Teachers

The Alla Breve Music Academy (ABMA) is proud of its teaching faculty. All of our teachers are qualified professionals. They have exceptional imaginative artistry and a wide-ranging performing repertoire. As excellent vocalists and musicians themselves, their work here has always been of the highest professional caliber. ABMA teachers are enthusiastic and dedicated to sharing their passion of music with our students. They are inspiring, consistent and reliable.

 

We teach absolutely all levels from ages 5 and up and a free evaluation lesson for every new Student!

Mr. Alex Perepelitsa
Alex PerepelitsaLearn guitar, percussions, and saxophone from Canada’s jazz guitarist Mr. Alex Perepelitsa.

Mr. Alex Perepelitsa is a versatile musician who studied Jazz guitar at York University. Throughout his progression in advanced music education, he continuously taught music to refine his knowledge and shared his skill and discipline amongst both newcomers and experienced musicians.

He performs extensively with his band Mirrelia while also continuously collaborating with other musicians on side projects. His interest to expand his knowledge of music genres allows him to create unique compositions that have influences in a wide range of styles, some notable venues such as massy hall, and the opera house, are a few of many he performs at continuously.
Amongst years of teaching, his flexibility infinitely increases to accommodate with all kind of student requests such as preparing his students for repertoire, tests, exams, concerts, and studio sessions.

His teaching broadens to multiple instruments including guitar, drums, and saxophone. His most notable trait is his flexibility in teaching a wide range of music styles, from the more traditional classical, jazz, to the more modern rock, pop, and blues.

Since 2005 Alex has been working as a music teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts.

Alex will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing music, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any difficulties within each composition and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Mr. Anthony Fung
Anthony FungLearn drums and percussions instruments from most experienced Canada’s jazz drummer Mr. Anthony Fung.

Anthony Fung was born in Toronto. In 2007-2011 participating Humber College Community Jazz program: Studying with Pat LaBarbera, Kirk Macdonald, Ted Quinlan, Barry Romberg, Jim Vivian. St. Michael’s College School Pilkington Jr. Jazz Award (2007).

Awards:
Don Strathdee Memorial Honor Award for outstanding performance (2008)

Humber College Tuition Scholarship (May 2009)

Gold rating at Musicfest Canada – Vancouver and Ottawa (2008-2010)

Finalist for Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2010)

Zildjians Most Outstanding Drummer Award (2010)

Humber College Senior Achievement Award (2010)

Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop Full Tuition Scholarship (2010)

Group Experience:

St. Michael’s College School Bands: Lead Snare in Drumline (2007-2010), Senior Wind Orchestra First Chair (2009-2010), Senior Concert Band First Chair (2008-2011), Senior Jazz Combo (2006-2009), Senior Jazz Big Band (2009-2010), Drama Musical Production Pit Orchestra (2009-2011)
Yamaha National Honour Combo (2009) CISMF (Conference of Independent Schools’ Music Festival) Jazz Big Band (2009-2011) Jazz FM 91.1 City-Wide Youth Big Band (2010-2011) Humber College Ensembles (2007-2011) Phil Wilson’s Berklee Rainbow Big Band (2010) Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop (2010)

Performance Experience:

Boston: Café 939, Genko Uchida Building, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street
Played in some of Toronto’s most famous venues: CN tower, Rogers Centre, Casa Loma, The Rex Jazz Club, The Reservoir Lounge, Steam Whistle, Gate 403, The Central Jazz Bar, Ottawa: National Arts Centre, Parliament Building, Quebec: Sherbrooke Music Festival.

Festivals and Summer Programs:

Berklee Five-Week Summer jazz Workshop: Led by Terri Lyne Carrington and Rick DiMuzio. Toronto TD jazz Festival Markham Jazz Festival Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival. Berklee High School Jazz Festival. Since 2005 has been working as a drums/percussion instruments teacher and bandleader in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy. He is an incredibly experienced jazz drummer and percussion instruments, teacher. Anthony will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage.

 

Mr. Arya Moazen
Arya Moazen Learn flamenco and classical guitar from one Canada’s best classical guitarist Mr. Arya Moazen.

