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 21 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.

Her students achieve high marks at Royal Conservatory of Music's practical and theory examinations, as well as in local music competitions (such as Kiwanis Music Festival).

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 piano, theory, history students of all levels, and has completed Level 1 of Orff Teacher Training (A+ standing upon diploma completion).

It is Leanne’s ultimate goal to encourage her students to develop a life-long enjoyment in music.  

Lessons with Leanne: Leanne is fully booked for the 2018-19 School Year. 
 
 
 
 
Assistant Director & 

Head Theory/History Instructor
Gerard Rances (Voice, Piano, 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 and piano, he helps many students prepare for RCM exams in music theory and history. 


Gerard teaches an annual summer course at Douglas College preparing students for the music program entrance assessment exam. He is currently the Assistant Director and Head Theory and History teacher at Bravo Music. Gerard is also a voice instructor at Long & McQuade. 


Between 2011 and 2014, he was a tenor soloist and section lead 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.

 
 
 
Faculty Biographies
 
 
 

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, protegé of Pepé 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.

 
 
 

 

Elinor Harshenin (Cello)

 

 

 

Eleanor began her cello career at the age of 5, and she has since studied with Judy Fraser, Ian Hampton, Eric Wilson, and Ariel Barnes. As a child, Elinor was a regular Kiwanis Festival winner and, at 11 years old, she and her siblings won third place in the Senior Chamber Music division at the National Finals.  When she was 16, Elinor received the highest honor for students at the Vancouver Music Academy, allowing her to perform with the Academy orchestra in the Orpheum Theatre. 

 

At her return from living in Europe for five years, Elinor continued her studies with Eric Wilson and became involved in several chamber and orchestral groups.  She performs regularly as principal cellist of the West Coast Symphony and I Musici Sushi, and is a member of the professional string quartet, the Ross Street Quartet.

A cello teacher of students of all ages since her twenties, Elinor enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for cello studies in lessons which are tailored to the individual student.  Elinor believes in the value of natural movement, and continues to study and write about the role of natural movement in cello playing.

 
    
 
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. “My 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.
  

 
Victor Tang (Piano)
 

Victor began piano lessons at age four, and holds an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.   Victor has competed and won in multiple Greater Vancouver music festivals, including the Vancouver Kiwanis Festival, Richmond Music Festival, and Burnaby Clef Music Festival.  He has also played the Euphonium for over five years, and has tutored junior high school subjects for over four years.

Victor is fluent in English and Cantonese, and has worked with children of all ages and musical backgrounds. His perfect pitch, coupled with a close attention for detail, allows him to better understand and teach pieces and songs to his students.   Having gone through the Royal Conservatory system, he is very familiar with how to help students pass their RCM examinations with good standing.

 

Michael Bimmels (Guitar, Theory, History)

 

Michael holds a Master of Music in Guitar Degree from the University of British Columbia.  While pursuing his degree in music he was the recipient of Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, Wallace Berry Memorial Prize in Music Theory, Mildred Johnson Scholarship in Music, Erich Wagner Memorial Scholarship, Trek Excellent Scholarship, Dogwood District Authority Scholarship for Excellence in Fine Arts, and UBC President’s Entrance Scholarship.  
 
He has received top prizes in PABC and FCMF Music Festivals, at Provincial and National levels, and performed with the UBC Chamber Orchestra and UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  While at UBC, he was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theory, where he graded assignments, examinations, weekly drills, and led and assisted with tutorials. 
 
He is experienced with Royal Conservatory (RCM) guitar and theory material, and is comfortable teaching popular and classical guitar styles.



http://www.bravomusic.ca/pic/Maria%20photo.jpgMaria Gadea (Violin, Viola, Piano, Flute, String Ensembles)

 

 

 


Maria Calvet Gadea is a violinist and teacher native from Valencia (Spain).  In 2011, after graduating with the highest honours from “Salvador Segui” Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor Degree, Maria moved to Tallinn (Estonia) to study her Master in Violin Performance at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

 

She studied regularly with Jose Luis del Cano, in “Salvador Segui” Conservatory of Music and with Mary Tampere-Bezrodny (main teacher) and Kristina Kriit (assistant teacher) in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.  Also she has attended several master-classes and courses with Anabel Garcia, Vicente Balaguer Domenech, Pierre homage, Vasko Vassilev, Andrei Chestiglazov, Vicente Huerta and Michael Gaisler.

 

As a violin player, Maria has performed with Youth orchestra of Generalitat Valenciana, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Castellon, Orchestra of Salvador Segui Conservatory, orchestra of Estonian Academy of Music and theatre, Tallinn International Youth Orchestra, ArtOrchEesti, and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO).

 

Besides playing violin, Maria has been also very interested in teaching.  She always tries passionately to motivate the students and get them involved as much as possible in the music.  She has 6 years of experience in Spain and Canada on teaching music theory, violin, viola, flute, and piano.