Our Teachers

Amadeus 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.

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Nick Sergienko

Owner of Amadeus Music Academy
Director & Head Teacher

 

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.

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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.

 

Education

  • Masters degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy – National Music Conservatoire, Russia 1992
  • Bachelors in Piano Studies- National College of Music, Russia 1986
  • Diploma in Musical Studies: qualified in piano tuition, concerto accompanist, concertmaster, and orchestra piano soloist, Russia

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Piano and theory head teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver 2005-Present
  • Piano teacher/accompanist – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music London, UK 1999-2005
  • Art Director & Stage Manager – Ministry of Culture and Art, Russia 1997-1999
  • Managing Director- Regional Centre of National Culture, Ukraine 1992-1996
  • Registered teacher and member of the British Columbia Music Teachers Association
  • Member of the Piano Teachers Federation
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Elia Sergienko

Administrator of Amadeus Music Academy
Senior Piano Teacher

 

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.

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Education

  • Masters in Musical Studies – National Musical Conservatoire, Russia 1992
  • Bachelors in Piano Studies – National College of Music, Russia 1986
  • Certificate Early Years Development – ‘Birth to three matters’, UK 2004
  • MMI – ‘Understanding music through movement’, UK 2004
  • Certificate MMI – ‘Drama and Play’, UK 2003

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Piano and theory senior teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver 2005-Present
  • Senior assistant and music coordinator – Montessori Neighborhood Nursery School, UK 2003-2005
  • Music teacher – London School of Russian Language and Literature, UK 1999-2003
  • Lecturer/piano tutor – Children’s School of Art and Music, Russia 1998-1999
  • Lecturer/tutor – Children’s Music School, Russia 1993-1995
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Marina Shamkina

Piano Teacher

 

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.

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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.

 

Education

 

  • Master of Arts-Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Russia 2003
  • Bachelor of Music-Novosibirsk Region College of Culture and Art, Russia 1998

 

Teaching & Performance Experience

 

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Teacher-Private Piano Studio, Victoria 2013-2018
  • Music Teacher -Victoria Russian School, Victoria 2014-2018
  • Piano Teacher- Private Piano Studio, Toronto 2007-2013
  • Piano and Music Teacher- Bravo School of Music, Toronto 2007-2010
  • Piano Teacher and Accompanist- Moscow 2005-2006
  • Music Teacher  – School # 868, Moscow 2005-2006
  • Accompanist -Special Art and Music School, Russia 2003-2004
  • Piano Teacher  – Art and Music School, Russia 1997-2003
  • Member of The BCRMTA
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Deli  Khayyam

Piano Teacher

 

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.

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Her love and passion for music shows not only through her performances but also throughout her teaching career.

 

Education

 

  • Bachelor of Music (Piano Major) – University of British Columbia, Vancouver 2008
  • ICMC Certificate – 1st International Chamber Master Classes & Festival , Shanghai 2007
  • University Transfer Courses Music School – Capilano University, Vancouver 2005

 

Teaching & Performance Experience

 

  • Piano Teacher -Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano/Opera collaborative performance – French Embassy, Tehran 2016
  • Piano Recital – Rudaki Hall, Tehran 2016
  • Piano teacher and adjudicator – School of Music, Tehran 2013-2018
  • Chamber Music Performances – Tehran’s School of Music, Iran 2009 
  • ICMC Shanghai Music Festival Performances, China 2007 
  • Piano Performances – UBC School of Music, Vancouver 2005-2008
  • Piano Performances – Capilano University, Vancouver 2004
  • Private Piano teacher, Vancouver 2002-2001
  • North Shore Piano Competitions, Vancouver 1998 – 1999

IRINA GAIVORNSKAIA

Piano Teacher

 

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.

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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.

 

Education

 

  • Master of Composition – Korsakov’s Conservatory, St. Petersburg 2013
  • Bachelor of Music, Diploma of Music Teacher and Accompanist – Musical College Krasnodar, Russia 2008
  • Certificate: pianist – Music School, Russia 2003

 

Teaching & Performance Experience

 

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano Teacher – Private piano studio, Kelowna 2015-2018
  • Rehearsal pianist- Opera Kelowna Chorus, Kelowna 2017-2018
  • Classical voice accompanist – Kelowna Kiwanis Festival, Kelowna 2017-2018
  • Church choir accompanist – Kelowna 2015-2018 
  • Accompanist/collaborative pianist – Palace of Creativity, Russia 2013-2014 
  • Accompanist/music teacher – Ballet School, Russia 2013-2015
  • Music teacher – Musical School, Russia 2012-2015
  • Music teacher – School #12, Russia 2012-2013
  • Accompanist/concertmaster – St. Petersburg Church 2008-2015
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Yifei hu

Piano  Teacher

 

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.

