the baton of Karol Kisiel.
In 2013 in collaboration with Maila Laidna and Mirva Helske he organized a tour called Musical Stories of Three Pianists performing through different cities in Estonia (Tartu, Türi, Tallinn) music of Debussy and Prokofiev. In the same year he obtained a Master's Degree in piano performance at the Estonian Music Academy and Theatre in Tallinn in the class of Ivari Ilja and Mati Mikalai.
In 2014 Mongelli moved to Vancouver and started working as a piano teacher. All his students obtained high marks at the RCM exam programs of various levels. In December 2015, in collaboration with Dante Alighieri Society of Vancouver, Mongelli played a solo recital at the Pyatt Hall including music by Chopin.
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.
Adam Page, ARCT, LLCM studied for over 10 years with Edward Parker, the author of Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach. Adam conducted private and group theory lessons, master classes, and prepared private piano students for RCM Examinations for over two decades in his own studio in White Rock before relocating to Vancouver. He has taught students ranging in ages from 3 up to 90 years old.
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 methodical and structured approach make each piano lesson enjoyable and productive.
Born in Vancouver, Adam is a native English speaker.
Jenaya Page 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.
Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Carl Petersson started to play the piano at the age of fifteen. Ten years later he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies, he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. Four times in succession he won a scholarship to the Tel-Hai International Piano MasterClasses, where he studied with Pnina Salzman, Victor Derevianco, Emanuel Krasovsky, Staffan Scheja and Nikolai Petrov.Carl has performed on numerous occasions in Canada, the United
States, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel. He performed in such venues as the Canadian National Arts Gallery in Ottawa, the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC in Toronto, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China and the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, USA. Carl has collaborated with conductors such as JoAnn Falletta, Kerry Stratton and Niklas Willén with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the National Czech Radio Orchestra. Carl has frequently been invited to participate in international music festivals such as the Music and Beyond in Canada, the International Chopin Festival in Antonin, Poland and the Beethoven Festival in Teplice – which he inaugurated together at a gala concert with the Teplice Philharmonic and the choir of the Czech Philharmonic. In 2013 he received his PhD from the Music Academy in Kraków, where he also assisted Mariola Cieniawas class. In 2008 he made an acclaimed recording with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra of the two piano concertos by the romantic composer Friedrich von Flotow, released on the Sterling label, and in 2011 he recorded Leopold Godowskys Java Suite, again for Sterling, followed in 2012 by the duets for cello and piano of Jacques Offenbach and Friedrich von Flotow. During his Canadian tour, he also made a live recording of Griegs Piano Concerto at CBC (Canadian Radio). In 2015 Carl released his next album with the piano concertos by Edvard Grieg and a reimagined version of Grieg’s unfinished piano concerto composed by Helge Evju. In 2016 Carl released his second album for Grand Piano with world premiere recordings by the Siemens Music Prize winner, Per Nørgård. Most recently Carl was included in the Naxos Grand Piano anniversary CD box.
Born in Hyogo Japan, she moved to Vancouver BC in 1996. She's worked as a music composer and was presenting her original music on the morning show for Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. As a Yamaha professional pianist and keyboard player, she has given many concerts and performances nationally.
Waka studied musicology and graduated from Osaka City University/Osaka College of Music as well as holds an ARCT in piano performance/teaching. Her favourite music genres are classical, popular and top hit music. She enjoys working with all ages - from small children to adults. She is fluent in English and Japanese.
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.
Henri-Paul Sicsic is also an inspired pedagogue with a tremendous following. His strong commitment to teaching and ability to enrich and inspire young talents is legendary, and his students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels, earning prestigious Fulbright and Canada Council grants, winning top prizes and awards at major competitions, teaching at institutions of higher education and at summer music festivals.
Henri-Paul Sicsic was the first performance faculty member at the UBC School of Music to be awarded the Killam Teaching Prize, one of the highest academic honours awarded in Canada.
