Meet our Award Winning Piano Teachers!

Learn How to Play Piano! We will guide you all the way from your first Piano lesson all the way up to the Professional Levels.

Kirill Bolshakov  <a name="kirill"></a>

Kirill Bolshakov

D.M.A., D.M.E.

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

Andrea Brown <a name="andreab"></a>

Andrea Brown

A.R.C.T., RMT

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

I - Cheng Chen <a name="icheng"></a>

I – Cheng Chen

M.Mus.

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 <a name="jovian"></a>

Jovian Cheng

B.Mus.

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.

Carmen Ching <a name="carmen"></a>

Carmen Ching

B.Mus., A.R.C.T. Performers

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.

Monika Diaz <a name="monika"></a>

Monika Diaz

B.Mus.

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.

 
Wenwen Du <a name="wenwen"></a>

Wenwen Du

B.Mus., Artist Diploma in Piano Performance

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).

 
Dr. Bogdan Dulu <a name="bogdan"></a>

Dr. Bogdan Dulu

D.M.A.

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.

 
Linda Hayes <a name="linda"></a>

Linda Hayes

Associate Diploma UT

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

Tiffany Humble <a name="tiffany"></a>

Tiffany Humble

A.R.C.T., B.A. Psychology

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.

 
Stephanie Jang <a name="stephaniej"></a>

Stephanie Jang

B.Mus

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.

Peemanat"Benz" Kittimontreechai <a name="benz"></a>

Peemanat”Benz” Kittimontreechai

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.

Herbert Kwan <a name="herbert"></a>

Herbert Kwan

B.Mus., A.R.C.T.

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).

Yana Levkovich <a name="yana"></a>

Yana Levkovich

M.Mus.

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

Lixia Li <a name="lixia"></a>

Lixia Li

M.Music, G.P.D., A.D.

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.

 
Maggie Lu   <a name="maggie"></a>

Maggie Lu

Maggie Lu began her musical education at five years of age. At the young age of twelve, she was awarded her diploma in Piano Performance and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). Her first lessons in piano have inspired her to perform to this day, winning First Place in competitions such as the Richmond and Vancouver Kiwanis music festivals throughout her childhood. She has concert experience in venues such as the Bell Performing Arts Centre, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, and the Chan Centre, in addition to performances with folk pop band known as The Wilds. She holds several First Class Honours and Distinctions for her strong background in music theory and history. Currently, she is pursuing her degree in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia, School of Music.
Lukas Mikolajczyk <a name="Lukas"></a>

Lukas Mikolajczyk

Lukas was born and raised in a musical family. His passion for music fully flourished in 2015 when he became one of top 30 best young pianists in the world at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Poland. He has performed concerts in Europe, Asia and North America. Lukas is full of passion and love for music. His teaching style is demanding, disciplined and respectful.

Domenico Mongelli <a name="domenico"></a>

Domenico Mongelli

M.Mus.

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.

 

Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa <a name="stephanie"></a>

Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa

D.M.A., M.M. B.Mus, ARCT Voice & Piano

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).

Adam Page <a name="adam"></a>

Adam Page

A.R.C.T., L.L.C.M.

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.

 

Carl Petersson <a name="carl"></a>

Carl Petersson

D.M.A.

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
Waka Shinko <a name="waka"></a>

Waka Shinko

A.R.C.T.

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.

Henri-Paul Sicsic <a name="henri"></a>

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” in other major centers in the U.S. and on the C.B.C. in Canada.

Sanaz Sotoudeh <a name="Sanaz"></a>

Sanaz Sotoudeh

B.Mus, M.Mus

Pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh has appeared in recitals, festivals and different venues around Europe, North America and Middle-East. As a versatile pianist in both solo and collaborative repertoire she has been performing in various projects and productions with well-known musicians and artists such as Daniel Barenboim’s ‘West-eastern Divan Orchestra’ project in Spain, ‘ASPECT foundation for Music and Arts’ concert series at Kings Place London UK, ‘Bourgie Hall- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ concert series, ‘FACAD Art Festival’ at the Vancouver Art Gallery, ‘Oxford Lieder’ festival in Oxford; UK tour with ‘Japanese-Anglo Society UK’, NSOuae Symphony Orchestra in Abu Dhabi, ‘Hiwar’ project with Zahed Sultan, Middle East Choir Festival at Dubai Opera House, live performance and interview In Tune on BBC Radio 3, live broadcast on Okarina Musique.com TV in France, and on Abu Dhabi TV 2018.

Eve Tang   <a name="eve"></a>

Eve Tang

M.M., B.M., ARCT

Eve’s teaching approach stimulates creativity, inspires self-discipline, and encourages each student to express themselves through music. Eve Tang received her Masters of Music from Yale University and Bachelors of Music from McGill University. She was also awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction in completing her ARCT diploma in piano performance. Her orchestral endeavors have taken her all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, Canada, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and Colombia.

Cole Tinney  <a name="cole"></a>

Cole Tinney

D.M.A., D.M.E.

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.

Fiona Tsang <a name="fiona"></a>

Fiona Tsang

B. Mus

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

David Wang

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

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).

Dr. Libby Yu <a name="libby"></a>

Dr. Libby Yu

D.M.A.

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.