5 Finalists Announced in Scholarship Competition


Muzewest Concerts Piano Excellence Scholarship Competition Finals – 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Showcase Pianos Fazioli Canada – 1128 West Broadway, Vancouver BC

Order of Program and Events

Zhixin Qi (12:30 – 12:50)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 884, WTC Book 2 (1742) Joseph Haydn  – Sonata No. 47 in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32  (1.) Allegro moderato
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Rhapsody Op. 79, No. 2 in G Minor (1879)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Etude Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor (1837)

Lori Kullahian (12:55 – 13:15)

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in a minor, K. 310
1. Allegro Maestoso
2. Andante cantabile con espressione

Felix Mendelssohn – Rondo Capriccioso, op. 14

Leanne Theng (13:20 – 13:40)

Franz Schubert – Impromptu in A-flat major, Op. 90, No.4, D 899
Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op.9, No.1

Matthieu Foresi (13:40 – 14:00)

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in D Major, op.10, no.3 – (1) Presto
Frederic Chopin – Etude in G-flat Major, op.25, no.9
Franz Liszt – Venezia e Napoli: Tarantella

Ranfei Wang (14:05 – 14:25)

Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, Well-Tempered Clavier Bk. 1 Frederic Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in g Minor, op. 23

*Jury deliberation*

14:35 – Announcement of Winner and Certificates.

Jury – Sunny Qu, MMus (Royal Academy of Music, London)
– Sergei Saratovsky (DMA, UBC)
– Jennifer West (M.Ed, UBC, DipABRSM – Piano Pedagogy)

Sincere thanks to our generous sponsors at Showcase Pianos Fazioli Canada!


Müzewest Concerts announces Summer Festival 2018!

We are thrilled to announce an expansion of our summer festival this year!  Please join us for the following incredible concerts.

Please scroll the bottom for tickets.

Summer Gala Event – Dunbar Baptist Church (Crown and West 16th Avenue)
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 7:30 PM

An evening with the critically acclaimed Tesla Quartet in music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.  We are thrilled to welcome this New York based quartet who stole the audience’s hearts at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition winning the silver medal.

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – Burnaby, British Columbia
Saturday, July 28 – 7:30 PM – Lucas von Lierop, tenor, and Christopher Knopp, piano

Join us for an summer evening’s journey through love and loss on the grand scale of German Romanticism.  We will discuss themes in the pre-concert chat which are very relevant to our society.  The program is Franz Schubert’s masterpiece Die Schöne Müllerin.

Showcase FAZIOLI series – 1128 West Broadway
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 7:30 PM – Steve Cowan, classical guitar

Join us for an evening of amazing guitar-playing by critically-acclaimed guitarist Steve Cowan.  He has completed a Doctorate in Music at McGill University and completed his Masters at the Manhattan School of Music.  We are thrilled to have a guitar performance for the very first time!

Showcase FAZIOLI series – 1128 West Broadway
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 7:30 PM – Jacob Seyer, guitar

Showcase FAZIOLI series -4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC (Aberdeen Centre)

Thurs. August 16, 2018 – 7:30 PM – Yena Lee, violin, Antoinette Gan, cello, Lixia Li, piano

Join us for an evening of piano trios by Mendelssohn, Kelly Ann Murphy, and the magnificent Ravel trio.

Showcase FAZIOLI series – 1128 West Broadway
Friday, August 17, 2018 – 7:30 PM – Alan Liu, classical guitar

Alan Liu is only 17 years old but he has already won many major international prizes for his guitar playing.  He even made the Hot 30 under 30 List at CBC Music for his playing!  He is the esteemed recipient of our scholarship program. The proceeds from this concert will help support his education at the Curtis Institute of Music starting in September.


Saturday, July 28, 2018 – Thomas Lamont, tenor, Chris Knopff, piano – click here to buy

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Steve Cowan, guitar – click here to buy.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Tesla Quartet – click here to buy.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Treasures of the Piano trio – click here to buy.

Friday, August 17, 2018 – Alan Liu, guitar – click here to buy



Müzewest Concerts Announces Sixth Annual Season!

Trumpets, bassoons, clarinets, violins, and pianos – oh my!

