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Tristan Teo

Tristan Teo, twenty one, was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where he started piano lessons at age six.  He is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s highly selective Accelerated B.M./M.M. Program, obtaining his Bachelor and Master degrees in 2017 and 2018 respectively.  Major teachers include Jerome Lowenthal and Sasha Starcevich.  In September 2018, Tristan will commence studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows Program at Juilliard with Yoheved Kaplinsky.



Martin Mayer

“Canada’s Prince of Piano” – that’s how the Beijing Times, China’s leading English-language newspaper, described Canadian pianist and composer Martin Mayer.

His music has been defined as instrumental fusion – a combination of smooth jazz, classical, pop, and rock. Mayer’s European roots add a good share of thoughtful and longing soul, his North American education contributes a healthy dose of high-octane energy. An explosive mix.


Winfried Rompf

Winfried Rompf, B.Com, ARCT, RMT was born in Bremen, Germany. He immigrated to Canada as a child and took most of his academic and musical training in British Columbia. He studied piano with Marjory Lancaster-Smith, Edward Parker, Boris Roubakin and Pierre Souverain. He won the Murial Erskin Award for his ARCT examination and won numerous other recognitions, including top marks in the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival. 


Catherine Rollin

Catherine Rollin is an active pianist, composer, clinician, author and teacher. Her pedagogical compositions are recognized worldwide for their combination of musicality and “ teachability”. She has over 400 pieces published with Alfred Publishing Company and her music is also available in Japan through Zenon Publishing and in Taiwan through Continental Publishing. Her music is currently featured on many lists including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) bulletin where they are included in the solo, duet, one hand, concerto and patriotic categories.

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Kirill Bolshakov

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


Ilana Vered

Ilana Vered has been heard with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


Gabriella Minnes Brandes

Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Ph.D. has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988 and is currently teaching the Technique both in the Theatre Department at Capilano University and at the Alexander Technique Centre. Gaby also teaches in the Young Artists Program at the Vancouver Opera, and at the Pender Island Flute Retreat.


Roberto Plano

First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada) and the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition, Italian pianist Roberto Plano has performed all over the world. Important venues in North America include Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center, where he performed the American premiere of Luis de Pablo’s Retratos y Transcripciones; Severance Hall in Cleveland, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and others.

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Fafan Xiao

Fafan Xiao holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree of Piano Education. She is a  RCM registered teacher, CFMTA and BCRMTA registered music teacher (R.M.T), and presently or has previously served as a member of BCMTA SPG music competition committee, council member of Vancouver Music Teacher Association, Clef society music association, and CMTAC.


Dr. Derek Chiu

Mr. Chiu is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music – College of Examiners. He has also served as the Program & Outreach Coordinator and was a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the Rockland Conservatory of Music in Spring Valley, NY from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Chiu has over 15 years of teaching experience. His students have achieved local and national honors and recognition.


Canadian pianist Derek Zhi Guang Chiu began formal music training with Brian Cross in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Chiu continued his studies with Dr. E. Gregory Butler and Joel Hastings at the University of Windsor, where he graduated


The Bergmann Duo

The Bergmann Piano Duo`s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals, including MusicFest Vancouver, the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage für neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at the EXPO 2000, Hannover. They have appeared with several North American


Dr. Pavel Egorov

Pavel Egorov graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1975 where he studied under Prof. Tatjana Nikolaeva and Vera Gornostaeva.  In 1974 he won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal at the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany. Since then, the pianist carries on an intense concert activity, both in his own country and abroad.  In 1980, after finishing his post-graduate studies, he was invited to teach at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, where he is currently working as a Professor of the Department of Special Piano. Mr. Egorov is a National Artist of the Russian Federation (the highest honorary title of Russia), an Honorary Member of the International Schumann Society, Dusseldorf, Germany and an Honorary Member of the St.

J. Isaac Chua

B. Mus.

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


Jane Hayes

M. Mus. B. Mus., ARCT
Director of Keyboard Studies at Kwatlen University

Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States and Europe. Her early studies were in her native Ottawa and she went on to study with such notable pianists as Bela Siki, Menahem Pressler, Pierre Sancan, and Patricia Parr.  She can be heard frequently on CBC radio and has recordings available on the Fanfare, EMI, Centrediscs, ATMA, Artifact, CBC-Musica Viva and CBC SM5000 labels.


