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Hugh Peaker

Piano & Composition, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Owner, Piano Time Music Studio

Hugh is a seasoned teaching professional with over two decades of teaching experience. He is recognized as one of Canada’s top composers working in experimental music today, with performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and ensembles including Array Music, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Works Calgary, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Burdocks, Concentus Corvinus, Ensemble Sonore, as well as ensembles formed for specific projects. When not teaching, Hugh enjoys hiking, meditation, dialogue, reading, spending time with family and his beloved 12 year old cat. 

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Hugh is a seasoned teaching professional with over two decades of teaching experience. He is recognized as one of Canada’s top composers working in experimental music today, and has written over 100 works with performances by some of Canada’s finest musicians and ensembles including Array Music, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Works Calgary, Continuum Contemporary Music, The Burdocks, Concentus Corvinus, Ensemble Sonore, as well as ensembles formed for specific projects. He received first place in the Vancouver New Music Competition, aired on CBC radio, and has participated in seminars with Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Terry Riley, Phil Niblock, Dieter Schnebel, Clarence Barlow, and Rudolf Komorous. He studied piano, composition, and theory at the University of Victoria, with post-graduate work at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany with Walter Zimmermann and Gösta Neuwirth. He has performed in master classes with renowned concert pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Anne Epperson, Georg Sava, and is an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) holding the Advanced Teaching Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. His work has been published in the 2013 Bloomsbury publication ‘Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure,’ and he currently directs and performs with the Victoria based experimental improvisation group Espèces d’espaces.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private & Group Lessons

Rebecca Everett

Voice, Violin, Songwriting, Film Composition
Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Rock and Folk

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist. With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey.”

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“Rebecca Everett is a proven songwriter with a unique talent to sing and deliver a performance that captivates and penetrates the heart and soul of life.” Roman Klun – Innsbruck Records (Sarah McLaughlin, Levon Helm, Ornette Coleman)

Rebecca Everett is a dynamic teacher, singer, performing artist, Juno nominated songwriter, film composer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist.

With over 20 years of experience performing with orchestras, various bands, theatre productions, writing for tv, & film and award winning pop and folk artists, her eclectic background provides a spectrum of styles and experience in pop, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and folk.

She was signed in Toronto as a singer and songwriter with OLE.  Rebecca collaborated with many writers and recorded and performed in Canada, Nashville, LA, NY, Europe, Japan and the middle east.  Her songs have been on JUNO nominated records (Shiloh, Jimmy Rankin) and been on many TV shows such as Katy Keene, Degrassi: Lost Girl, CH Live, CBC, Next Star.

“My goal is to help people express and develop their personal, unique style and blend it with some structure to enhance what is already there. We are all musical and sound and story oriented at heart. I love to help kids, aspiring artists and professionals on their journey”

 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Online Private & Group Lessons

Dr. Nikolai Maloff

Piano Teacher, DMA, M.M., B.Mus.

A winner of major piano competitions such as the Virginia Waring (USA), Franz Liszt 
(Italy), Eckhardt-Gramatté (Canada) and Canadian Music Competitions, Nikolai Maloff 
has appeared to resounding acclaim as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and 
collaborative musician in North America, Russia, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Maloff 
studied with some of Canada’s finest teachers, including Jane Coop, Dale Reubart, 
Robert Rogers, Kum Sing Lee and Ronald Turini. He holds a Masters degree from the 
Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, where he studied with Gleb Axelrod, a 
second-generation disciple of Liszt, and a Doctoral degree from the University of British 
Columbia. 
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A winner of major piano competitions such as the Virginia Waring (USA), Franz Liszt 
(Italy), Eckhardt-Gramatté (Canada) and Canadian Music Competitions, Nikolai Maloff 
has appeared to resounding acclaim as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and 
collaborative musician in North America, Russia, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Maloff 
studied with some of Canada’s finest teachers, including Jane Coop, Dale Reubart, 
Robert Rogers, Kum Sing Lee and Ronald Turini. He holds a Masters degree from the 
Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, where he studied with Gleb Axelrod, a 
second-generation disciple of Liszt, and a Doctoral degree from the University of British 
Columbia. 
  
