Violin

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Eiko Hosaka
Violin

Born in Japan, Eiko started playing the violin at the age of 3, and received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Tokyo College of Music. She was awarded fellowship and scholarships from the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the Asian Youth Orchestra respectively, and being chosen as a student for master classes conducted by the concertmasters of world renowned orchestras. She also took part in many recording projects.

Eiko has been a violinist of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for over a decade and performed across the world at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, La Maison Symphonique (Montreal), Taipei National Concert Hall (Taiwan), Takemitsu Memorial Hall (Japan), etc.

Eiko has more than 10 years of experience in teaching the violin. She teaches beginners from 3-year-old to university students. She uses the Suzuki method to teach the very young kids. Her students received excellent results in examinations and music competitions.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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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 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 Concertmaster for 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 School Music and Speech 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, he had studied under many master violinists, including the late professor Eugene Kash of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Simon has been a member of several music organizations in Canada, including the York Symphony Orchestra.

Simon’s students scored excellent results in RCM exams and music festivals:
(Students who obtained the highest marks in each level of RCM examination in Ontario)
2019 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 2 ~ 90%
2014 – North York Music Festival, Grade 2 ~ 2nd Place
2013 – *RCM Gold Medalist, Grade 1 Gold Medal in Violin ~ 97%
2009 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, Grade 1 ~ 90% | Grade 1 ~ 91%

Credentials: B.Sc.

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Luri Lee
Violin

Luri Lee (violin) has been praised for her “sensitive tone” and “emotionally powerful tuning” (The Calgary Herald). Appearing as soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lee has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. At the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Lee completed the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency. She joined pianist Stewart Goodyear in a Beethoven violin sonata cycle alongside world famous violinists Isabelle Faust and Leonidas Kavakos, and has also been featured on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert as a “Next! Artist”.

As a founding member of the Rolston String Quartet, she was awarded First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as the Astral Artists National Auditions. The quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues on the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall and Wigmore Hall.

Her diverse chamber music career has led to collaborations with many world-renowned artists such as Gil Kalish, Gary Hoffman, Cho-Liang Lin, Miguel Da Silva, and Jon Kimura Parker. Lee holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Glenn Gould School, Peabody Conservatory and Rice University. She plays on a Carlo Tononi violin kindly loaned to her through the Rolston family.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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Hezekiah Leung
Viola, Violin

Praised for his “lovely lyricism” by The Calgary Herald, Hezekiah Leung has been featured as a performer throughout North America and Europe as both a soloist and as the violist of the Rolston String Quartet — winner of the First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

After completing his studies as a violinist at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Stephen Shipps, Leung pursued his artist diploma on the viola with Stephen Dann and Barry Shiffman and received top prizes in the Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition as well as the 74th Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition. He holds a Masters de-gree from Rice University, and was part of the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music as a member of the Rolston String Quartet.

Leung has shared the concert stage with such artists as Gilbert Kalish, Miguel da Silva, James Dunham, Jon Kimura Parker, Donald Palma, Cho-Liang Lin, Andrés Díaz, Gary Hoffman and Tara Helen O’Connor.

As a founding member of the Rolston String Quartet, he was also awarded Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as the Astral Artists National Auditions. The quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues on the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall and Wigmore Hall. Leung plays on a viola made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz, on loan through the El Pasito Foundation.

Credentials: M.M., B.M.

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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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Loo Tsai
Violin

Loo Tsai began his musical studies, taking up the violin at the age of six. In 1990, he was admitted to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a violin major. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Professional Diploma in Performing Arts. During his studies, he was awarded the Ruggiero Ricci Violin Performance Merit-Award and the Exxon Energy Student Foundation Scholarships.

Tsai has given recitals and concerts as a solo performer as well as chamber musician, and joined various orchestras in concert tours. He has been a violin player of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for more than 20 years and served as the Assistant Second Violin Principal.

As a teacher, Tsai has over 30 years of experience teaching both private lessons and in-school group instrumental classes. His students had very good results at violin examinations and music competitions. Besides teaching, Tsai also conducts strings ensemble and orchestra.

Credentials: Prof. Dip., B.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 3 Gold Medal in Violin ~ 93%

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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. 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.

Mandy’s student attained excellent results in RCM examinations:
2013 – RCM First Class Honours, ARCT ~ 86%
2013 – Student was accepted to Arts Unionville
2013 – Student was accepted to University of Toronto, major in Violin Performance
2012 – RCM First Class Honours, ARCT ~ 88%
2008 – RCM First Class Honours with Distinction, ARCT ~ 91%

Credentials: B.A.