madeus Music Academy is unique in that that our teachers are outstanding concert musicians and performers with a vast portfolio of experience, all possessing Masters degrees from world-renowned universities.
They are all familiar and trained using the Russian piano and violin technique and teaching methodic.
Our teachers educate their students not only on the skills of playing a musical instrument, but also the ability to demonstrate their newly-acquired knowledge with confidence on stages in and around Vancouver through the great power of expression, and further, influencing both the mood and feelings of the audience. Participation in annual piano competitions, festivals and performances held in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond can be found on our events page.
Nick moved with his family from London, UK, to West Vancouver in 2005. Since then, he has been teaching and performing in both Canada and the US. Aside from 25 years of teaching experience, Nick’s main work over the last 20 years consists of concerts in England, Germany, Austria, France and other European countries, both as a soloist and alongside other musicians. He has graced the stages of well-known London theatres and concert halls, including George Bernard Show Theatre, London Astoria, Kensington Gallery Concert Hall, and Shepard’s Bush Empire.
Nick emphasizes the Russian piano technique, taught to him by professor Jania Aubakirova, the student of world-famous pianist and teacher Mikhail Pletnev from Moscow State Conservatory, winner of prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Moscow.
Nick’s students have won first places in numerous local, national and international competitions – including North Shore Piano Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, Stars of Albion International Performing Arts Festival & Competition in London, UK, and the Crescendo International Piano Competition. In 2018 six of Nick’s students performed at the winners concert in prestigious CARNEGIE HALL, New York and seven also had the privilege to play alongside Lions Gate Symphony Orchestra and their string ensemble on two separate occasions.
Elia was born into a family of professional musicians; her parents are highly educated music teachers. Elia began piano lessons when she was five years old. She has 24 years of piano teaching experience in Russia, Ukraine, England, and Canada. Elia received a Masters degree diploma in musical studies, qualifying her as a piano teacher, chamber orchestra soloist, and concertmaster. Her passion for music, love for children, and education and knowledge of the Russian piano technique makes for a creative, working and fast-learning atmosphere in the classroom environment.
Marina was born in Russia and has been trained in the classical Russian piano teaching method. After graduating from music school, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Teaching with Novosibirsk Conservatory professor Michael Karpychev. She then continued her studies and earned a Masters degree in Music Teaching at the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, under professor Victor Kovalenko. Marina held multiple teaching positions in Music and Art Schools across the country; she worked with choirs and vocalists at various competitions in Moscow and won first prize at the “Young Talents of Moscow” contest in 2006.
After moving to Canada in 2007, she resumed her career as a piano teacher and performer. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Marina also accompanied for singers and choirs at many events, including the Toronto School District School Board Showcase, Art Richmond Hill Festival, North York Music Festivals, Fear No Opera, Greater Victoria Performing Art Festival and others.
Deli has over 15 years of teaching experience. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 6, and her move to Canada prompted her to follow her passion throughout secondary school, pursuing her studies further at the University of British Columbia. Here, she studied with admirable music maestros and pianists, including Russian piano professor Eugene Skovorodnikov. Deli has also performed in many concerts and festivals in Vancouver, Shanghai and Tehran.
Her love and passion for music shows not only through her performances but also throughout her teaching career.
Irina was born in Russia and has been trained in the classical Russian piano teaching method. After graduating from music school, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Piano Teaching with Krasnodar Music college professor Tatiana Doronkina. She then continued her studies and earned a Masters degree in Music Teaching and Composition at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, under professor Natalia Korichalova and professor/composer Grigorii Korchmar. Irina held multiple teaching positions in music and art schools across the country, working with choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists and ballet dancers.
After moving to Canada in 2015, she resumed her career as a piano teacher and performer. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Irina also accompanied for singers and choirs at various events, including the Opera Kelowna Chorus, Vernon Proms Classical Music Festival, Kelowna Kiwanis Festival and various church choirs.
Born in Shanghai, China into a musical family, Yifei began his piano lessons at the age of three with his mother, and four years later, enrolled into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. At age 17, a full scholarship enabled him to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard school in New York. In 2001, Yifei made Vancouver his home, and led his students to perform at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and win top prizes at the National Final of Canadian Music Competitions.
Yifei has embraced vast solo and concerto repertoire from classical to post romantic, taught by two world renowned professors, Jerome Lowenthal in New York, and Benjamin Yu (teacher of Chinese British pianist Fou Ts’ong) in Michigan.
Ali has over 20 years of experience working as a violin teacher in schools, colleges and privately. He has worked in Iran, Ukraine and Canada and speaks English, Farsi and Russian to accommodate his students.
Sarah began playing piano when she was five years old and moved to the United States at the age of 15. She won several competitions in US and continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performance. She has performed in Korea, United States and Italy and participated in the well-known Musicisti American Festival (Italy) and in Admant Music Festival (US).
A recipient of the Special Presentation Award at the Artist International Competition, Sarah was given the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall. Along with many recitals and performances, she has over 20 years of teaching experience.
Emyr moved to Vancouver from Oxford, UK. He completed a Masters in Piano Performance at the University of Oxford in 2013, studying with Charlotte Tomlinson. He has also completed three years of conducting training under Dr. Keith M Griffiths, graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, Russia. Emyr has participated in master classes of Susan Tomes, Imogen Cooper and Professor Laurence Dreyfus.
Nikola moved to Vancouver from the United States, where he completed his Masters degree in piano performance at Georgia State University. Familiar with the Russian piano technique and teaching method, he participated in many international master classes, including those held by Kyoko Hashimoto, Sandor Falvai, Sergei Kurdjakov, Christoph Berner, Marina Lomazov, Rustem Hayroudinoff, Konstantin Bogino and Thomas Hecht, to name a few.
Nikola won first prize at the 2016 American Protégé International Piano Competition, giving him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.