Recognized as one of the leading programs for emerging pianists, piano masterclasses continue to attract the highest calibre of young performing artists. We cordially invite you to attend or enrol in our own Master Class Series of Spring 2012, where we are honoured to feature world-famous artists like Robert Silverman, Eugene Skovorodnikov and Linda Lee Thomas. Participants will focus on their artistic development through interaction with peers and our world famous guests in a workshop environment.
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Meet Our Masters in Order of Appearance…
Dr. Sasha Starcevich
The Bergmann Duo
The Bergmann Piano Duo`s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals, including MusicFest Vancouver, the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage für neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at the EXPO 2000, Hannover. They have appeared with several North American Orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Canticum Novum of Sante Fe.
They have made recordings for the CBC for several stations at the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio in the USA. The duo has recorded several CDs which appear on numerous labels, such as the CardAria and Arktos labels and has recorded William Bolcom`s complete works for two pianos for Naxos. As founding members of the International Piano Quartet, they had the opportunity to record Stravinsky`s Les Noces under the direction of Robert Craft at the Abbey Road Studios in London. The CD first appeared on Koch Internaional Classics and was re released on Naxos. Their latest two releases on the Brilliant Classics label feature Marcel`s arrangement for 4 pianos of Mike Oldfield`s Tubular Bells and collection of minimal music for multiple pianos (also featuring Marcel`s compositions).
Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Universite de Montreal. They received first prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanisetta, Italy, and were laureates of the 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, in 1993 they became members of the young artists roster of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
In addition to their performing careers, they also enjoy teaching and work in other capacities in the music industry. Marcel is currently Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Elizabeth is Director of Concerts and Summer Programmes at Langley Community Music School. They have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary as well as being involved in various musical projects at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2004 and 2005, they served as Artistic Directors at the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. They were members of the Calgary based group Lana's End Chamber Ensemble, recipients of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Recording.
Committed to supporting the production of new repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered several works by Canadian composers such as Allan Gordon Bell and John Abram. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes their own arrangements and compositions. Visit www.bergmannduo.com for more information.
Dr. Libby Yu
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.
Dr. Pavel Egorov
Pavel Egorov graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1975 where he studied under Prof. Tatjana Nikolaeva and Vera Gornostaeva. In 1974 he won the Grand Prize and Gold Medal at the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany. Since then, the pianist carries on an intense concert activity, both in his own country and abroad. In 1980, after finishing his post-graduate studies, he was invited to teach at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, where he is currently working as a Professor of the Department of Special Piano. Mr. Egorov is a National Artist of the Russian Federation (the highest honorary title of Russia), an Honorary Member of the International Schumann Society, Dusseldorf, Germany and an Honorary Member of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society. In 1989, Mr. Egorov was awarded the International Schumann Prize. Pavel Egorov is also a Co-chair of St. Petersburg Frederic Chopin Society.
Pavel Egorov continues to be in demand in Russia and abroad. He has toured in the United States, Canada, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, China, Taiwan, Japan and Republic of Korea. During his career he has performed in more than 3,000 solo, symphonic and chamber concerts. He appears regularly in the Greand Hall of St. Petersburg’s Philharmony and in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.Besides his busy performing schedule, Professor Egorov is conducting annual masterclasses at “La Scuola Russia” in Rome, Italy since 1993. He was a visiting professor of the Keimyung University of Taegu, South Korea in 1996-1998. He is also an active music reseaercher. Pavel Egorov is a scientific editor of the 7-volume first Russian Edition of the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Back, “Lan” Publishing, St. Petersburg, 2001, and a scientific editor of the complete set of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Lan, St. Petersburg, 2002.
Dr. Derek Chiu
Mr. Chiu is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music - College of Examiners. He has also served as the Program & Outreach Coordinator and was a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the Rockland Conservatory of Music in Spring Valley, NY from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Chiu has over 15 years of teaching experience. His students have achieved local and national honors and recognition.
Visit www.derekchiumusicstudio.ca for more information.
Evgenia A. Rabinovich
For her many performances across the Lower Mainland, Rabinovich has been featured in multiple local and regional news articles, and in 2011, was interviewed and broadcast by Omni TV and Radio Vera.
A regular performer at private and public Fazioli concerts at various venues across Vancouver and NYC, she also opened for the Joan West Memorial Charity Concert Series in January 2011 as a solo Guest Artist.
In the summers, Rabinovich enjoys participating in international music festivals, such as the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, of which she was a part in the summer of 2010. For the 2011 summer, Rabinovich has been invited to study at Music Fest Perugia, where she is scheduled to perform in several concerts, including the third movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10 with I Solisti di Perugia and fellow pianist Nicholas Rada.
