madeus Music Academy is unique in that that our teachers are outstanding concert musicians and performers, all possessing Masters degrees, which they received from world-renowned musical universities, including a vast portfolio of experience.
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 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.
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. She received a Masters degree diploma in musical studies, qualifying her as a piano teacher, chamber orchestra soloist, and concertmaster.
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.
Tina was born and raised in Germany, where she received a Bachelors and Masters degree at the prestigious Robert Schumann University under Professor Yumiko Maruyama. Her first piano lessons were based on the Russian teaching methodology by Professor Alexander Nikolaev, which she successfully carries on to her students with many years of teaching experience.
Tina dedicated her Bachelor’s degree to study the fundamentals of piano teaching, as well as early musical education. In her Master’s degree, she deepened her musical abilities with a concentration in chamber music and as a piano soloist. 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.
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.