 

Arya Moazen was born into a family of musicians. His early start in music at the age of 6 has fortified and enriched his musical experience.  By the age of 7, Arya began studying the flamenco and classical guitar under the tutelage of various classical guitar performers. In addition to his studies of the classical guitar, Arya performs and teaches a wide variety of musical genres ranging from rock, metal, and blues to flamenco, bossa nova and jazz.  His experience with different styles of music coupled with his patient and personalized lesson plans are sure to help you achieve your musical goals.

Today, Arya is studying Composition at York University and is determined to find a career in writing music for film and television.

Although his sights are firmly fixed on writing, he also to learn new instruments, such as sitar, bass, percussion and sings and writes for various rock music side projects.

Since 2005, Arya has been working as a guitar teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts.

Arya will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage as well as to festivals, recitals or RCM Examination.

Mr. Ben Shekhtman

 Ben ShekhtmanLearn electric, acoustic and bass guitar from guitarist Mr. Ben Shekhtman.

Ben Shekhtman is a young guitarist who started his musical journey when he was 4 years old.

His guitar teacher professor Lorne Lofsky (Toronto) was a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet. (Lorne Lofsky performed at Carnegie Hall in N.Y.C., the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil and played numerous concerts throughout Europe. In addition, Lorne was featured the CDs with Oscar Peterson Quartet. One of them was a double CD recorded live in Paris.)

Ben also studied jazz guitar, music theory, and harmony in a Humber Jazz University with highly qualified teachers, and also has completed various exams at the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and classical guitar.

He is working at ABMA as a guitar instructor, as well as the rock bands instructor. His students always have great performance success.

Ben has practical experience in harmonic analysis, arranging, composition and songwriting.

His musical background covers various styles including Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Fusion, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Jazz.

Ben will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage.

This will include developing music, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any difficulties within each composition and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Ms. Elena Zviagina
Ms. Elena ZviaginaLearn piano from one Canada’s best piano teacher Mrs. Elena Zviagina

Between 2002– 004, in Moscow Mrs. Elena Zviagina worked with the Children Chorus Musical-choral center “Lel’” and participated in many international youth choir festivals. In 2004 in Bremen (Germany), Ms. Zviagina performed with the choir and took second place during the World Choir Games. In Moscow, she also taught piano in music school.

From 2005 Ms. Zviagina started to work in Canada as piano teacher and accompanist for vocal and violin students in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Royal Conservatory of Music. She has extensive experience in Classical, Broadway Musicals, Pop, and Rock and R&B styles. Ms. Zviagina prepares students for performances and exams at Royal Conservatory of Music for all levels. Many of her students received awards in Greater Toronto Area like Kiwanis, Davenport and Brampton Music Festivals.

Also, Ms. Zviagina is working as a piano accompanist for the Shevchenko Choir for seven seasons and performed with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra at Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, and Niagara Music Festivals.

Since 2005, Elena has been working as a music teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts. Elena will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage as well as to festivals, recitals or RCM Examination. 

Ms. Helens Holl
Ms Helens HollLearn vocal from Canada’s best vocalist Mrs. Helena Holl.

Mrs. Helena Holl is a dramatic soprano who began her vocal studies at Moscow’s Gnesina Musical Academy. She continued her musical education at the Moscow Lunacarsky University of Dramatic Arts, where is received her Master of Fine Arts degree while studying in the studio of Boris Pokrovsky (Bolshoi Theatre) and Dina Potapovskaya (Stanislavsky Theatre)

Following the completion of her studies, Helena became the leading singer at the Interoperett Theatre for seven years.

Her roles included Fedora of Kalman’s Circusprincess, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and the title role in Verdi’s Aida.

She performed the evergreen arias of Lehar, Abraham, Kalman and Strauss, with other celebrated artists of the Hungarian Opera and Operetta and the Interoperett dance group. With this company, she sang over 170 concerts each year in the famous Pesti Vigado Theatre. Her New Year’s Eve gala concert performances were broadcast throughout Europe and Asia. During this time, Ms. Hall was invited to sing at the Xanten Arena Theatre in Germany and the Bromberg “Opera Nova” Theatre in Poland. Her roles at these theaters included Saffi of Strausse’s The Gypsy Baron and Sonya of Lehar’s operetta Tsarevitch. In addition, Helena Hall performed across Germany, France, Austria, Holland, and Switzerland.

