Meet Our Instructors
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Saki was born in Yokohama, Japan and moved to the United States at a very young age. She began piano at the age of 5. As a teenager, Saki realized her passion for teaching and thus began her journey to become an educator. She has taught at many music schools including Yamaha Music School, Long and McQuade, Queen’s Conservatory of Music and McGill Conservatory of Music. She has experience in a multitude of musical teaching environments such as group classes for children as young as the age of 4 to private lessons for retirees. Saki has a bachelors of music and education from Queen’s University and a masters degree in collaborative piano from McGill University. Saki believes that every student possesses the ability to create and understands that every student has different needs and goals. Her teaching style is very much centred around her students and she carefully designs the programs to help each student meet their individual goals. She is trained for level examination preparation for Royal Conservatory of Music and L’école de musique Vincent D’Indy. As a performer, she enjoys playing chamber music with friends or performing in various city events with her piano duo group Genji Pianists.
Alessandro has been immersed in his native Montreal’s beautiful and diverse culture since birth. He is a versatile percussionist, active in genres ranging from chamber music, rock, musical theatre, world music, to hip-hop. Valiante was a featured soloist in the Random Walks Xenakis Festival (Toronto) and has frequently collaborated with Sixtrum (Montreal). He holds a bachelor and master of music performance from McGill University, where he established himself as a specialist in the chamber repertoire of Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, and John Cage and worked with a diverse set of composers including Vinko Globokar and Thierry De May. Alessandro has a masters of percussion from McGill University. He is a founder and current member of the Montreal based professional percussion quartet, Architek. When he is not on tour or preparing for concerts, he enjoys teaching his students anything from mallet percussion instruments, snare drum technique to any style of drums. You know someone who wants to rock out or have children who like to bang on things? Alessandro’s your guy!
Violinist Taylor Mitz presents an impactful musical experience to audiences and students in the greater Montreal area. A versatile musician, Taylor finds himself comfortable as a performer, collaborator, and pedagogue presenting a dynamic repertoire and adaptable approach to pedagogy. Taylor has performed numerous concerts in Canada and across the United States. Taylor’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque era to the present contemporary era. He has been a part of numerous festivals in the U.S. and Canada, and was most recently invited to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Snape Maltings, UK. His prior appearances have been at the National Repertory Orchestra located in Breckenridge, Colorado, le Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec, Canada, the RoundTop Festival Institute in Texas, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and more. His vision for pedagogy centers around the belief of a positive and encouraging environment to foster intellectual growth and development. Every child has the ability to learn and develop their own unique voice. In lessons, we work diligently with patience and positivity to have productive and fun lessons.
Taylor was recently headteacher at Encore! Sistema Quebec Parc-Extension location, a programme designed to inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music. Taylor earned a Master of Music in violin performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Canada under the esteemed pedagogue Axel Strauss. Previously, Taylor graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of a previous concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Eliot Chapo.
Double bassist Gabriel Rioux leads an active career as a performer and pedagogue, offering audiences and students a memorable musical experience based on sharing, creativity, and innovation. A regular performer on the Canadian music scene since returning to Montreal in 2018, Gabriel has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre de l’Agora, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and many other orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Quebec and Canada. Gabriel’s musical journey began as a member of Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, where he was acclaimed as a chorister and a soloist. Vocal performance highlights include a tour in Italy, his premiere with Opera de Montréal in the choir of Carmen, and a solo recording of the theme song of the popular television show Le négociateur. Gabriel teaches double bass privately at his home studio and as an instructor at the Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal. His dynamic pedagogical approach is based on the principle that music learning should foster self development in a fun, positive, and productive context.
Gabriel studied at the University of Montreal with Marc Denis and at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Ira Gold. He has also performed in masterclasses for Ali Yadzanfar, Matthew McDonald, Jeremy McCoy, and Jean Michon, among others. He is also the social media coordinator and artist relations assistant at the booking agency Latitude 45 Arts.