In his capacity as teacher and adjudicator, Dr. Maloff brings the full breadth of his years 
of performance experience and an intimate understanding of both Eastern and Western 
pedagogical traditions. Previously a faculty member at institutions such as the UBC 
School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the State 
Conservatory of Lima, Peru, Dr. Maloff now runs a private studio in Vancouver. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Toshio Hirasawa

Piano, Guitar, Digital Music, Film Music, Improvisation, Composition, B. Mus, ARCT

Toshio is an accomplished musician and educator, with a passion for sharing his knowledge of music with students of all ages and skill levels. His students have won 1st place prizes in provincial competitions and he regularly prepares students for recitals, competitions, auditions, and exams. Toshio teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced styles of composition, and records, performs, and produces soundtracks using DAWS such as Ableton, Max/Msp/Jitter, Logic, FMOD, Bandlab, Sonar, keyboard synths, effects pedals, and virtual instruments (Kontact 5, Equator, fxpanson). Many of Toshio’s students have pursued careers in music and continued on to University and College majoring in composition and piano.

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Toshio is a professional composer, theory teacher, pianist and guitarist based in Toronto with over 8 years of teaching experience. He studied at York University with renown concert pianist and pedagogue Christina Petrowska Quilico – a student of the legendary pianist Rosina Lhevinne. He has also studied with pianists Raisa Nahkmanovich and Judianne Schoen at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is also a piano accompanist for Level 8 Voice, Level 8 Violin, and ARCT Flute repertoire. He studied composition with Keith Sokol, Stephanie Martin and Michael Cado and classical guitar with Rob Bulgar and Emile Deon.

In addition to his skill as a pianist, Toshio is also a multi-talented composer and regularly writes pop and rock tracks for singers and ensembles as part of the indie music scene in Canada. He also composes for film, games, and improvises live on Youtube and Twitch.

Toshio teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced styles of composition, and records, performs, and produces soundtracks using DAWS such as Ableton, Max/Msp/Jitter, Logic, FMOD, Bandlab, Sonar, keyboard synths, effects pedals, and virtual instruments (Kontact 5, Equator, fxpanson). He also programs his own sounds using the Max/Msp/Jitter software.

As a piano teacher, his students have received high marks on RCM exams and have won 1st place prizes in provincial competitions. He enjoys working with students of all ages and regularly prepares them for recitals, competitions, auditions, and exams. He teaches in various styles including classical, jazz, pop, and soundtrack music.

Toshio strives to share his love of learning with students and fellow teachers, and has a particular admiration for 20th century pianism – artists such as Sviatoslav Richter, Alfred Cortot, Bill Evans, and Art Tatum. He has recorded many of Chopin’s virtuosic piano Etudes and is currently recording Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.

When teaching online, Toshio uses software that enables students to receive crystal clear sound from his piano. Many of Toshio’s students have pursued careers in music and have continued on to University and College majoring in composition and piano

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Sean Clarey

Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Voice, B.Mus.

Sean Clarey is a Toronto based Guitarist, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist, and has taught students of all ages and skill levels for 11 years. Sean Tours, Performs, and records regularly with ‘ART the Band’, ‘Shipley Hollow’, ‘Angles Jackson’, ‘The David Diao Quartet’, and his His Trio ‘DRONECON B’. Sean attended Humber College and has performed alongside Larnell Lewis, Luis Deniz, Ahmed Mitchell, Andrew Stewart, Christian McBride, Larry Goldings, Donny Mccaslin, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, Robi Botos, and other notable artists.

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Sean Clarey is a Toronto based Guitarist, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist. Sean Tours, Performs, and records regularly with ‘ART the Band’, ‘Shipley Hollow’, ‘Angles Jackson’, ‘The David Diao Quartet’, and his His Trio ‘DRONECON B’. Sean attended Humber College and has performed alongside Larnell Lewis, Luis Deniz, Ahmed Mitchell, Andrew Stewart, Christian McBride, Larry Goldings, Donny Mccaslin, Lorne Lofsky, Ted Quinlan, Robi Botos, and other notable artists. Sean has performed at Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Newmarket Jazz Festival, RCK Pro Jazz, CMW, NXNE, Indie Music Week, and myriad other Festivals both Canadian and International. Sean began studying music formally at age 5.

