Summer Concert 2019
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Kay Meek Theatre 2019
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Our students performing with Lions Gate Sinfonia
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Our Students Performing at Kay Meek Theatre
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Summer Concert 2019
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Winners of the International Crescendo
Piano Competition. Carnegie Hall, 2018
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Summer Recital 2017
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Amadeus Music Academy Piano & Violin Teachers

Meet Our Teachers
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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.

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

  • Owner and 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

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

Anastasia Gavrikova

Piano Teacher

Anastasia was born in Russia and has been trained in the classical Russian piano teaching method. She started taking professional piano lessons when she was five years old at Voronezh Musical College. Afterwards, Anastasia entered the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where she completed her bachelor’s degree under professors Maria Gambarian and Nana Nemsitsveridze. She continued her education and completed her master’s degree at Moscow State Institute of Culture, qualifying her as a piano teacher, solo and chamber orchestra performer, and concertmaster.

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Anastasia took part in various festivals and masterclasses with famous Russian and European pianists, such as Serguei Milstein, Vladimir Tropp, Willem Brons, Denis Burstein, Evgeniy Gutman, Valeriy Shkarupa, and Galina Minsker. She has given concerts as a solo and chamber performer in different concert halls in Moscow and other Russian cities.

Anastasia had the opportunity to work with many private students of different ages for over five years. In November 2018, Anastasia decided to move to Canada and continue teaching piano.

 

Education

  • Master’s in Piano performance – Moscow State Institute of Culture, Moscow, Russia
  • Bachelor’s in Piano performance and Pedagogy – Gnessin Russian State Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver – Present
  • Private Piano Teacher – Moscow, Russia 2013-2018
  • Annual Piano Recitals – Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016/li>
  • International Piano Festival “RUZA” – Moscow, Russia 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Solo Performance – Piano recital, Voronezh Musical College, Russia 2009
  • VI Youth Competition for Pianists – Voronezh, Russia 2011
  • Solo Piano Recital – Voronezh State Academy of Art, Russia 2012
  • Young Pianists Competition of A. Nasedkin – Yaroslavl, Russia 2012
  • Chamber Music Performances – Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, Russia 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Piano and Chamber Music Recitals – Moscow, Russia 2016, 2017, 2018

Jean Sebastien

Piano Teacher

Jean-Sébastien to Vancouver from Montreal where he completed his baccalaureate degree at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal with M. Andre Laplante winner of 2nd prize of the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and his master degree at Université de Montréal with M. Jean Saulnier. M. Lévesque. He studied conducting with Raffi Armenian and participated to master classes by numerous famous pianists and teachers such as Jean-Philippe Collard, Jacques Rouvier, Louis Lortie, John Perry, Marc Durand.

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Jean-Sébastien has devoted himself to teaching in several schools and different environments. In 2010, he founded the Chœur du Brouhaha, which now has more than 80 singers. He teaches taught until 2019 at the Lanaudière School of Music, the Fernand Lindsay Musical Camp and the Université de Québec in Montreal. Always active as a pianist and teacher, he works with recognized musicians and singers.

 

Education

  • Doctorate in Music , University of Montreal. Under the direction of Jean Saulnier 2011-2013
  • Graduate Specialized Studies, Music, University of Montreal. Under the direction of Jean Saulnier 2011
  • Master of Music, University of Montreal. Under the direction of Jean Saulnier 2010
  • Graduate Diploma I (Equivalent to the baccalaureate), Conservatory of Music of Montreal. Under the direction of André Laplante 2008

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano Instructor at Université du Québec à Montréal 2018-2019
  • Pianist/instructor at Camps Musical de Lanaudière 2012-2019
  • Piano teacher at École de musique de Lanaudière 2010-2019
  • Pianist of Voix de la Montagne conducted by Bruno Dufresne 2010-2019
  • Artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Choral Saint-Eustache 2011-2019
  • Founder and artistic director of Chanteurs du Brouhaha 2010-2016
  • Artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Vocal Vivace 2012-2015
  • Conductor and foundor of the Children’s choir of Église Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka 2011-2015
  • Prix Claire Charbonneau-Clerk, 99e édition du Prix d’Europe 2010
  • Piano teacher of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal’s choir conducted by Louis Lavigueur 2006-2007

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

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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

Qweeva Comiskey

Piano Teacher

Qweeva was born in Dublin, Ireland. She began piano lessons at the age of 7 and was accepted to the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 15 where she studied piano with Concert Pianist Prof. Anthony Byrne and Theory with Dr. Deborah Kelleher. She completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Trinity College Dublin where she majored in Piano Performance. Qweeva has 12 years of teaching experience and has also worked as a Music Examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music for the past 4 years.

