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Laine Longton, DMA

 Laine Longton is a Doctoral student in her final year at UBC studying with professor Eric Wilson.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria School and a Masters of Music degree from the University of Illinois.  Ms. Longton has studied extensively in both North America and in Europe with Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, Dmitry Kouzov, Martin Rummel, Guido Schieffen, and violinist Denes Zsigmondy. 

 Ms. Longton was a member of the National Academy Orchestra in the summer of 2013.  Currently she is a Principal Cello of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, on the Extra Cellist list with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and is a Core Section Cello member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo.

Ms. Longton’s performance experience is vast, including giving recitals throughout British Columbia with clarinet trio “Trio Dolce” with Clare Yuan, performing with UBC opera for the premiere of Stephen Chatman’s opera “Choir Practice”, performing the premiere of Stephen Taylor’s opera “Paradises Lost” at the University of Illinois, being part of the Jessie nominated pit band for Patrickstreet Production’s “Floyd Collins”, and performing and recording for numerous present-day composers.



Puya Firouzbalchsh

Puya began studying violin at the age of 6. He was taught and trained under the finest teachers and Professors. A student of Prof. Giuseppe Armaleo in Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Italy and Prof. Eduard Schmieder ( David Oistrakh Pupil) in Mozarteum Salzburg as well as Nancy Dinovo and Jammy Mayday who not only taught him Violin but also taught him how to live as a true musician.

Since 2010 he has been teaching and Active member of some of the biggest organization, such as United in Music for Peace under the U.N, World Youth Orchestra (UNISCO musica Europa). In 2011 he performed with MusicaEuropa Orchestra under Marco Boemi and Maestro Karabechsky in Musica Riva Festival Milano and a successful Peace Project with “The World Orchestra” in Mexico and South Africa.
In 2013, he was the principle 2nd violin of The World Orchestra in Africa and the representative of the Orchestra to Plan cultural activities.
This meeting took place at Mandela’s Office.

He has also performed for many high-level national and international Officials such as: Governor-General of Canada in 2005 at the Orpheum Theatre, in 2008 he played for the Italian president at his Quirinale Palace in ROME which broadcasted Live on RAI3 Italian TV. He was member of a quartet who performed for Queen of Spain in Mallorca in 2012. He collaborated for beneficial Concert in Present of Slovenian President in Symphony State Hall in Slovenia and his humbled concert with Albanian Ambassador for Mother Teresa’s memorial service in Vancouver, Canada.

He was the member of The World Orchestra, Unicef Musica Europa, Bach Academy Orchestra Stuttgart, World Youth Orchestra, Rome Festival Opera Orchestra, Kamloops symphony, west coast symphony,National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Prince George symphony, Salzburg Chamber, The age of enlightenment and Malaysian philharmonic Orchestra.

His experience, creativity and energy in Teaching made him the Principle Violin teacher of Mozart Academy of music in Vancouver. His Experience Made him expert in Different methods of technic. He also has many advance students who are preparing for competitions, auditions and exams.

-Predominant to different method such as; Suzuki, trinity, RCM, ABRSM etc.

-Grew up in Holland Educated in Canada and Europe and Lived in 3 Different Continent shows the diversity and understanding of different Cultural Differences and varieties.



Charlene Lee

Charlene Lee is an alumni from University of British Columbia for the Bachelor of Music as a violinist. She has studied violin under David Gillham and Erin Dorfer. As a pianist, she has achieved Royal Conservatory of Music level 10, and has studied under Dr. Ronald Morgan and Sarah Bowker. Charlene, along with Caroline Chu, is the co-founder for the string quartet ​16 Strings​ (Vancouver). As a violinist, she has performed in various weddings, receptions, and concerts, both in classical and pop genres. As a teacher, Charlene is enthusiastic and strives to motivate students.


Maria Calvet

Maria Calvet Gadea is a violin player and teacher native from Valencia (Spain). In 2011, after graduating with the highest honours from “Salvador Seguí” Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor Degree, Maria moved to Tallinn (Estonia) to study her Master in Violin Performance at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

She studied regularly with José Luis del Caño in “Salvador Seguí” Conservatory of Music and with Mary Tampere-Bezrodny (main teacher) and Kristina Kriit (assistant) in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Also she has attended several master-classes and courses with Anabel García, Vicente Balaguer Domenech, Pierre Hommage, Vasko Vassilev, Andrei Chestiglazov, Vicente Huerta and Michael Gaisler.

As a violin player, Maria has performed with Youth Orchestra of Generalitat Valenciana, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Castellón, Orchestra of Salvador Seguí Conservatory, Orchestra of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn International Youth Orchestra, ArtOrchEesti, and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO).

Besides playing violin, Maria has been also very interested in teaching. She always tries passionately to motivate the students and get them involved as much as possible in the music. She has experience on music theory, violin, viola and beginner piano.





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