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Jiyeon Ahn (B.A., B.MUS)

Piano, Violin

Jiyeon graduated with Bachelor of Music with distinction from Queen’s University. She began her violin studies with Ray Dotoratos in New York, and continued her violin studies with Kyung ae Kim and Gisèle Dalbec. She is an enthusiastic chamber musician. Throughout her career, she has participated in many ensembles and orchestras, including Boheme Chamber Ensemble, Ars Nova Ensemble, Seoul Orchestra, and Tongyoung International Music Festival Ensemble. She also played as a member of Bohemian Soloists.

Jiyeon has been teaching since 2002. She has worked with students of all ages, and with her knowledge in Psychology, which she also holds degree in, she focuses on fun and leads her students to enjoy their music making.

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Nune Ananyan (B.F.A., A.R.C.T.)

Piano, Vocal

Growing up in a musically oriented family, Nune started appreciating and loving music at a very early age. When she turned five, she joined Tigran Hekekyan’s choir in Armenia, giving concerts nearly every month in the Armenian Opera house. The Repertoire that consisted of songs in different genres, gradually developed her interest in folk, classical and jazz music. At the age of nine she entered the Armenian Academy of music and in 2005 the family moved to Canada, where she continued her studies. She performed and got involved in many competitions both piano and vocal within Royal Conservatory and also performed in musicals (Children of Eden) and Church Choirs. She graduated from Royal Conservatory, and received her ARCT diploma. She also completed her Bachelor degree in music at York University. There, she has won the Concerto Competition in 2013 by playing Khachaturian’s piano concerto.

Since 2009, Nune has been teaching piano, vocal and theory in music schools and privately.

 

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Ara Arakelyan (B.A., M.MUS)

Flute, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet

For Ara Arakelyan, music has always been a way of life. He has graduated from the special music school after Sayat-Nova for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, Ara entered the Komitas State Conservatory, where he received B. A. with Honors and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Wind Instruments with specialization in Saxophone.

Since 2011, Mr. Arakelyan has launched a very successful career. He worked as a performer, Leading Saxophonist of the symphonic orchestra, and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools and colleges. He was also a soloist at Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan and Armenian State Jazz Band.

In the period of 2005 – 2012, Mr. Arakelyan performed more than 20 solo and collaborative recitals and participated in many international Competitions & Festivals in Armenia, USA, Germany, Sweden, Georgia, and Egypt. Ara is a Laureate of the “Golden Note” amateur arts festival, “Renaissance” International Competition, Kavkaz Jazz Fest. As of now, Ara Arakelyan has already recorded 3 DVDs.

Since 2013, Ara has begun to work at Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra as a leading saxophonist and running a very busy music studio.

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Fernando Baldasinni (B.F.A., B.A./EDU., A.R.C.T.)

Keyboard, Piano, Theory

Fernando’s diverse musical career goes back to his high school days  when he learned to play various woodwind instruments including  the clarinet, bass clarinet, the all members of the sax family. In Grade 10, he picked up the trumpet as well but his teacher persuaded him to switch back to the clarinet family. Afterwards, Fernando was urged to pursue full-time studies at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music. There, during the 1980’s, he excelled in his studies under the teachings of his mentors including Paul Grice (clarinet), Robert Linzon (piano),  Timothy Sullivan (harmony, counterpoint and composition), Josph Macerollo (history), Wes Wragget (electronic music). During this period, Fernando was very active, along his teachers and peers in trying to save the downtown branch of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto from being sold and moved to another location. They succeeded in their efforts.

In 1992, Fernando graduated from York University having studied composition with James Tenney. During these years, Fernando wrote many original compositions in all styles including a 10-minute background score used by a major advertising company, and dozens of arrangements of classical and popular pieces for band and keyboard ensembles. He used these in his extensive studio teachings in private music studios in the Scarborough area. Even with his extensive schedule, Fernando continued his studies in music education and graduated with a Bachelor  degree in Education from the University of Toronto in 2002.

Over the years, Fernando’s love for teaching is reflected in the success of his students as many of them are currently on staff in music studios throughout the GTA. In short, Fernando’s passion continues to to be that of a truly dedicated piano and theory (all grades and subjects) to all age groups. “Music is meant for anyone and everyone…” will continue to be his motto.  His classes are fun, creative, motivational and geared towards a life long musical learning.

