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Faculty

PIANO STUDIES

Antonia de Wolfe, M.Mus., B.Mus., D.Mus.
Alexander Tikhonov, M.Mus., M.A.
Lili Imastounian, D.Mus., B.F.A.
Katherine Cao, B.F.A., A.R.C.T.
Chaya Alperovitch, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Suzanne Marfise, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Lobat Nourdeh, M.Mus., B.Mus., A.R.C.T.
Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Inna Kotenko, M.M.Ed., B.M.Ed.


WOODWINDS AND BRASS INSTRUMENTS


Alexander Tikhonov
, M.Mus., M.A.
Leonid Sprikut, Ph.D., M.Mus., B.Mus.
John Mills, M.Mus., B.Ed.

VOCAL STUDIES

Eva Green, B.F.A., ORMTA
Justin Welsh, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Helena Holl, M.Mus.
Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Katherine Cao, B.F.A., A.R.C.T.

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO
CONTRABASS

 


GUITAR

Alexander Gangurean, D.Mus.
Arpad Josephson, D.Mus., B.Mus.
Daniel Segall, B.F.A.
Sophia Kim, B.Mus.
Eduardo Solá, B.Mus., B.Mus., M.A.

John Mills, M.Mus., B.Ed.
Ramon Taranco, B.F.A.
Jeffrey P. Jones, B.F.A., B.Ed.

CONDUCTING STUDIES AND INTERPRETATION

Kristian Alexander, M.Mus., M.A., B.Mus., B.A., D.E.S.S.G.O.C.


Inna Kotenko, M.M.Ed., B.M.Ed.
Piano studies, Music Theory

Ms. Inna Kotenko’s has earned a Bachelor cum laude (“with outstanding honour”) degree from Sumy State Music College (Ukraine) with specializations in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, and Piano Accompaniment. At the age of 16, she began teaching individual and group piano lessons, prepared students for performances, examinations, auditions, and festivals, has accompanied vocalists, choral groups instrumentalists.  After graduating from the Music College, Ms. Inna Kotenko continued her education Sumy State Pedagogical University (Ukraine). She worked as a Piano Teacher, Music and Art Teacher at the Elementary School as well as conducted rehearsals, put on shows, and play ensembles, directed a school choir of 100 students. She was then elected a Vice – principal, while still teaching Piano for over 10 years.

Ms. Inna is passionate about giving the tools to each of her students to become an independent musician. She strives to get each student to their personal goals, whether it is to play for enjoyment, or to make piano their professional career. Ms. Kotenko believes that piano lessons should be a part of every child’s curriculum, and that the benefits are immeasurable. Students are encourage to find their personal style where their passion lies – whether it is with classical, jazz, blues, movie themes, popular music, or all of the above. She believes that if students are able to learn music that appeals to them (in addition of their core curriculum), they will love piano and have fun! With Ms. Inna’s teaching style, students not only will learn piano, music theory and musicianship, but they also will learn important skills such as self-discipline and commitment, when it isn’t always easy. Ms. Inna also works as a piano accompanist at the William Graham Singers in Toronto and as a piano accompanist for the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Leonid Sprikut, Ph.D., M.Mus., B.Mus.  
Woodwinds and Brass, Music history and Theory

Mr. Sprikut holds a MMus in Music Education from the University of Toronto , as well as Master of Music in Performance Diploma cum laude from the Moscow P. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance Diploma cum laude from Moscow State Conservatory Music College. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting from Moscow State Conservatory Music College. As a professional clarinettist and saxophonist Mr. Sprikut has been affiliated with many symphony and chamber orchestras around the world, such as Moscow State Ministry of Education Symphony Orchestra (Principal Clarinet), Moscow State Academy of Music Opera Theatre (Principal Clarinet), New Jerusalem Symphony (Principal Clarinet), Israeli Operetta Theatre (Principal Clarinet), and was a member of a Moscow State Conservatory Woodwind Quintet.

