Cynthia attended University of Toronto where she obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She has studied with Professor George Baird and Professor Brigitte Shim and for her thesis project, she studied under renowned Canadian Architect Ed Zeidler. She is a firm believer of relevant “hands-on” learning experience and structures her classes to make the lessons meaningful for children. Cynthia thoroughly enjoys interacting with children and sparking their interest and quest for knowledge.
Cynthia hopes to share her passion for architecture and design with the students of the school and with community. Her goal is to foster a creative and dynamic LEGO® learning environment making architecture and design enjoyable to children of all ages!
Eliza began her music study in Yamaha courses at the age of 4 in Hong Kong. Later, Eliza studied at the Faculty of Music at University of Toronto with Professors Phil Nimmons, John Kruspe and Leslie Kinton. Eliza also holds a post-graduate diploma from Humber College. Over the years, she participated in numerous music festivals in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Canada. In 1997, she represented Canada at the International Electone Concours held in Tokyo, Japan.
Eliza loves teaching music to people all ages. She has over 15 years of experience teaching the Yamaha cirriculum. Her students have enjoyed success participating in concerts in Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. Earlier in her career, she held the post of National Course Supervisor at Yamaha Canada Music and was also a Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations Centre Representative. In 2006, she joined Yamaha Music & Electronic China in Shanghai as Music Director. Her main duties there included recruiting and training of local teaching staff. She also worked to establish Yamaha Music Schools in Beijing and Guangdong.
A native from China, Jialiang Zhu has been living in Toronto since 2007. Jialiang has completed her Masters Degree under the tutelage of Marietta Orlov and Midori Koga at University of Toronto. During her study, she taught at the U of T Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program and the Adult Community Piano Program. In June 2012, Jialiang held two workshops at the Hainan Provincial Kindergarten in China, guiding young children to discover more fun and satisfaction in music making and piano practicing. Jialiang believes that each student has a distinctive personality and potential, and she strives to help them find their unique ways of self-expression.
Jialiang is also highly active as a performer. She has played concerts in various cities in Canada, Germany, China and U.S. Jialiang is excited to communicate with audience through solo and ensemble performances, as well as multi-media concerts. She enjoys exploring various musical genres, including classical music, contemporary music, jazz, pop, new age, world music and improvisation.
Originally from Georgia, Tbilisi, Elina has lived in Toronto since 2007 and enjoyed teaching students of various levels in group and private settings in both piano and flute. She is a winner of international piano and flute competitions in Greece, Ukraine, Spain, and Georgia. Having completed her undergraduate studies in Piano Performance with honors at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, Elina then continued into the Masters program in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic and Dr. Midori Koga. She also taught at the Adult Community Program and Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program at the University of Toronto. While exploring music repertoire diverse in style and character, Elina acquired extensive training in the solo, chamber, collaborative and concerti repertoire. Inspired by the professional and caring approach of her tutors, Elina expresses sincere interest in her students’ development, and engages them in a learning process that is both enjoyable and educational.
Leandro Marcondes has been teaching music since 1994, including 9 years of teaching in Public Schools, giving him experience with students from age 6 to adults. Having a Bachelor Degree in Music Education has provided him with the foundations of what it means to be a good teacher. Not only is Leandro patient and kind, but he also motivates his students and inspires in them a love for music.
As a professional guitar/bass player and singer, Leandro has worked with many great musicians over the last 20 years. This includes more than 9 years of collaboration with 2005 Grammy Award Winner Peter Madcat Ruth, who speaks very highly of Leandro. “I can confidently say that Leandro is one of the finest musicians I have played with in terms of his professionalism, focus and follow-through. It has been a great pleasure to work with Leandro all these years and I strongly recommend him to any position that matches his qualifications and interest.”
In addition to his formal academic background, Leandro has performed with many bands from a wide range of music genres such as Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Country, Latin and Brazilian Music. Leandro is also an active songwriter and music producer.
Chris started his piano studies at the age of 5 and has been under the tutelage of Professor Nancy Hou ever since. At the age of 9, Chris began his violin studies under the tutelage of Professor Alec Hou. He completed his ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of 15 and is currently an active teacher for private and group lessons on both piano and violin. Chris has won numerous awards and scholarships from festivals around the GTA including the Kiwanis Music Festival, Yip’s Music Festival as well as the Canadian Music Competition. In 2007, Chris placed 3rd at the national finals in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Recently, Chris was awarded the Rose Bowl from the Peel Music Festival in 2013. After having graduated from the Arts York Program at Unionville High School, Chris currently majors in piano at the University of Toronto pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.