Since 2000, Fernando resides in Markham with his family, his wife Susanna and his two kids Joshua and Josiah.

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Alesio Barbera

Drum

Alesio Barbera’s professional vitae includes work with the Toronto All-star Big Band, Toronto Jazz Orchestra, T.D. jazz festival, Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, and Jazz FM 91. Alesio is an active freelance musician in the Toronto jazz community and has experience as a side man playing popular and contemporary music on Vibraphone, Piano, Drum set, and Percussion. As a bandleader and composer he runs a jazz quartet entitled “Modern Blue” featuring music from around the world, and his focus on symmetry.

Alesio’s passion for teaching parallels his passion as a performer. Since as early as 15 years old, development in both has been a concurrent process. He brings ongoing performance inspired intentions into the classroom, connecting exercises to practical application, and bringing a genuine passion towards learning music.

Professional studies include grade 8 R.C.M. percussion (Honours) with Steve Mancuso, vibraphone with New York’s Chris Dingman, and Stefan Bauer, drum set with Mark Kelso, and Jim Blakley, hand percussion with Chendy Leon, and Amadou Kienou, and piano with Brian Rudolf, and Brian Dickinson.

Alesio is currently a full time student in the Humber College Bachelor of Music degree program.  He has been studying music at Humber College since 2011.

Alesio loves teaching.  He has been working with young children since 2006 providing both private and group instruction.  He also performs and records in various ensembles in and around the GTA.

For more information about Alesio Barbera visit: alesiobarbera.com

Hugh Barnett (B.A., M.A.)

Guitar

Hugh Barnett has worked professionally as a theatre and music artist in the Toronto area for over 15 years. A founding member of the Humber River Shakespeare Co., Hugh has performed and composed music for productions including Twelfth NightMuch Ado About NothingThe Taming of the ShrewMacBeth, and As You Like It. With his Canadiana-folk roots group, Carrying Place, Hugh has performed in several venues around York Region, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Laskay Hall, and Aurora Cultural Centre. In 2009, in celebration of the Humber River’s 10th anniversary as a designated Canadian Heritage River, Hugh was commissioned by the Toronto and Region Conversation Authority to compose the original song The Humber, which he subsequently performed at various public events organized to commemorate the occasion.

A certified Artist-Educator through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Hugh has delivered numerous workshops and in-service programs to teachers in the Dufferin-Peel school board around the topic of arts integration, including workshops on the Musical Futures pilot program. Hugh studied theatre at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and holds a M.A. from the University of Toronto in History. He is currently a teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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Sona Barseghyan (M.A., Ph.D)

Sona was born in 1989 in Yerevan, Armenia. She began playing the piano since the age of 7 in Tchaikovsky Music School in her home city. Following 10 years of music school, Sona continued her studies at Yerevan State Conservatory, in the class of Prof. Sergey Saradzhyan, where she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees with excellence (2006-2012). Afterwards, Sona had moved to Germany, Cologne, where she continued her education in Cologne Conservatory, in the class of Prof. Nina Tichman. In 2014 Sona received her 2nd M.A degree, and graduated from Cologne Conservatory in 2016 after receiving her P.H.D. Sona has greatly advanced her professional skills due to master classes delivered by famous musicians Norma Fisher, Vladimir Krainev, Phillippe Cassard, Evgeny Kissin, Tamas Ungar, Arkadiy Zenziper, Vadim Monastirskiy and Leonel Morales.

Sona has given her first solo recital when she was 8. The concert has been a great success, followed by a long sequence of other concerts which paved a way for her prosperous career later on.

Sona is prize-winner in a number of international competitions in Armenia, Georgia, Italy, France and Germany.

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Robert Bradley

Bass, Drum, Guitar

Robert graduated from Seneca at York University’s Independent Music Production Program.  He teaches guitar as well as the rudiments of drums and bass.  He had experience helping and organizing students into bands and oversaw their rehearsals and performances.  He has played in many bands as a musician.

To listen to Robert’s compositions, please click here.

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Maria Bukhtiyarov (B.Mus., M.Mus.)

Piano

Maria was born in Russia, in a family of musicians. She started playing piano at the age of five and attended a special music school for gifted children.