Sean is the recipient of the ‘Kim Mitchell Scholarship,’Kevin Mackle Memorial Scholarship’, and the ‘Gordon and Anne Wragg Scholarship’. Ted Quinlan has described Sean’s playing as “Effortless, with great fluidity”.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Amanda Andrishak

Piano & Violin Teacher
M.Mus, B.Mus., ARCT, ACCM

Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from
Conservatory Canada.

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Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance (B.Mus) under the tutelage of Dr. Terence Dawson. Upon graduation from UBC, Amanda was awarded the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence and creativity. Amanda also holds a Performer’s ARCT Diploma in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and an ACCM Diploma in violin performance from
Conservatory Canada. She has been highly successful in her competitive endeavours; accolades include the Gold Medal at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, as well as prizes
from the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Canadian Music Competition, and BC Bösendorfer Piano Competition. Further abroad, Amanda has pursued studies at Austria’s famed Mozarteum Academy on a full scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation. Amanda is also a grateful recipient of numerous scholarships from the Anne Burrows Music Foundation, Winspear Fund for Advanced Classical Music, Ranald & Vera Shean Memorial Scholarship, and the University of British Columbia.

Performance engagements include invitations to play in the 2020-2021 concert season of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, Seattle International Piano Competition, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute in Whistler, as well as the BC Bösendorfer Competition winner’s gala concert in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Additionally, Amanda has performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists André Laplante, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and David Jalbert at Orford Musique in Quebec.

Currently, Amanda is an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University (IU), where she teaches secondary piano to music majors. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Piano at Indiana University and is studying with Belgian concert pianist Evelyne Brancart. Amanda has ten years of teaching experience and has taught students of all ages and levels, both in-person and online. She enjoys teaching a variety of Classical, jazz and popular music, and believes that a healthy balance of fun, hard work and creativity is paramount for student success at the piano.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Pippa Andrew

Piano, Voice, Violin, M.A., B.A.

Pippa is a passionate piano teacher and professional musician with fifteen years teaching experience. She believes in fun-filled, student lead learning and likes to incorporate games and technology into her lessons. Pippa loves teaching all ages of beginner and intermediate level piano students, from those who are focussed on music for leisure to those wanting to take music exams or perform publicly.

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Pippa is a musical artist and professional musician based out of Vancouver, Canada. She works as an Artistic Director, Choral Conductor, Community Music Practitioner, Music Tutor, Singer, Pianist, Violist, Arranger and Composer. Pippa is currently Artistic Director of Phoenix Online Doctor Choir,  and is in demand as a private piano, music theory, ear training, vocal, violin and viola tutor. Pippa retains a 100% student pass rate for Board exams, across the RCM, ABRSM and AMEB syllabi.

Born in South Wales, Pippa grew up in and around Manchester, England. She won scholarships to attend Chetham’s School of Music as a Statutory Chorister at Manchester Cathedral and was subsequently a junior at the Royal Northern College of Music. Pippa graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from The University of Salford in 2009 and an MA in Composition from Leeds Conservatoire in 2011. After moving to Melbourne, Australia, in 2013, Pippa founded community choir Beyond The Bathroom and continued to work with them as their Artistic Director from 2013-19.  In 2016, Pippa oversaw the incorporation of Beyond The Bathroom Choir as a Community Association, in which form it continues to thrive and create joyful music.

In recent years, Pippa has worked as Artistic Director and Conductor of Murray Conservatorium Choir,  Murray Conservatorium Vocal Consort and Beyond The Bathroom Choir.  Previous long term Choral Conducting and Tutoring engagements include Music Gallery Academy, Murray Conservatorium,  Australian Children’s Choir,  Melbourne Children’s Choir,  Outer Urban Projects,  Railway Neighbourhood House Choir,  Creativity Australia,  Manchester Communication Academy,  The Greater Manchester Music Hub and Simply Singing.