In 1999 Ms. Hall was proud to make her North American debut in a Gala Benefit Concert at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. She became a soloist at the “Salute to Vienna” Concert Series for ten years. She had great success at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver and at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, performed concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall in Portland, Oregon, the Cerritos Centre in Los Angeles, the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego and the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In November 2000 she sang the role of Tatiana in Yevgeny Onegin at CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

Since 2001 Ms. Holl has been working as a vocal teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Royal Conservatory of Music. She is an incredibly experienced vocal teacher and coach in Classical, Broadway Musicals, Pop, Rock and R&B styles. Helena is fluent in English, Italian, French and German. That’s why your chosen repertoire can also be performed in the original language.

She will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing songs, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any vocal difficulties within each song and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Mrs. Kamilla Huseynova

Kamilla HuseynovaLearn piano from Mrs. Kamilla Huseynova, who dedicated her life to this magnificent art.

Kamilla Huseynova, a highly qualified teacher, and pianist, is one of the last students of the contemporaries of composers Carl Metner and Major Rafaelovich Brenner, was born in 1981 in Baku, Azerbaijan in a family of creative intellectuals. She was brought up and grown under the influence of music, cinema, theater, and art. In 1989, she began to attend the Secondary Special Music School for especially talented children named after Bul-Bul and graduated in 2000 with first-class honors. The same year, she entered the Baku Academy of Music named after U. Hajibekov to attend piano classes of a famous pianist, professor Mamed Quliyev.

In 2004, Kamilla Huseynova graduated the Music Academy and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. That same year she entered the studies for her Master’s Degree there, graduating in 2000 with first-class honors. Being yet a student she got an invitation for a job of a special piano teacher in the National Arts Gymnasium. After graduating the Baku Music Academy she taught piano lessons as a part-time employee in the Special School named after Bul-Bul and worked as concertmaster/accompanist with string and wind instrument soloists in the Department of Folk Music.

Awards:

Participant and prizewinner of the “Goncha” Festival;
Multiple Winner of the Republican and City Contests;
Holder of Diplomas of Pianist Accompanists.
Participant (during the student years) of master classes given by Bella Davidovich

Performances:

Concerts, works by J. S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin, S. Rachmaninov, D. Shostakovich, C. Metner, K. Karayev, F. Amirov in German-Azeri Cultural Association “Kapellhaus”, Baku City

Personal traits:

Kamilla loves children and regardless of the age regards herself not only a teacher but also a friend to her students. Her main mission is to create in her students the love for music, to teach and share with them all her knowledge and experience.

Her credo: “Music can influence the ethical aspects of the human soul; As such music must be incorporated in the education of youth.” /Aristotle

Mrs. Marina Sobieva

Mrs. Marina SobievaLearn piano and music theory from Canada’s best piano teacher Mrs. Marina Sobieva.

Mrs. Marina Sobieva obtained her Master Degree in piano (with qualifications of a performer, teacher, concertmaster, pianist in chamber orchestra) from Leningrad State Conservatory of Music in 1986.

An energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of students. An expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and then ensuring that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely. Able to demonstrate and encourage high standards of professionalism from all staff and having a capability to support aspiring young musicians.

Developing teaching material for music classes. Evaluating students’ interest, aptitude and temperament to determine suitable programs. Planning and preparing music classes for students. Organizing choirs and ensembles. Instructing school pupils in vocal and instrumental music. Helping pupils prepare for examinations and tests. Assisting students with extra-curricular activities. Showing pupils the difference between musical styles. Responsible for all of the necessary exam preparation and administration. Keeping up-to-date about subject development. Evaluating pupil performance and encouraging those who are lagging behind. Accurately updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student’s progress. Helping students to rehearse musical programs for the school and the local community. Attending teaching conferences. Writing bi-annual reports for pupils and maintaining records of their progress.

Since 1997 Marina has been working as a piano and theory teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Royal Conservatory of Music, Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts.

Marina will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire for RCM Exams as well as Recitals, Competitions, and Festivals.

Mrs. Natalie Laribi

Mrs. Natalie LaribiLearn violin, viola and piano from finest violinist-pianist Mrs. Natalie Laribi.

Mrs. Natalie Laribi started playing Violin and Viola at the age of 5 entering the “Vinnytsia Music College” under the guidance of Mr. Nahum Kalenovckiy.

After 4 years of studying she received her music Diploma with majoring in Viola, Violin, and Piano.

