Webinar in Online Teaching – Tues. March 24, 2020

College of Examiners (RCM) and RCM Alberta Regional Representative

Müzewest Concerts and Pardalis Studio of Music and Performing Arts are thrilled to present a webinar by Derek Chiu on the topic of online music education. In these uncertain times, our incomes will depend on our flexibility and ability to adapt to the changing environment.  One way that music instruction can continue is through distance learning.

Topics Include:
-Why we should teach online
-How distance learning in music can be rich
-How we should communicate to parents about online learning
-How to utilize Zoom in our private studio (including necessary equipment)
-How to think like a business person during these times

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Time: 11 AM (PST)

ZOOM meeting ID: 432 251 4212

Derek Zhi Guang Chiu, pianist

b. July 24, 1977

“…adept at playing many different types of piano literature, having particular affinity for the music of the Classical period, especially that of Mozart, a composer in which he truly understood. Also, his technical mastery of the keyboard allowed him to easily perform the more difficult works of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff.” – Steinway Artist Joel Hastings

“The graduate of the Manhattan School of Music captivated the intimate crowd.” – Medicine Hat News. Derek Zhi Guang Chiu is a seasoned Canadian pianist and piano pedagogue from Calgary, Alberta (named by Steinway & Sons as one of the Top Teachers in Calgary for 2016 and 2018). He was featured on CBC Music’s website on the topic of teens and piano lessons (November 2017). His extensive training includes mentorship with notable Canadian teachers such as Dr. E. Gregory Butler and Joel Hastings at The University of Windsor. Chiu had additional studies in piano pedagogy with Dr. Thomas Green. Under the guidance of Solomon Mikowsky (featured in Benjamin Saver’s book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA) and Donn-Alexandre Feder at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Chiu graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2003. During his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Chiu was mentored in chamber music by well-known pianist Daniel Epstein of the Raphael Trio and engaged in rigorous studies in Baroque and Classical performance practices with Kenneth Cooper, one of the world’s foremost music specialists in the music from those eras. Chiu has performed in master classes in Canada, Europe and the United States for Janina Fialkowska, Robin Harrison, James Howsmon, Lorrin Hollander, Ramzi Yassa, Cecilio Tieles, and Jesus Angel Rodriquez.

In November 2013, he was awarded The Odyssey Award by the University of Windsor Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who are in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours, notable achievements in their local community, or through a significant or innovative achievement in their professional or personal life. Chiu’s performance that evening was hailed as the “highlight” of the Alumni Association’s annual awards night.

He has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in addition to multiple orchestral engagements with the Windsor Community Orchestra, Briercrest College, and Rockland Symphony Orchestras. Chiu performed in 2016 with The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra in their inaugural season. He has collaborated with artists such as Roberta Cani (concert master of the LA Opera), David Lakirovich (assistant concert master of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and Meghan Jacoby (principal flute chamber orchestra Symphony by the Seas).

In addition to maintaining a full performance schedule, Chiu is a devoted piano pedagogue. He has presented pedagogical workshops on cognitive practice, aural skills development, sight reading, memorization of music and is a clinician for The Royal Conservatory of Music. His academic lectures include the music of Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart. He is a sought-after music adjudicator and guest teacher.

Chiu has been an active member of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners since 2006 and is currently the Alberta Regional Representative for The Royal Conservatory. Mr. Chiu is on the Faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and JVL Summer School for Performing Arts.


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Friday, June 16 – 7:15 PM – Friends of Müzewest Appreciation Event

Dear friends,

Please join us for an evening of food and music as we thank YOU our supporters for the last 4 seasons of amazing music.

The event will take place at 843 Seymour Street (VSO School of Music) – 2nd floor, salon.  It will feature performances by remarkable pianist, Sunny Qu.  Mr. Qu is completing his post-graduate studies with Maestro Jeffrey Kahane at the University of Southern California.

The evening will start at 19:15.  Everyone is welcome.

DATE: Friday, June 16th, 2017.

Please note: Alcohol is served on a first come first-served, discretionary basis.  People arriving later in the evening may not receive a drink depending on quantity available. The same applies for food.

Appreciation Concert 8.5x11

Piano Fest 2015!

We are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming three-day piano festival.  It’s going to be three evenings of fantastic music by extremely skillful and engaging performers!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015 – 7:30 PM
– Piano Pinnacle at Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour – 2nd floor). BUY TICKETS FOR PIANO PINNACLE

Friday, November 27th, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Michael Noble at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour – 4th floor) BUY TICKETS FOR MICHAEL NOBLE

Saturday, November 28th, 2015 – 7:30 PM – David Witten at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour – 4th floor) BUY TICKETS FOR DAVID WITTEN

We caught up with the performers via e-mail and asked for their thoughts on the piano and the upcoming

Qu‎estion 1: What is it about the piano that makes it so special?

Piano Pinnacle: 
The piano is an old patient friend. A mirror against one’s inner soul, which sits with you everyday to recount eloquently, the many things that words could not have possibly expressed. Piano has shaped our lives in ways we could not have imagined. We met as a result of our mutual acquaintance with this old friend, and it is the glue that binds us in our partnership, in life and in music.

Michael Noble:
 As a child playing by ear, I always appreciated the fact that I could harmonize tunes I heard on the radio on the piano. The ability to reduce something as complex as a symphonic score onto a keyboard, and to try to imitate the timbres of different instruments of the orchestra or of the human voice has always entranced me. In piano music, I like to think in the reverse: to make the piano into an orchestra, and to convey instrumental or vocal timbres.