As a soloist, Mr. Sprikut performed in Russia , Israel , USA , Canada , and has taken part in various International Music Festivals, such as International Klezmer Music Festival in Zfat , Israel. Among his teachers were the internationally renowned Vladimir Sokolov (Principal Clarinet for The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Moscow State Conservatory) and Dr. Scott Bridges (Professor of Music and Clarinet at the Alabama University School of Music). Mr. Sprikut started teaching in the early 1980’s, while a student at the Moscow State Conservatory and was one of the founders and first teachers at the Special Music School for Woodwind Instruments in Moscow , Russia. Later, in Israel he worked as a teacher for a Music Project of the Municipality of Jerusalem and was a Music Director of The Youth Jerusalem Wind Orchestra, where his duties included selection of repertoire for the Orchestra, auditions, public relations, and foreign tours. He has taught wind instruments, piano, and music theory privately and in groups at his studio, at varous schools and at the Music College. Mr. Sprikut has been affiliated with iMA since 2006. He is experienced and successful in teaching students at different levels and ages from 7 to 70. Mr. Sprikut is also the conductor of the iMA Jazz ensemble, which successfully performed at the IMA summer music Festival in 2009. His students constantly win local and international music competitions, hold principal positions in students’ and professional bands and symphony orchestras, and participate in a variety of musical activities in Canada and abroad.

Mr. Sprikut gives master classes and adjudicates music competitions and festivals in Israel , Russia and Canada. He is a member of Ontario Music Teachers Network and a Teaching Assistant in the instrumental class at the University of Toronto. Currently, Mr. Sprikut is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto where his research interests include music pedagogy and culture. His research papers were accepted and presented at several international conferences, such as 2010 international Conference in Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and the ISME World Conference 2010 in Beijing , China. Mr. Sprikut possesses strong knowledge and excellent skills for teaching the classical style, as well as the jazz, folk, and music of modern composers. Determined to bring out the best of his students, Mr. Sprikut is one of the most highly recommended teachers in the GTA. He has been teaching wind instruments, piano, and music theory for over 25 years. Mr. Sprikut is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 60140) and is fluent in English, Hebrew, Russian.


Eva Green, B.F.A., ORMTA
Vocal Studies and interpretation

Ms. Eva Green graduated from Concordia University (Montreal) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music. Internationally renowned jazz vocalist, well known for her truly genuine interpretations of jazz standards, Brazilian classics, gospel spirituals, blues, and even classical opera, she began her musical career at the age of 8 as a cellist, and after completing her degree, moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a songwriter and singer mingling with many jazz greats there. Ms. Green returned to her native Poland, where she recorded 3 albums while teaching vocal classes in Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Metal, Soul, Blues, Gospel and all other genres of popular music. She is also an expert in teaching scat singing and jazz improvisation. Her lessons are designed to create an individual course of study for each student, taking into account their age, level of proficiency and aptitude. The lessons have practical character and work on proper voice emission with the aim to gradually develop a singing scale from two, to two and a half octaves. Ms. Green provides her students with pre-recorded, ready-to-use, piano accompaniments for specially designed exercises at no extra charge. This enables each student to practice on a daily basis between lessons at home, and this method significantly accelerates the learning process and enables the student to achieve almost immediate and audible results. In addition, Ms. Green helps her students practice singing songs with professional backing tracks, and working on repertoire (preparation, analysis and planning exercises), as well as increase knowledge and practice in the field of stage and studio performance (working with a microphone, knowledge of music equipment, musical programs, set up and use of home studio recording). For singers who write their own music and lyrics, Ms. Green provides consultations on composition and arrangement. She is also a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music and a registered teacher with the ORMTA.


Justin Welsh, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Vocal Studies and interpretation

Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, baritone Justin Welsh is trained classical singer by achieving his Master’s in Music at the University of British Columbia.  Recently, he was a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. He was featured as Ari in the world premiere of the Ensemble production of Swoon and took the role of Fiorello in the mainstage production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.  Previously he has been seen as Papageno in The Magic Flute in the Andrew Porter production for the COC Ensemble and covered the roles of Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Wagner in Gounod’s Faust. For his Operatic development, he also participated in young artist programs in the Czech Republic and Germany, with Pacific Opera Victoria, and Opera Nuova where he sang the role of Sid in Albert Herring. At the C.O.S.I. program in Sulmona, Italy, he was featured as the philandering Spanish Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Through his classical training, Justin has won various awards for his vocal abilities.  These include first place in the Kurt Weill Competition, an encouragement award from the Louis and Christina Quilico competition, Jacquliene Desmarais Award and he placed in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Finals in Seattle in 2004.  Although strongly classically trained, Justin has shared an affiliation for many vocal art forms which include Musical Theatre, some Jazz and Pop singing.  During his youth, he went from a church choir soloist to the assistant conductor.  During that time, he aspired to enter the Musical theatre and Pop vocal world.   He has done a handful of musicals, which include The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors and Arvide in Guys and Dolls.  


