Our Faculty

Pearl Chen

Pearl-Lynne Chen was born into a musical family in New York City in 1990.  She began her studies in music with her mother at the age of three.  Three years later, she was accepted into the studio of Marina Geringas with a full scholarship to attend the Young Artists’ Performance Academy.  During her time with Mrs. Geringas, she performed with several regional orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, who hired her to perform in a concert series for children.  At the age of thirteen, Pearl was sent to study with Marc Durand, and later with Shoko Inoue, a protégé of Sergei Babayan. 

In 2008, she was accepted into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as an ABRSM scholar with a full scholarship and stipend for the duration of her studies.  In her second year at the RCS, Pearl was selected to represent the piano department in the UK-wide Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Sonata Competition, where she won third prize.  She was the winner of the Moray International Piano Competition in 2010.  In 2012, her graduating year, Pearl was her school's concerto soloist, performing Beethoven’s 4th Concerto.  Pearl was one of only three students in her year who graduated from the RCS with first class honours and distinction.  That summer, she attended the Britten-Pears program with the Csengele Quartet, where they worked intensively on the Schumann Piano Quintet with Menahem Pressler.

Since returning to Toronto, Pearl’s main focus has been on teaching and building piano ensemble repertoire with her duo partner, Carlisle Beresford.  

Piano, Early Voice, Musicianship, Theory

C.T. Lo

C.T. Lo teaches music Theory, Musicianship, and Piano at Richmond Hill Suzuki.  She also teaches at the Beaches Suzuki School and at the MNjcc Suzuki Program.  In previous years, C.T. has taught at North York Suzuki, The Discovery Private School for Children with Non-visible Disabilities.   She is certified in the Kodaly, Orff-Schulwerk, Jazz Orff and Early Childhood Music Education methods.  


CT has a diverse background as both a classical and jazz musician.  She is a graduate of the Jazz Piano program at Humber College, where she studied with the late Brian Harris.  Prior to her career as a teacher, she worked as a jingle writer at The Hive Studios.  In addition to teaching, she writes and arranges movie scores and free-lances as a keyboardist.

Piano, Early Voice, Musicianship, Theory

Carlisle Beresford

Born in 1989, Carlisle began his music studies at the age of three.  His early upbringing was musically diverse: In addition to his piano studies he sang regularly as a chorister and played cello in youth orchestras. He completed his ARCT in Piano Performance in Toronto. 

 

In 2008 he began his piano studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he began to develop a keen interest in composition and duo performance. Together with his partner, Pearl-Lynne Chen, he won the Conservatoire’s prize for piano ensemble. The following year, working with a violinist, Carlisle won the Conservatoire’s prize for chamber music, and later, its largest internal competition for solo-playing, the Bamber-Galloway Competition.  During his final year at the Royal Conservatoire, Carlisle won the Governor’s Award for Piano and performed recitals in London, Bath, and Edinburgh.

 

Carlisle has performed for many renowned pianists such as Stephen Hough, Jerome Lowenthal, Hamish Milne, and Anton Kuerti. In addition to the piano, Carlisle is an accomplished recorder player, harpsichordist, cellist, and amateur composer. 

Piano, Cello, Recorder, Theory

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Our Philosophy

 

Music is a language, which is why we start with singing, listening, and kinesthetic movement. CT's Parent and Toddler Class is the perfect introduction to aural skills.  The parent is just as important as the teacher in helping the child learn music.  Parents are encouraged from the beginning to attend and assist their children with practice on a daily basis. 

 

At four years of age, children can enroll in the Suzuki Program, which include both weekly Young Musicianship as well as Individual Lessons.  The weekly group music class allows children to play in front of their peers regularly.  This is crucial to building confidence and perfomance skill, and, perhaps most importantly, makes learning music fun. 

 

We believe  the shared experience of making music is what makes learning and practicing worthwhile.  We welcome you to begin a lifetime of enjoyment in music! 

 

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