MANUEL & JUDY BERNASCHEK -- Showcase Pianos Ltd. President
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Owner Manuel Bernaschek has a passion. As a piano lover who recognized the need for fine pianos in Vancouver, he founded Showcase Pianos in 2007. Showcase Pianos carries only the finest artist's instruments, highlighting world-class brands such as Fazioli, Grotrian, and Bechstein's 'W. Hoffmann' line. But it was the Fazioli piano that inspired Manuel the most. For many years there was much talk in the piano community about a man in Italy who was making the finest pianos in the world. "We kept hearing that more and more famous pianists were converting to playing on Fazioli pianos, so I really wanted to bring them here," says Manuel. He was determined to introduce one of the greatest concert grands in the world to his talented locale, handmade by world-renowned Paolo Fazioli. The German-made Grotrians are another notable draw - as are the economical 'W. Hoffmann' series by Bechstein, another performance instrument completely made in Europe. Over the past several years, Showcase Pianos has made a name for itself serving exquisite instruments of music to cherish and enjoy, with a crescendo of acclaim that resounds throughout Vancouver's most illustrious private homes and concert halls. Manuel Bernaschek is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. On most weekdays mornings he can be found at the Broadway location, and most afternoons and weekends he is at the store in Aberdeen Centre. Manuel believes strongly in his community, and is on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), as well as Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, and works with the Vancouver Police Department's 'Odd Squad' Fundraiser.

YANA LEVKOVICH -- Store Manager (Vancouver)
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Yana was born in the Ukraine near Kiev and started playing piano at the age of six. Yana studied with the great teacher who was also associated world famous Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who was also born in the same city. Yana continued her studies and now holds a Bachelor in Music. After immigrating to Canada, Yana became very involved in Vancouver's music community as an educator, piano performer and singer. Yana has a vast knowledge of the construction of pianos, and has worked as a piano consultant for more than a decade. Yana has a passion for fine quality instruments, and loves to share her expertise with anyone looking for more information related to the study of music and the search for a good piano. Yana regularly conducts workshops and seminars related to the study of music and choosing the right piano.

CINDY CHENG -- Marketing Coordinator
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CINDY CHENG began her musical studies in piano from an early age in China. In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University. Cindy is interested in a large range of musical genres including classical, jazz, and pop. She likes playing piano because she believes music has a remarkable ability to conjure up happy emotions in people. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

JENAYA PAGE -- Academy Director
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Jenaya Page began piano lessons at age 8 at the urgings of her performer-teacher grandfather and began teaching at age 16 when she opened a studio of her own. For years, she enjoyed teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and instructing them through private lessons, award programs, and public performances. A life-long student herself, she is a firm believer that, while hard work pays off, the best way to learn is to have fun doing it! Admittedly a perfectionist at heart, Jenaya is proud of her achievements including First-Class Honours in Grade 9 Piano and District Top Student Award in Music History 4. While accuracy and mastery are at the forefront, her philosophy is that music is also highly individual. That's why she encourages her students to develop their musical instincts and to cultivate their individual talents. Each student is encouraged to reach their full potential as artists, to cultivate a life-long love for music, and ultimately to enjoy sharing it with others. Classical music will always be her first love, but she confesses to exploring her talents in other genres such as jazz, blues and big band. In addition to teaching piano, she has worked with kids and teens in many capacities, including volunteer work at Edmonds Youth Centre and as a support worker to children with Autism and ADD. She is fluent in English and French and speaks "un poco de Espanol".

EMI CHING -- Academy Administration
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Emi Ching started her study of piano in Japan at the age of 5 and has loved piano ever since. Emi has been interested in the Fazioli pianos since hearing of the great popularity of Fazioli pianos in Japan. Emi is fluent in Japanese and English, and is learning Korean and Chinese. She can be found at the store in Aberdeen Centre on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Harry Kwong -- Assistant Store Manager (Vancouver)
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Harry Kwong was born in Hong Kong and began his study in various musical instruments at the age of 4. By the age of 10, Harry was playing the piano, viola, trumpet, and the Chinese violin (Erhu). His main interest was in piano and attained a Grade 7 proficiency awarded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music based in London UK. He graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, and attained a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has four years of experience in the retail and financial services industries. Harry is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

CRYSTAL FUNG -- Assistant Academy Manager (Vancouver)
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Crystal Fung was originally born in Vancouver, Canada. She then began her study of piano in Hong Kong at age of 5. After she returned to Canada, she had continued her interest in music. She will complete her Grade 10 piano examination in April 2015. Crystal also enjoys singing and dancing outside of school and work time. Crystal loves to meet new people and can’t wait to show you around the academy. She is fluent in all Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

CATHERINE HUANG -- Assistant Academy Manager (Richmond)
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Catherine Huang came to Vancouver in 2011. She accomplished a diploma from Douglas College after getting a bachelor degree in China. She had learned electronic organ for several years when she was very young and got the Grade 6 certification in China. She believes music is the most beautiful language of the world. Catherine is very glad to help you or your kids to find the right teacher to begin your music journey! Catherine is fluent in English and Mandarin.