Jeffrey P. Jones, B.F.A., B.Ed.
Guitar Studies, Music Theory

After spending much of the last 20 years performing and writing music, Jeff Jones' compositions and performances have been heard nationally in Canada on the CBC and have charted locally on campus radio stations. The Toronto Star (reviewing a performance) warned, “We're sure to hear more greatness from Jones in years to come.” A guitarist, songwriter, singer, playwright, teacher and actor, Jeff first took on guitar students in 1996 and continued to teach privately while he has hired by the Toronto District School Board, in 2001.  While working as a classroom drama and music teacher over the past 12 years, Mr. Jones has maintained his private teaching chops by directing and conducting many musical performances, taking novice players and singers and helping them hone their skills for performances in shows as diverse as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and many others. Mr. Jones continues to perform and write music as well as host a monthly cabaret called “The Charcoal Sketch Cabaret”.


Antonia de Wolfe, M.Mus., B.Mus., 
Piano Studies and Interpretation, Music Theory


Ms. Antonia de Wolfe has graduated with a degree in piano performance from the George Enescu Institute of Music in Bucharest, Romania and, later, with another degree from the Central School of Music affiliated with the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. She has also graduated from the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she studied with Sergio Perticaroli, and has earned a Master in Music (piano performance) degree from the University of Toronto. In addition, Ms. de Wolfe has studied with Maestro S. Petricaroli at Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg (Austria). Ms. de Wolfe has given several recitals and concerts in some of the finest concert halls in Bucharest, Moscow, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, and Toronto. She has also taught piano at the Columbus Centre, Cosmo school of Music, and Koffler Music School. As a collaborative pianist and accompanist, she has been in great demand for several productions of the Centuries Opera Association, Toronto Opera Repertoire, Palestrina Choir, Ethobicoke Centennial Choir, and others. Ms. de Wolfe is a registered teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 44667).


John Mills, B.A., B.Ed.
Guitar Studies, Ukulele, Music Theory

Mr. Mills has earned his Bachelor of Education degree from York University and music certification from University of Toronto. He brings over 25 years of teaching experience to the International Music Academy in various guitar styles, music theory and numerous bluegrass instruments. For many years, Mr. Mills taught all the concert band instruments for the Toronto District School Board. His youth stage bands performed at Ontario Place and numerous Community Centers, while his choirs were featured on children’s television. He organized Master classes for the Scarborough night studies programs for many years, along with teaching at various music schools throughout the city. As a performer, he was lead guitarist for the Arrivals for two years before touring with the Elvis Memories retro show. His caring, unique, multi-resource approach to teaching has met with measured success throughout his instructional career. Mr. Mills is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 66242).


Helena Holl, M.Mus.
Vocal Studies and Interpretation

Mrs. Holl began her vocal studies at the Moscow Gnesins Musical Academy, followed by a private class with the legendary Boris Pokrovsky of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She has performed in numerous productions of the Moscow Operetta Theatre, Stanislavsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, Xanten Arena Theatre in Germany, Bromberg Opera Nova Theatre in Poland and several opera theatres in France, Austria, Holland, and Switzerland. In North America, Mrs. Holl has performed at the Ford Centre for the performing arts and CBC Glenn Gould studio in Toronto, Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland, Cerritos Centre in Los Angeles, Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, Chrysler Theatre in Windsor, among others. As a dedicated vocal pedagogue, Mrs, Holl has been a member of the Faculty at Columbus Centre, Bravo Music School, and the International Music Academy. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 62274).


