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 has 20 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).

Leanne enjoys accompanying for Bravo Music's students at examinations, music festivals, and concerts.  She also accompanies for students at every Bravo Music recital.  As a chamber musician, Leanne regularly performs with fellow Bravo Music faculty members at our student recitals.

Lessons with Leanne: wait list only for 2017-18 school year.  Please contact admin@bravomusic.ca or call 604-266-7529 for more information.
 
 
 
School Manager 
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. 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.

 
 
 
Domenico Mongelli (Piano)




Domenico holds a Master of Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Estonian Academy of  Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia; a Master of Music in Piano Performance Degree from Conservatory of Music “U, Giordano” in Foggia, Italy; a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Conservatory of Music “O. Respighi” in Latina, Italy; and an Undergraduate Degree in Fine Arts from Perugini Fine Arts Institute High School in Foggia, Italy.                       
 

He has performed in Piano Masterclasses for internationally renowned pianists Hu Yong Liu Tavaststjerna, Roberto Prosseda, Claudio Trovajoli, Elisso Wirsaladze, Graham Scott, Aaron Shorr, Teppo Koivisto, Petras Geniusas, J.C. Pennetier.

 

As a concert pianist, he has given highly acclaimed concerts: “Musical Stories of Three Pianists” Three Piano Solo Recital (with concert pianists Maila Laidna, Mirva Helske) in Tallinn, Tartu, Estonia, 2013;  as a soloist performing the Haydn Piano Concerto in D major with orchestra ArtOrchEesti in Tallinn, Estonia in 2012; and a piano solo recital Assaggi di Musica, Arte e Natura in Foggia, Italy, in 2009.                                                               

 

Domenico is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish.  He is passionate about teaching, and hopes to inspire a lifetime’s love of music in students here at Bravo.

                               
 
 
 
Amanda Andrishak (Piano, Violin)
 
 

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Amanda Andrishak studied piano with Professor Emeritus Alexandra Munn, completing an ARCT Piano Performer's exam in 2015 and winning first prize at many festivals and competitions, including the Kiwanis and Alberta Provincial Music Festivals. In 2016, Amanda was accepted into UBC’s Bachelor of Music Program (Piano Performance) with several entrance scholarships; currently, she studies piano at UBC with Dr. Terence Dawson and plays violin in the UBC Symphony Orchestra. She also studied violin with Martina Smazal, and completed an Associate Diploma (Conservatory Canada) in 2017. Amanda has seven years of teaching experience, and enjoys sharing her love of music with others.

 
 
Alba Lenzi (Piano)
 
 
 
Alba has been involved in the music scene since she began to sing at a local music school offering Orff music lessons at a very young age. As a pianist, she strives to understand the musical element, nuance, and context of every piece she plays, and as a piano teacher, she encourages her students to grow the same appreciation, understanding, and passion for the music they play. Most of her music education was completed through the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she had the privilege of studying under instructors whose teaching reflected intense and comprehensive Classical methodologies that are typical of traditional European and Russian training.
Alba completed advanced training in professional performance, receiving an Associate Diploma in Piano Pedagogy and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia majoring in piano, and has won several awards during her post-secondary education.  
 
 
 
Maggie Li (Piano)
 

Maggie Qinxin Li was born in Shenzhen, China, where she also received her early years of professional training in piano. She moved to Vancouver, Canada in high school to broaden her knowledge in piano music, which also helped her prepare for her music education in the United States after high school graduation.

Her first success since learning piano was winning two top prizes in her divisions in The 12th Hong Kong Piano Open Competition in 2002. She received another top prize in a division two years later in the same competition. Apart from that, she has also won numerous prizes in her divisions in the regional Chopin and Schumann piano competitions.

Maggie was also an active participant in the piano examinations. In Grade 5, she has passed the highest grade, Grade 8 in the ABRSM piano exam with a high mark in distinction. After coming to Canada, she finished the RCM Grade 10 and ARCT piano exams with marks above 90.

