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Instructors

Dr. Rosy Ge

Piano | Director of Music

D.M.A- Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Kansas

M.M- Piano Performance and Music History, Indiana University

B.M- Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory

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Described by many as a pianist with enormous potential, Dr. Ge has won numerous prizes and scholarships both locally and internationally. Rosy is also a dedicated teacher and mentor to young musicians. Her students were accepted into top music programs and schools and many have won local and international competitions. Besides having a private studio, Dr. Ge has given lectures and masterclasses extensively in China, Canada, and the United States.  She is an editor for the United States Music Certificate Examination  (USMCE) piano repertoire and the Canada Division Director of the IPPA Conero International Piano Competition . Full bio 

Molly

Piano

 B.M - Piano Performance, University of Franklin Pierce

Certificate of High Honours in Music Study- Music Education and Piano Performance, Far East State of Arts Institute, Vladivostok, Russia

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Having a passion for music at the age of 5, Molly pursued her dreams of learning piano in both Russia and the USA with full scholarships and graduated with high honours. She furthered her studies in piano performance in Boston and in Vienna, Austria. An engaging and thoughtful piano teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience, she tailors her lesson plans to each individual student and helps them reach their goals. Because of her international education, Molly was interviewed by the New York media on the contrasting music education systems between Russia and USA and the impact it had on her teaching techniques and students. Playful at heart with lots of positive energy, Molly can relate and connect with her students easily. She is very patient and firmly believes that music can positively influence self-esteem, stress management, and creativity. Molly also sat on the jury for international piano competitions and gave masterclasses in China and the USA. 

Andrew

Violin

M.M- Violin Performance, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

B.M- Violin Performance, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Andrew studied violin performance under Prof. Sherban Lupu, and chamber music under members of the Pacifica Quartet. After graduation, Andrew joined Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He was also selected as a member of the MusiCorps program, in which he introduced different string instruments and explained their performing methods to students and audiences. Andrew went back to his hometown Hong Kong after leaving Civic Orchestra and
taught violin both privately and in various secondary and primary schools. He also performed in several orchestras including the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Strings, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Andrew is very experienced in the RCM examination system and focuses on building a strong technical foundation in students of all levels. 

Dr. Mei

Voice | Alexander Technique

 

D.M.A.- Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Western Ontario

M.M- Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Toronto

B.M- Vocal Performance, University of Toronto

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Dr. Mei is a performing artist, voice teacher, and music educator with a vision. A creative and versatile performer in operas, oratorios, concerts and recitals, Dr. Mei has performed in Canada and abroad with the Canadian Opera Company and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra among others.  In addition to her performing career, Dr. Mei is equally active in studio as a voice teacher. Under her guidance, many of her students have been accepted into prestigious vocal programs, and enjoyed great successes in local and international competitions. Dr. Mei is also one of the leading authorities in the integration of musical performance and pedagogy with Alexander Technique.

Dr. Alexander

Piano

 

Doctorate- Piano Performance, Nizhny Novgorod Academy, Russia 

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Alexander immigrated to Canada in 2005 and immediately joined the Canadian musical scene. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, he became a laureate at the All-Russia Piano Competition and went on to win two prestigious international competitions in Italy - the Carlo Soliva Piano Competition and Rina Sana Gallo Piano Competition, resulting in critically acclaimed European concert tours.

Prior to his immigration to Canada, Alexander held the position of Associate Professor at Israel's prestigious Rubin Music Academy in Tel-Aviv. As well, he has given solo and chamber music performances throughout Israel and Europe.

Willow

Piano | Voice

 

M.M- Collaborative Piano, Brandon University

B.M- Piano Performance and Music Education, Shenyang Conservatory of Music

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Willow is an accomplished music specialist with a Master's degree in piano, a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a minor in vocal performance, as well as a portfolio of varied accomplishments such as performances and collaborations with top musicians all over the world. With more than 10 years of teaching experience, she works with students of all levels and ages.  Willow is a very responsible, supportive, and loving teacher who teaches from the heart with empathy and patience, and who is loved by her students.  She is also an expert in group lessons. They have been very popular and in high demand. 