Pippa performs original material as the solo artist Olio&I, with vocals, a five string violin and a loop station.  In 2016 she released her well received debut album, The Bay at the Back of the Ocean.  Pippa was an Artist in Residence at The Dunmoochin Foundation in Victoria, Australia, from 2016-18.  She has had many commissions as a choral arranger and arranged and composed Beyond The Bathroom Choir’s output during 2013-19.  Pippa was a contributing writer for Frameworks’ ‘Vanish’ E.P. and ‘Tides’ L.P., released by First Word Records.

Previous long term performance commitments include Phoenix Chamber Choir, Australian Chamber Choir, Animata String Quartet, Manchester Chamber Choir, The Voice Collective, The Manchester Consort,  St Endellion Festival Chorus, Rees Andrew Acoustic and the Southdene String Quartet.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate

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Dr. Gohar Manvelyan

Piano Teacher & Choral Conductor
D.Mus., M.Mus., B.Mus.

Based in Montreal, Armenian-born pianist and choral conductor Gohar Manvelyan is a rising star in the Canadian music scene. A passionate educator, many of her students have won competitions and awards – most notably, one of her students won first prize at the international Little Mozarts Competition, allowing him to perform live at Carnegie Hall in New York city.

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Armenian-born pianist and choral conductor Gohar Manvelyan started her music studies at the age of four with her father, Armenian composer Hayk Manvelyan, who was an Associate Professor at the Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory. When five years old, with perfect pitch and exceptional musical abilities, she was accepted into the Tchaikovsky Music School for gifted children in Yerevan. At ten, she moved with her family to Moscow where she pursued her studies at the Myaskovsky Music School in both piano and organ. After completing her studies there, she entered the Tchaikovsky Academic Music College of the Moscow Conservatory where she majored in piano and choral conducting, graduating with Distinction in both subjects. In 2005 she moved to Montreal, Canada, where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Performance Studies, with Great Distinction and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies specializing in piano at Concordia University, Montreal. She was the piano finalist in the Canadian Music Competition of 2008. In 2014, she obtained a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at McGill University.

In addition to giving regular solo recitals at the Pollack, Redpath, Tanna and Oscar Peterson Concert Halls, Gohar Manvelyan has performed as piano soloist with l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Isle (director Cristian Gort) and Les Archets Galants (director Hélène Gagné). She recently started teaching keyboard technique at Marianapolis College in Montreal. She enjoys working as a collaborative pianist, accompanying singers and instrumentalists as well as various choral ensembles, including the Schulich Singers and University Chorus at McGill University. She has collaborated with Armenian tenors Yeghishe Manucharian and Elie Berberian, soprano Aline Kutan and mezzo-soprano Armine Kassabian as well as numerous Canadian singers. She has been teaching the piano in her studio since 2012. Several of her students have won various international competitions, most notably, one of her young students won the first prize at the Little Mozart Competition, allowing him to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Gohar Manvelyan has recorded two CDs: Armenian Liturgical, Classical and Popular Music with the Gayane piano trio (McGill University, 2011) and Donald Patriquin’s arrangement of J’entends le moulin with the Schulich School Singers (Radio Canada, 2017). She enjoys a versatile career as both pianist and choral conductor.

Teaches: Intermediate, Advanced

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Vera Lu

Piano Teacher, B.Mus., ARCT

One of Peter Serkin’s last students, Vera started the piano at the age of 5. A Vancouver pianist studying a double degree in Piano Performance and Economics in New York, she currently holds the Bettina Baruch Foundation Award at Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she now works with world renown pianists Richard Goode and Shai Wosner. She has completed the RCM examinations with top marks, won the Canadian Music Competition at the age of nine, and was one of three pianists in Vancouver chosen to have a masterclass with concert pianist Lang Lang at the age of 10.
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One of Peter Serkin’s last students, Vera started the piano at the age of 5. A Vancouver pianist studying a double degree in Piano Performance and Economics in New York, she currently holds the Bettina Baruch Foundation Award at Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she now works with Richard Goode and Shai Wosner. She has completed the RCM examinations with top marks, won the Canadian Music Competition at the age of nine, and was one of three pianists in Vancouver chosen to have a masterclass with LangLang at the age of 10. She later went on to participate in various different international competitions and learned the Goldberg Variations at the age of 13. Previous to her studies in New York, Vera worked with one of Canada’s finest pianists, Robert Silverman. Known by her teachers and colleagues as somebody capable of producing a unique sound quality, Vera also enjoys collaborating with string players, including world renown cellist and pedagogue Peter Wiley.
Aside from her classical studies, she also enjoys playing pop music and plays whatever she wants by ear.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Dr. Jelena Cingara

