-Recipient of Numerous Academic Awards at University of British Columbia:
Marie Elizabeth and Adolphe William Pal Jones Bursary.
UBC Alumni Helen Knight Bursary.
Eleanor and James Wrigley Bursary.
Alma Mater Society Aid Bursary.
“Sanaz Sotoudeh at the piano making light of the fiendishly difficult piano parts. Her playing throughout was sensitive to the extraordinary range of emotions of these works, combining confidence and astute pianism” Musical Pointers (London, UK, 2011)
Pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh has appeared in recitals at various venues and festivals around Europe, North America and Middle-East. As a versatile pianist in both solo and collaborative repertoire she has been performing and collaborating with well-known musicians, artists and orchestras around the world; as well as live performances and interview on BBC Radio 3 in UK, on Okarina Musique TV in France, Boiler Room TV in UK, and on Abu Dhabi TV in UAE.
Sanaz Sotoudeh has performed and worked with Daniel Barenboim’s ‘West- eastern Divan Orchestra’ in Spain; NSO UAE national orchestra at Emirates Palace; Middle-East choir festival at Dubai Opera House; Vancouver Opera Orchestra at Orpheum Theatre; UK tour with Japanese-Anglo Society; Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal company; Matt Haimowitz’s ‘Tryptich’ project at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Zahed Sultan’s ‘Hiwar’ multimedia project at Red-bull Music Festival and Boiler Room TV in London, UK; and ‘Orient in Song’ with ASPECT art&music foundation at King’s Place London, UK.
Sanaz Sotoudeh has completed both her B.Mus and M.Mus in solo piano performance at the McGill University in Canada with Marina Mdivani, pupil of Emil Gilels. In 2011, she completed her post-graduate studies on full-scholarship in solo piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music London, UK, studying with British pianists Julius Drake and Christopher Elton. She has attended the Franz-Schubert Institute in Austria and the Académie Francis Poulenc in France on scholarships. She is thankful for the great support of a Cork Entrance full Scholarship and a Kathleen Trust Grant towards her studies.
Native to Vancouver, Sarah is a pianist, accompanist, and a collaborative artist. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music (piano) from the University of Victoria, where she studied under the tutelage of Bruce Vogt. She also holds a Diploma in Music (piano) from Capilano University, where she studied under Dr. Rudy Rozanski, and a Licentiates Performance diploma (L.B.C.M) from the British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
Sarah is an active and passionate teacher who has taught students of all ages. She has prepared students for both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the British Columbia Conservatory of Music examinations as well as festivals. Sarah strives to help students develop technique, musicianship and nurture their passion. She hopes to share her knowledge and love for music to future willing students.
Kiryll Parfyonov holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. There, he studied under the tutelage of Ilya Poletaev, a first-prize winner at the International Bach Competition. Kiryll has received numerous scholarships and awards including: the Vladimir J Elgard and PM Gelinas and VM Gelinas Piano award, and the Dorothy Morton and Anna P Gertler Scholarship. In his last year of studies, Kiryll had been a finalist at the McGill Romantic Piano Competition and was nominated to represent McGill University for the Hnytyshyn Foundation Grant for Developing Artists. During Kiryll’s pre-university studies, he was a finalist and second prize winner in the senior division at the Performing Arts BC Festival.
Not only a soloist, Kiryll has collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalists, performing in different venues in Montreal. As an instructor, Kiryll has over 4 years of experience teaching piano and music theory to children following the RCM curriculum and aiding in their preparation for examinations. Graduating with a minor in Music Theory, he has tutored peers in music theory at the university level.
Kiryll is an enthusiastic and studious instructor that believes that piano pedagogy is not only about instilling a desire for diligent practice in his students and creating a pattern of consistent improvement, but also about forming the student as an artist that truly feels the music they are performing. He wishes to give back to his community by sharing his experience and knowledge to the future generation of musicians.
Nina Vu holds a Bachelor of Music (Piano) from the University of British
Columbia (2018), where she studied under the tutelage of Miranda Wong. She
has been the recipient of many scholarships, including the Mildred Johnson
Scholarship in Music and the Stanley Chuck Cheun Leung Scholarship. During
her university career, she has collaborated with various instrumentalists and vocalists for performances and examinations, and was a member of the UBC
Women’s Choir as the accompanist.
Nina is a pianist, accompanist, and collaborative artist, but an equally active teacher, with over eight years of private teaching experience in the Vancouver area. She has prepared students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examination system in both Piano and Music Theory disciplines. She also currently holds an Associate Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) Diploma in Piano Performance.
Nina has taught students of all ages and levels, striving to help strengthen and develop their technique, dexterity, artistry, and musicianship. She hopes to extend her knowledge to a new wave of musicians, in such a way that it continues to spark their curiosity and nurture their enjoyment for the art of piano.