Meet our Teachers ...
|Dr. Sasha Starcevich - Artistic Director
Pianist Sasha Starcevich is an international performer and teacher. Since receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Yale University in May of 2003, he has continued to thrill audiences in the United States, Canada and Europe. Starcevich has given recitals at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London's Wigmore Hall.
As a soloist he has performed with orchestras across the globe also toured Russia with the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at several international festivals. Starcevich has recorded for CBS Television in the United States and has released two CD's in the United States and in London, England. Dr. Starcevich has been affiliate professor of piano at the State University of New York, department chair of music and professor of piano at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, and has taught students attending the pre-college division at the Juilliard School in New York. He currently maintains an active private studio in Bellevue, Washington. This Summer, Dr. Starcevich will join the faculty of Musicfest Perugia, in Italy.
His students have been prizewinners of local, national and international awards, and have gone on to study music at prestigious schools such as the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York. Dr. Starcevich is in frequent demand as a performer, adjudicator and presenter of Master Classes throughout North America, Russia and China. Through Showcase Pianos, Starcevich will present Masterclasses for students and seminars for teachers. His students have included Tristan Teo, Evgenia Rabinovich, Jovian Cheng, and Tim Zhang.
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“When I started studying at your academy, I overcame my phobia of playing on unfamiliar pianos because you have so many pianos there and I end up playing on a different one every week. Also, other piano schools don’t tune their pianos as much. At your school, I can touch any piano and play like I'm at home. I can’t thank your school enough for removing that fear!” – Catherine
|Bogdan Dulu - Advanced Teacher
Bogdan Dulu is an active performer on three continents. A native of Romania, he received a Bachelor’s degree from Bucharest University and a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree with acclaimed Canadian pianist, Jane Coop, while receiving UBC's prestigious 4-Year-Fellowship for top doctoral students. He has been a teaching assistant at the School of Music since September 2010, where he teaches undergraduate college students.
Bogdan Dulu's career started flourishing soon after his orchestral debut at the age of 12, receiving many awards, distinctions, and prizes at international piano competitions. Most recently he won the 2011 UBC Concerto Competition, which led to his Canadian debut with UBC Symphony Orchestra on a handcrafted Fazioli F278 piano. He has appeared in concerts at New York City's Carnegie Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, as well as in Canada, Japan, and Europe (Rome, Paris, Brussels, Warsaw, Bucharest, Sofia). He has recorded for the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation and has also been invited to perform in music festivals across Europe and the United States.
|Clare Yuan - Advanced Teacher
Ms. Chia-Hui Clare Yuan began playing the piano at the age of five. A recipient of many awards, including Entrance Scholarship of UVic and the William Templeton Memorial Scholarship, Clare obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. While studying at the University, she was appointed by the UVic Orchestra as a pianist.
In March 2009, she made her New York concerto debut with the Metropolitan Philharmonic of New York Orchestra. In May 2009, Ms. Yuan received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned Russian pianist, Dr. Arkady Aronov. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (doctoral academic degree in piano performance) under the guidance of world famous Canadian pianist, Professor Jane Coop, at the University of British Columbia, where she has been awarded scholarships and a teaching assistantship position as a highly recommended musician and instructor.
|Ross Salvosa - Advanced Teacher
ROSS SALVOSA is a descendant of the unbroken lineage of pianists and pedagogues tracing back to the virtuoso pianist-composer Franz Liszt. He has performed in concert venues around the world as an orchestra soloist, solo recitalist, collaborative artist and chamber musician. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and is a prize winner of national and international piano competitions. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia and holds a full scholarship under the guidance of world renowned - legendary concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner.