In 1989 she moved to Odessa City continuing her education at the “Odessa State Musical University” where she graduated with honor in Viola performance in 1994.

In 1992, she joined the Odessa National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra where she performed more than 12 years.

The last ten years ONPSO performed abroad in the most prestigious concert halls in Germany, Australia, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Canada and other countries.

In 2004 Natalie with her family resigned in Toronto, Canada. Where she teaches violin, viola, and piano in private schools of music as well as the RCOM.

She is also well known as an active artist of various Canadian symphony orchestras including “The Koffler Chamber Orchestra”. Natalie Laribi has a great tradition and experience in maintaining viola, violin and piano classes. Her teaching method explores the world of classical music for violinists at all levels.

Since 2004, Mrs. Natalie Laribi has been working as a music teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts. Natalie will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage as well as to festivals, recitals or RCM Examination.

Lorrissa would be found performing at many bars, restaurants and recital halls such as the oregano north, the Roy Thomson hall, and the Richmond Hill Centre for performing arts.

Aside from teaching the piano, Lorrissa has also taught grade 9 and 10 high school English, ESL for visa students as well as music theory classes. Lorrissa also teaches keyboard classes, the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, clarinet and the violin.

Mrs. Tatyana Karlen

Tatyana KarlenLearn piano from one Canada´s piano teacher Mrs. Tatyana Karlen.

Born in Odessa in the former Soviet Union, Tatyana began her classical piano studies at the age 5 and continued taking lessons well into her teens and young adulthood under the rigorous tutelage of senior European teachers. In Toronto, she continued and excelled in her piano studies under the Royal Conservatory of Music graduate program. As a teacher, she respects and encourages traditional methods of musical studies but customizes lesson plans and study pace for each individual student based on their unique attributes and personalities.

Since 2008 Tatyana started to work in Alla Breve Academy as a piano teacher. She has experience in Classical, Broadway Musicals, Pop, and Rock and R&B styles. She prepares students for performances and exams at Royal Conservatory of Music.

Also, Tatyana will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage as well as to festivals, recitals or RCM Examination.

Mr. Arian Teymourian
Arian TeymourianLearn drums and percussion instruments from a live performing musician Mr. Arian Teymourian.

Mr. Arian Teymourian is an experienced drummer and active musician who started playing drums at the age of 10. After years of training and experience, Arian began participating in bands of different sizes and styles and live performances.

Over the years Arian developed his own style of drumming, specializing in a mix of rock, fusion, funk, and metal.

Arian performed as an active member of the band Mirrelia in venues such as Reverb, The Kathedral, El Mocambo, Toronto Opera House, and more venues across Canada.

As an active member of Mirrelia, gave Arian years of experience in studio recording and composing drum lines and can assist you in any your recording needs.

In Alla Breve Music Academy, Arian brings his years of composing, recording, and performing experience to help create an educative environment, focusing on your interests to keep the lessons efficient and keep the students interested. Including but not limited to rudiments, drumming technique, ear training, sight reading and playing in a group.

Ms. Anush Pasishnik
Ms. Anush Pasishnik Learn vocal from Canada’s one of the best vocal teachers Mrs. Anush Pasishnik.

Ms. Anush Pasishnik is a vocalist and vocal teacher of exceptional interest by virtue of her imaginative artistry, and wide-ranging repertoire and a teacher of dedication and experience, as well qualified as artist-teacher.

She is an excellent vocalist and musician and her work here has always been of the highest professional caliber. Anush is an enthusiastic, talented musician, dedicated and serious about sharing her love of music with her students.

She is inspiring, persistent and conscientious. Ms. Anush Pasishnik is a highly qualified vocal teacher who has an individual approach and professionalism in teaching her students. Anush is absolutely passionate about the teaching of first-class vocal technique.

The ABMA vocal students love and respect the work of superior vocal lessons of Anush as well as a great repertoire she provides. Her musicianship and versatility in performance at ABMA concerts and recitals have always been enthusiastically received as well as great achievements and fine results of her student’s performances. She has always earned the respect and esteem for the Alla Breve Academy of Music.

It is our pleasure to recommend Anush Pasishnik as a highly qualified teacher.

Her musicianship and versatility in performance have always been enthusiastically received, and she has the ability to achieve fine results from her students. She has always earned the respect and esteem for the Alla Breve Academy of Music (ABMA).

