Faculty



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


Taiwanese-Canadian pianist Pei-Chen Chen made ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​her debut at the age of fifteen with the Hsin-Tien Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. She has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout North America and Asia as a solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. She is a founding member of the LeeChen Piano Duo with pianist, Jessica Lee. They recently won Second Prize and Best Performance of the Required Work at the 2018 North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, Honourable Mention at the 2018 Ohio International Piano Duet & Duo Competition, and Third Prize at the 2018 United States International Duo Piano Competition.

Pei-Chen is both a passionate performer and teacher. She has been a part of the Children's Pedagogy Program for almost a decade and her students have received outstanding results in Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations and have also placed at many national and international competitions. In addition to her role as the Teacher Training Program Coordinator, Pei-Chen is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. She studies piano with Dr. James Parker and piano pedagogy with Dr. Midori Koga.  Pei-Chen is also an RCM Practical Examiner, an RCM Certified Teacher, and a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, the Dalcroze Society of Canada, and the RCM College of Examiners. Additionally, Pei-Chen holds an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education through the RCM.






Teachers


Louise

Louise Hung

Louise Hung

B.Mus. in Performance, UVic; MMus in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, UofT; ACP in Historical Keyboard Performance, UofT; ACCM, Conservatory Canada (Associate Performer)

Louise Hung’s first introduction to Classical music was hearing a rendition of Für Elise playing through the speakers of garbage trucks in Taiwan as an awe-struck baby. Now, she works to share the curiosity and wonder of music through her teaching and performing. Growing up in Coquitlam, BC and now studying in Toronto, she has won numerous scholarships and awards from festivals, solo and concerto competitions, and summer institutes. She completed her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance with Distinction at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of May Ling Kwok. She completed her MMus in Piano Performance and Pedagogy program at the University of Toronto; studying performance with Professor Marietta Orlov and pedagogy with Professor Midori Koga. Her areas of pedagogical research are the application of mental imagery and Baroque dance in piano education.

Louise has been awarded Conservatory Canada Medals of Excellence for piano studies, theory studies, history studies, and the Conservatory Canada Lynda Rehder Kennedy Medal of Excellence for the top exam marks in Canada. She has also worked with top pedagogues in both North America and Europe, including Robert Levin, Andrea Lucchesini, Jimmy Briere, Enrico Elisi, James Parker, Corey Hamm, Marc Pierre Toth, Ken Broadwood, and Ralph Markham, in masterclasses and summer institutes.

Louise performs as a soloist and collaborative musician in recitals, competitions, and festivals across Canada. She is a performer comfortable on both piano and harpsichord. A passionate advocate for “hip” (historically informed performance), she has studied with Colin Tilney and Tafelmusik’s Charlotte Nediger at UofT. She is a member of Cor Unum, a Toronto based Baroque ensemble for young emerging artists. Recent early music engagements include Opera Q, Tafelmusik Winter Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Cor Unum Ensemble, and Theatre of Early Music.

Louise has been teaching piano, theory, and history since 2010. As a teacher, she works to nurture a student’s musicality, imagination, musical understanding, and physical comfort at the piano. She loves melding history, theory, performance practice and imagination into her lessons. She believes in tailoring her teaching style to suit each student’s search for their own unique way of musical expression.

Jessica

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee has actively performed solo and chamber repertoire in recitals, festivals and competitions. Jessica has been distinguished in numerous competitive festivals including the National Round of Canadian Music Competition. Her recent duo project with Pei-Chen Chen has had many successful debuts at international duo competitions. In 2018, they won Second Prize and Best Performance of Required Piece at North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, Honourable Mention at Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition, and Third Prize at United States International Duo Piano Competition. She loves to share her passion for music with the community as she enjoys teaching piano and giving concerts at adult care centres.

Jessica studied piano under the tutelage of Edward J. Parker for seven years in Vancouver. At the age of seventeen and eighteen, she received both the ARCT Diplomas for Piano Performers and for Teachers. She pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia where she studied with Mark Anderson and was rewarded with many scholarships and the Dean’s List. Jessica received her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto in 2017, studying with James Parker and Dr. Midori Koga.

Michael

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Michael Lee enjoys an active and wide-ranging musical career as both a solo and collaborative pianist. He has performed throughout North America and Europe, has given premieres of new works, studied at eminent music festivals and has worked as a répétiteur and music director for several opera productions.

On top of his performing career, Michael is an equally passionate teacher dedicated to fostering a new generation of musicians. He works as a piano instructor at the University of Toronto teaching both undergraduate students as well as students in the Piano Pedagogy Program, has been an adjudicator for music festivals and has been involved in many outreach projects with the primary goal of disseminating classical music to youth in rural and underserved areas.

