Instructors

Lili Orjekhovska

Mrs. Lili holds Master in Piano Performance and a Choir Conductor from Kiev University of Music and Arts. She performed in various festivals across Ukraine, Poland, and Bulgaria as a soloist piano performer and a pianist accompanist. Nevertheless her real passion was teaching. Her teaching carrier started in the ancient Ukrainian city of Kamenets-Podolskiy as a piano teacher and a choir conductor in City College of Music and Arts. Nowadays, most of her students are professional musicians and piano performers.

Her successful career got a boost when she was invited to Buenos-Aires National Conservatory of Music as a piano teacher and a pianist accompanist. Submerged in active cultural life in Buenos-Aires, she performed many solo concerts and some of them were recorded and played by National Radio station. To enrich her teaching experience, she completed the teaching degree in “Fine Arts Academy” of Buenos-Aires.

Her dream was finally accomplished with opening Willowdale Conservatory of Music and Arts in North York, Toronto where she focused to open the beautiful world of music to students of all ages. Her unique teaching style consisted of inspiring young souls while focusing on personal skills and needs of every student. Some of Lili’s graduated students have gone on to teach music in many schools around Toronto and even play piano for renowned ballet academies.

Vladimir Tsyglian

Vladimir Tsyglian is an accomplished Canadian opera singer and pedagogue of classical vocal technique, advanced music theory/harmony, and music history. He has advanced knowledge and extensive experience in teaching the classical italian belcanto technique of singing, with roots dating back to Enrico Caruso, Luisa Tetrazzini and Virginia Zeani. His teachers in the art of singing have been renowned singers Roxolana Roslak, Galina Lukomsky (a student of Renata Scotto) and Irina Lazareva (a student of Virginia Zeani).

Vladimir has studied advanced music theory and harmony with such renowned figures as composer Murray Schafer, composer Dr. Larysa Kuzmenko, and musicologist Dr. Julia Galieva-Szokolay. He has studied music history with Dr. Janet Lopinski, who is the current active Artistic Director of the Canadian Chopin Society and Director of Academic Programs at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

He has over 8 years of pedagogical experience in working with individuals of all ages seeking to pursue a career in music.

Tatiana Antoshina

Originally from Moscow, Tatiana received her musical education from the outstanding musicians who continue the traditions of Russian violin school: Professor Sergey Kravchenko (class of Leonid Kogan) at the State musical college of The Moscow Conservatory, and Professor Lilia Umnova (class of Semyon Snitkovsky) at The Belarusian State Academy of Music. Tatiana has been working at WCMA since 2013.

Her previous professional experience includes more than 25 years of teaching instrumental music, as well as performances with The Russian state academic chamber “Vivaldi-orchestra”, The Stanislavski, and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. These performances included tours in the USA, Italy, France, South Korea, and Japan. Tatiana has worked with students of all ages and experience levels, passionately guiding each student, whether the student is playing for their own enjoyment or preparing for an exam.

Olga Kaynara

Olga was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Her parents did a great job, taking her to the state music school for gifted children. She started playing the piano at 7, beginning to love music more and more. She continued studying because of that love. The teachers of Olga’s school provided her with an excellent basic understanding of theory and musical structure. After school she went to the Musical University, by the name of Chaykovskiy, in Kiev.

Olga has a Master’s Degree in Music Teaching Methods and Performance and is a classically trained pianist with 25 years of experience. She enjoys teaching children and possess the ability to motivate and communicate with them. Her goal as a musician and piano teacher is to help her students to do their very best in playing piano, and to prepare students for recitals and concerts.

Lorienne Swales

Lorienne Swales was born in Derby, England and began her musical studies there at the age of 6. Lorienne holds an ARCT in Voice Performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music full time programme and an LTCL from Trinity College of Music London England. She also holds 2 certificates in Kodaly which is a method of teaching children with music. Lorienne studied voice with renowned voice teachers Helen Simmie, Paul Massel, and Master Teacher Patricia Kern and has won numerous scholarships in voice from The Canadian National Exhibition Competition, Contemporary Music Competition, Aspen School of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Lorienne has sung the operatic roles of Tosca, Leonora in Il Trovatore, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.  She has also sung in Recital with the Victoria Royce Music Series also in Panto with the roles of Prince Charming in Cinderella and Gretchen in Mother Goose. For over 2 decades she has sung as soloist in many churches in Toronto. Her passion now is teaching singing which she has done for 17 years. Her students have won Gold Medals for top marks in Ontario for their examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music and have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Music Competitions across the GTA.

Noune Verdian

Mrs. Noune Verdian was born in Yerevan Armenia. She holds a Master degree of music from Yerevan State University of Music. teaching as  an accompanist and chamber player. During her years of study she participated in various music competitions and festivals and also taught in University and music schools. In her 30 years of teaching experience she prepared student for various Festivals and Competition like, North York Music Competition, Kiwanis, Davenport and Richmond Hill Festivals where they achieved prizes. She holds a strong a belief that music can change lives.

Mrs. Verdian seeks to equip students with the performance, composition and theoretical skills. She prepares all of her students for both practical and theoretical examinations at the Royal Conservatory Music. All of her students perform very well. She also participated in different community events as a piano soloist and vocal accompanist.

