Teachers & Visiting Artists

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Dr. Rosy Ge

Director of Music

D.M.A - University of Kansas

M.M - Indiana University

B.M - Oberlin Conservatory

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. She taught her first lesson at the age of 13, and it continues to be a major part of her career. 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 

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Dr. Alexander Sokol

Piano

Doctorate- Nizhny Novgorod Academy, Russia 

Pianist Alexander Sokol 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.

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Rena Lu

Music Theory

B.M. Honours- McMaster University

B.A- McMaster University

Ms. Rena Lu 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. Ms. Lu 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 18 years of music teaching experience since high school years. With her passion of music theory teaching and the care for her students, Ms. Lu always provide her students a positive learning environment to encourage students to do
their best. She is also able to demonstrate and encourage high standards of professionalism from
all students and having a capability to support aspiring young musicians with her music expertise. Her main mission is to create in students the love for music alongside achieving their
music goal.

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Catherine Tan

Piano | Musikgarten

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

Catherine Tan is a music enthusiast who shares her passion for the arts through performing and teaching. She currently studies at the University of Toronto specializing in Music Education and minoring in psychology. She is well-rehearsed in a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop and musical theatre. She actively performs in the GTA 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.

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Emily Yoon

Piano

B. M.- Wilfred Laurier University

 

Emily is a Toronto based musician that graduated with her Bachelor of Music, specializing in music education and therapy.  Emily is an ambitious teacher and currently teaches piano lessons to students of all ages. In her 25 years of teaching experience, her students have demonstrated outstanding performance achieving excelling scores in RCM examinations and participating in a variety of music contests. Emily is dedicated to helping children reach their  full musical potential. Being a diligent educator is important to her, firmly  believing music enables students to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning; to achieve the best of their musical abilities while attaining a deep  understanding and appreciation of music.

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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. Mei Lee

Voice | Theory

D.M.A - University of Western Ontario

M.M Vocal Performance and Pedagogy- University of Toronto

B.M - University of Toronto 

Soprano Mei Lee is a performing artist, voice teacher, and music educator with a vision. A creative and versatile performer in operas, oratorios, concerts and recitals, Ms. Lee has performed in Canada and abroad with the Canadian Opera Company and Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra among others.  In addition to her performing career, 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. Mei is also one of the leading authorities in the integration of musical performance and pedagogy with Alexander Technique. Full bio 

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Kevin Heung 

Piano

M.M Ed.- University of Bristol, UK

B.M.- Univeristy of Culture and Arts, Moscow

Kevin graduated as a pianist and educator from Russia and United Kingdom. His piano professor, Vladimir Selivokhin, First Prize Winner of 1968 International Busoni Piano Competition (Italy), praised Kevin as “poetic pianist, showing musicality, energy and technique in his playing." Kevin is also an experienced and dedicated piano teacher. He was the Head of Instrumental Performance in Hong Kong's International Christian Quality Secondary and Primary school for 15 years. His students have won countless prizes in national and international piano competitions. Many has also been accepted into prestigious music academies such as the Royal College of Music in the UK.  Kevin is the author of Lecture of Piano Exam. He believes every student enjoy music and his students love his teaching style. He has tailor-made plan for each student according to their character and ability to maximize their music potentiality.

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Willow Shi

Piano | Voice

B. M. Ed.- Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China

M.M.- Brandon University

 

Willow Shi 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. 

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Yuen Ying Ng

Violin

B. M.- University of Toronto

A native of Hong Kong, Yuen Ying (Jess) Ng began her violin studies at the age of seven. Yuen Ying received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from University of Toronto, where she studied with JUNO winner Annalee Patipatanakoon. Throughout her studies, she had received chamber coaching by the Gryphon Trio and worked with the members of the Calidore Quartet. Yuen Ying has performed with various orchestras, including the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Pop Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has also attended several festivals and toured Yekaterinburg, Russia with the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. Yuen Ying has a great passion in teaching as well. She is a patient and responsible teacher who cares greatly about building a firm technical foundation and nurturing the love of music in all students. 

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Michelle Qian, ARCT

Music Theory

B.Sc/BBus- University of Western Ontario 

Born and raised in Canada, Michelle Qian is a second year student studying at Western University. From the  age of 6, piano has played a large role in her life. She has succeeded in studying and completing all four exams to achieve her ARCT certificate and is a member of the RCM’s graduating class. In 2021, Michelle participated in the Conero International Piano Competition, and was the only Canadian finalist and ultimately, the Golden Prize winner in the Senior Division.  Teaching is also a big part of Michelle's music career. Her teaching style is direct and she breaks down  complicated musical concepts so every student can understand. Her theory students were all very successful in completing their exams. Michelle is an avid composer as well. Through various media and production forces, she shares her passion for music on Youtube in her free time.

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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