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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.
Cole Higgins, M.Mus., B.Mus., A.R.C.T.
Lobat Nourdeh, M.Mus., B.Mus., A.R.C.T.
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.

VOCAL STUDIES

Eva Green, B.F.A., ORMTA
Helena Holl, M.Mus.
Stanislav Vitort, M.Mus.
Daniel W. Lenz, D.Mus., B.Mus., B.Ed.
Katherine Cao, B.F.A., A.R.C.T.

STRINGED INSTRUMENTS

Alexander Gangurean, D.Mus.
John Mills, M.Mus., B.Ed.
Juan Carlos Valencia, B.A.
Agoston Tamas, M.Mus., B.A.
Jeffrey P. Jones, B.F.A., B.Ed.

CONDUCTING STUDIES AND INTERPRETATION

Kristian Alexander, M.Mus., M.A., B.Mus., B.A.


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.


Stanislav Vitort, M.Mus.
Vocal Studies and interpretation

Mr. Vitort has graduated with a Master on Music in Operatic Arts from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. In 2009 he was a finalist of the International Competition "Luciano Pavarotti". He has also received The Canadian Broadcast Corporation Galaxie Rising Stars Award as well as the Special Prize of La Piste aux Espoirs Competition in Tournai (Belgium). Mr. Vitort has been teaching voice and interpretation at Bravo School of Music (Toronto) in addition to his bury carrier as opera singer in various recitals, concerts, and special events. He has also appeared at Music Niagara International Opera Theatre, The Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona (Italy) and Le Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. was also a leading performer in goodwill concerts for AIDS relief ‘We Will Rock You’ with members of the international rock band Queen and participated in Montreal Jazz festival as a member of Toronto based group ‘Smooth Jazz’.Mr. Vitort is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 63743).


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).


 

Daniel W. Lenz, D.Mus., B.Mus., B.Ed.
Vocal Studies and interpretation

Mr. Daniel Lenz has a Bachelor of Music with Honours (Vocal Performance), a Diploma in Opera Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. He has performed professionally in the Elora Festival as both a classical and jazz singer. Mr. Lenz has been a featured soloist in choral concerts from Kingston to Newmarket to Toronto to Kitchener, Waterloo, London and Windsor. He has often been on stage with theatre companies playing lead roles in such shows as Guys and Dolls, Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance, Gondoliers and Man of La Mancha. Mr. Lenz is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 66196).


Cole Higgins, M.Mus., ARCT  
Piano Studies, Music Theory

Mr. Cole Higgins has earned and ARCT in piano performance form the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in piano performance and musicology degree with a minor in psychology from York University. He studied with George McElroy and Christina Petrowska- Quilico. Mr. Higgins is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 66239).


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

Ms. Lobat Nourdeh has graduated with a degree in piano performance from the Conservatory of Music in Teheran. She has lived for 6 years in Paris (France) where she studied composition at Saint Maur Regional Conservatory of music while performing solo piano recitals in concert halls around Germany and France. After moving in to Canada, Ms. Nourdeh has obtained an A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as specialising in Karl Orff methodology for young children. Ms. Nourdeh brings over 20 years of international teaching experience in piano, composition, theory, harmony, counterpoint, and analysis for all levels and ages. She recorded 3 CDs of her compositions available at HMV stores. Ms. Nourdeh also performed with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra as well as in several chamber music concerts throughout Toronto. Ms. Nourdeh is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 24356).


Juan Carlos Valencia, M.Mus., B.Mus.
Guitar Studies and improvisation, Music Theory

Juan Valencia is foremost a musician. He loves music. He’s an instructor who is passionate about his craft and is committed to live a life that revolves around music. His experience, knowledge and proficiency in music performance inspire his students to love the craft and become more accomplished. He has graduated with a Diploma in jazz guitar from the renowned Humber College in Toronto, after earning a bachelor degree in classical guitar studies from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He has taught guitar at the University of Toronto, Toronto Catholic District School Board, the ACE program, Merriam School of music, the New Conservatory of music, the Teen-Zone program of the City of Toronto, as well as La Escala School of Music, The Modern Workshop School of Music in Bogota (Colombia). In addition, Mr. Valencia's work has won various awards including the Canadian Independent Music Award at the CMW with his personal project Plan C for Best Latin Band of the Year. He has also been composing and producing original music for numerous successful domestic and international television series. His compositions have been showcased on television networks around the globe such as The Discovery Channel, CBC Television, HGTV, YTV, The E Channel, The Food Network and others. Mr. Valencia has a profound and diverse knowledge in music that has given him the opportunity to produce, engineer and mix records for numerous artists with a wide variety of styles such as Jazz, Electronic Music, Latin Music, and World Music. Mr. Valencia is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.


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).


Agoston Tamas, M.Mus., B.A.
Violin Studies

Agoston Tamas holds a Master of Music Degree from Yale University (New Haven, USA) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London, UK). Mr. Tamas studied violin performance with Mr. György Pauk at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Ms. Syoko Aki at Yale University, as well as string quartet performance with the Tokyo String Quartet. Ms. Tamas is a recipient of the Frances G. Wickes Award conferred by Yale University. He participated in the International Bartok Seminar in Hungary, and the Vienna International Summer Festival in Austria, studying with Mr. Andre Gertler of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Tamas also took part in the Académie International d’Été in Nice, France, where he studied with Mr. Leonid Kogan of the Moscow Conservatory of Music (then USSR). In addition, Mr. Tamas was Performance Assistant of the Waterloo Festival of Music in New Jersey, and a violinist with the Waterloo Festival Symphony Orchestra led by Mr. Gerard Schwarz. At Yale University, he taught the violin to undergraduate students, subsequently teaching violin classes at the Music Conservatorium of Malmö in Sweden. Mr. Tamas held the position of Associate Co‐Principal Violin of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed as Concertmaster with the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Leader of the Norwegian String Quartet MIN, and Concertmaster of the Norwegian Opera. Mr. Tamas worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony in Australia, and he served as first violinist with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden, the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, as well as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. Mr. Tamas has prepared students for music examinations, concert performances, auditions, music festivals, and violin competitions. He is also a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCME 62397).

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