Since 2005 Anush working as a vocal teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy.

She is highly experienced vocal teacher and coach in Classical, Broadway Musicals, Pop, Rock and R&B styles. Anush is fluent in English and Italian. That’s why your chosen repertoire can also be performed in the original language.

She will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing songs, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any vocal difficulties within each song and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Mr. Christian DeBellis
Christian DeBellisLearn guitar, percussions, and trumpet from classical and jazz guitarist Mr. Christian Debellis, head of the guitar department of Alla Breve Music Academy.

Mr. Christian DeBellis has been studying the guitar since the age of 8. Initially, what attracted him to the instrument was its place in Rock music. It was used in a harmonic context, i.e. playing chord progressions, as well as a melodic context (playing solos). The instruments’ incredible versatility is what inspired Christian to begin his musical journey.

During the early years of his musical development, Christian spent countless hours playing in rock bands. It was while playing in these rock bands, that he first gained experience with composing, performing and learning how to collaborate with other artists. Around this time he had the opportunity of playing at many famous venues in downtown Toronto, such as the Opera House, El Mocambo, and Sound Academy.

Christian’s interest in Rock music naturally led to an interest in other genres of music such as Blues (Blues being the root of all rock music). Blues is also the foundation of genres such as Funk and R&B, genres which also caught Christian’s interest. At this time he started focusing on improvisation, melodic phrasing and most importantly, rhythmic diversity.

Towards the later part of high school, Christian experienced a major turning point in his musical development and began studying Classical guitar. This was a major turning point for two reasons, the first being the introduction of fingerpicking technique. This was very new to Christian, as he could now play polyphonic and contrapuntal music on the guitar. The use of all his fingers gave him the ability to play multiple voices at the same time.  The second reason for this major turning point was the extreme emphasis on musical theory in the classical discipline. Musical theory broadened Christian’s horizon in terms of how well he understood music and lifted any restrictions on what he was capable of learning. At this point of his career, Christian started gaining much experience performing in recital halls.

Christian is currently in his last year of the competitive music program at York University. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, with a focus on Classical Guitar Performance and Music Education. He also studies many different styles of world music such as Flamenco, Klezmer, and Bossa Nova. During his time at York, he has been greatly influenced by Jazz music, as York University has an enormous community of jazz musicians.

Christian now performs in several ensembles in the Toronto area, ranging in styles from Flamenco to Jazz to South Indian Classical music. He performs at festivals, competitions, and jazz lounges in Toronto. Several of his performances have been broadcasted live on radio.

Christian began teaching privately in 2005. He joined the staff Alla Breve Music Academy in 2008. In 2010, he became Head of Guitar Department and Director for “Italia in Musica” Program for Kids. He has experience teaching many different styles and leads many different band classes. He can prepare you for performances, exams, recording sessions and auditions. He is fluent in English, Italian and French, being able to accommodate for any repertoire within those languages.

Mr. Dean Aivaliotis
Dean AivaliotisLearn composition, improvisation, piano and stage keyboard from one of the best Canada’s jazz pianist Mr. Dean Aivaliotis.

Mr. Dean Aivaliotis is a versatile musician who has had the opportunity to apply his musical knowledge to a variety of different settings and genres, making him very well rounded in experience and knowledge. Dean’s goals as a musician include further developing his craft and skills as a performer and a composer. Dean began his musical education at the age of five with weekly piano lessons. While he always played and had fun around music, Dean didn’t make his official decision to become a musician until he was in high school.

Dean continued his education at York University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in 2011. During his years at York, Dean studied with renowned teachers like Adrean Farrugia, Mark Eisenman, and Steve Koven. Dean also studied with Mike Cado, where he learned to put his piano chops to use in an R&B ensemble. This is where Dean began to familiarize himself with using and programming sounds on a keyboard. From Casey Sokol, Dean learned the value of studying free improvisation and how the skills and knowledge can be so easily transferred to any genre of music, performance, composition, teaching, and life in general.

Dean’s performance experience began while during high school, performing with a jazz band. He was also hired to play music at private events at the school with a quartet. Towards the end of high school, he joined The Advocats Big Band, which performed monthly and also gave Dean the opportunity to perform at venues and events such as The Royal York, Roy Thomson Hall and The Beaches Jazz Festival. Dean moved on to pursue his own gigs and began playing regularly at bars and began to be hired for weddings, private and corporate events. Aside from performance, Dean has also begun composing in a variety of settings. Notably, he composed the soundtrack to the short film “Applecalypse” that placed second in a competition. He frequently composes pop music, pieces for solo piano and has been involved in other student film projects. Dean is constantly challenging himself as a composer, trying to come up with fresh ideas every time, even if they’re unknown or uncomfortable to him.

