Award-Winning Faculty

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

Kirill Bolshakov

Piano

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

Piano

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

Anatoly Brusylovskiy <a name="anatoly"></a>

Anatoly Brusylovskiy

Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba

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.

Leora Cashe  <a name="leora"></a>

Leora Cashe

Music for Young Children

MYC Certified

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.

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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.

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

I – Cheng Chen

Piano

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.

Wintin Chen <a name="wintin"></a>

Wintin Chen

Music for Young Children

M.Mus.

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

Jovian Cheng

Piano

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

Theory, Piano

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.

Nina Chou   <a name="nina"></a>

Nina Chou

Piano

B. Mus, M.M., M. Ed.
Originally from Taiwan, Nina started learning the piano at the age of 4, and began playing the cello at the age of 7. Trained as a classical pianist and cellist, she participated in many music festivals and competitions and was twice selected as a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. Among various performances, getting invited to play at a luncheon by the Minerva Foundation for BC Women was the most memorable one. As a performer, she has given recitals in Taiwan, Vancouver, Toronto, and New York. Nina earned a B.M. in Piano Performance from University of Toronto, a M.M. in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and a M.Ed. in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, she is the music teacher and the choir director at a public school in the West Vancouver district.
Monika Diaz <a name="monika"></a>

Monika Diaz

Piano

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

Piano

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

Piano

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.

 
Oskar Falta <a name="oskar"></a>

Oskar Falta

Cello

M.Mus.

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.
Linda Hayes <a name="linda"></a>

Linda Hayes

Theory, Piano

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

Sheryl Hung <a name="sheryl"></a>

Sheryl Hung

Harp, Music for Young Children, Music Together

B.Mus., MYC Certified, MT Certified, ECE Certified

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.

 

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

Stephanie Jang

Voice, Piano

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

Piano

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.

Marika Kubinyi <a name="marika"></a>

Marika Kubinyi

Music for Young Children

MYC Certified

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

Herbert Kwan

Piano

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).

Elvira Lagji <a name="elvira"></a>

Elvira Lagji

Cello

M.Mus

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

Yana Levkovich

Piano

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

Piano

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

Piano

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

Piano

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

Piano

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

Voice, Piano

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).

Miya Otake <a name="miya"></a>

Miya Otake

Harp

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

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

Adam Page

Piano

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.

 

Bo Peng <a name="bo"></a>

Bo Peng

Cello

M.Mus.

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.

Shirin Rashidi   <a name="shirin"></a>

Shirin Rashidi

Violin

Diploma of Music Performance

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.

Roderick Seed <a name="roderick"></a>

Roderick Seed

Flute, Piccolo

M.Mus.

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

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

Waka Shinko

Piano

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

Piano

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.

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

Eve Tang

Violin, Piano, Viola

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.

Sarah Tatto <a name="sarah"></a>

Sarah Tatto

Voice

B.Mus.

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

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

Cole Tinney

Piano

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.

Ryan Trew <a name="ryan"></a>

Ryan Trew

Theory

D.M.A.

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.

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

Fiona Tsang

Piano, Organ

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

Piano, Vocal Coach

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).

Dominic Woo <a name="dominic"></a>

Dominic Woo

Violin

D.M.A.

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.

 

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

Dr. Libby Yu

Piano

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.

 

Max Zipursky <a name="max"></a>

Max Zipursky

Adult Lessons

B.Mus.

Since graduating from Capilano University with a B. Mus in Jazz Studies, Max Z has become one of the city’s hottest players. Although he often plays your typical Jazz standards and lounge tunes, Max specializes in Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul. He plays old favourites, new and originals with a special twist that makes him unique to Vancouver’s circuit of players.   Max can be seen playing solo at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Shangri-La hotel lobbies, with Myles Bigelow performing live Latin House music or with his band The Star Captains.   Although Max maintains a busy performance and recording schedule, he loves to share his passion for music with others through teaching. By nature he is laid-back and low pressure, and he takes this approach when teaching.