Michael was born and raised in beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland, a vibrant and bustling musical city on the eastern coast of Canada. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy also from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he also received the University Medal of Excellence for graduating at the top of his class. He has received full scholarships for his studies at each institution.

His most important musical influences are Dr. Kristina Szutor and Marietta Orlov, both of whom have not only been infinitely caring, committed and demanding pedagogues, but also inspirational role models and unlimited sources of life wisdom. He studies pedagogy with Dr. Midori Koga, and is focusing his dissertation research around a niche of educational psychology, specifically in the realm of student learning mindsets.

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Myrtle Millares

Myrtle Millares

Myrtle D. Millares is a pianist who can’t get enough of school -- an Honours BA in Philosophy, Music History & Theory, French, and a Bachelor of Music degree. Michaela Credo, Karen Quinton, Janet Lopinski, Andrew Markow, James Anagnoson, and Boyanna Toyich nurtured her musicianship throughout. She is now in her final year of a PhD in Music Education (supervised by Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff), complemented with studies in Piano Pedagogy and Performance (with Dr. Midori Koga), while teaching at her music studio and at the University of Toronto’s Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program. She has also been a faculty member at Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music, which is committed to providing affordable music opportunities to youth.

Myrtle’s experiences in the b-boy/b-girl community have inspired dissertation focus on the development of hip-hop artists in Toronto. Through narrative inquiry into artist identity construction, she seeks to inform music education pedagogy.

Her research, “Attention Span in the 5- to 7-Year-Old Music Student” was published in the April/May 2012 issue of the American Music Teacher. Another paper, “Towards a Pedagogy of Deviance” derived from her PhD research is in press with the Journal of Popular Music Education.

She is Co-Founder of Climate Pledge Collective, an organization that provides tools for individual action and activism to mitigate the effects of our climate emergency.

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Johann Taylor

Johann Taylor

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Johann was first introduced to the piano in his early teenage years. Despite this late introduction, Johann’s passion and dedication to both music and the instrument has led to him earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies where he received awards for his academic excellence. During his time in Trinidad, Johann worked with the Collaborative Music Schools in the Community Programme which was established by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism to provide an opportune for youth development through music education. He then pursued and completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Midori Koga.

Johann shares his passion for music through teaching a variety of students ranging from children to advanced amateur pianists. He aims to foster musical artistry in his students through bodily awareness, technique, and critical listening as they continue to develop their physical and intellectual expertise at the instrument.

Ivan

Ivan Yeung

Ivan Yeung

Ivan Yeung was introduced to the piano at the age of 4 but found his passion for music at 11 years old. Since then, Ivan advanced through the RCM Grades at a fast pace. He placed first in many music competitions and festivals such as the Scarborough Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto Music Competition, Richmond Hill Music Festival, and Yip’s Music Festival. He also placed 3rd in the 2007 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 14 years and under, and also placed 4th in the 2009 Canadian Music Competition for the category of 18 years and under. During the year of 2008, he was fortunate enough to be invited to the Vienna School of the Performing Arts where he performed a solo recital. In 2009 and 2010, Ivan was invited to the Officials Gathering at the Heintzman House as a solo pianist, performing in front of many important officials of the town such as the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti. Ivan has taught in the University of Toronto’s Piano Pedagogy Program for the past 4 years. Recently, students of Ivan have placed in top 3 of various categories for the 2018 North York Festival and the 2018 and 2019 Kiwanis Music Festival. Ivan currently holds a Bachelor of Piano Performance degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy both from the University of Toronto.

Jialiang

Jialiang Zhu

Jialiang Zhu

A native of China, Jialiang has been active in Toronto as a piano teacher and a performer since 2007. She is working in the University of Toronto Piano Pedagogy Program and formerly taught at the WizzKidz Music School. In 2014, she held keyboard improvisation workshops at the Yamaha Junior Original Composition Summer Camp for 68 students between the age of 7 to 14. The workshops were warmly received by both students and other faculties. An aspiring performer, she was the featured soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the York Chamber Ensemble. She won the 2018 University of Toronto DMA Recital Competition and the 2017 Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying. She co-founded the Bedford Trio with violinist Alessia Disimino and cellist Andrew Ascenzo. They are passionate about bringing music to a diverse audience. They have played for autistic youth and families as part of Xenia Concerts in Toronto, Ajax, and Ottawa, as well as various health care facilities in and around the GTA. Currently, Jialiang is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree under the tutelage of Professor Lydia Wong at the University of Toronto where she also completed her Bachelor in Piano Performance and Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Professor Marietta Orlov.