Since 2008 Dean has been working as a music teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy, Merriam School of Music and Shining Light Montessori School. Currently, Dean is still performing regularly around Toronto with several different acts. He is most often seen performing as a duo with singer Daniella Watters. He is continuing his studies at York University where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Composition. Dean has also been delving deeper into the production aspect of music, building “CT Corner” recording studio with artist Christian Ty. In addition to all this,

Dean plans to delve deeper into teaching music and composing and hopefully find his way into the Film, Television industries. Dean will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing songs, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any vocal difficulties within each song and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Ms. Irene Shekhtman

Ms. Irene Shekhtman Learn piano, keyboard and music theory from Irene Shekhtman.

Irene Shekhtman obtained her musical diploma in piano (with qualifications of a piano performer, piano teacher, and concertmaster) in Odessa in 1985 and has over 30 years of teaching experience in both classical and contemporary styles. Irene successfully manages the “Little Pianist” ABMA program. She inspires a desire within 3-5 years old pianists to love and play music. Besides that, Irene is a brilliant concertmaster and has an ideal technique and artistry that she passes on to her students.

Irene is energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of students. An expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and then ensuring that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely. Able to demonstrate and encourage high standards of professionalism from all staff and having a capability to support aspiring young musicians.

Since 1989 Irene has been working as a piano and theory teacher in several Musical Institutions, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts.

Irene will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire for RCM Exams as well as Recitals, Competitions, and Festivals.

Mr. Leo Orlov
Mr. Leo OrlovLearn guitar, drums, percussions and piano from talented musician and composer Mr. Leo Orlov.

 

Mr. Leo Orlov has been teaching guitar and drums studies professionally since 2007, with experience teaching students ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced skill levels. His teaching methods rely on applying knowledge gained from rhythmic instruments such as the Drum kit and applying it to a melodic instrument, such as a guitar and vise versa, applying melodic knowledge learned on Guitar to a rhythmic instrument. In addition to teaching guitar and drums, he has also studied and is offering studies of the Afro-Cuban hand drums known as the Congas, Djembe, Bongas and the North Indian drums known as the Tabla drums.

Since 2007 Leo has been working as a music teacher in Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts. He is fluent in English and French, being able to accommodate for any repertoire within those languages.

Leo will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing music, adding harmony or back up parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any difficulties within each composition and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Mr. Milen Petzelt-Sorace
Mr. Milen Petzelt-SoraceLearn violin, piano and composition from finest violinist and composer Mr. Milen Petzelt-Sorace.

Mr. Milen Petzelt-Sorace started playing the Violin at the age of 5 at Glenview Senior Public School. Newly exposed to music, he began to realize what a moving art music could be. Upon realizing his fondness for the instrument he began to take leadership roles within his music program and began to audition outside of school for more engaging and challenging opportunities. He was then accepted into the Toronto District School Board Youth orchestra, where he toured Europe twice and experienced the cultured life in the birthplace of Western Art Music.

Given his newly found interest in music, Milen also began to take a new interest in musical composition alongside his violin studies. At the age of 16, he began to take private theory and composition lessons with University of Toronto Alumni David Stone. Within 2 years he progressed from an average knowledge of musical notation to writing his own compositions and advanced quickly on the piano during his theory studies.
Today, Milen is studying Composition at York University and is determined to find a career in writing for film and television. Although his sights are firmly fixed on writing, he also to learn new instruments, such as guitar, and sings and writes for various rock music side projects.

Since 2005, Milen has been working as a music teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts. Milen will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage as well as to festivals, recitals or RCM Examination.

Mrs. Narmina Afandiyeva
Mrs. Narmina AfandiyevaLearn piano and vocal from Canada’s one of the best pianist-vocalist Mrs. Narmina Afandiyeva.

