Master Class

To be eligible to attend master class, all competitors must enter minimum Three or more classes. Each contestant will have a chance to learn from renowned Professors and musicians. Master classes will be held in small groups. Each student may have a one-on-one lesson with Masters. Please prepare one to two pieces for your master class. 



Available Master Class Divisions:


Piano Division


Strings Division

 Vocal Division

James Anagnoson

James Anagnoson, Dean of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, is one of Canada's best-known pianists and pedagogues. He has been on the piano faculty of The GGS since its formation in 1997 and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

Piano Master

Mate Szucs

1st principal viola with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2011

Strings Master

Emily Chiang

Canadian pianist Emily Chiang is a versatile artist, active both in North America and in Asia. Born inTaiwan, she made her debut at the age of six, and has since been active as a solo pianist, performinglocally in Toronto and internationally. She has many ongoing collaborative relationships withinstrumentalists and other pianists that demonstrate her passionate commitment to chamber music.She is equally dedicated as a teacher and is currently on the piano faculty at the University of Toronto.Emily has worked with many of the most celebrated and inspirational pianists and pedagogues,including Alexandra Munn, Alvin Chow, Arnaldo Cohen and Menahem Pressler. Emily has also studiedwith Marietta Orlov, completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto in 2013.Other studies have included completion of an artistic residency at the Banff Arts Centre, under thetutelage of Julian Martin, and Masters in Performance with Pressler and Cohen at theIndiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to this, Emily completed a Bachelor of Music inperformance at the Oberlin College.

Piano Master

Alexander Dobson

Recognized for his "ringing, present sound" and "rich, flexible, baritone", British-Canadian Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on both opera and concert stages.  Some roles include the title roles in Wozzeck and Don Giovanni, as well as Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte), Belcoré (L’elisir d’amore), Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), The Count (The Marriage of Figaro),  and Marcello (La Bohème),


Alexander has appeared with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Trevor Pinnock, Nic McGegan and Paul Goodwin; on the stages of L'Opéra du Montréal, Opera Ontario, Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Lafayette, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and with the Toronto Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. 



Recent engagements include Handel's Messiah in New York, Jacksonville and Halifax, Escamillo in Carmen with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Pulcinella with Artis Naples and Durufle Requiem with St. Louis Bach Society. Upcoming engagements include Against Nature with Citadel and Compagnie and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera. 

Vocal Master

Issac Seo

Canadian Pianist Isaac Yisak, Seo was born in South Korea. He has given recitals in Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Place des Arts in Montreal, Paganini hall in Italy. Isaac was one of the two Canadian pianists to compete and represent Canada in the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition in Poland and 2007 International Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium. He is also a prize winner from the International stepping stone competition, International Flame Paris competition, Montreal Symphony Competition OSM, Canadian Music Competition. 

Isaac was a guest artist at the Orford Art Centre and his
programe including works by Chopin and Canadian Composer, Jaque Hetu 'piano variations' were recorded and broadcasted on CBC radio. He will be serving as a collaborative-faculty in Zodiac Music Festival in France. 

Isaac has attended, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Montreal University, Royal Conservatory in Belgium, Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris in Paris. He acquired Bachelors at the Juilliard School in NYC and Masters at the Manhattan School of Music. Isaac’s mentors includes Peter Longworth, Marc Durand, John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Evegeny Moguilevsky, Phillip Kawin, Andre Laplante, Anton Kuerti and Martha Argerich.

Mr Seo's high interest in teaching music have led his students to have won numerous International piano competitions plus prizes, including International New Jersey music competition, Pre-college concerto competitions in the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes school of music. Lincoln Centre Debut competition, In Canada, his students have received prizes from the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis music competition and CCC competition. 

Currently serving as a staff pianist at the University of Toronto and Canadian Music Competition. Also, a Choir Director at the St. Timothy Church in Toronto and hired regularly to play and read with the legendary pianist Anton Kuerti.

Piano Master

Samuel Choi

Samuel Choi is a Violist and a violinist, residing in Toronto. Samuel was First Prize winner of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition and the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Competition. As a soloist, he was the Grand Prize Winner of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and Runner Up of the Prisma International Festival Concerto Competition and recently became recipient of the Inhactowicz Emerging Artist Award. As a soloist, Samuel Performed concertos with Prisma International Festival Orchestra and A.Y. Jackson Symphony Orchestra and next year, he will be performing as a soloist with the Chinese Arts Society of Toronto Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra where he will be performing the William Walton Viola 



Samuel has participated in many renowned festivals on full scholarship in different countries such as the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival in Germany, Pommersfelden Collegium Musicum in Germany, Bowdoin International Festival and Stanford University St Lawrence String Seminar to name a few. As a chamber musician, Samuel has collaborated with renowned musicians such as John Novacek, Jonathan Crow, Timothy Ying, Barry Shiffman, David Hetherington, Adrian Fung and Etsuko Kimura. Samuel was concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and held many leadership roles with numerous other orchestras around the world. Samuel has performed in masterclasses conducted by James Ehnes, Joel Krosnick, Mate Szucs, Baiba Skride and Michael Gieler, Misha Amory and Roger Tapping.  


A strong believer in music outreach and education, Samuel currently coaches chamber music at the senior division of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory and have conducted the orchestras of the Royal Conservatory Community School as well as the chamber ensembles. Samuel is a student of Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School of Music where he is a full scholarship Artist Diploma candidate. He holds a Bachelors Degree of Music Performance from the University of Toronto. Samuel's former teachers were Teng Li Jonathan Crow and Timothy Ying. He has studied chamber music with Jurgen Weber, Pei Shan Lee and Barry Shiffman. 

Strings Master

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