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To be eligible to attend master class, all competitors must enter minimum TWO 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. All contestants must be studying RCM Level 4 and above.

Ticket price for audience: $15 paying with first round of registration, $20 at the door.

All contestants are only paying for his or her Master class lessons — 30 minutes $100. No tickets required.


Available Master Class Divisions:


Piano Division


Strings Division


Woodwind Division

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

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. 

Violin Master

Sunny Qu

Sunny was born in Qingdao, China, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He golds a Master degree from the Royal  Conservatory of Music. During his teenage years, he had been successful in numerous piano competitions. Since then he has performed at special events in three continents, such as Salzburg’s Weiner Salle in Austria, Duke’s Hall in London and the Chan Center in his hometown Vancouver. He also performed in other events held in China, Japan, Taiwan, and embassy of Russia in Japan. Yue incorporates both Baroque and contemporary music in his work. This is due to his interest in the composer and pianist Ferruccio Busoni. He actively looks for Busoni’s less-known work to perform. Yue came in third in 2009 Knigge competition and was the winner of the UBC Concerto. He was subsequently invited to perform with the UBC Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. He also received the Johann Strauss Foundation Award in 2009 to advance his studies at the Mozart Conservatory in Austria. In 2013, he received the Else Cross Brahms Award from the Royal College of Music in London. Yue graduated from UBC Conservatory of Music and Royal Conservatory of Music under the supervision of Sara Davis Buechner and Hamish Mine. He is studying at the University of Southern California with Jeffrey Kahane. Yue was taught by many music masters, including the renowned teacher Edward Parker, and pianist Ian Parker, He was also fortunate enough to be instructed by Anton Kurrti, Robert Levin, Joanna MacGregor, Pascal Devoyon and Steven Osborne. Yue returned to China numerous time during his study to hold solo concerts, where he worked hand in hand with the famous pianist Sara Davis Buchner for a duo-piano program. He also taught master classes and performed one of Dun Tan’s “Eight Watercolor Notes” at his solo recital. The local news published and reported that “Yue Qu challenges Dun Tan’s famous piece” and reviewed his concert.

Piano Master

Angel Wang

Renowned violinist Angel Wang has established herself as a violinist of exceptional ability in both China and Canada in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. 

In Canada she has performed with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera and was concertmaster for a run of La Traviata.  As a soloist she has been heard on television and has appeared as a judge for numerous television competitions and festivals.  Angel Wang performed in the Toronto production of the hit musical The Sound of Music and has performed with the Elora Festival singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.A veteran of both stage and screen Angel Wang has recorded extensively for the film industry in China and in North America.  She is also active in the Toronto recording scene for CDs, commercials and movies.Angel Wang has also appeared in concert with such notables as singer Roger Hodgson and international piano star Richard Clayderman. Most recently she was the concertmaster for Richard Clayderman’s 2017 North American tour.In addition to her diverse and busy performing activities Angel Wang is much in demand as a teacher.  She is on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she leads a full violin studio.  Her students are frequent recipients of awards and are distinguished players.  Many of her students are now pursuing careers in music. 

Violin Master

Malcolm Crawford

Malcolm Crawford has a M.Mus. in bassoon performance from the University of Toronto and a B.Mus. (Honours) and B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario (now called Western Universty). He is a former winner of CBC National Auditions and member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He holds both Licentiate and Associate diplomas in bassoon performance. Mr. Crawford was professor of woodwinds and music theory for Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, and, later, professor of bassoon and music theory at the University of Alabama. He has extensive performance experience on all of the woodwinds including four recordings, one of which, "Soft Edges", was distributed worldwide and featured on CBC Radio's "Gilmour's Albums" and Peter Gzowski's "Morningside". As a winner of the Alabama State Council of the Arts Award, Mr. Crawford recorded a solo bassoon CD, "High Adventure" which featured his composition by that title. Besides his orchestral experience with the London Symphony and the Tuscaloosa Symphony, Mr. Crawford had an extensive career as a bassoon soloist and virtuoso. 

Woodwind Master

Dmitry Rachmanov

Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov is a Professor of Piano at California State University, Northridge, where he serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies. A sought-after educator, master class clinician, adjudicator and lecturer, Dr. Rachmanov has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and he has appeared as a guest artist at schools such as Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory and Beijing Central Music School in China, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Florida State University, Arizona State University and Indiana University at Bloomington, among others. Dr. Rachmanov is a frequent adjudicator, having served on the juries of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Brahms International Competition in Poertschach, Austria, Claviarium in Moscow, Russia, among many other regional, national and international contests.

As a researcher, Dr. Rachmanov has authored reviews and articles on historical subjects related to piano performance in publications such as Keyboard Classics, the Journal of the Scriabin Society of America and the London-based International Piano magazine, which has published Rachamnov's surveys of recorded legacies of the Chopin F Minor Ballade, Op. 52, Rachmaninoff's Corelli Variations, Op. 42 and the Paganini Rhapsody, Op. 43 as well as a features on the art of the Russian pianist Grigory Ginzburg and the noted Juilliard pedagogue Joseph Bloch. Dr. Rachmanov is an active lecturer, having presented his research on various topics at public venues, such as the Beijing National Theater to conservatories and universities, as well as music teachers associations, such as MTNA & MTAC, among others.

Piano Master

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