Tim

Piano | Theory

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Tim is an accomplished piano teacher with a unique approach that places a strong emphasis on improvisation and fostering individual musical expression. With a passion for unlocking the creative potential within each student, Tim guides aspiring musicians on a journey to discover their own distinct sound. Having studied at McGill University Shulich School of Music, Tim combines a solid foundation in traditional piano techniques with a forward-thinking philosophy. His teaching philosophy revolves around empowering students to explore the boundless possibilities of improvisation, encouraging them to break free from conventional constraints and discover the joy of creating music in the moment. Tim's teaching style goes beyond the confines of standard curriculum, focusing on nurturing a deep connection between the pianist and their instrument. His students not only develop technical proficiency but also cultivate a unique musical identity through experimentation and creative exploration. As an advocate for the transformative power of music education, Tim Min continues to inspire and shape the next generation of pianists by instilling a love for improvisation and guiding them to uncover the rich tapestry of their own musical voices.

Shasha

Piano

 

B.M- Piano Performance and Education, China Conservatory of Music

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Ms. Shasha is an accomplished pianist and educator. She was accepted at a young age to the Shenyang Conservatory and completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at China Conservatory. Shasha received many awards while in school and won top prizes at numerous competitions. She is also an avid chamber musician and frequently plays in concerts. Besides her own performance career, she loves passing her passion for music and piano to her students.  Shasha is a patient and responsible teacher. She was the top instuctor at Bao Hui Qiao Piano School in Beijing for over a decade and continues to mentor students after immigrating to Canada. She focuses on technique, as well as inspiring musicality and imagination in students. 

Rena

Theory

 

B.A- Art History, McMaster University

B.M- Music Honours, McMaster University

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Rena started playing piano at the age of 5 and obtained her RCM Diploma before she went to university. She received her Music Honours degree and Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a History minor from McMaster University. Rena also obtained a group music certificate from YAMAHA music school, as well as finished a teaching practicum certificate from YCDSB. Her main area of focus is music history and music theory, in conjunction with piano performance and conducting. Rena has more than 20 years of music teaching experience since her high school years. With her passion for music theory teaching and the care for her students, Rena always provides her students with a positive learning environment to encourage students to do their best. She is also able to demonstrate and encourage high standards of professionalism.

Michelle, A.R.C.T

Theory

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Born in Canada, Michelle embarked on her musical journey at the age of 6. Her dedication led her to complete her Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT Diploma prior to entering university, under the mentorship of Dr. Rosy Ge. Alongside her academic pursuits in medical science at Western University, Michelle's passion for piano remains unwavering. She received first place in the 2021 IPPA International Conero Piano Competition's Adult Division, among other prizes in local competitions. As a teacher, Michelle is known for her reliability, open-mindedness, and her ability to guide her students to excellence. Her students consistently achieve good results, often scoring above 90% in theory exams. Michelle's teaching philosophy goes beyond mere academic achievement; she is deeply committed to nurturing a genuine passion for music in her students. She fosters an environment where learning is not just a task but a joyful exploration of musical intricacies. With her intimate knowledge of the freshly updated RCM system, Michelle ensures that her students are equipped with the latest tools and techniques to excel in their musical endeavors.

Catherine

Piano | Theory

B.M- Music Performance and Education, University of Toronto

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Catherine is a music enthusiast who shares her passion for the arts through performing and teaching. She currently studies at Cambridge University in the UK specializing in Music and psychology. She is well-rehearsed in a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop and musical theatre. She actively performs in the GTA and the UK, utilizing music as a tool to heal and inspire those in her community. In addition to being a performer, Catherine is also passionate about teaching. Besides her private studio, she directed musicals, led songwriting workshops and was the co-director of the TCDSB Honour Band. She is very approachable and excited to work with students to help them achieve their music goals.