Piano Teacher
DMA., M.Mus., B.Mus., ARCT

Dr. Jelena Cingara is a pedagogue with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She has prepared students for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, as well as recitals and competitions. Jelena’s students have achieved top marks on their RCM exams, and have won competitions in Canada and abroad. She loves going to classical music concerts, travelling, spending time with her family and friends, and playing sports such as swimming and biking.

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Dr. Jelena Cingara holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Utah, School of Music, and is currently based in both Toronto and New York City. She is an active performer and artist in the USA, Canada, and European countries where she has performed in Italy, France, and the Czhech Republic. She has performed in concert venues such as Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel Hall, and Kenley Amphitheatre in Utah, as well as the Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) and many more. As a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician, she has played recitals in Italy, France, Serbia, USA, and Canada. She has also performed in masterclasses for renown quartets such as The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric, as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet.

Dr. Jelena Cingara is a pedagogue with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. She has prepared students for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, as well as recitals and competitions. Jelena’s students have achieved top marks on their RCM exams, and have won competitions in Canada and abroad. Her students also have the option to take lessons in a more casual fun class.

Jelena is a prize winner in festivals such as Kiwanis, Peel, and Davenport in Toronto, as well as third prize winner in small ensemble/piano concerto competition at The University of Toledo. Jelena is a winner of the American Protege Competition (2nd prize) in chamber music, and made her debut in Carnegie Hall in May 2019. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships/assistanships, and received various travel grants from the office of the Dean. Toronto events included performances in Gallery 345, and La Balie, France, Heliconian Hall, as well as Dunbarton-Fairport United Church in Pickering.

Dr. Cingara’s CD ‘Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances/Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4’ is now available on CDBaby, iTunes,  Amazon, Waterloo Records, Spotify, Geezer, and other outlets. 

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Dr. Emma Rui-Xuan Shi

Piano Teacher, DMA, M.M., B.A.

RCM Senior Certified Teacher
Steinway & Sons Educational Partner

Dr. Emma Rui-Xuan Shi is a unique and dynamic performer, and has performed as a soloist throughout North America and Asia. During her more than twenty-five year piano career, she has gained many awards including first prize in the 2010 Globe Chinese Musician Competition, winner of the ‘Pearl River’ cup piano competition, “Youth Artist” of the year award by Shanxi Musicians Association, as well as numerous local and provincial competitions.

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Dr. Emma Rui-Xuan Shi is a unique and dynamic performer, and has performed throughout  North America and Asia. During her more than twenty-five year piano career, she has gained many awards including first prize in the 2010 Globe Chinese Musician Competition, the winner of the ‘Pearl River’ cup piano competition, as well as numerous local and province competitions.

Emma received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital Normal University, Beijing, China. In 2010 she was awarded the Wilhelm Rieder Scholarship from the University of Victoria to complete her Master of Music degree studying with acclaimed Canadian pianist Professor Bruce Vogt. In 2016 she received a full scholoarship and teaching assistantship to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of world renown pianists Dr. Corey Hamm and Dr. John Roeder at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Shi was appointed as a special scholar and visiting professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2018. She is also an RCM advanced certified teacher in piano, theory and history, a member of the BCRMTA, and a Steinway registered teacher. Dr. Emma Shi offers piano lessons, rudiments and harmony lessons, master classes and chamber music coaching, as well as workshops, festivals, adjudications, and lectures.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Tao Tao

Piano Teacher, M.Mus., B.Mus.