BRYAN KAO -- Piano Teacher & Consultant
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Bryan Kao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He started studying music and piano at the ago of four, and has accomplished the performance level in piano. He is also conversant with other  musical instruments, including violin, cello, drums, guitar. 

For the past ten years, he has been tutoring piano in Vancouver, BC. He has received much accolades from many of his past students, being impressed by his patience and detail-orientation in his teaching.

Bryan also knowledgeable with the working and maintenance upkeep of the piano. 
He has grown up in a mostly musical environment, and has a degree from Simon Fraser University. He has two years of retailing and marketing experience in the financial service sector and has thus gained much servicing and interpersonal skills.

Bryan has a passion in music and in the instruction of beginning and advanced piano students.

Bryan is fluent in English and Mandarin.

RONGRONG MA -- Bookkeeper & Piano Consultant
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Rongrong Ma, a lover of music, whose study of music instruments, singing and dancing started at a very young age. Playing ukulele and singing is a big part of her life. She graduated from Harbin University of Commerce in China with a Bachelor Degree of Management, during which she won the China’s National Scholarship, and gave a speech at the school assembly as the student rep. After she moved to Canada, she obtained her Accounting Diploma at British Columbia Institute of Technology, also took some Early Childhood Education courses because of her love for children. With the passion of music, the love for children, and the knowledge of Business and Education, she’s very excited working at Showcase Piano and Academy. 

Adam Page Piano Teacher ADAM PAGE -- Piano Teacher & Consultant
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Adam Page, ARCT, LLCM studied for over 10 years with Edward Parker – his son Ian Parker and nephew John Kimura Parker are also active teachers – the author of Piano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach.

He conducted group theory lessons, master classes, and prepared private piano students for RCM Examinations for two decades in his own studio before relocating to Vancouver.

Adam has participated in countless competitions and became well-known in Vancouver for his work as an accompanist. His warmth and patience coupled with a methodicaland structured approach make each piano lesson enjoyable and productive.

ANNIE PEI -- Academy Administrative Assistant
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Annie Pei has been playing piano since she was a young girl in China. Her love for music continued after her family immigrated to Canada. She enjoys skiing, drawing, and playing the piano for people who visit the store.

LIXIA LI -- Store Manager (Richmond)
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Lixia Li is considered a pianist with “incredible instinct and mature artistic insights,” by eminent artists such as Philippe Entremont and Jacob Lateiner. She has had the opportunity to work with numerous prominent pianists, such as Leon Fleisher, Aldo Ciccolini, John Perry, Francoise Thinat, Anthony di Bonaventura, Meng-Chieh Liu, Boris Petrushansky and Mikhail Voskresensky and Lee Kum-Sing. She has performed solo and chamber music in various music festivals such as Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Belgium International Piano Week, International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy, Brandywine Piano Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Grandin Festival at Cincinnati and International Keyboard Institute & Festival at New York.

Ms. Li’s competitive accolades include winners of the “Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra”, the “Concerto and Aria Competition of the Huxford Symphony”, finalist and “Audience Favorite Award” in Seattle International Piano Competition and finalist in the 5th “Mozart” International Piano Competition, in Italy. Ms. Li has been awarded distinguished “Career Development Award” from Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University.

Besides performing solo piano repertoire, Ms. Li is an experienced and highly acclaimed chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed in many concert halls in different countries, across United States, China, and Europe. Her collaborative performances have been highly praised by world-renowned artists Victor Danchenko, Cho-Liang Lin, John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Warren Jones, and many others.

She was a graduate of the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with the head of the keyboard department and one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States, Boris Slutsky (student of Anna Kantor, who was the teacher of Evgeny Kissin as well). Her principal teachers also included Eugene Pridonoff (student of Rudolf Serkin) from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and Dr. Jonathan Bass (student and assistant of Menahem Pressler) from The Boston Conservatory. She has more recently worked intensely with her mentor, Prof. Lee Kum-Sing (student of Hans Richter-Haaser and Magda Tagliaferro), to pursue an Artist Diploma at the Vancouver Academy of Music while maintaining an active performance schedule. She performs regularly with the Vancouver Chamber Players and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Li has many years of teaching experience, with students from beginning to performance level. Her interesting educational background makes her teaching style exceptionally unique and well-rounded. Her expertise in teaching hand position, piano technique, sight-reading, musical interpretation and score understanding, has nurtured students to utilize a comprehensive approach to piano music that has won universal acclaim from students and parents. Her students have regularly won first prizes in local competitions and have received very high marks in the RCM exam.

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