Placing herself in the top 15% of her class in the University of British Colombia, Evgenia was invited to be a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, "the world's premier collegiate honour society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and connecting high-achieving individuals locally, regionally & globally.”Following her third year at UBC, Rabinovich made the decision to transfer into the Mannes School of Music. In 2009, Rabinovich performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra under conductor Ken Hsieh Rabinovich has already performed twice as part of the Liszt: A Life in Music concert series and has partaken in several private concerts during her undergraduate years.
Linda Lee Thomas
Linda Lee Thomas has been PRINCIPAL PIANIST of the VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the VANCOUVER RADIO ORCHESTRA since 1972. As "Chamber Musician Supreme", she was Artistic Director of Masterpiece Music, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre¹s hugely successful chamber music series for 17 years. In 2000, she was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the industry.Her other passion is the music and dance of Argentina - the Tango. Since her bold emergence onto the international tango scene, she has become Canada's foremost tango musician, performing and recording with Argentine bandoneonists Daniel Binelli and Nestor Marconi. She is affectionately known as "The Reina de Tango".
She has her own Tango Trio - TANGISSIMO - fast becoming known all over the world. Featuring Ed Henderson on guitar and Miles Foxx Hill on bass, they have played to thousands of people in live concerts, broadcasts and recordings. Their CD TANGISSIMO LIVE was chosen as one of the best releases of 2002 by Radio-Canada¹s ESPACE MUSIQUE. They were taken to Buenos Aires in 2006 by INFINITY FILMS to shoot the documentary - CHASING THE TANGO HIGH for BRAVO TV. Their CD of the same name was released in October of that year. It features live recordings from Buenos Aires with Tangissimo and the tango legends of our time.
She leads tours every year for GREAT EXPEDITIONS to her beloved Argentina. It is called "Insider's Tour of Buenos Aires" the beautiful city she is so passionate about.
The Spring of 2008 saw the release of her first Solo Piano Tango CD entitled "TANGO MAGIC". She is in constant demand as a Solo Tango Artist.
Dr. Robert Silverman
Robert Silverman resides in Vancouver where he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. He now devotes himself full-time to concertizing and recording. He is frequently heard on the CBC English and French radio network; a Steinway artist, he has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and CBC Records. He has also lectured on piano music for the Celebrity Cruise line.
Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where a generous selection of his recordings is accessible on YouTube and iLike. Learn more at www.robertsilverman.ca.
Dr. Corey HammCorey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over one hundred solo, chamber and concerto works from such Canadian composers as Brian Cherney, Howard Bashaw, James Harley, Chris Paul Harman, Malcolm Forsyth, and composers from all over the world.
The 2011/12 season featured Hamm in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles' Piano Concerto with conductor Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In addition, Hamm gave solo recitals (including works by Rzewski, Fujikura, Ter Veldhuis, Godin), masterclasses and lectures in Chicago, New York, Winnipeg, Eugene, Evansville, Carbondale, Muncie, as well as concerts and a recording (Beyond Shadows, out soon on Redshift Recordings) with his new music ensemble The Nu:BC Collective, and a recording with clarinetist Cris Inguanti (Terra Nova, on Redshift). He was also busy as piano competition judge for five weeks in Hong Kong.
The 2012/13 season will see Hamm give World Premieres of solo piano works written for him by Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, Howard Bashaw, and of chamber works written for The Nu:BC Collective by Keith Hamel, David Eagle, Scott Godin (Nu: BC will give performances in Chicago and Toronto, too). It will also see the first of many World Premieres of new works for erhu and piano written for him and virtuoso erhu player Nicole Li as they embark on an exciting cross-cultural commissioning project of many Chinese and Canadian composers before touring and recording the new works over the next two years in both Canada and China. On Oct. 16, 2012 Hamm will perform Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with the Music on Main All Stars in Vancouver.
Since 2008, when he organized a festival in celebration of the 70th birthday of Frederic Rzewski - RzewskiFest (with Rzewski in attendance and performing) - Corey has given over fifty performances of Rzewski's hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, which he will record after working with Rzewski in Brussels summer 2012. His performances (with associated lectures and master classes) have taken place in such cities as Hong Kong (5), Singapore, Taipei, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Camrose, Brandon, Winnipeg, Guelph, London, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, Bellingham, Pullman, Evansville, Muncie, Carbondale, and Minneapolis, with more performances to come.
Corey Hamm's performance [of the Rzewski] on Sunday afternoon was a superb one, technically very fine but also emotionally committed; it held the audience transfixed for its duration" - Deryk Barker, Music in Victoria.
