Deborah Chang (B. Music) Violin
Violinist Deborah Chang was born in Korea, spent her youth in Mexico and moved to Canada in 2005. She studied at the University of Alberta with Aaron Au and Guillaume Tardiff, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (with distinction) in violin performance. After graduation Ms. Chang moved to Bonn, Germany and interned as a conductor. She also studied violin there for 2 years and performed extensively as a chamber musician. She is first violinist of the newly formed Taylor String Quartet, which debuted in March 2013 with the Piano Quintet of Amy Beach and Dvorak's Piano Quintet. Ms. Chang has just been hired as Artist Instructor with the brand new YONA-Sistema program sponsored by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Deborah Chang is not taking new students at this time. She is teaching on Saturdays and as the Artist Teacher for the YONA Sistema program sponsored by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Somang Lim (M. Mus) Piano
Korean-born pianist Somang Lim joins the Conservatory of Music in January 2013.
She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta where she studied with Jacques Despres. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of the Philippines where she studied with Nita Quinto. Ms. Lim is an active accompanist in Edmonton for several choirs including the Cantilon Choral Society and the Edmonton Korean Women’s Choir. She has extensive experience accompanying instrumentalists for recitals, RCM exams and university juries.
Somang Lim teaches both Suzuki and traditional methods of piano.
Clarijane Belliones (B. Music, M. Music) Piano
Pianist Clarijane Belliones earned her Bachelors degree from The Philippine Womens University in Manilla. She received a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Alberta in 2011. Currently she is working on a doctorate degree at U of A. Ms. Belliones has been a teaching assistant to Dr. Jacques Despres at the U of A and an accompanist for the voice studio of Brian McIntosh. She has extensive experience as a teacher, chamber musician and soloist.
Clarijane Belliones is accepting new students on Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays.
Yoana Kyurkchieva (B. Music, M. Music, Artist Diploma) Piano
Doctoral candidate Yoana Kyurchieva expects to recieve her DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta in 2014. She is a highly qualified teacher, soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Yoana then pursued a Masters degree and Artist Diploma at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Ms. Kyurkchieva has been awarded many prizes and scholarships, including the Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Scholarship, FS Chia Doctoral Scholarship and the U of A Scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, Austria. Yoana won first prize in the Academy Chamber Music Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and first prize in the MTNA State Steinway Competition in North Carolina. Her solo appearances include performances in the Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Long Island, New York City and the Meadowmount Summer Festival in New York State.
Yoana studied piano with Stella Dimitrova, Atanas Kurtev, Tamara Poddubnaya, Viktor Chuchkov, Marina Kapitanova, Eric Larsen and Jacques Despres. She has taught private lessons to students of all ages at the Long Island Conservatory, NY and in Winston-Salem, NC. More recently Yoana has been a teaching assistant to Eric Larsen (UNC), Dr. Patricia Tao (U of A) and Dr. Jacques Despres (U of A).
Yoana is accepting new students on Saturdays.