Maria continued her professional education in Russia at a Musical College and later, at Kazan State Academy of Music, which she graduated from with honours. While a student, she participated in various piano performance and theory of music competitions.

Maria has over ten years of teaching experience in piano performance and music theory in Russia and Israel. In addition, Maria worked as a piano accompanist for a ballet school and the Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

Maria teaches students of all levels and ages, from beginners to advanced, helping them to reach their full musical potential.

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Helen Chan (B.Comm)

Piano, Vocal, Theory

Helen started playing piano at the age of four. She began classical training in voice 17 years ago and continues to take lessons to this day. Helen has over 15 years of teaching experience. While she has prepared many students for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations and competitions, her passion is to inspire students to explore the power of sounds and to teach them how to play by ear. Her classes are designed to be fun and engaging. Helen will soon be studying the Sound Healing Associates Degree Program at the Globe Institute and intends on becoming a Sound Healer.

Besides music, Helen is also a certified holistic nutritionist and a juice fanatic.

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Wendy Galloro (B.A., A.R.C.T.)

Piano

Wendy holds an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied with Regina Franke and world-renowned Classical pianist Antonin Kubalek.  She also obtained a Music in Early Childhood diploma from the Royal Conservatory in which she studied with Katalin Forrai and Donna Wood.  Wendy is a University of Toronto graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a two-time piano bursary recipient from the National Council Bursary Committee, Toronto Chapter Alumni Association (RCM).

Wendy has over 15 years of music teaching experience preparing students for RCM practical and theory examinations.  She enjoys working with students of all ages, from youngest beginners to senior citizens.

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Hadara Jacoby (B.Ed.Mus.)

Piano, Theory

Hadara started taking piano lessons at the age of 5, and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education in Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music. For 13 years, Hadara worked as a piano teacher at Forte Music School in Oak Ridges, where she enjoyed sharing her passion for music with students of all ages. Throughout the years, Hadara proudly watched her students grow and develop their musical skills, participate in recitals, and excel at RCM exams. Since 2010, Hadara has also been working as a piano accompanist for the Evergreen Choir in Aurora, under the direction of Dr. Richard Heinzle.

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Linzy Kim (B.MUS.)

Fife, Flute, Piano

Korean-Canadian flutist Linzy Kim began studying music at the age of seven. After having acquainted with various instruments, she finally found herself captivated by the sound of the flute. She then went on studying with Donelda Gartshore, and graduated in 2011 from the Queen’s University. She achieved 1st place from Kingston Symphony Association Scholarship, and won 1st Prize at Kiwanis Competitive Scholarship Class. She was one of the Top 4 Concerto / Aria Competition Finalists in 2010 and received Queen’s Performing Arts Award when she graduated.

Linzy has collaborated as a flutist with orchestras, group singers and musical theatre productions such as Blue Canoe Production, Counterpoint Orchestra, City Flute, The Gertrudes. At age 23 Linzy moved to Toronto where she enjoys a career as performer and teacher to this day. She enjoys going to concert series of all genres, festivals, masterclasses, orchestras and seminars. In 2017, she founded the “&Flutes” together with Katy Jeong, a unique flute duo group in Toronto, and performs regularly.

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Simon Lau (LRSM, B.Sc.)

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Simon first discovered the joy of playing the violin at the age of 9. Under the tutelage of maestro Thomas Wang, Simon was considered a late starter by many, but quickly mastered the necessary skills and became one of the youngest members of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra at the time. He subsequently became Concertmaster for the same orchestra and other ones as well.

At the age of 16, Simon organized his own chamber group “Bachanini” and won many awards at the Hong Kong School Music and Speech Festival. He was also one of the youngest violinists to have obtained the LRSM certification from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in England.

After arriving in Canada, he had studied under many master violinists, including the late professor Eugene Kash of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Simon has been a member of several music organizations in Canada, including the York Symphony Orchestra.

RCM Silver & Gold Medalists:

2013 – Student received Gr 1 RCM Gold Medal in violin for the highest examination grades in Ontario

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Davina Lee (B.COMM., A.R.C.T.)

Music Adventure, Piano, Theory

Davina holds an ARCT in Piano Performance.  She also studied piano pedagogy with Mrs. Marina Geringas at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Orff Method with Mrs. Margaret Huggett.