We are so thrilled to announce our sixth regular season of concerts.  We are very happy to have Canadian content in many of our recitals.  We look forward to showcasing both local and international classical music talent!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – YuEun Kim & Wayne Weng (violin and piano duo) – 7:30 PM

Friday, November 23, 2018 – Proteus Saxophone Quartet – 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Marko Ivkovic (clarinet), Katelin Coleman (bassoon), and Jane Hayes (piano) – 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Mary Elizabeth Bowden and Dave Dash, trumpet duo with Naomi Woo, piano – 7:30 PM 

Friday, February 1, 2019 – Han Chen, solo piano – 7:30 PM

Friday, March 1, 2019 – Elias-Axel Pettersson, (solo piano) -7:30 PM

Saturday, March 2, 2019  – Bobby Mitchell (solo piano) – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – New Orford String Quartet – 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Daniel Shapiro, solo piano – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 24, 2019  – Lukas Geniusas, solo piano – 7:30 PM

Monday, April 29, 2019 – Aylen Pritchin and Lukas Geniusas (violin and piano) – 7:30 PM


Tom Lee Music – Vancouver – 728 Granville Street (all concerts at 7:30 PM)
-Sat. Nov. 24, 2018 – Woodwind Festival Concert 2
-Fri. Mar. 1, 2019 – Elias-Axel Pettersson
Sat. April 14, 2019Daniel Shapiro, solo piano

Dunbar Heights Baptist Church – 3320 Crown Street
-Wed. Apr. 24, 2019 – Lukas Geniusas, piano
-Mon. Apr. 29, 2019 – Aylen Pritchen and Lukas Geniusas (violin and piano)

VSO School of Music (843 Seymour Street)
Wed. Apr. 10 – New Orford String Quartet – 7:30 PM

Koerner Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music
Fri. Nov. 23 – Proteus Saxophone Quartet – 7:30 PM
– Sat. Jan. 26 – Dave Dash & Mary E. Bowden, trumpet duo & Naomi Woo, piano – 7:30 PM

Spirit of Life Lutheran Church, 10th and Cambie
-Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 – Weng-Kim piano and violin duo
-Fri. Feb. 1, 2019 – Han Chen, piano
-Sat. Mar. 2, 2019 – Bobby Mitchell, piano

Our ticket prices will range from 10$ to $20 for students and from $25 to $50 for adults.
All tickets will be available through Eventbrite online.  We will save a small amount of tickets for cash and credit card sales at the door.


Müzewest Piano Excellence Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Piano Excellence Scholarship which will be taking place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1128 West Broadway at Showcase Pianos FAZIOLI Canada – beginning at 13:00.  Parents, siblings, and teachers of finalists are welcome to be in the audience for free. Members of the public can purchase a ticket for $10 through Eventbrite.

This competition is for all piano students between the ages of 10 and 18 as of November 1, 2018.  Age and identity will be verified using photo identification in the final round.  This competition is open to all nationalities.  You do not need to be a Canadian citizen.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 21:00.

A maximum of 10 finalists will be chosen to perform live for 15-19 minutes.  They will be notified by October 18, 2018.

All finalists receive a certificate of achievement.

There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Royal Conservatory Grade 8-9 category.
There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Royal Conservatory Grade 10 category.
There will be between 3-4 finalists in the Associate of the Royal Conservatory category.

(Please note: students are not required to take RCM exams to enter this competition. Simply consult the RCM Piano Syllabus to see the level of the pieces your students are playing.)

The top prize for all categories is $300 CAD and a full, professional recital during our regular concert season.

**PLEASE NOTE: Past and current students of any jury members are NOT eligible to apply**

How to Apply
1) Scroll down to read the rules carefully before applying.
2) Upload a live video performance of two contrasting works to YouTube or VIMEO.
2) Apply using the form below.  All information comes directly to our competition committee.
3) Pay for your $75 application fee through Eventbrite, at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/muzewest-piano-excellence-scholarship-tickets-45128932853

The Jury for the 2nd Annual Müzewest Piano Excellence Scholarship

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Pianist and member of the jury, Sunny Qu

Pianist Sunny Qu was born in Qingdao, China and later raised in Vancouver, Canada. Sunny began piano lessons at an early age, and has met with success and recognition in competitions and festivals since his teenage years. Since then he has performed on three continents in such venues as the Weiner Salle in Salzburg, Austria, Duke’s Hall in London, England, and the Chan Centre in his native Vancouver, as well as being invited to perform in the Russian Embassy of Osaka, Japan on a special occasion.

