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.
Anatoly Brusylovskiy grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of eight, Anatoly came to the realization that music was the only career path he wanted to pursue. He developed and polished his performing and teaching skills at Glier National Music College of Ukraine as a professional trumpet player and brass and woodwind music teacher. There he explored and perfected a wide range of styles, from classical to jazz and marching band music.
For the past twenty years, Anatoly has successfully combined his performing and teaching career having appeared with such orchestras as Kiev Municipal Orchestra (Ukraine), Big Band of National Circus of Ukraine, the Orchestra of Ghesher Theatre (Israel) and Ukrainian NationalTV and Radio orchestra. After years of touring worldwide, including the Netherlands, Germany, USA, Israel, Russia, and more, he has decided to settle in Canada. Currently he performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Little Mountain Brass Band.
Anatoly generously shares his passion for music with anyone willing to learn, regardless of skill level or age. He truly believes that music is an international language that unites us as humans and helps us communicate when all the words are spoken.
With over ten years of teaching children’s movement and music classes, Leora is thrilled to be teaching Music for Young Children at Showcase Piano Academy. She uses the intrinsic power of music to cultivate in her students their intellect, self-discipline, emotions and self-motivation. A musical community is created in the classroom where all can learn from one another and contribute to the greater good.[showhide type="leora" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”]
Having recently returned from teaching with the award winning Music House for Children in London, UK, Leora has over twenty years of professional music performance experience including numerous productions with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. She is an accomplished graduate of Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan jazz program, has released four critically acclaimed CDs and has performed throughout North America and Europe.
Leora is an extraordinary music teacher of young children and has found a way to impart her own musicianship with those that study with her. Her goal is to goal is to empower each child to courageously share their musical ideas and songs, experience the joy of music making, and happily play the piano every day.[/showhide]
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.
Chen’s devotion in music education has inspired countless students over 25 years. Wintin holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Music and Dance Pedagogy from The Carl Orff-Institute at Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Austria).
She received a Master's of Music degree from University of Memphis (Tennessee, USA); and completed her [showhide type="wintin" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”]B.Ed. degree (early childhood education) from National Taiwan Normal University.
In group music lessons, Wintin facilitates young children's musical learning through playful games. Children's development of musical skill, appreciation and creativity is best in a natural and joyful environment. The natural rhythms children create in the Music for Young Children curriculum rhymes, chants and games will prepare them for learning any musical instrument, even for RCM examinations.
In past years, Wintin has conducted Christmas Carols with S.F.U. Children's Choir and organized Young Children Musical Flash Mobs at Simon Fraser University. These fun and joyful group music activities encourage young children's self-confidence and creativity. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.[/showhide]
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.
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.
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.
Sheryl Hung holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of British Columbia. Her primary teachers include Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Heidi Krutzen, principal harpist from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and Lani Krantz, principal harpist from Vancouver Island Symphony.
Her many ensemble rehearsals and performances have shaped her into an accomplished interpreter and teacher. A solo, chamber, and orchestral harpist, Sheryl has played with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra. Sheryl has performed in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, China, and Taiwan, and has performed in master classes by world-class harpists including Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga, Natalia Shamayeva, Willy Postma, Ann Yeung, Cristina Braga, and Judy Loman.
A great lover of the harp repertoire, Sheryl is passionate in sharing her talents with her students and the community at large. In her lessons, she focuses on building a solid and relaxed technique while playing with joy and appreciation of the arts.
Sheryl also teaches piano, theory, early childhood music, and ballet. Sheryl 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.
Marika is an early childhood educator by heart and by trade. With over 25 years experience as a teacher (she holds an MA in music education and pedagogy), she focuses mostly on music education for preschoolers. Certified with ECE, Montessori, Carl Orff, MYC and Mother Goose training, she implements all her knowledge into positive, creative and child - oriented music lessons with fun and joy in mind. When Marika is not educating children, she sings with Pandoras Vox choir, dances with Slavik, Slovak Folklore Society or performs puppet shows for children with Creative Cart.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Lukas Mikolajczyk stands out as one of the most recognized pianists of his generation in Poland. He has been distinguished as a pianist of great sophistication. He is praised particularly for his harmonic perception, beauty of sound and passionate performances. In 2014 he was the very first to receive the Krystian Zimerman Award for most talented young pianist.