Davina is a co-founder of the Music Clubhouse and Music Adventure programs.  She loves teaching children and puts great emphasis in making her lessons fun and enjoyable.  She also serves as organist at her local church.

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Rosalina Liu

Rosalina Liu is currently studying music at York University. Since she has been playing piano for the last 14 years, she has completed RCM level 10 and is currently preparing for ARCT. Additionally, she has taken lessons from countless teachers and professors, allowing her to realize the importance of differentiating teaching style to each student’s needs. I look forward to teaching new students and also learning new things from them.

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Narine Mardoyan (B. MUS., M.MUS)

Piano

Narine Mardoyan was born in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Narine has played the piano since the age of five, and graduated from Tchaikovsky Specialized School of Music – the special school for gifted children with honor. Afterwards, she entered the Komitas State Conservatory (one of the most prestigious Universities of USSR), where unlike the analogous institutions abroad, the students were taught thoroughly not only the subjects related to music, but also Social Sciences and Languages.

Graduating from the Conservatory with honor (with Baccalaureate and then Master’s degree in Piano Performance, Accompaniment and Piano Teaching), Narine was given the opportunity to continue her education and complete the requirements for Post Graduate degree (aspirantura) in Piano Performance and graduated with Honors Diploma.

Since 1994 Narine Mardoyan has launched a very successful career. She worked as a performer, accompanist and pedagogue at various teaching levels: music schools, college and as an associate professor at Yerevan State Conservatory, developing her teaching skills and gaining valuable work experience.

Narine was often invited as the examinator/judge to different piano contests/festivals, including the entrance examinations and Piano Competitions at Music School after Sayat-Nova, the “New names” Festival, and the piano competition named after G. Sarajian.  Mrs. Mardoyan provided numerous master classes and presentations in Music Colleges and Music Schools in Yerevan and Armenian regions.

In 2011 Narine Mardoyan was awarded for Best Trio Performance (Russian and Armenian composers), Second Best Trio Performance, Best Virtuoso Performance in Piano & Violin Duets, and for Third Best Performance in Piano Duets at Renaissance International Competition & Festival.

During the last 9 years, Narine participated (both as soloist and accompanist) in concert tours in USA, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, and Lebanon .  She also performed as a piano soloist with Berlin International Orchestra at a concert devoted to the 100th birthday anniversary of Aram Khachaturian.

Currently, Narine Mardoyan is an affiliate at the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Glenn Gould School (The Royal Conservatory of Music).  She is also actively involved in vocal and instrumental accompanying.

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Sahar Mash

Piano

Sahar is currently pursuing a double major at York University; a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics. Sahar fell in love with music at a young age, and since, has 16 years of classical piano experience. Furthermore, with 10 years of theory experience she has completed all RCM theory examinations. She has also competed and placed first in The Kiwanis Toronto competition.

Sahar’s passion for the piano is evident through her teaching habits and lesson plans. She continues to strive for excellence and is driven to give her students the best education possible.

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Jerson Munoz (B.Mus.)

Baritone, Trombone, Trumpet

Jerson Munoz is a Toronto trombonist who has graduated from Humber College with a Bachelor of Music. He has studied privately with Kelsley Grant and had masterclasses with Al Kay. During his time at Humber, Jerson was a part of the Mark Promane Big Band, the Latin Big Band, the Brass Choir, and the Trombone Ensemble.

Throughout his career, Jerson has also been a part of the Toronto All-Star Big Band, the Metro Big Band, and the Big City Big Band as the lead trombone and soloist. He has also done recordings with his quintet and has also performed on recordings for various artists.

In the spring of 2007, Jerson had the opportunity to travel and play in Budapest, Oradea, Prague and Vienna with his high school jazz band and concert band. He has also played at various festivals and events in Toronto, such as the Beaches International Jazz Festival and Corso Italia, weddings, and functions.

Aside from performing, he has worked doing live sound engineering for Humber and MusicFest Canada.

Jerson is currently freelancing and is on the faculty for Pro-Music Conservatory of Music in Richmond Hill as a coordinator and trombone instructor.

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Maggie Pong (B.F.A.)

Piano

Maggie graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). Also, she holds ATCL level of the Trinity College London in Recital in Piano.