"Endurance, stamina and living the moment on the edge rather than absolute digital accuracy characterised Hamm's take [of the Rzewski]. The ebbs and flows of the music were very well judged... Through all of this, Hamm captured its improvisatory and free-ranging spirit with aplomb... There were missed and fluffed notes at the heat of the moment, but he was mostly accurate, leaping over each thorny thicket with great courage and conviction. He really believes in this music." - Chang Tou Liang, The Straits Times, Singapore
Recent seasons have seen Hamm give performances (including numerous World, Canadian and Vancouver Premieres) of works by György Ligeti, György Kurtag, Dai Fujikura, Salvatore Sciarrino, Michael Finnissy, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Guillaume Conneson, Phillipe Leroux, Brian Cherney, Pierre Jodlowski, Chris Paul Harman, David Rakowski, Michael Tenzer, Nikolai Kapustin, Jerome Blais, Kaija Saariaho, Per Norgaard, Marco Stroppa, Stephen Montague, Elliott Carter, Marc Mellits, Ali Askin, Somei Satoh, Gerard Grisey, Ronn Yedidia, Michael Oesterle, Scott Godin, Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, Stephen Chatman, Jocelyn Morlock, Jordan Nobles, Chris Sivak, Lee Hoiby, Kamran Ince, Owen Underhill, Michel Gonneville, Howard Bashaw, Franco Donatoni, Frederic Rzewski, Toshio Hosokawa, Laurie Radford, Hope Lee, among many others.
Dr. Corey Hamm is both an internationally performing pianist and Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He is Director of the UBC Contemporary Players and joined the faculty of UBC in Fall 2005. Dr. Hamm is honoured to be nominated for and winner of the 2008/2009 UBC Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Hamm is also on the Piano Faculty of the fantastic Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP, or Sick Puppy!) at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has also been a Co-Director of the also-fantastic Young Artists Experience (YEA) in Vancouver.
Hamm's performances as soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on CBC Radio, NPR and Polish Radio in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He has performed as concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Lethbridge Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, CTV Orchestra, and The Symphonic Wind Ensembles of the University of Bitish Columbia, and the University of Minnesota.
Hamm is pianist with the prominent new music ensemble The Nu:BC Collective. With Nu:BC ("a delightfully diverse evening of sights and sounds" - Georgia Straight) he has performed multimedia concerts of works by Gyorgy Ligeti (danced and choreographed by Emily Molnar "a dazzling performance of five excerpts from Gyorgy Ligeti's lengthy Etudes for piano" - Georgia Straight); Howard Bashaw ("Hamm was easily the most impressive member of a well-rehearsed and disciplined band" - Georgia Straight); George Crumb ("navigated the subaqueous atmospheres of George Crumb's Vox Balaenae with ease" - Georgia Straight); Gyorgy Kurtag, John Adams, Michel Gonneville, Chris Paul Harman, Nikolai Kapustin, Steve Mackey, Bright Sheng, Frederic Rzewski, Chen Yi, Dorothy Chang, Lee Hoiby, and many others. The Nu:BC Collective is proud to have been a part of Vancouver Pro Musica's Sonic Boom new music festival for the last four years, premiering dozens of works by Vancouver composers. In 2010 the Nu:BC Collective will also be involved in an exciting collaboration with the BC Chinese Music Ensemble involving new works for both Chinese and Western instruments.
Hamm is also a founding member of the Canadian two-piano, two-percussion ensemble Hammerhead Consort, formed in 1990, and winners of such important Canadian awards as the Sir Ernest Macmillan Memorial Foundation Chamber Music Award (1992), and the CIBC National Music Competition (1991), as well as the 1993 ARIA Award for Best Classical Recording. Their second CD, Traffic, was released on Arktos Recordings in 1999. Hammerhead Consort performed in a live broadcast from the prestigious Witold Lutoslawski Studio in Warsaw while on tour in Poland in June 2000 (under the auspices of both The Canada Council and Polish Radio), and garnered rave reviews at the 2000 Winnipeg New Music Festival. With Hammerhead, Hamm has given over forty performances of Bartok's masterpiece, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, plus performances of works by Rzewski, Kapustin, Helweg, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, as well as over forty works written for the Consort by such noted Canadian composers as Malcolm Forsyth, James Harley, Howard Bashaw, David R. Scott, Sean Ferguson, among others. CBC Radio recorded Hammerhead in premieres of works by Hamel, Helweg and Godin at the opening concert of New Music Concerts 2004-2005 season in Toronto. The Consort premiered Howard Bashaw's Concerto for Two Pianos and Two Percussion with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in March 2000.
In June 2006 Hamm was pianist for an exciting month long project in Bali combining a small western septet from Vancouver with a Balinese Gamelan in a new work by composer, performer and ethnomusicologist Michael Tenzer. Red Letter Films made the documentary Bali by Heart about this fascinating project (available on amazon.com.)