In October 2015 Lukas Mikolajczyk advanced to the second round of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. This achievement placed him among the world’s top 30 best young pianists. In October 2017 Lukas Mikolajczyk won the Vancouver International Music Competition held to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. He received the Platinum Cash Prize and numerous additional prizes.
Originally from Poland, Lukas studied in Katowice at the Karol Szymanowski State Music School in the piano class of Professor Anna Górecka. His progress was accelerated by studies at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree with Professor Zbigniew Raubo in 2017. Currently Lukas Mikolajczyk is mentored by Professor Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
At the start of Lukas Mikolajczyk’s career, he received numerous awards on many significant piano competitions. In 2008, he won the First Prize and the Special Award of Elżbieta Stefańska for the best performance of a Johann Sebastian Bach work at the 10th Ludwik Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition in Płock, Poland. Two years later he received Second Price in the 16th Polish Piano Competition in Konin, Poland and he was awarded the third prize at the International Podkarpacki Chopin Competition held in Rzeszów, Poland. Lukas Mikolajczyk achieved 3rd place (2013, 2015) in the National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
In November 2013 the Kler Foundation released Lukas first recording which features Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor op. 21. This album commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Kler Company being established. The succeeding album, recorded live at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio S1 in Warsaw, Poland, contains a unique live performance of Fryderyk Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. In August 2015, Lukas recorded his third album which features other Chopin piano works.
Currently Lukas Mikolajczyk works as a piano teacher in Vancouver, Canada. He works closely with the Canada International Arts & Music Society and Vancouver Chopin Society.
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.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Miya Otake is an active harpist contributing her talent in both performing and teaching.
At age of seven, she began to study harp with Taeko Okajima. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her musical studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music with
scholarships. She has always achieved high scores for her musical exams and won many awards including the Kiwanis and other musical competitions. She has appeared in many recitals and numerous TV programs studying under Taka Kling who is a former professor at the University of Victoria.
After completing her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Daphne Boden, Skaila Kanga, and Marisa Robles in London, England, she pursued further studies in Nice, France with Madame Fontan-Binoche.
Miya has performed in Canada, USA, Brazil, Europe, and Japan. Her notable performances include the Harp Duet with her sister, Kaori Otake at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.
She is the founder of the award winning Westcoast Harp Ensemble and currently, she is the principal harp instructor at both Langley Community Music School and the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Her students have received many Awards from the Kiwanis International Music Festivals and also many Gold and Silver Awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving the highest score for their Examinations.
Miya has been awarded the Teachers Certificate of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music for her student’s highest achievements.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Pietrzak is a versatile guitarist and educator. She received her doctorate degree at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where she studied with Mark Zielinski. Before that she studied in Greece with Costas Cotsiolisa. Anna Pietrzak has received many awards in several solo and chamber-music competitions in Austria, Greece, Romania and Poland. Anna has released three albums, all of which received positive reviews in the established music press. British magazine “Classical Guitar” wrote that Anna Pietrzak is an important musician who can handle emotions and captivate audiences. Anna has performed with chamber ensembles and as a soloist with
orchestras in Poland, Sweden, Greece, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Slovakia. In 2017 she is invited to perform with the Toronto Concert Orchestra led by Kerry Stratton and to deliver a series of master classes. Currently Dr. Anna Pietrzak teaches students in guitar and chamber music as well as pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.
Shirin Rashidi is a professional violinist graduated with honors degree from Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. Shirin started her classical Violin training at the age of 9 with world-class violin instructors, such as Valodia Tarkhanian and Natalie Manolov. On the other hand, Shirin’s Middle Eastern background exposed her to wide variety of eastern music compositions while she was studying her BA of Music at the University of Tehran.
Since 2002, Shirin has been teaching music to students in various age groups,5+ years old, using the most updated methods. She assesses student's abilities and music background carefully to choose the best suitable teaching method tailored specifically to meet their needs. She has lots of experience working with students and arranging quarterly recitals to motivate learners and improve their performance skills. Shirin's emphasizes on goal-setting and working at each individual's pace. As a result, she has been very successful in communicating with both kids and adults who are interested in learning music and helping them reach their goals.