Mrs. Narmina Afandiyeva was born in 1976. In 1986, attended the Secondary Special Music School and graduated in 1994 with first-class honors. The same year, she entered the Baku Academy of Music where she studied piano, and in 1998, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then studied for her Master’s Degree there, graduating in 2000 with first-class honors. She has performed more than 100 times as a soloist in Baku and abroad. Known as a brilliant pianist, in addition to Afandiyeva’s performances in recitals, she is also an opera accompanist.

Awards:

Participant of the 1st International Contest of Young Performers named after Chopin in Moscow

Winner of the Republican Contest of Pianists named after Asaf Zeynally (I Prize)
Winner of the Festival of Young Performers (II Prize);

Winner of the Republican Contest of Young Pianists for the title of the Best Pianist of the Year (I Prize)

Performances:


Concert, works by Tofig Guliyev, German-Azeri Cultural Association “Kapellhaus”, Baku City – Farida Mammadova (soprano), Hassan Enami (tenor), Gulchin Aslanova (piano) and Narmina Afandiyeva (piano)

Recital, works by Mozart, Shubert, Verdi, Donizetti, Bizet and Hajibeyov (2005) – Farida Mammadova (soprano), Hassan Enami (tenor), Narmina Afandiyeva (piano)

Since 2010 Narmina Afandiyeva has been working as a piano and vocal teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy. She is an incredibly experienced piano teacher and vocal coach in Classical, Napoli Songs, Broadway Musicals, Pop, Rock and R&B styles. She is fluent in English and Italian. That’s why your chosen repertoire can also be performed in the original language.

She will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing songs, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any vocal difficulties within each song and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects.

Ms. Briana Gregoris
Briana GregorisLearn vocal from Canada´s vocalist Ms. Briana Gregoris

Ms. Briana Gregoris is confident and positive with the ability to work in a group environment or independently. Previous retail knowledge and skills provide the ability to work professionally with people at a management level as well as daily interactions with customers.   Leadership and communication skills gained through previous work experience and volunteer experience obtained through extracurricular school activities.  Motivated to encourage others to do their best and provide a positive learning environment.

Education

York University: Bachelor of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design: Classical Vocal Music

Skills

Fast learner Effective listening skills, Able to work positively with others, Excellent at organizing and prioritizing tasks, Polite and enthusiastic, Patient and supportive Effective communication skills.

Since 2014 she has been working as a vocal teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, she is experienced vocal teacher and coach in Classical, Broadway Musicals, Pop, Rock and R&B styles. Briana is fluent in English and French, that’s why your chosen repertoire can also be performed in the original language.

She will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire well in advance of going to the studio or stage. This will include developing songs, adding harmony or backup parts, arrangement, performance, correction of any vocal difficulties within each song and virtually anything needed to be prepared for stage or recording projects as well as RCM exams.

Mrs. Eda Dobrovetsky
Eda DobrovetskyLearn piano, music theory and music history from Canada´s best teacher Mrs. Eda Dobrovetsky.

Personal Summary

Mrs. Eda Dobrovetsky obtained her Master from The State Conservatory of Music (BA and MA degrees) USSR, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. An energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of students. An expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and then ensuring that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely. Able to demonstrate and encourage high standards of professionalism from all staff and having a capability to support aspiring young musicians.

Education: USSR, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, The State Conservatory of Music (BA and MA degrees)

Moscow, The State Gnessin’s Institute of Music (Ph.D. in musicology)

Work experience:

  • the Uspensky Music school for gifted children (a teacher of music theory and history of music, a concertmaster in cello classes)
  • The State Conservatory Of Music (a teacher of history of music)

Developing teaching material for music classes. Evaluating students’ interest, aptitude and temperament to determine suitable programs. Planning and preparing music classes for students. Helping pupils prepare for examinations and tests. Assisting students with extra-curricular activities. Showing pupils the difference between musical styles. Responsible for all of the necessary exam preparation and administration. Keeping up-to-date about subject development. Evaluating pupil performance and encouraging those who are lagging behind. Accurately updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student’s progress. Helping students to rehearse musical programs for the school and local community. Attending teaching conferences. Writing bi-annual reports for pupils and maintaining records of their progress.

Since 2010 Eda has been working as a piano and theory teacher in several Musical Institutions in Toronto, including Alla Breve Music Academy and Advanced School of Music and Arts.

Eda will assist you with anything needed to prepare your repertoire for RCM Exams as well as Recitals, Competitions, and Festivals.