Ian Parker - Piano
Ian Parker

Magnetic, easy-going, and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes.

He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Calgary, Erie, Hamilton, and Louisiana, as well as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Eugene, Greenwich, Honolulu, Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach, National (Washington, D.C.), Okanagan, Pensacola, Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Spokane, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Virginia, and Winnipeg.

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First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, Ian Parker has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. At The Juilliard School, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and, on two occasions, was the winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition. Heard regularly on CBC Radio, Mr. Parker has also performed live on WQXR (hosted by Robert Sherman) in New York.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.” 

Nikolai Maloff - Piano
Nikolai Maloff

A winner of major piano competitions such as the Virginia Waring (USA), Franz Liszt (Italy), Eckhardt-Gramatté (Canada) and Canadian Music Competitions, Nikolai Maloff has appeared to resounding acclaim as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative musician in the Americas, Europe, and Russia.

Dr. Maloff studied with some of Canada’s finest teachers, including Jane Coop, Dale Reubart, Robert Rogers, and Kum Sing Lee.

He holds a Masters degree from the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, where he studied with Gleb Axelrod, and a Doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia.

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In his capacity as teacher and adjudicator, Dr. Maloff brings the full breadth of his years of performance experience and an intimate understanding of both Eastern and Western pedagogical traditions.

Previously a faculty member at institutions such as the UBC School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the State Conservatory of Lima, Peru, Dr. Maloff now runs a private studio in Vancouver.

Michelle Mares - Piano

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Michelle Mares began her musical studies at the age of 4 at Vancouver Academy of Music. She amassed a great deal of performing experience as a child prodigy and drew the attention of many notable musicians, including András Schiff, Ivan Moravec and Gaby Casadesus.

Ms. Mares has enjoyed the rare privilege of studying with some of the world’s most eminent musicians including Canada’s own Jane Coop, Leon Fleisher, Karl Heinz Kämmerling, György Kurtág, and Alfred Brendel. Her approach to music is deeply rooted in the treasured legacy of her teachers, and her own teaching is deeply influenced by it.

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She has won many competitions including the Geneva International Competition, CBC Young Performer’s Competition, the Hamburg Steinway Competition, the Montreal Symphony Competition, and the S.A.C.E.M. Prize at the Casadesus International Competition. She has performed internationally as a soloist and a chamber musician for most of her adult life and draws from a deep reservoir of professional experience.

Ms Mares taught at the University of Victoria for 10 years and is now settled in Vancouver, BC where she is a popular guest adjudicator at regional competitions and festivals and is regularly invited to perform and give masterclasses. She is also a regular master teacher at the Victoria Summer Piano Academy which takes place every summer at the University of Victoria.

Irina Konovalov - Piano

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