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
Alberta 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
Pianist Yoana Kyurchieva recieved her DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta in the fall of 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 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.