David Witten:
More often than not, the composers for piano were pianists themselves. And after studying many pieces by any one single composer, it is fascinating to begin to understand how their hands felt on the keyboard — the shapes of their chords and keyboard passages  can become your own shapes. Finally, you can convince yourself of your obligation to represent them – especially if they are no longer here to present their music  themselves!

Question 2: What are you most looking forward to sharing with our audience at PianoFest?

Piano Pinnacle:
 Each concert gives us the opportunity to share with the audience the pieces we have lived with, studied, and cherished for much time. We will present an eclectic mix of repertoire appealing to all tastes, from J.S. Bach’sJesu Joy of Man’s Desiring to contemporary Japanese music for two pianos. For this concert, we are particularly excited to give the premiere of a brand new composition by Iman, and return to our hometown of Vancouver and the beautiful Pyatt Hall.

Michael Noble
: Mostly I’m excited to be presenting my program to a new audience in a city and country in which I have not previously performed. I am particularly looking forward to sharing Frederic Rzewski’s music, which is not often heard and somewhat underrated, to the audience. However, the entire program is very special to me, and I am thrilled to be sharing this with an international audience in Vancouver.

David Witten:
 I am looking forward to presenting such a varied assortment of composers. They range from rather unknown, to very famous, yet they were all good composers and good pianists!
Come join us for these performances!
Piano Pinnacle, international artists and competition winners!

Piano Pinnacle, international artists and competition winners!

Professor David Witten, international pianist.

Graduate of the Yale University School of Music, Michael Noble.

Graduate of the Yale University School of Music, Michael Noble.

Professor David Witten, international pianist.

Professor David Witten, international pianist.

Sunny Qu, pianist replaces Ilya Poletaev on Oct. 4

Due to illness, the concert of Ilya Poletaev has been postponed.  We are going to work very hard to reschedule it during the 2015-16.  We are extremely grateful to pianist Sunny Qu who will be replacing Mr. Poletaev.  Read about his accomplishments and programme below.

All tickets for Mr. Poletaev’s concert are still valid for Sun. Oct. 4 at 2 PM.

Mr. Qu will play the following repertoire:

Eight Memories in Water Color                           Tan Dun (Born 1957)
              Missing Moon      

 Sonata in B flat major, KV333                     W.A. Mozart  (1756-1791)

Souvenirs d’Europe                                        Jared Miller (Born 1988)
            Fontaines (Le Parc du Chateau, Nice, France)

Miroirs                                                       Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
III. Une barque sur l’océan
             IV. Alborada del gracioso


Dumka, op. 59                                       P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Un poco di Chopin, op. 72 no. 15         P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Souvenirs d’Europe                                       Jared Miller (Born 1988)
              I. Origines (Cathedrale Notre Dame, Paris, France)

Barcarolle, op. 60 in F-sharp Major                F. Chopin  (1810-1849)

Polonaise in A flat major, op. 53                     F. Chopin  (1810-1849)

Sunny Qu, pianist

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.

Equally at home with repertoire from the Baroque period to the modern day, Sunny is known for eclectic to approach to programming innovative recitals with a link to the past. This has been cultivated by an interest in the composer and pianist Ferruccio Busoni. In addition to actively seeking out and performing Busoni’s lesser known compositions.

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.

Sunny was a graduate of the UBC School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Milne. 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.

Sunny Qu, piano

Sunny Qu, piano (photo: Yukiko Onley)

The many faces of cellist David Eggert

German-Canadian cellist, David Eggert, is a truly gifted musician, who is equally comfortable in all genres of classical music.  A convincing interpreter of Baroque and Classical masterpieces, Mr. Eggert, has also distinguished himself as a formidable performer and proponent of contemporary composers of the second half of the twentieth century.
Learn more about David Eggert’s philosophy on music here:
Here’s a sample of Mr. Eggert playing in Salzburg:
Our personal favourite is his interpretation of the third movement of the  Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in Istanbul, Turkey:
This is Mr. Eggert playing the solo cello sonata by Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodaly in Montréal, Québec:
Finally, here is a thrilling performance of Canadian composer Samuel Andreyev’s piece ”A moitié gomme” recorded live in Darmstadt, Germany:

Alexander Karpeyev, Piano

Friday, November 15th, 2013.

Featuring Bach/Busoni, Mozart, Brahms, Medtner, and Stravinsky

7:30 PM – West Point Grey United Church (8th and Tolmie)

Alexander Karpeyev, piano

Alexander Karpeyev, piano

Alexander Karpeyev began playing the piano at age 7, studying at the Children’s Music School in Saratov and afterwards at the Musical-Aesthetic Lyceum in Engels. In 2000, he entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Professors Alexander Mndoyants, Emmanuel Monaszon and Vera Gornostayeva. He graduated with the highest honours in 2005 and won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he is a student of Prof Joan Havill. He is currently pursuing a doctorate arranged jointly with City University of London.

Alexander has been a major prizewinner in many international competitions including the 1998 Ibla Grand Prize, Ragusa, Italy; the 2001 International Competition for Young Musicians, Enschede, Netherlands; the 2004 Competition ‘Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam’, Bydgoszcz, Poland; the 2004 Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition, Gaillard, France; the 2006 Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artist Competition and the 2009 Amy Brant International Piano competition, Birmingham (UK).

He won First Prize at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s “Professional Piano Recital” Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008. He was awarded The Worshipful Company of Musician’s Silver Medal in 2008. Alexander is also supported by scholarships from the Lyra Foudnation, Myra Hess Foundation, Craxton Memorial Trust, Martin Musical Scholarship Trust and from the Hattori Foundation.

Alexander has given recitals in the major venues of the UK (Barbican, Cadogan, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London; Bridgewater Hall in Manchester). Abroad, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA. He has featured on the Performance Channel of Sky Television and BBC Radio 3.