Ross has established a reputation as a very distinguished and sought after pedagogue. His students have won both local and international competitions and his creative unorthodox approach to teaching continues to inspire upcoming young talents. He has given masterclasses and lecture seminars on building early childhood technique in North and South America and Asia.
|Lay Tuan Tan
BM/MM Piano Performance, New England Conservatory, Boston, RCM Examiner
Lay Tuan Tan received a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of South Carolina, both in Piano Performance. She won First Place in both the USC Concerto Aria Competition (which resulted in performance with orchestra) and the Columbia Northeast Music Festival Competition and was a Finalist at NEC Honours Scholarship Competition. Ms. Tan studied with Raymond Dudley, Stephen Drury, Jean Stackhouse (Pedagogy) and Margot Garrett (Accompaniment). As instructor, she is committed to developing the talent of each individual student and recognises the importance of nurturing the love for music within a positive environment. Her students have been consistent in receiving first place awards and high honours for outstanding performances in music festivals, First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM examinations and scholarships to attend prestigious music programs in the United Kingdom. She has performed in masterclasses with Nelita True, Bela Siki, the National Ballet of Canada’s workshop, the National Choreographic Seminar at Simon Fraser University and has attended the Ferienkurse fur Neuemusik in Darmstadt, Germany. Ms. Tan has been a featured soloist with the Standing Wave Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, Women in View Festival, Time Flies Festival and the Singapore Festival of Arts.
Maryna Prysyazhnyuk studied at R.Glier Kyiv Institute of Music (Ukraine) with Olga Orlova for four years, graduating with Distinction in Bachelors of Music Diploma in piano pedagogy, performance and collaboration. Later, she spent two years working towards her Masters in Music Diploma studying at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in the piano class of professor Igor Ryabov. During her years as a student, Maryna became a winner of the International Student Exchange Program, which took her on multiple concert tours to France and Latvia. Since 1997 Maryna has been busy teaching and accompanying in Vancouver. Here, she took private classes with a renowned pianist Alexander Korsantia at UBC and studied jazz piano with a legendary Linton Garner. Maryna is also a Provincial finalist of the Canadian Music Competition and a certified ORFF teacher. Maryna follows Russian tradition in piano playing and teaching. She enjoys working with students of all levels. Maryna strongly believes, that nurturing proper piano playing habits in young students will lead into developing strong technical skills and musicianship, that is so important for uncovering the most potential of each student.
Mimi began studying piano at the age of three and her passion for music has never left since. She started her musical education in Hong Kong, where she built up a solid technical foundation and continued her musical journey in Vancouver, Canada. Her teachers included Ms. Yulin Yang, Dr. Sasha Starcevich and Dr. Corey Hamm. She holds an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Mimi has been teaching piano since her early teens; and for nearly two decades, she has literally grown up with some of her students. From her experiences in teaching students of all ages and abilities, she embraces the challenges of relaying vague and often difficult-to-grasp musical concepts in a methodical and digestible manner. Her fluency in both Chinese and English, and her understanding of child psychology allow her to communicate effectively with children and parents alike.
Mimi encourages her students to participate actively in recitals, local music festivals, and RCM examinations. Her students often attain various awards in festivals and First-Class Honours standings in examinations, including BCRMTA and RCM Silver Medal award recipients.
As the current President of the BC Registered Teachers' Association - Richmond branch, Mimi is proud to work with other fellow teachers to maintain the high level of excellence in music education in her local community. Through involvement with the Richmond BCRMTA, Mimi continues to promote music in the community, helping the Association in providing performance opportunities for students in various local venues, awarding outstanding students with scholarships and facilitating professional workshops for fellow members.
| I - CHENG CHEN
A native of Taiwan, I-Cheng Chen started his music studies in Taiwan at the age of six. He continued his advanced musical training in Vienna, Austria and in Montreal, Canada in Piano Performance, as well as in Composition and Conducting. During these years, he performed in major concert halls and music festivals. His playing is distinguished by softness of sound and variety of tone colors. His extraordinary memory (a three-hundred-composition repertoire) and excellent improvisational skills have led to a very active career, not only as a recitalist but as a pianist for classical ballet.
Jovian Cheng was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, BC, 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 is currently under the tutelage of Amanda Chan. Jovian has also studied under Sara Davis Buechner and Ian Parker.
Jovian is a gold medal recipient and winner in the 2009 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Concerto Division.He was also a prize winner in the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition. He won the first prize in the Senior Division at the Performing Arts BC Provincial Competition 2009 in Prince Rupert representing the Coquitlam District Music Festival. Jovian has also performed on the National CBC Radio in Canada after being awarded the grand prize in the 2008 CBC Radio's Battle of Beethoven and has won the first prize in the 2007 Canadian Music Competition Finals in Quebec.
He has performed as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra twice, under directions of Evan Mitchell in 2010 and Ken Hsieh in 2007. He was awarded the grand prize by the Festival on the Lake Concerto Competition after performing with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in May 2009. Jovian has also performed with the Northwest Philharmonia Orchestra directed by RoupenShakarian.
Jovian was chosen as one of three people from a selection of local pianists to participate in a master class with Lang Lang hosted by Tom Lee in 2009 where all ticket sales were donated to the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. He also participated in the Charity Ice Breaking Care Society Piano Concert at the Chan Centre to raise money for remote provinces of China and the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Jovian has also performed at a Young Artists Concert at the Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre.
He also has been teaching students with great success for the last 4 years with skill levels varying from beginner to advanced.Jovian is also the music director for the Band Division of the Air Cadets Squadron 692 which requires him to teach and conduct a classroom of more than 30 high school students. Jovian is in his third year of music studies at the University of British Columbia working on his Bachelors of Music degree.
|Max Zipursky - Jazz Teacher
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.
Jenaya Page began piano lessons at age 8 at the urgings of her performer-teacher grandfather and began teaching at age 16 when she opened a studio of her own. For years, she enjoyed teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and instructing them through private lessons, award programs, and public performances. A life-long student herself, she is a firm believer that, while hard work pays off, the best way to learn is to have fun doing it! Admittedly a perfectionist at heart, Jenaya is proud of her achievements including First-Class Honours in Grade 9 Piano and District Top Student Award in Music History 4. While accuracy and mastery are at the forefront, her philosophy is that music is also highly individual. That's why she encourages her students to develop their musical instincts and to cultivate their individual talents. Each student is encouraged to reach their full potential as artists, to cultivate a life-long love for music, and ultimately to enjoy sharing it with others. Classical music will always be her first love, but she confesses to exploring her talents in other genres such as jazz, blues and big band. In addition to teaching piano, she has worked with kids and teens in many capacities, including volunteer work at Edmonds Youth Centre and as a support worker to children with Autism and ADD. She is fluent in English and French and speaks "un poco de Espanol".
“Jenaya is very fun and down to earth, sensitive to the individual needs and learning styles of each student.” - Erika
Chinese-born pianist, Carol Zhang, has been studying piano since the age of four. For the past five years she has studied under the tutelage of Donna Fishwick and is currently a member of the Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble. Carol has garnered local, regional and national accolades for her performances and musicianship. She has received coaching from Dr. Sasha Starcevich, and has had Master Classes with Pavlina Dokovska. Carol participated in the Music Festival Perugia in 2011 where she performed at the famous Castiglione Del Lago and the Sala Dei Notari in Italy. She performed the concerti of Mendelssohn with the Munster Hochschule Orchestra and also had Master Classes with well-known Ilana Vered and Gary Graffman.
Ms. Zhang has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra on multiple occasions and has performed the concerti of Grieg and Mendelssohn during those concerts. She has also toured Europe and North America as part of the Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, the Bosendorfer Recital Hall in Vienna and Steinway Hall in New York City.
Margaret Lu, ARCT, holds a Bachelor's degree in Music majoring in Piano from the University of British Columbia with Corey Hamm and a Master's degree in Piano Performance with renowned performer and teacher Paul Schenly and Katherine Brown from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland Ohio. She began her training at age 6 and has always had a passion for all genres of music. She has performed for Frederic Rzewski during Rzewski fest at UBC and has competed extensively throughout the lower mainland. Margaret began teaching students of varying levels from a young age and focuses on building a strong technical foundation upon which musical expression and interpretation can expand upon. While at CIM she studied Piano Pedagogy under the Chair of the Preparatory Department Sean Schulze. In her spare time Margaret enjoys learning about Audio Engineering and explores the makings of game audio and sound effects.
“I find that Margaret is very flexible, and when she teaches, she works with and takes into account her student's input. She covers and prepares me for everything that's important and helped me set a strong foundation. Margaret is very focused, and can explain concepts in many different ways for me to understand, and is very friendly and approachable.” - Catherine
Adam Page, ARCT, LLCM, began studying piano at age 7 and continued his lessons with Edward Parker for 20 years. For the last two decades, Adam has acted as principal of a private music studio in White Rock where he conducted group theory lessons, weekly masterclasses, and one-to-one classes. During this time, Adam also participated in countless piano festivals and competitions and became well-known in the Greater Vancouver Area for his frequent work as an accompanist. Since his focus has narrowed to teaching during recent years, his personal motto is to make learning enjoyable so as to inspire a lifelong love of music.
A Master's degree in Music and a Bachelor in Visual Arts helps to express more vigorously the passion that she feel for her heritage.
In the course of Lydia's life she was fortunate enough to live and travel in many different countries, absorbing the most that each had to offer.
Currently living in Vancouver, B.C., and continuing to pursue her career as a professional musician and screenwriter.
RCM Examiner since 2006
Salina Cheng holds a Doctorate degree in music, major in Piano Performance and Musicology, is an Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) since 2006 and is the only Theory Examiner in British Columbia.
Ms. Cheng takes students from beginner to diploma, including the A.R.C.T., L.R.C.M., and F.R.S.M. When her students show a keen interest in taking up music as a lifetime career, she coaches them towards performance or teaching, sharing with them her valuable 40 years of experience. Her beloved slogan is "Attitude determines Altitude."
“Thank you so much for recommending Salina. She is VERY good. There are so many different approaches to teaching out there but Salina's incredible knowledge about music and the ability to show and explain things bring out the best in performers . In just the preview master-session, Emma learned A LOT. Thank you again” - Dorothy
Originally from China, Wenwen Du studied with Zhaoyi Dan at the Shenzhen Arts School before moving to Vancouver B.C. to work with her mentor, Professor Lee Kum Sing, at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM). She earned a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from VAM.
As a solo pianist, Wenwen was awarded prizes at the Third Prokofiev International Piano Competition (Ukraine) and the Third Wiesbaden Piano Competition (Germany). She received the Mark Ray Memorial Scholarship, which resulted in an invitation to play a solo piano recital in Warsaw. She has also received a Young Talent Scholarship from the Vancouver Chopin Society. Wenwen has given recitals in China, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States, and Canada.
Wenwen is an experienced teacher who has coached and performed with many young singers, instrumentalists, and chamber ensembles. She has served as the primary repetiteur for VAM Opera and was hailed as “exceptional” by Opera Canada for her work with the program. She also received the Opera Coaching Fellowship from the Atlantic Music Festival (USA).
In recent years, Wenwen has been active as a collaborative pianist. Her playing has been praised as “authoritative, expressive and perfectly balanced” (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News). She studied with Wolfgang Holzmair at the Oxford Lieder Festival Master Course (UK), and Elly Ameling and Helmut Deutsch at the Franz-Schubert-Institut (Austria). She attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, studying with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake after being awarded the Loewen Prize from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, and has since appeared in recital with Mr. Bostridge.
Wenwen currently lives in Vancouver B.C. while maintaining an international performance schedule.
Christy Lin was born in China, where she began studying piano with great passion at the age of four. Christy began her early music training at XingHai Conservatory of Music. At the age of sixteen, she received a Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After immigrated to Vancouver, Christy continued her music studies with Ms. May Zhu (a PhD teacher who graduated from Moscow Conservatory).She has also studied under Ivy Kwok and Ellen Silverman.
Christy holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in piano at University of Victoria, studying with the head piano professor Bruce Vogt. Christy has performed several recitals in the University and her own recital at Vancouver Academy of Music. She earns several awards including Hugh Livingstone Maze Music Scholarship; Silverman Music Scholarship and Dr. G. Herald Keefer Music (Organ) Scholarship.
Christy started her teaching career since 2006, with varying age of students from children to adults. She encourages students to participate recitals, competitions as well as RCM examinations. Through her studies with various musical background teachers, she is eager to help her students to develop their own styles, to enrich and inspire students with interests in music and piano playing, also to achieve their goals as piano players step by step. Christy speaks fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. With her patience and interpersonal skills, she is able to freely discuss any concerns with children and their parents.