Music lessons, musical books and instruments in Vancouver for all ages & levels. Specializing in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, theory, history, ear-training & sight reading.

About

Owner and Director

 
 

Li Yin Wang Ho ("Leanne" or "Li"): Owner and Director
(Violin, Piano, Theory, History, Orff Early Childhood Music)
 

Leanne is the founder of Bravo Music.  She has 24 years of experience in teaching violin, piano, music history, and music theory. She received her bachelor's degree in violin performance from the University of Toronto, and her master's degree in violin performance and Music Literature from the University of Western Ontario.  She also performs piano at ARCT level.  She has been very fortunate to receive the best training from Margitta Krebs, David Zafer, and Gwen Thompson, and hope to pass on the knowledge she acquired from these great musicians and educators to  the next generations of musicians.

Leanne worked as Vancouver Youth Symphony's Debut and Junior division sectional string coach and assistant to the conductor; she was also on the panel of audition adjudicators from 2004-2007, 2012, and 2013.  She can teach violin, piano, theory, history students of all levels.  She has completed Level 1 of Orff Teacher Training, and Yamaha's JMC and YMC Teacher Training.

Prior to opening Bravo Music, Leanne was an orchestral musician and performed in Vancouver Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Orchestra London, Windsor Symphony, and Kingston Symphony.  During her graduate studies she was the Concertmaster of UWO Opera Orchestra; her TA position was in teaching Second Year Undergraduate Ear Training and Sight Singing.

Leanne believes music learning should not be oppressive and stressful--it should be fun and self-motivational.  She designed Bravo Music to be an inviting space for students to exercise their creativity, and hired teachers with different teaching approaches to compliment each student's learning style.  She would like everyone (including the parents) to enjoy coming to Bravo Music weekly, and for the students to grow up with fond memories of their childhood music lessons.

 

 
 
 
Faculty Biographies
 
 
 
 
Calvin Yang (Violin, Viola, Beginner Piano)

 

 
Born in Taiwan, Calvin started on violin in his childhood and switched to viola upon the acceptance of music program in elementary school.  Moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 2004, Calvin continued his study with Isabelle Roland, as well as participated in chamber and orchestral programs at the Vancouver Academy of Music. After studying with Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet and earning the Bachelor of Music from University of Victoria in 2016, he has graduated from McGill University with Graduate Diploma and Master of Music in Performance under the tutelage of André J. Roy in 2019. Calvin has participated in masterclasses at Sion Academy Tibor Varga Music Festival in Switzerland and Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Austria, as well as chamber and orchestral programs such as National Youth Orchestra Canada, Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute, Quartet Fest West by Lafayette String Quartet in Victoria, Chamber Music Institute by Andrew Dawes in Vancouver, and many others. Upon the completion of his musical studies, Calvin now resides in Vancouver and performs regularly with Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra in Nanaimo, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and many other local orchestral and chamber events.
 
 

Anna Kuchkova (Cello)
 
 

 

Anna is member of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, chamber musician, composer, leader, and cellist in the Alchemy Chamber where she combines her classical training with heavy metal influences. Anna started her cello studies over a decade ago, following her piano and theory certification in Russia and is currently working on her advanced RCM levels. She has done session work for various recording projects, symphony concerts, musicals, rock shows, as well as Canucks games at Rogers Arena.

 
 
Pablo Duque (Violin, String Ensemble)



Freelance violinist and teacher in Vancouver, Pablo arrived in Canada after rather extensive experience in performing and teaching. Fully involved in the development of the most vulnerable communities through music, he worked as a violin and viola teacher and event coordinator in DaLaNota, a music-social program in Madrid, Spain.  He has been working the last two courses in St. James Music Academy (SJMA), another non-profit organization in downtown East Side, Vancouver.

He also highlights his work for the "Centro Dramatico Nacional (CDN)" in 2017 as an actor-violinist in the play 'El concierto de San Ovidio" by Antonio Buero Vallejo, under the direction of Mario Gas.

With a BA in the "Conservatorio Superior de Musica Eduardo Martinez Torner" (Oviedo, Asturias, Spain), he has more than 15 years of experience in performing and teaching violin at all levels and for a variety of age groups, individual or group classes.  After that, he specializes in pedagogy through attending many courses and workshops about Suzuki, Rolland, improvisation and Color Strings methodologies.