 

Lobat Nourdeh, M.Mus., B.Mus., A.R.C.T.
Piano Studies, Composition, Music Theory

Lobat Nourdeh graduated from the classical conservatory of music in Teheran with a Master in Music degree (piano performance). In1984 she moved to Paris (France) and studied composition at the Saint Maur Regional Conservatory of music. Meanwhile, she performed in some of the finest concert halls in Germany and Paris. In 1990 she moved to Toronto (Canada) where she completed her A.R.C.T. in piano performance diploma as well as a certificate in Karl Orff pedagogy (early childhood music education). Ms. Nourdeh has recorded 3 CDs of her compositions. She has also performed as a soloist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and has given numerous solo recitals throughout Toronto. Ms. Nourdeh is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 24356).


Arpad josephson, D.Mus., B.Mus.
Violin Studies and Interpretaton, Music Theory

Arpad Josephson has earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Western Ontario (London) and a Diploma in Orchestral training from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). He has over 20 years of experience performing with Symphony Hamilton, Windsor Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Oshawa Symphony, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Hamilton Camerata, Ensemble Unterweg, and Royal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught violin, piano, and music theory at Hamilton School of Music.


Chaya Alperovitch, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Ms. Chaya Alperovitch has earned a Diploma in Piano and Theory from The Kaunas Music College in Kaunas, Lithuania.  She has an extensive international teaching experience having worked in Eastern Europe, Israel, South Africa and Canada. Her students have ranged from young beginners to Associates of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT).  Ms. Alperovitch has had a great success in long lasting student retention, with some students becoming music teachers in their own careers.  She speaks English, Lithuanian, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish.  She is an active member of OMRTA and a registered teacher with The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME # 02117).


Suzanne Marfise, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Ms. Suzanne Marfise has graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, after earning an ARCT in piano performance and music theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has taught piano and theory in the Greater Chicagoland in the Illinois (USA) where she was also an Accredited member of the Chicago North Shore Music Teacher's Association. After moving to Toronto in 2004, Ms. Marfise has established herself as an expert in teaching piano to all ages. She strives to develop and interpret teaching concepts as required, in order to maintain the student's interest while, at the same time, keeping the required curriculum at the forefront. She has taught piano of different genres including, classical, jazz, blues and pop/Broadway, as well as music history, harmony, and voice. She provides a well-balanced learning experience that focuses on building strong technical background and flourishing self-expression. Her students are consistently prepared to graduate with 1st Class Honours and Honours with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music, from the early beginners to the Associates of the RCM (ARCT).


Sophia Kim, B.Mus.
Violin Studies

Ms. Sophia Kim completed her music education from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, specializing in the violin. Her studies included the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Kim studied with the late Lorand Fenyves, Joan Barrett, Dr. Robert Skelton and Linda Cerone. Ms. Kim's teaching style offers an enriched approach and in depth understanings of the unique individual needs of each student. Ms. Kim recognizes the strengths, abilities, technical and musical requirements to achieve a high level of accomplishment. Her students have received the highest marks with First Class Honours and First Class Honours with Distinction standings in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. In addition, her students have placed in the top three at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Currently, Ms. Kim is an Itinerant Music Instructor of Strings at the Toronto District School Board instructing across elementary schools in Toronto. She sets her collaborative education model to provide a supportive and thriving learning process. As a music educator and advocate for student excellence and lifelong education, Ms. Kim continues to instill enthusiasm and skill sets for enjoyment of their respective instrument.


Marina Grigoryan, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Piano Studies, Vocal Studies and Music Theory

Mrs. Marina Grigoryan holds several degrees from the Russian Music Colleges and the Moscow State University.  She taught various disciplines such as piano (Royal Conservatory of Music, classical, jazz, Broadway, and pop), voice, harmony, ear-training, improvising, composing as well as choir conducting and jazz ensembles. She possesses a vast knowledge and is very passionate about teaching music as part of creating well-rounded students with freedom of self-expression through music, strong technical skills and excellent performance habits. In addition to teaching at the International Music Academy, Mrs. Grigoryan is also on the faculty at Milton school of music and maintains a busy private studio. She is also a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Daniel Segall, B.F.A.
Violin Studies, Music Theory