Sunny was the third prize winner of the 2009 Knigge Competition, as well as a past winner of the UBC Concerto Competition. He has subsequently performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Award in 2009, and the Else Cross Brahms Prize from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England in 2013. Recent activities include concerto performances with the Vancouver Philharhamic Orchestra and BC Symphony orchestra. In the summer of 2017 Sunny was invited to serve on the jury of the 5th GOCAA Youth Piano Competition in Shenzhen, China. Also in 2017, Sunny was invited to perform as soloist in the west coast premier of Charles Hansen’s “Adagio for Piano and Orchestra” with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra.

Sunny graduated from UBC School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Milne. Currently he studies with Jeffrey Kahane at University of Southern California. His past teachers include renowned pedagogue Edward Parker and concert pianist Ian Parker. He was also fortunate to receive guidance during his studies from such artists as Anton Kuerti, Robert Levin, Joanna MacGregor, Pascal Devoyon, and Steven Osborne.


Pianist and member of the jury, Dr. Sergei Saratovsky

Russian-Canadian pianist Sergei Saratovsky has garnered acclaim both at home and abroad, receiving an award from Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizing his achievements in music, as well as performing for Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean. His accomplishments include First Prize at the Porto International Piano Competition, Third Prize and the Special Public Prize at the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and Second Prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and Pacific Piano Competition. In 2008, Sergei Saratovsky became a Finalist at the Montréal International Musical Competition where he also received the award for Best Canadian Artist. Dr. Saratovsky has performed in France, Italy, Australia, Portugal, Canada, the United States and Russia and appeared with the major orchestras in Canada and abroad. Originally from Karelia, Russia, he immigrated to Canada in 2002. In 2012, Sergei Saratovsky was granted the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia where he had studied with Jane Coop.

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Saratovsky enjoys giving master classes and is in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international competitions and festivals. After the completion of the doctoral studies, he has continued his scholarly research activities through journal publications and participation in the international conferences. Currently, Saratovsky serves as Chair of the Piano Department at the VSO School of Music where he also mentors and guides the advanced students in their musical studies.     


Artistic director and member of the jury, Jennifer West

Ms. West began studying the piano at the age of 9 in Red Deer with Ruth Neufeld. She continued her studies in Edmonton at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music with well-respected teacher Glenda Murphy. Through the University of Alberta and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, Ms. West completed all theory examinations (including Harmony, Analysis, and Counterpoint), receiving First Class Honours with Distinction in History. Ms. West has her Advanced Theory Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Upon moving to Vancouver, Ms. West began studying piano pedagogy with John Dupuis at the West Point Grey School of Music. She completed both Elementary and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificates, receiving First Class Honours in 2009 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Ms. West received her Diploma in Instrumental Instruction (Piano) from the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music) in London, UK. Since then, Ms. West has maintained a busy schedule teaching Elementary French Immersion full time in BC public schools and teaching piano privately.

Ms. West is fortunate to have studied with Irina Faletski, Rita Attrot, Michelle Mares, Matthew Ming Li, and Mark Anderson. Her recent performances have been in Pyatt Hall in Vancouver with award-winning violinist Ewald Cheung and at the Vancouver Academy of Music in a benefit concert for Shine on Music. She has also done collaborative piano performances with her current teacher Dr. Sergei Saratovsky.

Ms. West is co-founder and artistic director of a recital series in Vancouver, BC – Müzewest Concerts


Rules and regulations: 2nd Annual Muzewest Concerts Piano Excellence Scholarship

  • Age Requirements
    1. Students must be between the ages of 10 and 18 on November 1, 2018. (This includes those who are 11 and those who are 17.)
    2. Students selected for the final round will need to bring photo identification and proof of age.  If these are not provided, the student will not be able to participate.
    3. Proper photo identification can be a BC Health Services card, passport, or school identification card.  An official document proving the participant’s age must also be provided.