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Caoimhe has also studied Organ with Una Russell in the Irish Conservatory of Music and Drama and Voice with International Opera singer, Mairéad Buicke. Qweeva has performed and competed in various recitals and competitions including 2nd prizes in the Newpark Music Competition, RIAM Baroque Piano Competition and RIAM 19th Century Piano Competition. Her students have have won High Achiever Awards from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for Recital Piano Exams. Several of her students have been placed in the Young Malahide Musician of the Year Competition and in the Sutton Park Young Musician Competition.

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Music Education – Trinity College Dublin 2015
  • Associate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music – Teaching Diploma 2017

Teaching Experience

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano teacher – Sutton Park School, Dublin, Ireland 2015-2019
  • Private Piano teacher – Dublin, Ireland 2008-2019
  • Music Examiner – Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland 2015-2019
  • Music Examiner – State Examinations Commission, Ireland 2019

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

Nick Swanson

Piano Teacher

Born in Washington State, Nick began studying the piano at a very young age. Through high school, he studied composition and piano performance with piano teacher, performer and composer Andrea Rackl. With a prestigious scholarship, Nick went on to study at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Music and Spanish. While at Western he studied under the tutelage of Jeffrey Gilliam and worked with many other performing artists who traveled through town: the Anderson and Roe Duo, Philip Edward Fisher, Logan Skelton, David Kadouch, and composer William Bolcom among others.

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During his studies, Nick performed in studio recitals, sang in the university choir, performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestra, and comped a jazz combo. He also accompanied several other musicians for adjudications, recitals and competitions and collaborated with student composers. In 2017 he won the university concerto competition and performed with the symphony orchestra.

Nick has taught the piano for over five years in Washington State and has experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. He now lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife.

 

Education

  • Bachelor in piano performance from Western Washington University
  • Associates degree in Arts from Whatcom Community College

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Theory Teacher/Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Private Piano Teacher – Washington State 2012-2018
  • Solo Performance, Western Washington University 2018
  • Winner of Western Washington Concerto Competition 2017
  • Accompanist, Western Washington University 2015-2018
  • Solo Performance featuring original compositions, Washington 2015
  • Solo Performance, Jansen Art Center 2014
  • First place in Young Composers Project, Washington State Music Teachers Association 2014

Maya Fekete

Piano Teacher

Maya was born in Serbia where she started playing the piano. At the age of 13, being given a full scholarship, she became a student of the “Group Zero”, a group formed by the Music Academy of the University of Novi Sad for outstanding young talents, having had the opportunity and privilege to study under one of the major concert pianists Kemal Gekic. She graduated and later obtained a Master’s degree from the same University. She refined her artistry by performing in Masterclasses held by great piano masters such as Prof. Jokuthon Mihajlovic, and Dr. Arbo Valdma, both graduates from Moscow Conservatory Tchaikovsky.

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Maya has held teaching and accompanist positions in Serbia, Cyprus, and Canada. She regularly attends master classes and music teacher training events and ensures that she stays up to date with new music, and training. During her studies, she participated in numerous national and international competitions and won many awards and prizes.

