Joyce Ng loved music and dance at a very young age. Her mother sent her to ballet class when she was 5. Watching her sister playing piano at home, she wanted to learn piano as well like her sister. At the age of 12, she also began to learn violin.
During her high school years, she was actively involved in various musical performance and activities such as accompanist in church and various festivals, dance, choir and symphony orchestra. After her high school graduation, she decided to further her musical studies in United States of America. She earned her Bachelor and Master Degree of Arts in piano performance at the City University of Hunter College in New York City. She was a student of Peter Basquin.
As a pianist, Joyce was welly trained in music teaching. She began her teaching career in 2000. During the past fifteen years, she has devoted her time to researching piano pedagogy and music education by reading books, articles and attending various workshops. She focuses on keeping her teaching resources updated. She believes that the process of learning is just as important as the outcome-the performance.
She will tailor her teaching method accordingly to the characteristic and personality of the student. She focuses on creativity teaching, especially for young children. She has a unique ability to make the process of becoming a highly disciplined musician both enjoyable and fun.
Elena Hong, soprano, was born and grew up in a music family in Korea. Her father was a conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, and a founder of Korean Symphony Orchestra. Her mother was a singing teacher.
After finishing her freshman year at YonSei University, she moved to Rome, Italy to study voice. She attained a Bachelor's degree from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia and she was privileged to attend several master classes with the well-known singers, Renata Scotto, Giuseppe Taddei and Carlo Bergonzi.
She attended Academia Chigiana Summer Master classes conducted by Prof. Daniel Ferro from the Julliard music school in New York. In 1996, she gave her first Recital concert at Carnegie Weill concert hall with a program of Italian art songs. Then, in 1998, she moved to New York City, performing numerous concerts in the city and understudying the Cio Cio San role from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". In 2006 she sang Adina from Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore at Teatro St. Ivo, in Rome Italy.
Beginning with her move to Rome, she started giving singing lessons to the beginner students; helping them perfect their phrasing and vocal skills. Her vocal technique is based on her training in the Italian Bel Canto style." Bel Canto" translates as "singing beautifully" and employs a specific breathing technique.
She also possesses a depth of musical knowledge that allows her the perspective to elucidate the "musicality" of the music, apart from technique, which can help a singer to attain a unique way of expressing their artistic interpretation.
She trains students with a variety of exercises that she has accumulated over the years of her education and through her professional experiences. She encourages students, of any age, to develop their own goals for competitions, as well as preparing them for school admissions and auditions.
As a freelance musician for over ten years, Jonathan has always been both a performer and a teacher. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music with honors from UC-Berkeley and an MFA in Music Theatre writing from NYU Tisch. Jonathan studied classical piano with Jackie Chu, and classical guitar with Larry Goldberg.
He's taught private piano, guitar, composition and songwriting to many students ranging from very young to middle aged to elderly. Jonathan has also maintained his schedule as a music director playing piano, guitar, and conducting with great theatre companies on the west and east coast including San Francisco Playhouse and Barrington Stage Co.
As a composer Jonathan's compositions and songs have been heard in California, Chicago, and New York. He has performed his music in and had commissions by colleges and choirs. His music has been performed at such prestigious NYC venues as 54 Below, Sardi's, and Don't Tell Mama's.
He has had his work produced by the Throckmorton Theater in CA, and NAAP in NY. Jonathan believes that every student has great musical potential, and the secret for unlocking that potential is finding what music speaks to each student, discovering real situations for them to play and experience music while building self-confidence and pride in their accomplishments.
Ti Chung holds a D.M.A degree in flute performances from Texas Tech University. She also studied with many professional flute players such as Lisa Garner Santa and Susan Milan.
She is two-time winner of the annual Concerto Competition for both 2008 and 2012. Besides participating in competitions, Ti performs in orchestras and instructing novice musicians on the art of the flute. She even performed at the prestigious Peking University as a guest artist.
Her philosophy of teaching does not only encourage a student to know how to play an instrument but take an interdisciplinary approach to enriching a student’s life. She believes that this is the ideal way for student’s development: socially, creatively, intellectually, and academically.
Not every student learns the same way. She is committed to the principle that everyone deserves music. Her way of giving her experiences and knowledge to the student employs a personalize way of teaching to fit the student’s own unique learning style while maintaining excellence.
At age 17, Giorgi became member of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra under leadership of Liana Isakadze, who is a winner of Jacques Thibaud Competition Grand prix winner.
Giorgi continued his career by accompanying as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra "Concertino Tbilisi". He is also a member of the string quartet "Iberi" in which he took part in International Music Festival in Telavi and in other educational projects organized by the IMF in the following years. Besides being a performer, Giorgi has also act as a cellist in a T.V. show called "Maestro".
Combine with 10 years of cello teaching experience and his Master Degree in Cello Performance, Giorgi is able to customize lessons according to the student’s needs and learning style. He truly believes that it's never too late to start, and anything is possible. “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing people develop a passion for music" says George.
Pianist Sunhwa Hong has proven to be a versatile pianist, currently performing actively in New York City and internationally as a solo and collaborative artist.
Sunhwa began taking piano lessons at the age of six and her talent was apparent early on. Her passion and precision with the instrument grew exponentially as time progressed. It was with strong recommendations from her teachers that she was enrolled into the Peniel Arts School Middle School and High school.
Ms. Hong graduated with a Master’s from Brooklyn College in Piano Performance. She attained her Bachelor’s at Stony Brook University and holds a Graduate Performer’s Diploma from Purchase College. At Purchase, she was awarded the Merit and Fellowship Scholarships, performed in the Purchase Symphony Orchestra as a member, served as an Assistant Accompanist for the Vocal Department and Rehearsal Accompanist at Queens College.
Ms. Hong has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, The National Opera Center in NYC, The New York Hospital of Queens, The Dublin City Gallery and The Ulsan Arts Center in Korea. She has also been featured in numerous recitals at various venues in South Korea and several solo recitals in NY such as The Shigeru Concert Series.
She has won many competitions in Korea and in The United States. Ms. Hong has attended The Academie Internationale in Courchevel, France and The Dublin International Piano Festival with Scholarships and she has performed in numerous master classes presented by many distinguished musicians. She has performed with the Ulsan Chamber Orchestra and currently has an engagement as a soloist with The Gyeongnam Symphony Orchestra and The YongIn Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017.
She teaches all ages, quickly taking note of the students level and focusing on the individuals strengths and flaws. By using her systematical technique method she is able to develop students further and nurture their strengths. She trains students in preparation for NYSSMA, ABRSM, competitions and auditions.