Cello

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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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Dr. Xinya Zhou
Cello

Xinya completed her Doctoral degree in Cello Performance on full scholarship at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and her Masters degree in Cello Performance with a teaching assistantship at Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, she was a member of the Graduate String Quartet, and the Principal Cello of the BGSU Philharmonia as well as the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was a core member and served as principal cellist in several orchestras throughout the East Coast of the USA.

She moved to Toronto upon completion of her Doctoral degree. She is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Substitute Cello of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and Substitute Principal Cello of the music4life Ensemble.

Xinya’s philosophy of teaching involves treating every student on an individual basis. She believes that each student has his / her unique qualities and that her responsibility as a teacher is to bring out those qualities without any comparison to others.

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