Violin

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Simon Lau
Violin

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Simon first discovered the joy of playing the violin at the age of 9. Under the tutelage of maestro Thomas Wang, Simon was considered a late starter by many, but he quickly mastered the necessary skills and became one of the youngest members of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra at the time. He subsequently became the Concertmaster of the same orchestra and other ones as well.

At the age of 16, Simon organized his own chamber group “Bachanini” and won many awards at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He was also one of the youngest violinists to have obtained the LRSM certification from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in England.

After arriving in Canada, Simon had studied under many master violinists, including the late professor Eugene Kash of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of several music organizations in Canada, including the York Symphony Orchestra.

RCM Gold Medalist:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2013 – Grade 1 Gold Medal in Violin

Credentials: B.Sc.

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Susan Lin
Violin

As a nationally-recognized violinist, Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. She graduated with high standing and joined the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra as a violinist. She participated in several important performances, winning critical acclaim.

Susan has over 30 years of teaching experience. Her students have received excellent results in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Some of them were admitted to various youth orchestras in Toronto. Besides teaching, Susan is still actively participating in orchestral performances.

Credentials: B.A.

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Hasmig Surmélian
Piano, Violin

Hasmig has a twin vocation as a violinist and pianist. She has performed in various recitals, including solo performances with orchestras and chamber music concerts, and has recorded several CDs. She holds the highest awards and distinctions from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, French Ministry of Culture and international competitions.

Hasmig’s teaching experience spans over 25 years in Europe and Canada. She prepares her students for all levels of examinations including ARCT and LRCM in both piano and violin performances.

Hasmig speaks English and French.

Credentials:D.M.A., M.A., M.M.

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Joe Varga
Cello, Flute, Recorder, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin

Joe began studying the violin in 1970 and trumpet in 1972. He also studied the piano. He has more than 45 years of teaching experience. He prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, university entrance and auditions.

Besides teaching, Joe has been in the musical products industry for nearly 40 years. His main field of interest in this area is repairs and restoration of the stringed instruments.

In all aspects of his musical career, Joe has held high standards of quality and professionalism, and endeavoured to impart such attitudes to his students so that they may excel at their own pursuits.

RCM Gold Medalist
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2017 – Level 5 Gold Medal in Violin

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Mandy Zhao
Violin

Mandy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, majoring in Violin Performance. After graduation, she was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster of the Pearl River Film Orchestra.

After Mandy moved to Canada, she joined the National Academy Orchestra of Canada based in Hamilton, Ontario. Besides performing, she is also an experienced violin teacher. Her students, ranging from beginner to ARCT levels, not only excel in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations but also appreciate music very much.

Credentials: B.A.