Artists in Residence


Tristan Teo,

Artist in Residence

Tristan Teo, now eighteen, was born in Vancouver, Canada where he s piano lessons at age six under the tutelage of Sasha Starcevich. He graduated from high school with honours at fifteen and is currently in his third year of the Bachelor of Music program at The Juilliard School, studying with Jerome Lowenthal. Since his orchestral debut at age ten, Tristan has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum, the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Tristan Teo is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Other awards he has received are top prizes in several international piano competitions, including Virginia Waring, e-Piano International, Bösendorfer and Schimmel USASU, Cooper, and PianoArts. Most recently, Tristan also won the 2015 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Juilliard. He has given solo recitals in the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy in venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California. He has also played for many noted pianists, including Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl, Gary Graffman, Alexander Korsantia, Robert Levin and Ilana Vered. In his spare time, Tristan enjoys listening to all kinds of Classical music, including Baroque instrumental music and opera.


The Kovner Fellowship – The only scholarship program that covers all expenses for the entire undergraduate study at Juilliard. Kovner Fellows are chosen by the Kovner Selection Committee based on faculty and departmental recommendations and the following criteria:


  • Artistic merit of the highest caliber
  • A successful academic history
  • Personal capacity for intellectual curiosity, commitment to the value of art in society, and potential for leadership in the field

For more information on the Kovner Fellowship Program:


Gina Bachauer Piano Competition – Winners receive a free tuition scholarship and perform a recital in Paul Hall at Juilliard which is broadcast on WQXR, 105.9 FM, New York’s premiere classical music radio station.


For more information on the Juilliard Bachauer Competition, visit


Evgenia A. Rabinovich,

Artist in Residence

Eighteen-year-old Evgenia A. Rabinovich is currently studying at the Mannes School of Music in New York City under Julliard graduate Pavlina Dokovska. She is an alumni of the highly esteemed Yale graduate Dr. Sasha Starcevich. Her musical training includes numerous master classes held by renowned artists like Barry Snyder, Natalia Antonova, HaeSun Paik, Logan Skelton, and many others, and her performance career includes concerts and recitals across the United States and in Canada. She is a winner of numerous regional and provincial competitions, a laureate of the 2010 Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival, and a First Place winner of the 2010 national Canadian Music Competition.


Rabinovich has always held a strong interest in developing an active performing career. In 2009, Rabinovich performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra under conductor Ken Hsieh. Most recently, she has been involved in many public and private concerts, as well as charity concerts such as the Joan West Memorial Charity Concert Series, which she opened as a solo Guest Artist in January 2011, and closed with an orchestral performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in June that year. She is also a regular performer at private and public Fazioli concerts at various venues across Vancouver. For her many performances across the Lower Mainland, Rabinovich has been featured in multiple local and regional news articles, and in 2011, was interviewed and broadcast by Omni TV and Radio Vera. Rabinovich is also a private teacher to elementary and high school students from preparatory to Grade 8 RCM conservatory level. In the summers, Rabinovich enjoys participating in international music festivals, such as the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, of which she was a part in the summer of 2010. For the 2011 summer, Rabinovich has been invited to study at Music Fest Perugia, where she is scheduled to perform in several concerts, including the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 10 with I Solisti di Perugia and fellow pianist Nicholas Rada.


Rabinovich entered university at the age of fifteen after graduating at the top of her class from the University Transition Program for Academically Gifted Children – a program allowing advanced and gifted students to enter university after two years of high school studies rather than five. Rabinovich always maintained an impressive academic record while continuing her musical studies. Following her first year of studies in the program, Rabinovich was nominated Top Scholar for her academic achievements, and simultaneously awarded the NSRMTA Award for the top mark among piano performers upon completing her RCM ARCT Performance at the age of 14. Throughout her high school years, Rabinovich was an active member of the Student Council, a Student Leadership Conference Delegate, a math and chemistry tutor to disadvantaged high school students, and a “Class Act” leader. Since she had an interest in microbiology, she also regularly volunteered at the UBC Michael Smith Laboratory doing histology analyses and various labwork for a Ph.D., and went on to win Silver in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, following her personal lab studies of the effects of Echinacea on Macrophages Infected with Salmonella Typhimurium.


Following her graduation, Rabinovich received early entrance to the University of British Colombia and a full Major Entrance Scholarship to study there. She went on to study the English Language with an interest in rhetoric and pragmatics, while simultaneously continuing her musical studies with Dr. Sasha Starcevich. She has demonstrated strength and talent in academic studies, public speaking, and performing arts, and she enjoys making positive contributions to improve the learning environment in her community. Placing in the top 15% of her class in the University of British Colombia, Evgenia received and accepted the invitation to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, “the world’s premier collegiate honour society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and connecting high-achieving individuals locally, regionally & globally” . Following her third year at UBC, Rabinovich made the decision to transfer into the Mannes School of Music. She is a dedicated musician who is determined to become a professional concert pianist, and hopes to eventually develop a teaching career.