A native of Montreal, Mr. Daniel Segall graduated from Concordia University with a B.F.A. Degree in Music and Performance. He has 30 years of experience teaching violin, piano and guitar as well as music theory and ear training at both Concordia and McGill Universities. In addition to a busy teaching career, Mr Segall is also a professional musician having performed for Celine Dion, The Honourable Brian Mulroney, as well as with I Musici de Montreal and numerous symphony orchestras in nearly all concert venues in Canada. In his beginner classes, Mr. Segall immediately initiates students to playing the violin through active listening and the Suzuki approach. In subsequent years of studies, he introduces students to all musical styles (including blues, pop, rock and jazz), techniques and reading music, along with theory and ear-training in order to accelerate the students’ overall musical development.


Ramon Taranco, B.F.A.
Guitar Studies, Music Theory

Ramon Taranco was born in Havana Cuba to a Mexican-American mother and a Cuban father. The family immigrated to Toronto, Canada when Ramon was 5 yrs old. As a teenager, Ramon taught himself to play guitar and soon was playing in Rock, R ‘n B, and Blues bands. He also studied violin and played in his high school’s orchestra. After hearing Andre Segovia perform at Massey Hall, Ramon was inspired to play classical and Spanish solo guitar music so he embarked upon six years of studies at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. Ramon studied Classical guitar with Norbert Kraft, Carl van Fleggelin, Eli Kassner, world-renowned Cuban classical guitarist Leo Brouwer, and with British master, John Mills. He studied solo jazz guitar with the legendary Lenny Breau and jazz improvisation with former Duke Ellington band member, flugelhorn player, Fred Stone. While living in NYC, Ramon studied with flamenco guitar master Dennis Koster.

As a guitar teacher, Ramon has experience on many levels. While still a student at the RCM, Ramon received a teaching position at the Koffler Centre for the Arts under the direction of then TSO conductor Victor Feldbrill - a position he held for four years. While still living in Toronto, Ramon received four Ontario Arts Council "Artist in the Schools" teaching grants that opened the doors for Ramon to teach improvisation and guitar in four Toronto area high schools. During this time Ramon further educated young people through performances of his concert/lecture program "A Guitar for All Seasons" which he presented in numerous schools, colleges and libraries all over Ontario - as a member of Prologue to the Performing Arts and on his own. Ramon was also the music consultant, band coach, and guitar instructor for the film P.C.U. (20th Century Fox). In 1994 Ramon moved to NYC where he taught guitar lessons in his private studios in Manhattan and Queens and also at the Astoria School of Music. Ramon currently teaches at Markham’s International Music Academy and is preparing to record his third CD of original music. [ www.ramontaranco.com has testimonials from guitar students and music teacher colleagues ]

As a composer Ramon has received both Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants for composition. As a recording artist, he received an Ontario Arts Council Multi-Cultural recording grant and a F.A.C.T.O.R recording grant. Taranco later became a F.A.C.T.O.R adjudicator. Ramon's compositions have been featured in films: “L'Hombre” for the Canadian Film Center and NYC documentary, “Poverty Outlaw.” Ramon has released two CD's of original music which have received airplay in fifty countries (for example Radio Havana, Cuba; and Spanish National Radio) and have placed in the top 10 of world beat, blues, jazz and roots music radio charts. [www.ramontaranco.com has CD reviews from international DJ’s and music journalists ]

As a performer of classical, blues, jazz, and worldbeat music in the Toronto music scene, Ramon played solo, in duos and in bands: live on CBC radio shows (Morningside, Musical Friends), and in concerts (Hart House Theater U of T, Harbourfront’s Waters Edge Café and Brigantine Room, St. Lawrence Centre, Ontario College of Art, Laurentian University) in clubs and in restaurants (The Riverboat, Top of the Senator, C'est What.) While residing in New York for 18 years, Ramon frequently performed on radio (WBAI). As a soloist and in duos with (jazz violin, percussion, blues harmonica) and band situations, Ramon has performed in concert at the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art’s World Beat Jazz series ,Bronx Museum of Modern Art African Heritage Day, The Queens Museum of Art, Harbor Jazz Festival, Manhattanville University, Monroe College, New York State University @ Stoney Brook, Hellenic Cultural Center, Javits Center Latin Heritage Month celebration for the City of NY, Newark Public Library( blues concert celebrating Martin Luther King Jr's birthday ) Brooklyn Academy of Music Majestic Theater: onstage guitarist in small ensemble for the opera "Missionaries" by Liz Swados; in NYC night clubs, restaurants and bars such as The Groove, Izzy Bar, Fannies, La Belle Epoque, Mozart Cafe, Finally Freds, Rose’s Turn and Cornelia Street Cafe: Soul of the Blues Festival.