"Pianist Hamm's Gift Unlocks Mysteries of Music," the Halifax Chronicle Herald wrote of Corey Hamm's solo concert tour promoted by the Debut Atlantic organization. Other tours of Canada have been sponsored by the Debut Incorporated series in Montreal and the Debut series at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Corey Hamm won first prize in the 2004 Elinor Bell Piano Fellowship Competition in Minnesota, was a semi-finalist in the 5th Orleans International Contemporary Piano Competition in Orleans, France 2002, and was the second prizewinner at the 1995 Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition for Contemporary Piano Music.
Corey Hamm's beloved teachers include pianists Dr. Stephane Lemelin, Dr. Ernesto Lejano, Thelma Johannes O'Neill, and Marek Jablonski, and he completed his Doctoral degree (Dissertation: György Ligeti's Piano Etudes: A Performer's Analysis) at the University of Minnesota in 2005 with Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw. He has performed in masterclasses for György Kurtag, Henri Dutilleux, Roger Muraro, Dominique Merlet, Paul Badura-Skoda, Eugene Istomin, Roger Woodward, Detlef Kraus, Hans Leygraf, Tatiana Nikolaeva, Gyorgy Sebok, Angela Cheng, Boris Berman, David Lively, Catherine Vickers, Noel Lee, Genevieve Joy, and Howard Shelley. Two consecutive scholarships from the Johann Strauss Foundation have taken Hamm to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria for summer study with Claude Helffer, Sergio Perticaroli and Karl-Heinz Kammerling. During the summers of 1993 and 1994, Hamm studied in the French Piano Institute at the Ecole Normale in Paris where he was awarded a special prize for Excellence in Performance. There, he had the opportunity to perform the complete piano works of Henri Dutilleux for the composer himself and his wife, pianist Genevieve Joy. He was on the piano faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton from 1994 to 2001, and is a frequent adjudicator in Canada, Asia, and the USA.
Pianist Lucas Wong is earning a diversified career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and repetiteur. He made his solo debut at the Canadian Broadcasting Company in Vancouver after winning the Début Young Artists Competition in Canada. His keyboard repertoire includes such monumental works as the Hammerklavier Sonata, Brahms's Paganini Variations, Debussy's Douze Etudes, and Crumb's Makrokosmos. Wong is one of very few pianists around the world who has performed Liszt-Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique in Canada, the US, and China. As a chamber musician and collaborator in demand, Wong was a featured artist alongside with violinist Soovin Kim and bassoonist Frank Morelli at the Banff Centre. He was invited to perform the Shanghai premiere of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Zhou Zheng and mezzo soprano Yang Guang. Wong had appeared in James Levine's vocal masterclass under the auspice of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in Carnegie Hall. As a vocal coach, he was the assistant conductor for Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at the New York City Opera, and the repetiteur for La Traviata, Barber of Seville, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera Theater of Connecticut. He worked closely in 2008 with William Bolcom in the west coast premiere of A Wedding at the Music Academy of the West. He recently performed world premieres of William Bolcom's "Gettysburg: July 1, 1863"(commission by SongFest) and Jake Heggie's "Epilogue: Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings" (commission by OPERA America in celebration of the opening of National Opera Center) with baritone Nathan Wyatt. The latter is commercially available on a CD recording "OPERA America Songbook."
Wong began his early training at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He is a graduate of both University of British Columbia (B. Mus) and Yale School of Music (M.M., M.M.A, D.M.A). Mentors include Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Julian Martin, Edward Parker, Poon Tak, Rena Sharon, and Robert Silverman. Wong also holds a Post-Graduate Fellowship from Bard Conservatory, where he worked closely with Frank Corliss, Kayo Iwama, and Dawn Upshaw. Wong was nominated by William Bolcom as a finalist for the Lili Boulanger Prize. Among other top achievements are the Piano Encouragement Award at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, UBC Concerto Competition, and the Vancouver Foundation Award. He received a Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, the conservatory's highest honor for his ARCT Teachers' Diploma. He has given masterclasses at Xinghai Conservatory, British Columbia Conservatory of Music, and Shanghai Conservatory. He has been a guest lecturer on Debussy at the Juilliard School. He is a regular adjudicator at the Young Musicians Festival at Fairfield University. Wong is on the faculty of SongFest at Colburn, on staff at the Yale Opera and the Opera Theater of Connecticut, and a regular accompanist at festivals and competitions such as the Norfolk Choral Music Festival and the Eckhardt-Gramatté new music competition. He will serve as the official accompanist for the 2012 Metropolitan Opera Council District Auditions in Connecticut.