Midori Koga, Pianist (Founder)

With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News), “meltingly lovely”, “rippling clean” (Globe and Mail), and “with exquisite tone colors” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada and the USA, as well as in Spain, Taiwan, China, and Austria. Chamber music collaborations have included those with the acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS, Soundstreams Ensemble, and with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in their New Creations Festival. Internationally released recordings can be heard on the Albany, Equilibrium, Fleur de Son, NAXOS, Blue Griffin and Centrediscs labels.

Also active as a lecturer, adjudicator and piano pedagogy specialist, Dr. Koga has served in the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, as national adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competitions, and has presented pedagogical workshops worldwide. Highlight presentations include those for the International Society for Music Education Conference; Music Teachers’ National Association Conferences; World Piano Pedagogy Conference; European Piano Teachers’ Association Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago.

Midori Koga currently serves as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches piano and directs the first Canadian MM and DMA programs in the area of Piano Pedagogy and Performance. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is the founder of the University of Toronto Piano Pedagogy Program (UTPPP), and is grateful to Director Charles Lin, and Teacher Training Coordinator Pei-chen Chen, as well as the extraordinary group of young teachers for providing such excellent music learning experiences for children in the community.

Charles Lin, Director

Pianist Charles Lin holds both Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Marietta Orlov and Midori Koga. He is the recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant, the University of Toronto Fellowship, and the Winspear Fund for Advanced Classical Music Studies. Performances highlight include appearances at the 14th World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Canadian Chopin Festival, the Academy at Centre d'arts Orford, as well as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Concordia University College Orchestra. Charles has been a part of the Children's Piano Pedagogy Program since 2008 and continues to serve as a private and group class teacher. Influential teacher teachers and mentors include Alexandra Munn and Janet Scott-Hoyt, both of whom he studied with in Edmonton before moving to Toronto.

Pei-Chen Chen,Teacher Training Program Coordinator

The Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Pei-Chen Chen has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout North America and Asia as a pianist, educator, and researcher. As an active performer, she co-founded Bella Duo with flutist Sarah Pollard, and LeeChen Piano Duo with pianist Yoonjee Lee. LeeChen has won prizes from the North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, Ohio International Piano Duet & Duo Competition, and United States International Duo Piano Competition.

Pei-Chen has been a part of the Children's Pedagogy Program for a decade. She was also an instructor of the Piano Skills for Professional Musicians and Teachers undergraduate course at U of T. Since 2016, Pei-Chen has actively trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and applies this unique approach to her teaching and research. She has been invited to present international conferences, including MTNA, Piracicaba International Piano Festival, and International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, and was recently awarded the Mitacs Globalink Research Award and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship through the Government of Canada for her research.

Outside of academia, Pei-Chen is also involved in various music organizations and is passionate about community outreach and volunteer work. She is a certified piano teacher of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association and RCM, and is an active adjudicator for RCM examinations. She actively provides concerts, master classes, volunteer mentorship, and adjudication for competitions at various community venues and music festivals. As the President of the U of T Piano Pedagogy Student Group, Pei-Chen organizes different opportunities for students to explore various teaching experiences through workshops, master class exchanges, and student recitals.

Pei-Chen received her Master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from U of T and the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education through RCM. Pei-Chen is a DMA Candidate under the tutelage of Dr. James Parker and Dr. Midori Koga.