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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.

 

Education

  • High School Diploma – Interlochen Arts Academy, New York 1995
  • Middle School – Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China 1993
  • 1st Prize –Tenth Pacific International Piano Competition, Canada 2004
  • 2nd Prize – Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Final, Canada 2001
  • 3rd Prize – Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, USA 1998
  • 1st Prize – Concerto Competition, Music Academy of the West, USA 1996

 

Teaching & Performance Experience

 

  • Piano Teacher  – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Private Studio – Virtu Piano, Vancouver 2005-Present
  • Piano Teacher – Tom Lee Music Academy, Vancouver 2001-2005
  • Piano Teacher – British Columbia Conservatory of Music, Burnaby 2002
  • Carnegie Hall Debut Recital – Weill Recital Hall, New York 1998
  • Concerto Debut – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver 2004
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Ali Asgari

Violin Teacher

 

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.

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Education

  • Masters in Music Program- National Academy of Tchaikovsky, Ukraine 1999
  • Course in Teaching Violin to Children – Revutiskiy Music College, Ukraine 1999
  • Violin Teachers Special Training Program – Kiev State University, Ukraine 1998

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Violin teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Private music teacher – Iran, Ukraine, Vancouver 1991-2015
  • Violin teacher – Technical Music School for Boys, Iran 2001-2003
  • Violin teacher – Technical Music School for Girls, Iran 2002-2003
  • Violinist/Soloist – Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Iran 1998-2008
  • Violinist – Iranian National Orchestra, Iran 1999-2008
  • Assistant principal violinist – Orchestra of Farhagsarhae Bahman, Iran 2002- 2008
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Sarah pak

Piano Teacher

 

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).

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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.

Education & Awards

  • Masters in Music- Manhattan School of Music, USA 1997
  • Bachelors in Music – Manhattan School of Music, USA 1990
  • Master classes: Bruce Vogt, Walter Hautzig, John Perry, Abbey Simon, Lilli Kraus
  • Shephard Society Award
  • Corpus Christi Artist Competition
  • Ima Hogg National Artist Competition

Teaching and Performance Experience

  • Piano teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano teacher – Pacific Coast School of Music, Vancouver 2003-2017
  • Shadbolt Center for the Arts – James Cowan Theatre, Vancouver 2007
  • Carnegie Hall Debut Recital – Weill Recital Hall, USA 1998
  • The National Center for the Arts – Korea 1997
  • Piano teacher – Hoseo University, Hyoupseong University Korea, 1993-2002
  • Piano teacher – Sunny Music Studio, USA 1989-1990
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Emyr Honeybun

Piano Teacher

 

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.

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Education & Awards

  • Masters in Piano performance and pedagogy – University of Oxford, UK 2013
  • Bachelor of Music – University of Wales, Cardiff, UK 2012
  • Academic School Scholarship awarded by Cardiff University School of Music, UK 2009

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano Teacher – The Marlborough Secondary School, Oxfordshire, UK 2015-2016
  • Piano Teacher – Cumnor Elementary School, Oxfordshire, UK 2014-2016
  • Private Piano Teacher, Oxford, UK 2012-2016
  • Assistant Conductor – Pendyrus Male Voice Choir, South Wales 2010-2012
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Nikola Markovic

Piano Teacher

 

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.

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Nikola won first prize at the 2016 American Protégé International Piano Competition, giving him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Education

  • Masters in Piano Performance – Georgia State Music School, Georgia State, US 2015
  • Bachelors in Piano Performance – Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia 2007

Teaching Experience

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano Teacher – School of Music, University of British Columbia, Canada 2016-Present
  • Accompanist – Goh Ballet, Canada 2016-Present
  • Piano Teacher – Community Music Centers of Atlanta, USA 2013-2016
  • Teaching Assistant – School of Music, Georgia State University, USA 2013-2015
  • Piano Teacher – Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia 2006-2009