 

Education & Awards

  • Master in Piano Performance, Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia 2005
  • Bachelor in Piano Performance, Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia 2001

Teaching and Performance Experience

  • Piano teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Piano Teacher – Coal Harbour Music Centre, Vancouver  2018-2019
  • Private Piano Teacher – Viva Piano Studio, Vancouver  2018-2019
  • Private Piano Teacher/Accompanist- Bradford School of Music, Toronto 2010-2011
  • Piano Teacher – Odeio Music School, Cyprus 2002-2004
  • Accompanist – “Isidor Bajic” Music School, Serbia 1999-2001

Zinna Kwon

Piano Teacher

Zinna was born in South Korea. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. She moved to Canada in 2009. She has participated in festivals and competitions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kamloops and she won the first prize in the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts. She entered the University of Victoria where she received her Bachelor’s degree under professor Arthur Rowe. She participated in masterclasses with a famous Russian pianist and professors, such as Kyoko Hashimoto, Terence Dawson, Pavel Grigorievich. She has given concerts as a solo and chamber performer in Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops.

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She had an opportunity to work with students of different ages and levels for over 7 years. Her passion and love for teaching create a supportive and friendly environment to motivate students and develop their musicianship and to help them achieve their intellectual and full potential.

 

Education

  • Piano Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver – Present
  • Piano Class Recital – Kamloops 2019
  • Private Piano Teacher – Private Piano Studio, Kamloops 2017-2019
  • Private Piano Teacher – University of Victoria, Victoria 2013-2017
  • Piano Recital & Performances – University of Victoria 2013-2017
  • Accompanist/Collaborative Pianist – University of Victoria 2013-2017
  • Church Choir Accompanist – Kamloops 2009-2019, Victoria 2013-2017
  • BC Bosendorfer Piano Competition – Vancouver 2017
  • Piano Performance – Welcome Ceremony, University of Victoria 2016
  • Musical Arts Competition – University of Victoria 2016
  • Piano Concerto Competition – University of Victoria 2013
  • Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival – Nanaimo 2012
  • Solo Performance – Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts Honours Concert, Kamloops 2012
  • Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts – Kamloops 2012
  • Solo Performance – Kamloops 2012
  • Piano Performance – Kamloops 2010
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Cristian Herki

Violin Teacher

Cristian is third generation violinist. Born in Romania, he started taking violin lessons at the age of six. He graduated High School and Music University in Cluj Napoca, in the heart of Transylvania. His teachers were: Dorina Mangra (violin soloist), Nicusor Silaghi (founder of “Transylvanian Quartet”) and Stefan Ruha (top international soloist, winner of Tchaikovski Competition). Cristian continued his education with a master degree in Chamber Music. He taught violin for 19 years at Art College in Baia Mare, Romania, participating with his students at various national and international festivals and contests:

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  • Bach Festival – Cluj Napoca, Romania, 2011-2013
    International Instrumental Contest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, 2009, 2010
  • “Timotei Popovici ” National Contest, Sibiu, Romania, 2012

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Arts – “G.Dima” Music Academy, Cluj Napoca, Romania , graduated in 2006, (5 years of studies)
  • Master’s in Chamber Music – University of Oradea, Romania graduated in 2017, (2 years of studies)
  • Educational Staff Training – “G.Dima” Music Academy, Cluj Napoca, Romania, graduated 2006, (2 years of studies)

Teaching & Performance Experience

  • Violin Teacher – Amadeus Music Academy, West Vancouver Present
  • Violin Teacher – Arts College, Baia Mare, Romania 1997-2016
  • C.M.O. – Arts Center, Chilliwack, Canada 2015
  • EuroArt Chamber Orchestra – Baia Mare, Rotary Hall, Romania 2007

Recitals

  • The Clutch Theatre – Vancouver 2015; 2016
  • Silk Purse Arts Center – Vancouver 2016
  • B.C. University – Vancouver 2016
  • Cultural Center – Chilliwack 2016
  • Phoenix Theatre Ft.Nelson 2016
  • Maryknoll Hall – Ossining, New York 2016
  • Art Center – Freising, Germany 2010
  • Classical violinist – Cruise Ship 2013-2019
  • “Art 4 Strings” Quartet – Baia Mare, Romania 2011-2016
  • “Crios” Piano Trio – Romania 2008- 2013
  • Orchestra Violinist – “Dinu Lippatti” Ph.Orchestra, Satu Mare, Romania 2006-2009
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Nikola Markovic

Piano Teacher

Nikola moved to Vancouver from the United States, where he completed his Master’s 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.

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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