Always interested in all musical expressions, he dives throughout his career in other types of musical experiences (world music, swing, contemporary...)  In addition, he spent three summers as a volunteer teacher in diverse communities of different countries of South America (Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic), supporting projects developed there, sharing musical styles and performing with other professional musicians.  Pablo is also an experienced musician in the fields of orchestral and chamber music.

He believes that music is a powerful instrument for connecting different cultures and also an incredible tool for achieving social change and empowering people to achieve their goals. Pablo has also a Bachelor's Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, giving him an open mind and a broad perspective of education through the arts.


Gerard Rances (Voice, Theory, History)



A graduate from Vancouver Community College, Gerard holds a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Music in Classical Voice Performance.  In addition to teaching voice, he helps many students prepare for RCM exams in music theory and history.

Gerard teaches two annual summer courses in music theory and aural skills at Douglas College, preparing students for the music program entrance assessment exam.


Between 2011 and 2014 he was a tenor soloist and section leader of Pacific Spirit Choir and West Vancouver United Church. Between 2008 and 2013, he was the official music tutor at Douglas College for aural skills, theory and history.  Gerard has toured throughout Europe and the United States with various choirs.  He has studied with renowned singers Robyn Driedger-Klassen and Frederik Robert.  Gerard's main goal with students is to ignite progress while enjoying the process.



Joel Thomson (Guitar, Guitar Ensemble)
 
 
 

Joel Thomson began playing the guitar as a teenager. In those early times, he played electric guitar in bands with friends, and while he had an instructor at the time, his studies quickly became self directed, as the amount of music he consumed during those times was far greater than an instructor could keep up with. After reaching what was something of a plateau, he discovered a new challenge in classical guitar. After surpassing what his teacher could teach him, as a teenager still in high school, he was sent to the now chair of the faculty of music at Kwantlen polytechnic college, Don Hlus. After high school, he attended Kwantlen polytechnic for two years, before transferring to UVIC to complete his undergraduate degree with internationally renowned guitarist, Dr. Alexander Dunn, proteg� of Pepe Romero, one of the worlds foremost classical guitarists.

After finishing his BMus, Joel took some time away from the classical guitar to rekindle his love for popular music. With the knowledge he had gained studying music theory, and exposure to the world of modern classical music firmly in mind, he set out to create rock with a twist(s). After finding like minded individuals, he assisted in forming an experimental rock outfit, and was a major force in all the instrumental parts of the song writing therein. In this time, the group made many recordings of their music as a sort of DIY project in a home recording studio, where Joel learned the basics of audio engineering.

After some time, however, the group dissolved, and Joel had the opportunity to go back to the challenge of his life: the classical guitar. Back in Vancouver at this point, he sought the instruction of the newly arrived Daniel Bolshoy, who had taken over at UBC when Michael Strutt retired. After studying privately with Daniel for close to a year, Joel was convinced to take a Masters at UBC, where he received a generous scholarship based on his musical merit, as well as his academic history.

Around this time, Joel became very active in the Vancouver classical guitar scene, as well as the scene in a more national/international sense. He has been a competitor at the Northwest Guitar festival in Seattle, as well as the Hamilton Guitar festival. He has since formed many associations with local musicians, as well as those from outside the city, province, and country, performing many concerts as a soloist, and chamber musician. Notably, Joel has played for the Vancouver Guitar society, Kwantlen's Music at Midweek series, as well as being a presenter at a guitar festival in Kaslo B.C. where he has also performed a concert, and given master classes for their local guitar organization. Joel is also a volunteer with the Vancouver Classic Guitar Society, where he heads up their open mic events.

Joel has been teaching guitar for several years, teaching both privately and in groups. He has many longstanding students who enjoy his personable manner, as well as his keen eye for detail, and broad knowledge base. In lessons, Joel places a strong emphasis on proper technique, creating an ease of use for the guitar, and a logical way in which to approach the instrument. In addition, the musical elements that Joel brings out in his students are a product of years of discussions, reading, and listening regarding many styles of music.

  
 
Irene Senent Alonso (Violin, Viola, Piano)



Irene received her Bachelor's Degree and Complementary Studies in 2012 from Conservatoria Superior de Musica de Aragon.  Her training focused on the methods and pedagogical procedures specific to childhood development.
She also holds a Suzuki Teacher Certificate from the British Suzuki Institute. 

 

Ever since she began training as a teacher, she was always interested in teaching music to change society.  She was a volunteer teacher at non-profit organizations such as Musica Furura and Dalanota, where she was proud to provide musical education in modest public schools in Madrid.  She has also volunteered overseas with Dejando Huellas foundation in Puerto Tejada, Columbia.

