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Ian Woodman - Cello

Ian begn his musical training in Edmonton when he was 8 years old in the EPSB Strings Program. He studied with ESO cellists Anna Hyder and Tim Khaner before post-secondary studies with Claude Kenneson and James Hunter, one of Canada's best teachers. Ian spent 6 years as Principal Cello of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, playing, teaching and adjudicating throughout central British Columbia. A year in Montreal was followed by a move back to Edmonton in 1995 to teach cello and bass in the public schools until 2009.

Ian has spent time building a teaching studio, becoming one of the city's busiest, most sought-after cello teachers. He maintains a busy performing career as well, freelancing as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout Alberta and BC. Ian performs regularly at the Citadel Theatre and has taught at Alberta College. He is cellist of the Taylor String Quartet.

Ian is accepting new cello students on Saturdays. 

Kate Svrcek (B. Music, B. Ed) Violin

Kate SvrcekAlberta native Kate Svrcek began violin lessons at the age of five. She attended McGill University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Richard Roberts. Ms. Svrcek attended the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York on two occasions, where she studied with Sally Thomas. Her former teachers include Tom Johnson, Thomas Williams and Ann Setzer. Ms. Svrcek recently obtained an after degree in Education from the University of Alberta.

Kate is an avid performer with the Edmonton Symphony, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Citadel Theatre, as well as with several quartets and ensembles throughout the city.

Kate teaches all levels of violin and is currently accepting new students on Mondays and Fridays.

Yoana Kyurkchieva (B. Music, M. Music, Artist Diploma, D.M.A.) Piano

Yoana Kyurkchieva Bulgarian pianist Yoana Kyurkchieva began to play the piano at the age of five, gave her first performance at the age of eight, and her first concert with an orchestra at the age of eleven. she earned her high school diploma at the National School of the Arts in Rousse, Bulgaria where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in piano performance, chamber music, collaborative and pedagogy. Yoana won a merit scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and earned her second Master of Music degree in addition to the Postgraduate Professional Artist Certificate. She won the FS Chia Doctoral scholarship to attend the University of Alberta and recently earned her Doctor of Music degree there under the supervision of Dr. Jacques Despres.

Yoana has won many prestigious piano competitions and scholarships worldwide, and her solo appearances include performances throughout Bularia, Romania, Austria, Germany, Holland, Greece, Russia, Canada and the US. She was also been a soloist with the Classic St. Petersburg Orchestra, Russia; the Rousse Orchestra, Bulgaria; the Schoumen Orchestra, Bulgaria; and the Academy Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria. Yoana has participated in a variety of festivals and masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Boris Bloch, Lazar Berman, Tamara Poddubnaya, Rian de Waal, Bozhidar Noev, Bruce Vogt, and Eric Larsen. She has recorded for Bulgarian Radio and Bulgarian National Television. Yoana's performances of solo piano and chamber music at Meadowmount can be found on YouTube

Dr. Kyurkchieva is in demand as an accompanist and appears with many chamber music ensemble partners. She is also maintaining a full time piano studio in Edmonton where she teaches students of all ages with a creative curriculum. Her piano students have received First Class Honors in RCM exams, and are actively performing in recitals, festivals, and competitions in Edmonton.

Yoana is accepting new students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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.