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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.
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.
| 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
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.
Soprano, Stephanie Nakagawa’s voice has been described as being, “bell-like and soaring” with “brilliant coloratura.” This past season, Stephanie was a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Grand Mass in C with the AURA Chamber Choir and Vivace Chorale. She has sung with numerous ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Westcoast Symphony, Indiana University Opera Theater, Bard on the Beach, UBC Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Prince George Symphony, and the North Bohemian Philharmonic (Czech Republic).