Jane Hayes’ repertoire spans baroque through contemporary solo and chamber music. For years, she was a favorite collaborator of cellist Harvey Shapiro in the Victoria International Festival of the Arts and  has

Douglas Finch

Douglas Finch is a Canadian pianist and composer, known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert.


He was born in Winnipeg, and had his initial musical training with his mother and later Winnifred Sim and Jean Broadfoot. He continued at the University of Western Ontario with William Aide and then at Juilliard, NY, with Beveridge Webster. After winning a Silver Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels in 1978, he began to perform extensively throughout Canada, as well as devoting much of his time to composition,

Tien Hsieh

Acclaimed for exceptional temperament, personal expressivity and insight, pianist Tien Hsieh has enjoyed a far-ranging career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. While performing intensively throughout the America West, she has appeared on major series in San Francisco and Seattle, as well as concert series as far afield as Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Lane Series at University of Vermont and Impromptu Concerts in Key West, Florida. New York Concert Review praised Tien Hsieh’s 2008 return to New York’s Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall as “Unusually impressive, compelling, thrusting, extraordinary, most memorable and deeply moving.” Tien Hsieh is the Cover Featured Artist in Sacramento Talent Magazine


Margory Purdy

M. Mus. B. Mus., ARCT Performer’s, ARCT Teacher’s

Marjory Purdy began piano lessons at the age of four with her mother, Margaret Purdy.  She later continued her studies with Helen Dahlstrom, Robin Wood, Winifred Scott Wood, and William Goldenberg.  Her education includes Performer’s and Teacher’s Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music; a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Victoria; and a Master of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University.  She also studied collaborative piano at the doctorate level with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan and participated in summer programs and masterclasses in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Barbara M. Siemens

Barbara M. Siemens is an active contributor to the local and regional musical community, working with piano students of all ages and abilities for over twenty-five years. Her training includes a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology, a Bachelor of Music, an ARCT Performers’ Diploma, and an ARCT Teachers’ Diploma for which she received the Gordon Hallet Award. In addition to instructing, adjudicating, and volunteering, Ms. Siemens is a senior RCM examiner and clinician, and she has travelled in both Canada and the U.S. on their behalf since 1993. As an author of pedagogical material, she has condensed her years of experience into The Piano Workbook Series which includes assignment books (Prep to Level 10), a Teacher’s Manual and the recently released 

Henri-Paul Sicsic

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”


Dr. Sasha Starcevich

Creative Director

Pianist Sasha Starcevich is an international performer and teacher. Since receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Yale University in May of 2003, he has continued to thrill audiences in the United States, Canada and Europe. Starcevich has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London’s Wigmore Hall.


As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across the globe, toured Russia with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at several international festivals. Starcevich has recorded for CBS Television in the


Linda Lee Thomas

Linda Lee Thomas has been PRINCIPAL PIANIST of the VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the VANCOUVER RADIO ORCHESTRA since 1972. As “Chamber Musician Supreme”, she was Artistic Director of Masterpiece Music, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre¹s hugely successful chamber music series for 17 years. In 2000, she was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the industry.


Her other passion is the music and dance of Argentina – the Tango. Since her bold emergence onto the international tango scene, she has become Canada’s foremost tango musician, performing and recording with

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Lucas Wong

Canadian pianist Lucas Wong is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and répétiteur. His repertoire covers harpsichord, piano, and extended keyboard techniques. His CD Scherzando Piano (Titanic Records) features music by Debussy and Chabrier. His work includes scholarly writing, music adjudication, and a cross-discipline research project on software algorithms for piano reduction. His essay “Humour in Late Debussy” was published in The Musical Times. He gave a Debussy lecture at the Juilliard School.


Lucas Wong has performed in many prestigious international venues, including Carnegie Hall, CBC Vancouver, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Seoul’s Sejong Center, and the University of Hong Kong


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.


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


Dr. Robert Silverman

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has climbed every peak of serious pianism: lauded performances of the complete sonata cycles by Beethoven and Mozart; concerts in prestigious halls across the globe; orchestral appearances with many of the world’s greatest conductors; and award-winning recordings distributed internationally.


Recognized as one of Canada’s premiere pianists, Robert Silverman has reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature.

Prof. Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov

Prof. Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a family of musicians. His first performance on stage was at the age of five. A year later he won the first prize at the National Piano Competition “S.Obretenov” in Provadia/Bulgaria.