His teachers include Juliette Audibert-Lambert (herself a student of Gabriel Fauré and of Alfred Cortot), Pierre Sancan (Grand Prix de Rome, Paris Conservatoire), and renowned pianist and master teacher John Perry.
At the Conservatoire de Nice, France, Sicsic was awarded a first prize with honours in piano, a first prize in chamber music, and a conducting diploma. As a pianist, he also received a first prize at the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice Competition and top prize at the Royaume de la Musique National Radio Competition in France.
Sicsic taught at Rice University from 1986 to 1992 as the associate of eminent artist-teacher John Perry. He was a member of the piano faculty at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for thirteen years (1994-2007). He was then appointed to the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto in July of 2007 where he taught until 2014.
Henri-Paul Sicsic’s CD of Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Fantasy Op. 17 was highly praised. A more recent CD release of a live solo recital in Paris received high acclaim. The performance was a collaboration with celebrated French artist Robert Combas, whose large-scale paintings were inspired by the recital program, which featured a work by Canadian composer Alexina Louie along with works by Chopin, Ravel and Albeniz.
Recent engagements include performances and master classes in France (Paris, Nice) Spain (Burgos), Russia (St Petersburg), Finland (Helsinki), Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem), the U.S. (Houston, Seattle, New York) and Canada. Short term recording projects include the Piano Works of Maurice Ravel and an on-going project of Robert Schumann’s major Piano compositions.
Now back in Vancouver, Henri-Paul Sicsic is happy to make again his contribution to teaching and performing in the province’s wonderful music community. Sicsic is a proponent of the Alexander Technique and also studies Tai Chi Chuan. He enjoys French cuisine and is a marathon runner.
Cole Tinney is a professional pianist based in Vancouver. His musical focus is in jazz and contemporary piano, ranging from music from the forties to funk and blues, powered by a background in classical music. Having a degree in Performance, Cole has traveled throughout Canada and the United States performing at various venues.
A versatile performer he has worked as a solo artist as well as in groups ranging from accompanying soloists to performing in both classical and jazz full sized orchestras . Another passion of Cole's is education - one of his core beliefs is bringing all the different aspects of music together every lesson so learning can be more intriguing and insightful. Theory, harmony, technique all can seem dry if not delivered with explanations as to their roles in creating and performing music, including what you hear on the radio! With this in mind, Cole likes to inspire students to learn through songs they feel a connection with and delivers unique lessons customized for each student.
Fiona began learning piano at the age of 6 in Hong Kong and won multiple awards at The Annual Hong Kong Schools Music & Speech Festival. She began her career there and has continued to teach after moving to Toronto, Canada and now Vancouver. Besides having taught piano and music theory for now over 25 years, she also plays the organ and has received the certificate of the Royal Canadians College of Organists.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of music in University of Central Oklahoma and is a current member of the BCRMTA.
Fiona is fluent in English and Cantonese and can converse in Mandarin.
David Wang is an experienced pianist and vocal coach with 26 years of teaching experience. David received his formal music education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. He has toured the USA, Canada, New Zealand and China. He has collaborated with internationally renowned pianists such as Lang Lang(郎朗) and Liu Shih Kun(刘诗昆) at Gala concerts in Hong Kong. Also, he has worked as a vocal coach and piano accompanist for the prestigious Shanghai Opera House (上海歌剧院).
David is known for his enthusiasm towards piano teaching and many of his students have won important piano competitions such as the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition(香港-亚洲钢琴公开比赛) and The International Music and Arts Competition(国际音乐艺术大赛). His students receive excellent marks on RCM Exams.
David Wang is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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.
Libby captured the attention of audiences and international juries when she won the First Prize in the prestigious 27th CBC Radio National Competition for Young Performers held in Ottawa. She was also a second place winner in the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition for the performance of Canadian Music in 1992 and the First Place winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra National Competition in 1991.