Artashes Hovhannisyan

Artashes Hovhannisyan is professional composer and teacher of music theory and history. Artashes received a M.M. in Composition from the Yerevan State Conservatory (Armenia) in 1998, a Diplame Superiur en Composition from Ecole Normale de Music d Paris Alfred Cortot (France) in 2003, and studied Ethnomusicology at the University Paris IV — Sorbonne (France) from 2003 to 2005. His output of compositions includes many orchestral, chambers, vocal and piano works. With his works Artashes became a laureate at the International Komitas Composition Competition for Folk and Spiritual Choral Works and International Edwaed Greig Memorial Competition for Composers.

The teaching career of Artashes began in Armenia in 1994, where he taught harmony and composition preparing students for harmony examinations of the Yerevan State Conservatory. Since 2005, Artashes has been living, composing music and teaching in Canada, preparing students for all the grades and subjects of RCM music theory and history exams.

Artur Chakhmakhchyan

Artur Chakhmakhchyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and started his violin education at the Tchaikovsky Specialized School of Music. In Canada, he has studied with the prominent violinist and pedagogue, Jacob Lakirovich. Artur has been the recipient of scholarships and numerous awards at the New Conservatory of Music festival, the Richmond Hill Arts festival, and the North York Music Festival. He received the Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal award for having achieved the highest mark in Ontario and Quebec for his Grade 7 Violin exam. Artur has performed as a soloist, conductor, chamber player, and concertmaster at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. He has arranged works for string orchestra, and has conducted them with the Cardinal Carter Chamber Strings. He is a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2015, currently serving a principle position.

As a soloist, Artur has performed the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Carmen Fantasy with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Artur accomplished his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Exam with First Class Honours and Distinction and is currently working on his Associate of the Royal Conservatory Diploma. He has given numerous concerts and recitals across Toronto.

Neanne Rose

Neanne has played piano ever since she was six years old and has completed her music studies with Lili Orjekhovska and her Harmony studies with Artashes Hovhannisyan. Neanne is a highly-motivated and confident music professional having over 10 years of experience in piano and has demonstrated leadership and communication skills throughout her experience. She is the type of person who always makes sure that her lessons are interesting and enjoyable. Neanne has studied at The New Conservatory of Music School and also Willowdale Conservatory of Music and Arts. She has won many awards including scholarships and performed at the Gala concert recital for successful pianists.

Hanna Hamzai

Hanna Hamzai was born in New Jersey, United States and raised in Tehran, Iran. She began her musical education at the age of 8 and was under the tutelage of Negar Fayazi and Peyman Yazdanian, one of the most acclaimed pianists and composers in Iran. Upon her arrival to Canada, she continued her musical education at Willowdale Conservatory of Music and Arts. After completing a mentoring program and studying elementary piano pedagogy and methodology under the guidance of Marine Oganessian, she reached her aspiration of becoming a piano teacher. She is very passionate about teaching and is committed to the success of her students. She focuses on the individual needs of her students and plans and conducts unique lessons for each of them to ensure they learn at their full potential.

Daniel Schlombs

Daniel Schlombs is a guitarist and composer with a BFA in music composition and performance from York University with 15 years of playing experience. He was inspired to take up music from an early love for classic rock musicians. However he quickly expanded into playing blues, folk, heavy metal, Klezmer, Balkan music, Celtic folk, and specializing in Flamenco guitar, while also singing in Western as well as Balkan choirs. Currently he regularly performs with several different groups of the rock, R&B, blues, flamenco and indie variety. On the composition front he has written, produced and recorded for groups ranging from solo to full orchestra, for full length feature films, shorts, animations, and festivals, and continues to do so.

Daniel is continuously exploring different aspects of music both stylistically and theoretically, and strives to cater personalized lessons to guitarists that encourages their own growth and realization whether that’s playing for hobby, fun, or for profession.

Jonathan Garabedian

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto, Jonathan began to play the violin at the age of seven. Having a love to perform from a young age, he gave his first solo recital at the age of eleven. Jonathan credits his artistic influences to the following teachers: Raisa Magarshak, Jeewon Kim, Paul Zafer, and Ilya Kaler. He has also participated in master classes for Joseph Silverstein, Martin Beaver, David Zafer, Berent Korfker, Claude Richard, Elizabeth Wallfisch, as well as the Vermeer, Tokyo, Turtle Island, and Avalon String Quartets. He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Canada, USA, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Ukraine, and Serbia. He has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the only program of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra, as well as the North Bay Symphony, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Orchestra London Canada, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan has had the privilege of collaborating with conductors and musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Muti, Jaap van Zweden, Carlos Miguel Prieto, John Nelson, and Alain Trudel, to name a few.

Jonathan earned a masters degree in violin performance from DePaul University School of Music in Chicago and also received a bachelors degree in violin performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. During the summers he has participated in the Brott Music Festival, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and Camp Musical des Laurentides.

Jonathan is passionate to share his love of music with people of all ages and backgrounds and has performed solo recitals in Toronto, Montreal, and Chicago. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and has been on faculty at the JVL Summer School for Performing Arts as well as teaching in his private studio and preparing students for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams.