2016-2017 Academy News

July 25 - ORMTA Provincial Finals

Lauren Esch (representing GTA Zone) wins first place in the Level B category and a generous $800 scholarship at the ORMTA Provincial Finals.

June 2017 RCM Exams

Antian Jiang - Licentiate Diploma - First Class Honors with Distinction

Lauren Esch - ARCT - First Class Honors with Distinction

Christopher Choo - ARCT - First Class Honors

Joelle Wong - First Class Honours

Vanessa lee - Grade 10 - First Class Honors

Kaitlyn Chen - Grade 9 - First Class Honours with Distinction

Wesley Chen - Grade 8 - First Class Honours with Distinction

Sophie Jin - Grade 8 - First Class Honors with Distinction

Annie Chung - Grade 7 - First Class Honors

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh - Grade 6 - First Class Honors

Joshua Li - Grade 3 - First Class Honors

June 25, 2015 - GTA Zone Winners Concert at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Richmond Hill

Lauren Esch and Gregory Vandikas were featured performers on this recital.

June 2017 TBA - Canadian Music Competition 2017 Edition

Lauren Esch and Greg Vandikas performed as Duo con Fuoco in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Gatineau QC. They received first prize in their age category with a mark of 94%.

May 29-June 3 - OMFA Provincial Finals

Concerto Class - Antian Jiang - First Place

Open Level - Anthony Vandikas - 3rd Place

Open Level - Antian Jiang - Honourable Mention

ARCT Class - Greg Vandikas

Grade 10 - Mattia Mihajlovic

Grade 10 - Sandra Wang

Grade 9 - Michelle Yu

Grade 9 - Kristen Chen - Honourable Mention

Grade 7 - Annie Chung - Honourable Mention

Grade 7 - Harry Tang

Grade 6 - Kaivan Malek - Zadeh

Grade 6 - Nina Yu

May 22, 2017 - GTA Zone Competition/ORMTA

Gregory Vandikas and Lauren Esch received generous scholarships from the ORMTA GTA Zone

Lauren Esch, ARCT Class - First Prize

Gregory Vandikas, Young Artist Class - First Prize

April 29, 2017 Markham Stouffville ORMTA Chapter Year End Recital at Steinway Piano Gallery

Awards and Scholarships

Gr. 3-5

Michelle Yang - First Joshua Li - Third

Gr. 6-7

Nina Yu - First

Annie Chung - Second

Harry Tang - third

Gr. 10/ARCT

Lauren Esch - First

Felix Du - Second

Enoch Wei - Third

Young Artist

Gregory Vandikas - First

Piano Duet: Senior

Lauren Esch & Gregory Vandikas - First

The following students were featured on this recital:

Michelle Yang, Joshua Li, Annie Chung, Nina Yu, Harry Tang, Lauren Esch, Felix Du, Enoch Wei, Joelle Wong, Mattia Mihajlovic, Luka Mihajlovic, Gregory Vandikas, Duo Con Fuoco, Marcus Ling, Bryan Chen, Maggie Guo, Rachel Yu, Kaivan Malek-Zadeh, Tianyi Li,

RCM Exams, April, 2017

Greg Vandikas - ARCT - 95 - First Class Honours with Distinction

Ethan Chen - Grade 4 - First Class Honours with Distinction

2017 North York Music Festival

Provincial Representative - Anthony Vandikas - Open Level

Provincial Representative - Antian Jiang - Concerto Level

Provincial Representative - Annie Chung - Grade 7

Antian Jiang, Lauren Esch and Gregory Vandikas were featured performers on the Festival Gala

Best Advanced Pianist - Anthony Vandikas

Most Promising Trophy - Antian Jiang

Michelle Yu received a generous scholarship

Sandra Wang

Grade 10 List B - 3rd place

Grade 10 List D: 1st place

Michelle Yu

Grade 9 List C – 1st Place

Grade 9 Canadian Composer – 1st Place

Luka Mihajlovic

Grade 8 List D - 2nd place

Annie Chung

Grade 7 List A - third place

Provincial Qualifying - Qualified for Provincial competition

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh

Grade 6 Study - 3rd place

Michelle Yang

Grade 4A - Second

Grade 4 - Third

Grade 4C Second

Grade 4 Study - Second

2017 Newmarket Lions Festival

OMFA Provincial Representative

Sandra Wang - Grade 10

Best Pianist of the Festival Award - Greg Vandikas

Leon Nash Scholarship - Greg Vandikas

Most Promising - Antian Jiang

Michelle Yu and Sandra Wang received generous Scholarships

Lauren Esch, Antian Jiang and Gregory Vandikas were featured performers

Felix Du ARCT LIST A - 2nd place ARCT LIST B PIANO SOLO - Third ARCT LIST C PIANO SOLO - Third ARCT LIST D PIANO SOLO - First

Chrstopher Choo

ARCT List A - Third

ARCT Sonata - Third

ARCT List D - Third

ARCT List E - Second

Sandra Wang

Grade 10 List A - First

Grade 10 List B - First

Grade 10 List C -First

Sophia Joulaei

Grade 8 List A - Second

Grade 8 Studies - Second

Grade 8 List C - Third

Michelle Yu

Grade 9 List A – Third

Grade 9 List C - Second

Grade 9 List D – First

Annie Chung

Grade 7 List A - Second

Grade 7 List C - Second

Grade 7 List A - Second

2017 Yips Music Festival

OMFA Provincial Finalist - Kaivan Malek-Zadeh, Grade 6

Best of Grade 6 - Kaivan Malek-Zadeh

Felix Du

ARCT List A - 3rd place

ARCT Sonata - 3rd place ARCT Chopin - 1st place ARCT List D - 2nd place

Enoch Wei

ARCT List A - First

ARCT Sonata - Third

Mattia Mihajlovic

GRADE 10 SONATA - 3rd place GRADE 10 List E - 3rd place

Marissa Hughsam

Grade 10 - Chopin - 3rd

Grade 10 Bach - 3rd

Joelle Wong

Grade 10 List A - Third

Grade 10 - List C - Third

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh

Grade 6 List A - First

Grade 6 List B - First

Grade 6 List C - First

April 7 - Taylor Young Artists Performance Academy/RCM

Dr. Esch presented a masterclass for the senior piano division of the Taylor Young Artist Performance Academy

March 24, 2017 - Classical 96.3fm

Gregory Vandikas and Lauren Esch were featured performers in a live noon hour concert celebrating the North York Music Festival and Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts. http://www.classicalfm.ca/concerts/wunderkind-meet-wunderpiano-live-zoomer-hall/

Pickering Rotary Music Festival - Results TBA

Greg Vandikas - Winner of Senior Festival Trophy and $1000 scholarship

Christopher Choo - Best of Bach Trophy

Enoch Wei - Most Promising Trophy

Gregory Vandikas - Provincial Representative - Open Level

Gregory Vandikas

ARCT Recital - First

ARCT Sonata - First

ARCT Canadian - First

Christopher Choo

ARCT Bach - First

ARCT List D - Third

Enoch Wei

ARCT Bach - Second

ARCT Sonata - Third

ARCT List D - Second

Oshawa Whitby Music Festival - Results

OMFA Provincial Representatives

Mattia Mihajlovic - Grade 10

Kaitlin Chen - Grade 9

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh - Grade 6

Mattia Mihajlovic: CLASS 8036A ADVANCED GRADE 10 – OPEN LIST A 2nd place (French Suite, by Bach) CLASS 8062A ADVANCED GRADE 10 – OPEN LIST B 2nd place (Sonata by Beethoven) CLASS 8109A ADVANCED GRADE 10 – OPEN LIST E 1st place (Six Variations by Gallant)

Luka Mihajlovic:

GRADE 8 List A - 3rd place

GRADE 8 – List C - 2nd place

GRADE 8 – List D 2nd place

Kaitlin Chen:

Grade 9 List A - First Grade 9 List B - First Grade 9 List C - First Grade 9 List D - First

Wesley Chen

Grade 8 List A - Second Prize Grade 8 List B - Third Prize Grade 8 List C - 91%, Second Prize Grade8 List D - First Prize

Sophia Joulaie

Grade 8 List A - Third

Grade 8 List B - Second

Grade 8 Chopin - Third

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh

Grade 6 List B - Second

Two Contrasting Studies - First

Recital Class - First

Marcus Ling

Grade 7 List C - 2nd place

Markham Music Festival - results TBA shortly

Antian Jiang was a featured performer on the festival gala

Antian Jiang receives the Most promising Trophy

Anthony Vandikas

ARCT Etude - First

Age Achievement - Age 20 and under - First

Artist Class 3rd

Antian Jiang

Concerto 12 and under - First

Age Achievement 18 and under - Second

Artist Class - Second

Felix Du

ARCT Bach - Third

ARCT Sonata - Second

ARCT Chopin - Second

ARCT List D - Third

Gregory Vandikas

ARCT Sonata - Third

ARCT Canadian - First

Age Achievement age 16 and under - First

Benjamin Choo

Age Achievement Class - 18 and Under - First

Kaivan Malek-Zadeh

Grade 6 List A - 3rd

Nina Yu

Grade 6 List A - 3rd

March 6 - Steinway Piano Gallery.

Dr. Esch and students Anthony Vandikas, Antian Jiang, Gregory Vandikas and Lauren Esch performed in a scholarship fundraising gala for Markham Stouffville ORMTA. This highly successful event raised in excess of $1,000 for Markham Stouffville ORMTA scholarship fund.

February 2017 - Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival and Oshawa Whitby ORMTA

Dr. Esch adjudicated the senior piano classes for the Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival as well as the Oshawa Whitby ORMTA annual auditions.

February 13, 2017. Masterclass with Curtis Institute Professor at Steinway Factory, NYC

Gregory Vandikas, Antian Jiang and Lauren Esch were featured with masterclass with master teacher and Curtis Faculty Prof. Meng-Chien Liu at the Steinway Piano Factory in NYC.

February 12, 2017. Crescendo International Piano Competitions at Carnegie Hall

Lauren Esch, Antian Jiang and Gregory Vandikas all won their age groups and took home generous scholarships in this prestigious International Piano Competition held at Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall.

February 2017 - Pickering GTA Music Festival

OMFA Provincial Representatives

Antian Jiang - Open Level

Michelle Yu - Grade 9

Harry Tang - Grade7

Best of Class Awards

Harry Tang - Grade 7

Evelyn Esch - Grade 5

Michelle Yang - Grade 4

Antian Jiang

Senior Concerto - First

Senior Bach - First

Senior Sonata - Second

Sandra Wang

Grade 10 Recital Class - First

Michelle Yu

Grade 9 List A - First

Grade 9 List B- Second

Grade 9 List C - First

Grade 9 List D First

Harry Tang

Grade 7 List A - First

Grade 7 List B - First

Nina Yu

Grade 6 List A - First

Grade 6 List B - Second

Grade 6 List C - Second

Evelyn Esch

Grade 5 Studies - First

Grade 5 List A - First

Grade 5 Concert Group - First

Michelle Yang

Grade 4 List B - First

Grade 4 List C - Second

Grade 4 List C - Second

February 2017 - Toronto Kiwanis Festival

Senior Scholarships - Antian Jiang $350

- Greg Vandikas $250

Gregory Vandikas

Beethoven Sonata Class - Gold

Provincial Qualifying Class - Gold

Concert Group - Platinum (Best of Class)

Antian Jiang

Provincial Qualifyng Class - Platinum

Haydn/Mozart Sonata Class - Platinumum

January 2017 - Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition

Dr. Esch Adjudicated this competition.

January 2017 - RCME Exams

Alain Lou - ARCT

Micheline Alban - Grade 7 with First Class honors

Evelyn Esch - Grade 5 with First Class Honors with Distinction

Dylan Ng - Grade 3 with First Class Honours

December 7th - Winterfest Art Unionville

Lauren Esch was a showcased performer at Markham Theater

December 5th - Winterfest Art Unionville