  • Criteria and marks for performance


    1. Each performance will be graded out of 100 possible points.
    2. All students will receive their mark and the jury’s feedback in a sealed envelope after all finalists have performed.
    3. The jury will not be available for questions after the competition.  


  • Memorization
    1. The preliminary video must be memorized.
    2. The final performance must be memorized.
  • Length of performance in the final round
    • Students will perform between 15 and 19 minutes of music.
    • The jury will take into consideration if students go over the 19-minute time limit or are under the 15-minute minimum.
    • The performance will be timed.


  • Repertoire for preliminary video submission


    1. Two contrasting works composed between 1600 and 2000.
    2. These works can be of any length.
    3. The video MUST be submitted as a link and NOT a file.
      1. YouTube is acceptable.
      2. Vimeo is acceptable.
      3. Dropbox is NOT acceptable
    4. Videos submitted will not be shared by Muzewest Concerts in order to assure the applicants’ privacy.
    5. Videos are due by September 10, 2018.


  • Repertoire for final live round


    1. Must be between 15 and 19 minutes.
    2. Must have at least two contrasting selections.  
      1. This could be a fast and slow movement of a classical sonata.
      2. This could be two or more pieces from different musical eras.
      3. This could be two or more pieces from different composers in the same musical era.
      4. All applicants are encouraged to show the diverse range of repertoire that they are able to perform.  Programming of repertoire is considered in the jury’s evaluation.
    3. All students must bring one ORIGINAL book or manuscript of their repertoire for the jury on the day of the final competition.
      1. Students must also bring TWO photocopies of their music for the jury.
      2. All original music will be returned on the same day of the competition.
      3. Failure to bring original music, will lead to automatic DISQUALIFICATION
    4. Competitors must perform the repertoire that was stated on their entry form
    5. Performers must play the whole selection without making cuts.
      1. Repeats can be omitted in order to keep within the time constraints.


  • Prizes


    1. The top performer wins $300 CAD.  
    2. The top performer also wins a full recital which will be presented by Muzewest Concerts during the 2018-2019 concert season.
    3. All finalists receive a certificate of participation and 2 free tickets to all Muzewest Concerts professional recitals.
    4. The jury may award additional prizes if they feel that it is warranted by the performances.


  • Jury’s Decision


    1. There are three members of the jury who will be present in order to evaluate all of the final, live performances.
    2. The competitor with the highest combined score from all jury members is declared the winner.
    3. The jury reserves the right to take time to deliberate their decision before announcing the grand prize winner.
    4. The jury’s decision is final and binding.  
    5. It is expected that all parents, students, and teachers will behave in a courteous manner toward all jury members.
    6. Students will be made aware of the jury’s decision on the day of the competition.


  • Competition Day, Venue, and Time
    We are not able to change the date or venue of where the competition is held.  Students must perform on the piano provided at the venue.



  • Fees
    The fee to enter is $75.00 and is payable via Eventbrite.
    Application fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.


  • The competition shall be under the working management of Muzewest Concerts. Any question not dealt with in these rules shall be referred to the competition Committee through muzewest@gmail.com and the decision of the Committee shall be final.
  • Muzewest Concerts assumes no responsibility for music left behind by competitors at Festival sites.


Other Regulations

  • Competitors must mark all bar numbers at the beginning of each line of music for the adjudicators.
  • All competitors should arrive prior to the beginning of their scheduled time out of courtesy to the adjudicators and other competitors.
  • Competitors will not commence before they are called to do so.
  • A change of selection cannot be made or announced as a change on stage at performance time by the competitor. A performer doing so will be disqualified.
  • No teacher or member of the public may speak to an adjudicator on any matter relating to the specific role and duties of that adjudicator during the competition.  Necessary questions from the competitor must be directed via email to muzewest@gmail.com.
  • The Muzewest Concerts Scholarship Committee reserves the right to disqualify any competitor who is not ready to compete when called upon by the jury, unless an acceptable reason has been submitted in writing to Muzewest Concerts, or an alternate performance placement is granted at the discretion of Muzewest Concerts
  • No rehearsals will be allowed in the venue prior to the competition.
  • No warm up facilities will be provided.
  • Absolute silence is required during the competition.
  • The public may not enter or leave while the competitor is on the platform.
  • NO AUDIO/VIDEO TAPING OR PHOTOGRAPHY of any kind (including cell phones) is allowed during the performance or adjudication.
  • Competitors are requested not to speak to the adjudicators either before or during the progress of a competitive class.
  • Appropriate attire is suggested, i.e. no t-shirts or jeans.



