Junior Division - Christopher Kin Ming Wong

Christopher Kin Ming Wong,M.Mus, B.Mus, FLCM, LLCM, ARCT (P), ARCT(T). Pianist Christopher Kin Ming Wong is quickly becoming one of Vancouver’s most sought after musicians. Born and raised in Vancouver, he is equally passionate and dedicated to piano teaching, performing, adjudicating and the art of collaborative piano. He has over twenty years teaching piano privately, ranging from beginner to diploma level while his collaborative work with instrumentalists spans the orchestral spectrum. Mr. Wong enjoys adjudicating festivals and sharing musical ideas with young musicians. He is a pianist of diverse musical interests, particularly in the vocal repertoire having worked with many singers over the years. He has been a pianist for the UBC Opera Ensemble, BC Youth Choir and University Singers. Moreover, Mr. Wong plays for the West Point Grey Academy choirs, directed by Lana Penner-Tovey and the BCCF’s summer music program, Choral Stage, led by Marisa Gaetanne. Mr. Wong completed his initial musical studies with Rebecca Kelly and David Vandereyk. Later he studied with a number of celebrated musicians including Jane Coop, Alexander Korsantia, Edward Parker, Dr. Jamie Syer and Bruce Vogt. Christopher holds a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria. Additionally, he holds LLCM and FLCM performance diplomas from the London College of Music, Thames University, England, and both ARCT Piano Performer and ARCT Piano Teacher (Royal Conservatory of Music) diplomas. Mr. Wong is a piano faculty member at the Vancouver Academy of Music; moreover, runs a very busy private teaching practice in Vancouver.

Intermediate Division - Martha Brickman

Martha Brickman was born in Montreal and began studying the piano and oboe before taking up the harpsichord with Feruccio Vignanelli in Rome and then with Kenneth Gilbert in Montreal at the Conservatoire de Musique et d’Art Dramatique. She was the winner of three European prestigious harpsichord competitions in Bruges (Belgium), Paris and Munich. Resident of Vancouver since 1987, she has performed for Vancouver’s Masterpiece Music, Early Music Vancouver, UBC’s Noon-Hour Concerts, CBC’s Arts National,  Westcoast Performance performance, Hornby’s Summer festival and Victoria’s Summer Festival. She has performed in Mexico City, and participated in a duo piano fundraiser in Manila, Philippines. She has released a recording entitled Baroque Gems of the 18th  Century. She has performed locally as a member of the Trio Amalie and the Trio Adiantum.  She has adjudicated in local piano competitions Burnaby Clef, Student Performers’ Guild and North Shore Festival. Currently Martha Brickman teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music. 

Senior Division - Ian Parker

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker.  He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juillard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.  While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”
An enthusiastic recitalist, Ian Parker has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel and throughout Canada on tours with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.  He made his Lincoln Centre recital debut at the Walter Reade Theatre in 2004. He has played recitals presented by Camerata Musica and the North Okanagan Community Concerts Association.  He has performed with the Vogler Quartet in a concert presented by Chamber Music Vancouver, and collaborated with the Borealis Quartet during a tour of the Vancouver Islands.
Ian Parker is also an active recording artist having released a CD of concerti (Ravel Concerto in G, Stravinsky Capriccio, and Gershwin Concerto in F) recorded with the London Symphony.  An all-fantasy solo CD on Azica Records, including the fantasies of Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven was released in the summer of 2010.

Ensemble- Winfried Rompf

Born in Bremen, Germany, Winfried Rompf immigrated to Canada as a child and took most of his academic and musical training in British Columbia.  He studied piano with Marjory Lancaster-Smith, Edward Parker, Boris Roubakin and Pierre Souverain.  He won the Murial Erskin Award for his ARCT examination and won numerous other recognitions, including top marks in the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival. 
Winfried Rompf has had extensive experience in solo performance, chamber music, vocal accompaniment and as coach.  He was conductor of the Gloria Ensemble, a community orchestra and chorus, specializing in larger sacred works such as motets, oratorios and masses.  In addition, he was Music Director, conductor and pianist in several large churches in Vancouver.Beside his busy piano teaching schedule, he has served as Vice-President and senior piano examiner for the BC Conservatory of Music, festival adjudicator and master class clinician both in Canada and abroad – most recently in Bulgaria and Germany. Currently, he is president of the North West Piano Ensemble Society, which hosted its fifth international competition for one and two pianos, four hands in November 2016.  The next one will be November 2018.  For information, check the website at  http://www.nwpes.ca.  Win is also a founding member and artistic director of the Vancouver Piano Ensemble, which has toured a number of countries including Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, China, Singapore and Canada. Two CD's have already been well received and played numerous times on the CBC.  (For more information, visit our website at http://www.vancouverpianoensemble.com.)  He also recorded a CD of rare piano duets by Beethoven, Moussorgsky, Goetz and others, with Professor Tomislav Baynov in Bayreuth, Germany.  This is to be released in near future.

Adult/Concerto - Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman, pianist, has concertized in such cities as New York, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Syracuse and Milwaukee. She has performed often in Vancouver as soloist and chamber player and has been heard on the CBC in both capacities. She has appeared with her husband, Robert Silverman, performing the four hand and two piano literature throughout British Columbia and in the Far East and recently with the Northeastern Philharmonic Orchestra in Northeaster Pennsylvania.. She also is a frequent collaborator of French flutist Isabelle Chapuis. A graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music, Ellen Silverman holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University. Her teachers have included Leonard Shure, Eugene List and Frank Glazer. She was the Coordinator of the Piano Department at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. for 32 years. She has served on the summer faculty of the University of British Columbia, and for many years chaired the piano faculty of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre. She also maintains an active private studio in Vancouver, and has adjudicated virtually every music festival in the province.She has had a c.d. release of Ed Lewis , Contemporary Music for Trumpet and Piano , Ellen Silverman, pianist.