Since year 2000, Shirin has been playing in various famous orchestras in Canada, such as New Westminster Symphony Orchestra. She has been actively performing six times a year on the stage of well-known theaters such as Massey Theater and Centennial Theater in Vancouver, Canada. She has been involved in performing and arranging international music festivals for the past twelve years. Shirin has been teaching in Los Angeles from 2012-2015 and she been taking master classes with University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) professors. Due to her passion for music, Shirin has been volunteered to educate students in Iran for 2 years between summer of 2015 to familiarize younger generations with Canadian/American music methods and syllabuses.
Roderick Seed is a British flute player based in Vancouver BC, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2009. He won the “Paddy Purcell Award” – an Entrance Scholarship – to study with William Bennett, OBE. He went on to study with Lorna McGhee, the principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where
he also received a scholarship. Previously, he has studied with Sebastian Bell, Kate Hill and Pat Morris (piccolo) and has participated in masterclasses given by international artists such as Emily Beynon, Emanuel Pahud, Jacques Zoon, David Takeno (violin professor) and Shigenori Kudo.
In September 2010 Roderick was a First Prize Winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition (New York) and in October he performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.
Roderick has given recitals and concerts in venues such as Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh Festival), St Martin in the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and Westminster Cathedral, as well as concert halls in Canada, Hungary, Germany and USA. He has played with London Octave and has toured Europe as soloist in Malcolm Arnold’s Flute Concerto with West Sussex County Orchestra. Most recently, he has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada and Japan. He has played alongside flautists such as William Bennett and Denis Bouriakov.
Roderick is a keen advocate of new music, having worked with many composers whilst still a student. He has premiered many chamber works by young composers and also a concerto by Nimrod Borenstein as a result of winning the solo award at the London Concerto Competition. In 2010, he gave a premiere of a new work written especially for him by Eddie McGuire at the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester.
Roderick is an active teacher. He was Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School in 2009 and 2010. He has also given masterclasses at the Lizst Academy in Budapest, Hungary and for the Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra in Oman. With the Moyse Ensemble, he has given classes and concerts in Japan and at the 2nd Canadian Flute Convention.
Roderick was an honorary jury member for the 7th Internet Competition of Young Performers “My Favourite Flute”.
Roderick’s book of exercises for flute players based on the teaching of William Bennett is due to be released in 2017.
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.
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.
She has completed both her B.Mus and M.Mus in solo piano performance at the McGill University in Canada with Marina Mdivani, pupil of Emil Gilels. She has attended the Franz-Schubert Institute in Austria and the Académie Francis Poulenc in France on scholarships. In 2011, she completed her post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music London, UK, studying piano with well-known British pianists Julius Drake and Christopher Elton. She is thankful for the great support of a Cork Entrance Scholarship and a Kathleen Trust Grant towards her studies.
Sanaz Sotoudeh had worked as a pianist at the Schulich School of Music McGill University; Les Ballet Jazz the Montreal/BJM, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute/ICAV, Graphics of eMotion/GEM company in Montreal, and The Fridge art and music agency in Dubai.
“Sanaz Sotoudeh at the piano making light of the fiendishly difficult piano parts. Her playing throughout was sensitive to the extraordinary range of emotions of these works, combining confidence and astute pianism” Musical Pointers (London, UK, 2011)
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.
While having spent a year teaching actively in D.C., she also dedicated and valued her time as a volunteer. Her devotion to education has led her to teaching engagements in schools, libraries, hospitals, and cultural centers in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Miami, New Haven, and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Ms. Tang has broadened her global outreach by traveling to South America and serving in local communities as teaching artist and performer at the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín in Medellín, Colombia.
Eve has held orchestra positions in the New World Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as associate principal. Eve has also had the privilege to participate in numerous European music festivals, including Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and Verbier, Switzerland. She was on the viola faculty at the American Institute Musical Studies in Austria and Filarmónica Joven de Colombia.