The “Best” Piano Music of All Time?

Just for fun, artistic director, Jennifer West, and pianist, Michael Noble, decided to recommend to everyone a top piano hits playlist!

Here is a fairly good list to get you started in each musical period.  Some recommended recordings can be found in brackets.

What are your favourites?  Anything we should add to get people started on the ultimate piano playlist?

Happy listening!


J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould – 1955, Jeremy Denk)

J.S. Bach – Partita no. 1 in B-flat Major (Igor Levit)

J.S. Bach – Partita 6 for keyboard (Perahia)

Handel – Keyboard Suites

Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K. 380

Scarlatti – Sonata in d minor, K. 141



Haydn – C Major, Hob XVI:50 (Gilbert Kalish)

Haydn – E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52 (András Schiff)

Mozart – Sonata in F Major, K. 332 (Mitsuko Uchida)

Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333 (Ingrid Haebler)

Mozart – Concerto no. 20 in d minor (Clara Haskil)

Mozart – Concerto no. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (Clifford Curzon)

Beethoven – Concerto no. 4, op. 58 in G Major – (R. Serkin)

Beethoven – Concert no. 5, op. 73 in E-Flat Major (Emperor) – (R. Serkin)

Beethoven – Sonata in C Major, op. 2, no. 3 (Paul Lewis)

Beethoven – Sonata in F-sharp Major, op. 78 (W. Backhaus)

Beethoven – Sonata in E Major, op. 109 (Maurizio Pollini)

Schubert – Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 (Daniel Shapiro)

Schubert – Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 (Imogen Cooper)

Schubert – Drei Klavierstucke, D. 946 (Grigory Sokolov)



Chopin – Ballade no. 4, f minor

Chopin – Preludes, op. 28 (Sokolov)

Chopin – Barcarolle, Op. 68

Schumann – Fantasy in C Major (M. Argerich)

Schumann – Carnaval (Youri Egorov)

Schumann – Humoreske, op. 20

Schumann – Concerto in a minor, op. 54

Liszt – Sonata in b minor (Yundi Li)

Liszt – Ballade no. 2

Brahms – op. 118 (Julius Katchen)

Brahms – Variations on a theme by Handel, op. 24 (Stephen Kovacevich)

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, op. 37 (Nikolai Lugansky)


Twentieth Century

Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin (Louis Lortie)

Ravel – Miroirs

Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit (Benjamin Grosvenor)

Debussy – Images oublies

Debussy – Cathédrale engloutie (from the Preludes)

Debussy – Sarabande from Pour le piano

Poulenc – Two piano concerto

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto no. 1 (underplayed gem!)

Prokofiev – Sonata no. 7

Prokofiev – Concerto no. 2 in g minor

Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (arr. Agosti)

Stravinsky – Serenade in A Major

Ligeti – Etudes

Ligeti – Musica Ricercata

John Cage – Dream

John Cage – In a Landscape

Frederick Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Béla Bartók – Piano Sonata

Béla Bartók – Out of Doors Suite

George Crumb – Macrocosmos

George Gershwin – Three Preludes

Tan Dun – Eight Studies in Watercolour

Anton Webern – Piano Variations, Op. 27

Alban Berg – Piano Sonata

Arnold Schoenberg – Drei Klavierstucke, Op. 11

Aaron Jay Kernis – Superstar Etude No. 1

Charles Ives – Concord Sonata




















Unity through Art

Dear friends,

We are saddened, troubled, and sickened by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Throughout our short 4 years of presenting concerts, we have made it our mission to build an inclusive community based on a common bond for the love of music.

We have presented musicians that are from different faith backgrounds, different sexual orientations, different ethnic backgrounds, and different countries.  We have a special place in our hearts for our American friends who are able to travel to us and play beautiful music in our spaces.  We hope that you continue to bring beauty to your own communities in an effort to forge bonds of unity.