Eduardo Solá, B.Mus., B.Mus., M.A.
Violin Studies and Music Theory

Mr. Eduardo Sola completed a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the School of Music and Fine Arts (Brazil), and a Bachelor of Music degree in baroque violin (historical performance) at The Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands. Studied the modern violin with Dr. Paulo Torres and the baroque violin with Ryo Terakado. Has performed internationally in concerts, projects and recordings with several of the main names in the historical performance scenery such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Richard Egarr, Sebastian Marq, Barthold Kuijken, Philippe Pierlot and Luís Otávio Santos. His concert repertoire ranges from Late Middle Ages to contemporary music, and he has been performing internationally as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts, recitals and recordings, mainly in Europe and the Americas. He has worked as a member of Paraná Symphony Orchestra and PUC-PR Chamber Orchestra, where he had most of his work experience as an orchestra musician and recording for the television. In 2014, he completes his Master’s degree at the University of Toronto, Canada. Mr. Sola has had extensive experience as a violin and music theory music teacher internationally. In his teaching approach, he values and encourages the search for musicality and technical accuracy, prioritizing enjoyment and physical comfort while playing the violin. Mr. Sola currently also works as a Teacher Assistant at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. In early 2014 he published his first book, O Menino e o Som (The Boy and the Sound). He is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 104334).


Lili Imastounian, D.Mus., B.F.A.  
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Mrs. Imastounian has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Honours) from York University (Toronto), along with a Diploma in Musicology, a Diploma in Piano Pedagogy, and a Diploma in Piano Performance. She brings to the International Music Academy over 25 years of valuable experience teaching piano and theory to students of all ages and levels. Mrs. Imastounian has been on the Faculty of New Conservatory of Music, Federal Conservatory of Music, Scarborough Parks and Recreation, and School for Music and Art. In addition to a great passion for teaching music she also has a passion for languages; she speaks fluently English, French, Russian, Armenian, and Arabic. During the past almost three decades, Mrs. Imastounian has prepared over 1,000 students for various competitions, recitals, concerts, and examinations. Mrs. Imastounian is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 21006).


Alexander Tikhonov, M.Mus., M.A.
Woodwinds and Brass, Piano studies, Music Theory

Mr. Tikhonov has graduated with a Master of Music degree in performance from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music and with e second Master of Arts in saxophone performance degree from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and Culture. He has regularly performed at the St. Petersburg Musical Theatre, the Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Admiralty Navy Band, "Rio" Jazz Band, and others. Mr. Tikhonov is a Laureate of the International Maria Yudina Competition (St Petersburg), as well as of the Chamber Music Competition (Novomoskovsk). He is also the recipient of the Gartow Stiftung Wettbewerb Award. Mr. Tikhonov brings to the International Music Academy over 15 years of teaching experience. He is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 62670).


Alexander Gangurean, D.Mus.
Violin Studies

Mr. Alexander Gangurean has graduated from the Moldova National Academy Music with a double degree in Violin performance and Violin pedagogy. He has performed as a principal violinist with the National Opera House of Moldova Symphony Orchestra, Quartet "Ad libitum", and lately with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. He has over 12 years teaching experience in Russia, United Kingdom, and Canada. He is a registered teacher with the Royal conservatory of music (RCME 63443).


Katherine Cao, A.R.C.T., B.F.A.
Piano Studies, Music Theory and History

Ms. Katherine Cao has graduated from University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts degree and with an A.R.C.T. diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has taught piano, voice, music theory, and music history to students of all ages and levels. Ms. Cao is a Member of Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and is on the faculty of the Sonata Music School in Toronto. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME No. 100434).

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