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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.