The bonds created by sharing musical experiences are truly spiritual.  They are quickly forged and hard to break.  Let us use music to create a society in which people co-exist peacefully and are able to state their differences peacefully and with dignity.

The staff and administration of Müzewest official condemn racism, prejudice, and hate in all of its forms.  Artists have never remained silent in such times and so it follows that we too will take a stand.  Our audience will continue to be a safe space for all people and we will ensure the safety of all guests.  Our selection of musicians will continue to reflect the diversity of our society.

Summer Concert in Partnership with Canadian Music Centre

We are thrilled to announce that our Friday, July 28th concert will be in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC. It is located at 837 Davie Street, between Howe and Hornby.

The concert will start 19:00 sharp.  It features two very promising young musicians – Michael Noble (a Doctoral student in piano from Yale University) and Oskar Falta (a Doctoral student in cello from UBC.)  Their concert will include two prominent Canadian composers: Oskar Morawetz and Jocelyn Morlock.

Tickets are available herehttp://tickets.artspoints.com/events/97_Summer-Series-2-Oskar-Falta-and-Michael-Noble-The-Cello-and-Piano-Across-Time


Jocelyn Morlock (1969 – ) – Halcyon (2003)
Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770-1827) – Sonata for cello + piano, no. 3, A Major, op. 69 (1808)
Oskar Morawetz (1917- 2007) – Fantasy No. 1 for cello + piano (1970)
Claude Debussy (1862- 1918) – Sonata for cello + piano in d minor, L. 135 (1915)

The Artists:

Oskar Falta

OSKAR FALTA Portrait 2

Born in Prague, Oskar is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was a recepient of the Vivian Joseph Scholarship, studying with Christoph Richter and Guy Johnston. He has previously attended the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf in the class of Gregor Horsch, principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Oskar has further broadened his studies at masterclasses of Alexander Ivashkin, Robert Cohen, Colin Carr or Steven Doane and by studying privately with Michel Strauss in Paris. He was the principal cellist of Académie d’Orchestre Régis Pasquier and participated in projects of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Stockhausen co-project of the Manson Ensemble and London Sinfonietta. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals at venues such as St. James’s Piccadilly or Abbaye de Fontenay and has taken part at different festivals across Europe, e.g. Musica Reservata, Musique en Morvan or Rencontres Musicales Alberto Lysy. Oskar is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the UBC with Prof. Eric Wilson.

Michael Noble


Michael Noble has developed an international reputation as an “astonishing” (Het Nieuwsblad) pianist of a multifarious repertoire. After giving his first recital at the age of six, he has gone on to perform across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

A prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition, Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and laureate of the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands, Mr. Noble has been called “a pianist to remember” by Het Nieuwsblad, and his playing has been hailed as “elegant, stylish, and powerful” (Peninsula News), “poetic” (Het Nieuwsblad), and “excellent” (Tulsa World).

He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Carmel’s Sunset Center, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the National Academy for the Performing Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Royal Dublin Society, and has been a guest artist at festivals including the Gentsche Festspiele, the Lake George Music Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Festival.

Mr. Noble has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, among others, and has had the privilege of working with eminent conductors including Ransom Wilson, Gisele Ben-Dor, and Peter Askim. Additionally, he has worked with the most renowned artists in the field including Gary Graffman, the late Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Robert McDonald, and members of the Brentano and Tokyo Quartets.

In 2008, Mr. Noble attended the Paris Conservatoire. Following this, he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester respectively. He received his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music and is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts there. Subsequently, Mr. Noble completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation where he focused on contemporary music. His principal teachers include Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Melvin Chen, Nicholas Angelich, and Nelms McKelvain, while significant mentors include Daan Vandewalle, Marc Durand, John O’Conor, Martin Bresnick, and Ani Kavafian.

In addition to his activities as a performer, Mr. Noble is the co-founder and director of the Brussels-based “Music of Changes,” a concert series that presents dynamic programs juxtaposing contemporary music with that of the past.

Highlights of the current season include performances with the Monterey Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra, overseeing the second annual Music of Changes Festival in Brussels, an artist residency at the Thailand International Composition Festival, concerts as a member of the piano-harp Duo Aeterna, and solo and chamber performances throughout Belgium, Canada, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.