Dr. Victor Shevtsov, (Piano Master Class), piano teacher, performer, author of Piano Method books, adjudicator, is originally from Russia, where he was educated and earned his music degrees. He studied music in the College of Music & Arts (Rostov-on-Don) and Gnessins Academy of Music (Moscow). After graduating from the Music Academy Victor Shevtsov combined his performing and teaching careers. His teaching positions include: Music School for children in Moscow; Institute of Music and Pedagogy; Rubin’s Academy of Music, University of Tel-Aviv. From 1994 Dr. V. Shevtsov teaches in his private piano studio in Richmond, BC. He is also the owner and Music Director of VItta Academy Music & Arts.
Dr. Tanya Shevtsova, (Piano Master class), concert pianist, piano teacher, composer. Mrs T. Shevtsova was born in Moscow and began her music studies in the famous Music School for talented children affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory. She later continued her education in the Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. Dr. Tanya Shevtsova taught in: Music School for children in Moscow, Institute of Music and Pedagogy, Rostov on Don Rubin’s Academy of Music, University of Tel-Aviv. From 1994 Dr. Tanya Shevtsova teaches in her private piano studio in Richmond and also dedicates her time to composing music for children.
Natasha Foresi, M. Mus., (Flute instructor), Vancouver flute teacher Natasha Foresi holds a Master Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from Geneva Music Conservatory. During her student years she was a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships including scholarships from BC Fund Vancouver Academy of Music, American Israel Cultural Foundation, Fraser MacPherson Fund and first prizes in provincial and national competitions. A performing artist Ms. Foresi is also very dedicated to teaching and strives to give her students all the tools necessary to express themselves through music. Natasha Foresi successfully prepares her students for RCM examinations, Music festivals & Competitions.
Dr. Ryan Trew, (Theory, Percussions), composer, percussionist and music theory pedagogue. Dr. Trew completed an undergraduate degree in music from Wilfrid Laurier University, Master of Music at the University of Toronto and Doctor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Ryan has an extensive experience in teaching Theory, Harmony and Music History courses both privately and in-group lessons. He taught theory in Semiahmoo Academy of Music, British Columbia Conservatory of Music and Music Centre in Barrie, Ontario. His teaching and preparation students for RCM exams are very effective with usual First Class Honors Marks at the exams.
Carly Sigurdson., B. Mus., M. Mus., (Piano instructor, all levels). Carly was born and raised in Vancouver, BC where she began taking piano lessons at the age of 8. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria, and a Master of Music from Texas Tech University. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Carly has taught piano to children, youth, and adults. Carly is very passionate about the Russian method for teaching piano. She has devoted a lot of her time to studying, researching and using this method with her students.
Linda Yeh, ABRSM Diploma, (Piano instructor, Junior & Intermediate level). Ms. Linda was the Music Director of a successful Children’s Music School in Taiwan for 17 years. For the last 8 years, Linda Yeh has been living in Richmond. Linda took a special course of Russian Piano Method created by Dr. V. Shevtsov and has been attending his master classes for many years. Ms. Linda Yeh is an excellent specialist in teaching beginners and a great enthusiast of Russian way of teaching children. She is fond of teaching children and unique talent to communicate with them.
Tetyana Ribnitska, B. Mus., M. Mus., (Piano instructor, all levels). Tetyana has been a concert pianist and teacher for 36 years. She was awarded the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. Since establishing herself in Canada, she has taught at UNBC, the Prince George Conservatory of Music and was principle pianist with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. Her students progress faster than average because of a unique teaching philosophy, which includes students performing piano duets, trios, concertos and chamber music. This improves a pianist’s ability to listen objectively to themselves and to other musicians.
Yu-Ting Stevia Gong, Art.Dip (2012), M.Mus (2010), B.F.A in Music (2006). Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Gong holds both Master of Music and Artist Diploma in McGill University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in National Taiwan Normal University. She is the both the member of Chinese Music Teachers’ Association of Canada and Golden Key International Honour Society (Chapter at McGill University), which is offered only to students recognized to be among the top 15% of their class by GPA. Yu-Ting was trained at the most prestigious Teacher’s College in Taiwan and was working in middle schools and high schools before she came to Canada. Therefore, she developed not only a professional approach toward students and parents, but also has accumulated lots of experiences for student’s individual need. Her method combines the Russian School Piano Pedagogy and French Classic in Montreal, focusing on score-reading and accurate position for playing piano. She also believes that the music should have an artistic image: the meaning that related to the life, not just a repetition of lots of notes and busy hand movements.
Kateryna Kiselyova originally from the Ukraine, began her musical career at age 15. This brilliant musician managed to complete a seven-year music school program in only three years, achieving top honors in piano and guitar. She went on to study vocal and choral conducting at Nikolayev University, as well as orchestral conducting and classical guitar at Nikolayev Higher State Music Collage and Donetsk Academy of Music in Ukraine. During her pursuit in academics, she participated and won several guitar competitions. Before immigrating to Canada, Kateryna worked at the Children’s Music School in Kiev and Crimea teaching classical guitar, ensemble, vocal, and choir. In Canada, she performs at numerous concerts and festivals all over the greater Vancouver area. She currently holds the position of Music Director and Choir Conductor at Palme Theatre in Vancouver and performs with the Russian Community Centre Folk Balalaika Orchestra. Since moving, Kateryna continues to teach classical guitar and vocal in her private studio and prepares students for RCM examinations. Vocal coaching includes a development of individual style, based on classical, folk, jazz, and popular music.
Konstantin Pyryaev (Chess Instructor) has been playing chess for over 30 years. Konstantin was very active organizing chess tournaments for children and adults. He was specifically fond of teaching children. His technique is based on a balanced combination of theory and practice. Students do homework and solve problems during the class. Obligatory elements of training are friendly and tournament games. Konstantin believes that playing chess gives everyone the ability to make correct, logically motivated decisions that lead to success. A devoted enthusiast of chess playing, Konstantin encourages regular meetings for children and adults, friendly tournaments and matches with other chess clubs in the city.