She has been teaching piano for over 15 years and had been successfully sent her students for the ABRSM piano examination in Hong Kong. Most of her students have passed with merits and distinction in the examination.

Thanks for her passion, well-rounded approach of techniques and musicality, her students received outstanding awards in the Hong Kong Music Festival.

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Eva Sit (L.T.C.L.)

Music Adventure, Piano

Eva began her piano studies when she was four years old. At the age of thirteen, she achieved Grade 8 Diploma from the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in Hong Kong. She also received the Licentiate diploma in Piano Recital from Trinity College of London (LTCL). Since the age of ten, she participated in numerous events, and has won various awards in both Hong Kong Interschool Music festivals and in open competitions.

Eva has been a pianist for Ontario Overseas Chinese Music Association and Alata Harmonia Chorus of Canada for extensive years, as well in accompanying many other soloists and choirs in a variety of musical performance and plays.

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Steve Solilo (B.Mus.)

Steve Solilo is a Richmond Hill based guitarist who holds a Bachelors of Music degree from St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Diploma and Certificate from Mohawk College, all in Jazz Studies.

In addition to performing in various rock and jazz bands Steve also has experience in musical theatre including productions of Hairspray and Fiddler on the Roof.

Steve has been an instructor since 2003 and in addition to guitar is also capable of teaching ukulele, bass, and theory.

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Karen Tam (B.F.A., A.R.C.T.)

Music Adventure, Music Clubhouse, Piano

Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Faculty of Music at York University. She studied piano with Christina Petrowska Quilico and music composition with David Mott. Karen also holds an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance, and has studied piano pedagogy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her teaching style was influenced by the inspiring and encouraging guidance of Marina Geringas. To date, Karen’s students have always achieved First-class Honours in RCM examinations, and won awards in various music festival competitions.

Karen is also one of the experienced Music Adventure (group lessons) teachers at Pro-Music. She has taught Music Adventure to junior and senior kindergarten students at Wesley Christian Academy. In addition to her teaching, Karen actively participates in many music workshops, to share ideas and discuss issues relevant to piano pedagogy. The Orff Approach that she studied under Margaret Hugget has effectively enhanced her group and piano lessons through its emphasis on songs, games, rhythms, poems, stories and percussion instruments. Karen’s teaching approach emphasizes a balance of affection, patience and strength, and encourages her students to enjoy the process of learning.

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Nigel Tang (B.MUS)

Piano, Guitar

Nigel received his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Piano Performance from Western University, where he studied with James Hibbard. Nigel has performed in solo as well as collaborative settings, and has been the accompanist for multiple award winning vocalists at the Pickering Music Festival. His passion for music extends to the guitar as well, where he has performed with bands across the Greater Toronto Area for events such as the Markham Village Music Festival.

As a teacher, Nigel encourages his students to use their imagination while they explore topics of musicianship and artistry. He works to develop a well rounded musical foundation in his students so that they may have the tools to express themselves in any style or genre. Nigel’s other creative pursuits include painting and drawing. In his art-making, he draws inspiration from a wide range of music, from classical, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and everything in between.

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Kenneth Wong

Drum, Piano

Kenneth Wong is a Canadian musician from Richmond Hill, Ontario. His musical journey began when he first started learning piano at the age of 6, and moving on to drums and percussion when he turned 12. Under the guidance of Julia Cleveland, Nigel Maynard, and Juno Award-winning Barry Romberg, Kenneth’s drumming has led him to performances at many renowned venues and events, including the Phoenix Ball at The International Centre in Missisauga, the Taste of Asia Street Festival in Scarborough, the Richmond Night Market in Vancouver, and the TD Canada Trust Chinatown Festival in Calgary.

Although Kenneth’s home is mainly on a drum throne, he occasionally works with orchestral percussion. His experiences include the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, led by the baton of Colin Clarke, and the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jessica V. Kun.

Currently, Kenneth is pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music at Humber College, majoring on the drum kit. He previously attended York University, and was the 2014 – 2015 receiver of the acclaimed York University Oscar Peterson Scholarship.

In his free time, Kenneth posts drum covers popular songs and live performances on his YouTube channel, “Kenneth25Wong”. He has attained over 4 000 subscribers and over half a million views on his videos.