While in Vancouver, she gave performances in various venues, including local music festivals like the Burnaby Clef festival, and the Student Performers’ Guild festival, as well as other performance venues, such as the Kay Meek Centre and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Maggie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with the Department Chair, Boris Slutsky. She then pursued Master’s degree in Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with the Department Chair, Yoshikazu Nagai. 

 
 
Joel Reid (Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute/Guitar: Electric and Bass/Piano/Theory/Ukulele/ Composition/Trumpet)

Joel Reid is a Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute player and multi instrumentalist who has been teaching for eight years.  Joel studied Jazz at the Jazz Studies program at Capilano University majoring in Saxophone.  While at Capilano Joel began learning a multitude of instruments such as Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, and Piano. After finishing at Capilano, Joel worked as a private teacher at numerous schools around the lower mainland before working extensively for five years as a Music Specialist at a Montessori School.  While at Montessori Joel specialized in guitar, piano, group lessons, directing Winter and Mothers’ Day Performances, and Talent shows.   By Incorporating the Montessori philosophy on how children grow, develop, and learn, Joel is able to guide the child in their area of musical interest and bring out the passion and love of music that is in every child.  Joel creates a fun, relaxed, enjoyable music experience for children of any age.

Joel plays throughout Vancouver in numerous bands and projects, and is currently working on new projects for the future.

 

Carlos Felipe Silva (Violin, Beginner Piano)
 
 
 

 
Carlos is a graduate from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA.  He has 5 years of experience teaching violin and piano, and enjoys preparing his students for success in the arts.
 
He has performed with professional symphony orchestras throughout the US and South America, and has also composed music for films and new media.
 
Carlos is comfortable working with students of ages, and is able to tailor his teaching style to match each student's learning needs and goals.  He would like to create a learning environment where his students can feel motivated and passionate about the art of music-making.
 
 
 
Hannah Bergeron (Violin)
 
 
 
Hannah began studying violin at the age of four, and has since developed a true passion for performance and teaching. Hannah has played with the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra for over six years, and has recently graduated the program as concertmaster. Hannah has volunteered at many community music events, and often performs for organizations, weddings and charities. She was part of the International Youth Symphony in the summer of 2017 where she studied and performed in a chamber orchestra with students from around the world in San Diego, California. Hannah is familiar with the RCM program and feels lucky to have the opportunity to teach and hopefully inspire young musicians to truly enjoy their music and to be successful in their musical endeavours. 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Tian Ip (Piano, Theory)
 
 

Tian began receiving classical piano training at the age of four, and has garnered a performance diploma from the UK’s Associated Board of Royal School of Music at the age of 16. A prolific musician, Tian is also an able player of the Chinese Harp, trombone, keyboard synthesizer and electronic music. Recently, Tian has completed her studies in the Professional Recording Arts program at the Art Institute of Vancouver. In addition to working with Simon Fraser University Choir, Tian currently also does freelancing as a film composer, and gives private piano and theory lessons. 

Her degrees include: Diploma in Music Transfer (Capilano University, Merit list, Bursary recipient), Graduate Certificate in Music Conducting (Capilano University, Merit list), Diploma in Professional Recording Arts (The Art Institute of Vancouver), Major in Classical Studies (UBC), and Diploma in Piano Performance (Associated Board of Royal School of Music, U.K.).


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.
  
 
Maria Gadea (Violin, Viola, Piano, String Ensemble, Group Lessons)


Maria Calvet Gadea is a violin player 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-classeses and courses with Anabel Garcia, Vincente Balaguer Domenech, Pierre Homage, Vasko Vissiley, Andrei Chestiglazov, Vincente 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 the violin, Maria has also been very interested in teaching  She always tries passionately to motivate the students ad get them involved as much as possible in the music.  She has 6 years of experience in Spain and Canada in teaching violin, viola, beginner piano, and music theory.
 

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 Nati