Tao is a sought after teacher of exceptional talent, and has performed to audiences from around the world. She gave her first public recital at the age of 12, and made her first orchestral debut in 2009 at age 15. Tao is passionate about teaching and inspires her students through her unique approach and sensitivity to the individual needs of each of her students. Tao welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

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Tao dedicates passion and emotion to her music and has performed to audiences all over the world. Born in 1994, she grew up in a musical family receiving her first piano lessons at age 8. She gave her first recital in LiaoNing, China, at the age of 12 and made her first orchestral debut in 2009 at age 15. Tao won the first prize in the JINKUIHUA Piano Competition and YUEBO Piano Competition, and placed third in the American-Chinese Organization’s Piano Competition. In 2017 Tao won first prize in the Michigan State Young Artists audition. Tao has performed in venues all over the world including Liaoning Theater, Keiter Center, Pierce Hall, Wiener Saal, Bosendorfersaal, and Friedberg Hall. She finished her Bachelor degree at New England Conservatory and her Master degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, she is pursuing an Artists Diploma with the legendary Andre Laplante at the Montreal Conservatoire. Tao has also participated and performed in several music festivals including the Walnut Hill Summer Camp. Sichuan International Music Festival, ChangChun International Music Festival, Orford Musique, Salzburg Mozarteum Music Festival, and Piano Summer at New Paltz. Tao has had the opportunity to study piano with many distinguished piano professors, including Petrov Volodyr, Yury Drozdov, Chu-fang Huang, Quming Zhang, Alexander Korsantia and Alexander Shtarkman. Her chamber music coaches have included James Buswell, Carol Qu, Meng-Chieh Liu, Benjamin Pasternack and Pei-Shan Lee. She has participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Andre Laplante, Matti Raekallio, Hung-Kuan Chen, Alexander Toradze, Vladimir Feltsman and Pavel Gililov.

Tao is also an experienced teacher and has worked with students of all ages and levels in various musical contexts. She was a former teaching assistant of Prof. Peng Yiwei in ShenYang University Piano department from 2016-2018, and a piano instructor at the Artist Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, United States from 2017-2018.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Xheni Sinaj

Piano Teacher, M.Mus, B.Mus.

Xheni is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Master’s program where she studied under the tutelage of Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe. Xheni was born in Elbasan, Albania where she started her first piano lessons at the age of 6. She graduated from the prestigious Jordan Misja High School and was accepted into the University of Arts Tirana in 2014, where she studied under the renown Albanian pianists, Anita Tartari and Marin Gjollma.

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Xheni is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Master’s program where she studied under the tutelage of Canadian pianist Arthur Rowe. Xheni was born in Elbasan, Albania where she started her first piano lessons at the age of 6. She graduated from the prestigious Jordan Misja High School and was accepted into the University of Arts Tirana in 2014, where she studied under the renown Albanian pianists, Professor Anita Tartari and Professor Marin Gjollma.
During her years as a high school student she was very active in competitions, and in both 2009 and 2011 won first prize in the National Piano Competition held in Saranda, Albania. In November 2011, she was invited to take part in concerts held at the historical castles of Tepelena and Gjirokaster, where she performed as a soloist the virtuosic Franz Liszt piano concerto no.1. In 2012, she was awarded first place in the Pjeter Gaci National Piano Competition held in Shkoder, a city renown for it’s cultural heritage.
During her first year as an undergraduate student, she was elected to participate in the 2014 Pianodrom International Piano Festival dedicated to the Young Talents of Albania. Xheni is also a specialist in Baroque performance practice, and in her second year was invited to accompany the baroque string ensemble of the University of Arts on the harpsichord.
In 2018, she started her Master’s program at the University of Victoria where she has been active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teaching assistant. and accompanist for the Uvic Wind Symphony. In April 2019 she won the University of Victoria’s Concerto Competition and in January 2020 performed the B-flat major Beethoven Concerto no. 2 as a soloist with the University of Victoria Orchestra. She successfully graduated from her Masters program in May 2020.

Teaches: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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