Wen

Piano

M.M- Piano Performance, Indiana University

B.M- Piano Performance, University of Toronto

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Wen is a Chinese pianist who has received professional piano training from a young age. Her performance experience has taken place in Canada, USA, and China. Wen has worked with many instrumentalists and singers. As a recipient of the Ian R. Dalton Music scholarship, Wen completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Lydia Wong at the University of Toronto. She completed her Masters at Indiana University with the renowned French-Bulgarian pianist Émile Naoumoff, who is the last disciple of legendary piano pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Wen also had masterclasses with the late Marietta Orlov, Ronan O’Hora, Evelyne Brancart, etc. With an educational background in piano pedagogy with Dr. Midori Koga at UofT, Wen is able to provide students the right tools to learn and appreciate music through practical technique.

Janet

Piano | Voice

B.M- Music Education, South China Normal University

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Janet is a dedicated and passionate piano teacher with a talent for nurturing children's love of playing and motivating their intrinsic drive to learn. With a teaching philosophy centered around the concepts of "learning through play" and "playing through learning," Janet strives to make piano learning a dynamic and enjoyable experience for children. With over 10 years of experience in music teaching and large-scale stage performances, Janet has honed her skills in piano, voice, and pipa performance. Her teaching style is characterized by patience, humor, and inspiration, skillfully awakening children's enthusiasm for learning. Janet integrates her teaching with a deep understanding of students' psychological characteristics. She employ the Orff music teaching method to establish a solid foundation for systematic piano learning. She tailors to the individual needs of each student, with clear lesson plans, compact sections, and a specific focus on challenging areas. With Janet's guidance, piano learning no longer remains a tedious task but transforms into an exciting journey filled with fun, self-competition, and personal growth. 

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Dr. Teng Fu, China

(Masterclass Only)

Piano

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M- Mannes School of Music-The New School

B.M - Mannes School of Music-The New School

An avid solo recitalist and chamber musician, Chinese pianist Teng Fu began his musical journey at the age of six. Mr. Fu has participated and won many national and international competitions.  Aside from his performance career, Teng Fu is also invested in passing down his musical knowledge to others. He taught private piano lessons to elite/ high-profile clients in New York City and gave numerous lecture recitals both in and out of the United States. Mr. Fu was the Associate Editorial Web Content Coordinator for Clavier Companion Magazine. He is currently on the Faculty at Suzhou University Full bio 

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Dr. Yuta Sugano, Japan/USA

(Masterclass Only)

Piano

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - University of Michigan

B.M - Oberlin Conservatory

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Yuta Sugano started playing the piano at the age of five. He made his debut as a soloist with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra when he was eleven. After being awarded numerous prizes in various competitions in Japan, Yuta moved to the United States to further his studies. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber collaborator in numerous countries such as Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, United States, and others. Yuta has served as the soloist and speaker every summer since 2009 at the C. F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy held at the Oberlin Conservatory. His CD recording “Romanticism in 1828” has been published by Rose Planet label in Japan, and has been reviewed favorably by several media outlets. Full bio 

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Dr. Rachel Lais Pereira, Brazil/USA

(Masterclass Only)

Piano

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - University of Kansas

B.M - University of Kansas

A native of Curitiba, Brazil, but raised in the panhandle of northern Idaho, Brazilian-American Pianist, Dr. Rachel Alves Pereira, brings a unique perspective to her performances. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Pereira has given numerous masterclasses and lectures throughout the United States. Her students have won top prizes at regional and state competitions. She is also an avid collaborator and solo performer and has performed extensively with vocalists and instrumentalists in recital. Full bio 

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Dr. Regina Tanujaya, Indonesia/USA

(Masterclass Only)

Piano

D.M.A - University of Missouri- Kansas City

M.M - University of Michigan

B.M - University of Kansas

Regina Tanujaya is a Chinese-Indonesian pianist, collaborator, and educator. Ms. Tanujaya is rapidly distinguishing herself amongst her peers as a pianist of growing accomplishments. She is the winner of both national and international competitions including the IBLA International Competition. She actively participates in summer music festivals leading to performances around the world. In summer 2019, she had a tour concert in six different cities in Czech Republic, including Prague. She was featured in several music magazines and TV broadcasting in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Tanujaya also actively performs as a collaborator in numerous chamber music series and premieres new works. Full bio 

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