Sarah Tatto holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Vancouver Academy of Music, certificates in music performance, ESL teacher/tutor training, and a certificate in Kodaly music for children.
Sarah’s voice studies have taken her to Edmonton, Portland, New York and, Los Angeles. She has studied extensively in Europe, having participated in several international music academies and festivals, included
two summers in Salzburg Austria, studying at the Mozarteum; in Urbania, Italy performing in an opera program with the Manhattan School of Music; study and performance in Modena, Santa Marghertia Ligure, Florence, Pietra Santa and the Truscia Opera festival.
Sarah is an inquisitive singer who has the desire to understand singing from both an artistic and scientific perspective. Currently, Sarah is studying to become a certified Vocologist* through a program headed by renowned voice scientist Dr. Titze. In addition to Vocology, Sarah is also completing requirements to become certified as a Speech Language Pathologist assistant and to also receive certification as a “Distinguished voice teacher”. Sarah also holds two certificates in ESL and as a result, her students frequently experience significant improvements in their accent reduction.
Sarah has been a recipient of the Barbara Eves-Motomochi Memorial fund from the Vancouver Opera Guild, has been a finalist with Jeunes Ambassadeur lyrique, was a finalist in the Spoleto/Vancouver voice competition, is alumnus of the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble and has been a chorister for several years with the Vancouver Opera.
Sarah is a member of the Canadian Actor’ Equity, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association.
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.
Ryan Trew is a composer, percussionist, and music theory pedagogue having completed an undergraduate degree in music from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Music at the University of Toronto, and a Doctorate of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Throughout his academic career, Ryan has studied with important Canadian composers including:[showhide type="ryan" more_text="READ MORE" less_text="Show Less”] Christos Hatzis, Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch, Ka Nin Chan, Linda Smith, and Stephen Chatman. Ryan’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Wilfrid Laurier (Alumni) Flute Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Amy Hamilton.
Ryan has extensive experience teaching Theory, Harmony, and Music History courses both privately and in-group lessons. He's taught theory at the Semiahmoo Academy of Music, British Columbia Conservatory of Music, and the Music Centre in Barrie, Ontario. His students usually receive very high marks on their theory exams. [/showhide]
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 native of Korea, Concertmaster Dominic Woo is an active solo violin player both in Canada and Europe. Winning the 2nd Prize in 2007 Padova International competition, Dominic was a member of Jenaer Philharmonie orchestra in Jena, Germany and currently the Concertmaster of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Dominic began his musical training in violin at the age of six with Prof. J.K. Song in Korea. After his immigration to Canada, he furthered his studies on the violin with Mr. Arthur Ludwig Polson. In Canada, Dominic was a top prize winner in many musical competitions such as the ’96 North American Star Quest. Dominic earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the Musik Hochschule Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig where he studied violin with Prof. Ulrich Klupsch. Throughout his years in Musik Hochschule, he was appointed Concertmaster under the baton of legendary conductors such as Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi. With his Mendelssohn-Haus debut in Leipzig, Germany in 2004, Dominic was appointed as concertmaster of the music school and associate concertmaster of ARS chamber orchestra of Leipzig. During his Leipzig period, he also been worked with world renowned orchestras such as “Gewandhaus Orchester zur Leipzig”.
Upon graduation, he auditioned for both an Orchestra Academy position in Musikhochschule “Franz Liszt” Weimar and a Konzertexamen degree(Ph.D) in Musikhochschule “Carl-Maria Webber” Dresden, both of which he successfully obtained. In his last season there, he was selected for the Konzertexamen ensemble in Dresden Musikhochschule and appointed Concertmaster. In Dresden Musikhochschule, Dominic studied with a Gramophone award winner Professor John Holloway and graduated with top honours. Dominic has also shown interest in teaching and was awarded his educational degree by the Musik Hochschule Leipzig in 2006. Later he was assigned assistant professor to his teacher, Prof. Ulrich Klupsch. In the year 2010, Dominic was appointed to the violin faculty of the Robert Schumann Music Camp in Schumann-Haus, Leipzig. Germany.
Currently, Dominic gives frequent concerts and Master classes in Europe, Asia and North America. Dominic is fluent in English and Korean.
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.