 

She has performed in many pop and classical concerts in both traditional concert settings and on television.

 
 
 

 

Stephen Boswell (Guitar)

 

 

 

Stephen Boswell was born in the UK and began studying guitar at age seven.  He studied formally at the Royal College of Music in London and taught peripatetically in British schools before moving to BC in 1975.  He then taught for Bill Lewis Music and Troy Music and gave many local concerts.


In 1979 and 1981 he was awarded full scholarships at Banff School of Fine Arts, and in 1082 recorded his first LP of music from South America, Spain, and Canada, critically acclaimed in the national press.  In 1983 Stephen played in a "Concurso" of international guitarists in South America.


In 1984 Stephen performed in the prestigious "Guitar 84" in Toronto and took a faculty position at Capilano University.  "Partitas for Guitar (1985)", a CD of works by Bach and Weiss won an award for "Best West Coast Classical Album".


He performed at "Guitar 87" in Toronto and spent the following decade teaching, performing, and touring.


Stephen has published many editions of arrangements and compositions for the guitar both England and Canada.


The late nineties saw three CD's of Spanish, Latin, and Classical ensemble music and in 2000 Stephen formed "Guitarra Latina" trio touring Canada playing Latin and original compositions.


He continues performing solo and with the Capilano Guitar Trio and teaching privately adn at Capilano University. 

 
    
 
Angela Lee (Piano) 

 
Angela has over 20 years of experience in piano teaching.  She holds ATCL, LTCL, FTCL diplomas in piano recital from the Trinity College of London, and LTCL, FTCL in piano accompanying from the Trinity College of London. 
 
Angela enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, and is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
 
 


Anqi Li (Piano)


Anqi has had over 19 years of piano training.  She was accepted to theBelarusian State Academy of Music at the age of 16.  During her studies in Europe she won numerousawards in international piano competitions in France.

She is familiar with the Russian pianoeducation system and teaching methods. While the Belarusian State Academy she worked for 2 years as a pianoteaching assistant.  She is well-liked byher students, and is able to create a fun and relaxing learning environment forher students.  She can teachin English, Russian, and Mandarin.
 
 
 

Zoe Huang (Piano, Theory, Early Childhood Education, Orff, Kodaly)


Zoe is an experienced veteran in the field of music education.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Tung-Hai University in Taiwan, where she completed her major in piano and minor in cello.  She also has all levels of teaching certificates in Orff and Kodaly teaching methods.

She has taught as a Teaching Assistant at Tung Hai University, and as a piano teachers in several music schools in Taiwan, the most well-known one being the Ling Zong De Music Educational Centre.   Prior to moving to Canada, she was the owner and principal of Shao I Yuan Arts Centre in Taiwan.

She is comfortable teaching in both English and in Mandarin.  She has a gentle and caring approach to teaching music, which appeals to all students, and work particularly well with beginners or younger students.

 


Tatyana Pechenyuk (Piano) 
  
 
 
 
Tatyana's origin is the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan formerly of the USSR where at a young age she began her music career. Tatyana received her Master's Degree in music at The Tashkent State Conservatory. She was fortunate to have a very important piano teacher in her life, Lia Schwartz, who was a student of the great Russian pianist, Konstantin Igumnov, a professor of the Moscow Conservatory of music.Lia Schwartz opened her eyes, as she says, to the magnificence and understanding of classical music and teaching.
In 1990 Tatyana became a piano instructor in the Music Lyceum in Tashkent where she put in practice these wonderful techniques.This method is based on hand position, knowledge in music theory, music history and player's own passion and attitude. All of which brought great results.  Her students made remarkable progress technically and musically in both performances and exams, Tatyana says. And in 1994 she was awarded the title of teacher of the 1st category.
 
Throughout her life in Tashkent and Israel, Tatyana had many performances as a soloist, an accompanist and also as a pianist in chamber ensemble (which is the first in her preferences). For a time in Tashkent Tatyana played with the opera orchestra ballet show"Coppelia" whilst working at the Academy of Choreography .
In 2006 Tatyana Pechenyuk emigrated to Canada and since then she's been working in Vancouver as a private instructor and as a Master Instructor at Bravo Music.  She is also works as an accompanist in different ballet schools such as: Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC, Pacific Dance Arts and Harbour Dance.