Performers

Natalia Pardalis
Natalia is an in demand piano teacher based in the Surrey area. In addition to teaching piano and voice, Natalia is a multi-talented performer. She has been involved in several launches for Pianos on the Street and is a great supporter of the project! You can hear her performing on the following dates:
Surrey Central SkyTrain: Friday July 24 10:30 – performing and teaching Friday Aug 7 10:30 – performing and teaching Friday Aug 14 10:30 – performing and teaching Clayton Heights (188th and 68th Ave): Saturday July 25th at 2:30-3:00- performing and teaching Saturday Aug 6th at 2:30-3:00 – performing and teaching
Elizabeth Gilchrist
Music teaching is about inspiring a lifelong passion for music. Along the way, a student learns discipline, skills, coordination, and the joy of striving for perfection. The ability to perform, i.e. express oneself, is also a great skill to learn early in life. I have a lifelong passion for music of many different genres. I have 33 years experience teaching music. I’ve taught students age 4 to 84 and am experienced preparing students for exams, festivals, and recitals. I’ve taught music , and played music and directed choirs in churches since I was a teenager. I’ve been involved with festivals, recitals, and concerts as a performer, teacher, and accompanist. Whether playing, teaching, conducting, or accompanying, my philosophy is always to do my best, and have fun doing it!
I’ll be performing at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station on Saturday, July 25 from 11:00-12:00 pm and on Saturday, August 8th from 11:00-12:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Daria Federova
As a young prodigy Daria began her career at the age of 10 winning the Grand-Prix at the Open Music Competition of M.Rostropovich in 2000, in Russia. At 15 Daria entered the prestigious College of the Moscow State Conservatory of P.Tchaikovsky. After graduating in 2009 Daria moved to Holland to study with well-known Russian Professor Tamara Poddubnaya at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, Netherlands. In 2011 Daria was fortunate to be selected by famous Canadian pianist Richard Raymond to do her Master’s at the Concervatoire de Musique de Montreal. Daria received her Master Degree in 2013, winning the highest distinction for her final performance. Daria leads an active concert life giving solo and chamber recitals, as well as performing as part of the Fedorova & Takser Piano Duo, and collaborating with well-known Canadian conductors such as Louis Lavigueur and Raffi Armenian.
Daria performed at this year’s Surrey Central SkyTrain launch. For more information about Daria, visit: https://www.facebook.com/fedorova.takser
Ilya Takser
Ilya Tasker received his Bachelors Degree in Piano performance and Pedagogy from the College of the Moscow State Conservatory of P.Tchaikovsky (Russia) and completed his Masters Degree at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, winning the highest distinction for his final performance. A winner of many Competitions and Festivals, Ilya was also awarded the Montreal Conservatory Foundation Grant for excellent achievements (2012-2013). In his 2012 concert season Ilya performed the Second Piano Concerto by S.Rachmaninov under the direction of well-known Canadian conductor Louis Lavigueur, to great acclaim. Ilya leads an active concert life, performing in many countries as a part of the Fedorova & Takser Piano Duo, in different chamber groups and as a solo performer.
Ilya performed at this year’s Surrey Central SkyTrain launch with Daria Federova. Ilya also runs a successful music studio in Richmond with Daria called Federova & Takser Piano Studio.
Charlie Pears Smith
Charlie Pears-Smith considers herself to be a ‘Heinz 57’. Although she grew up surrounded by the 90’s British pop culture, her inspirations come from the R&B divas of the 70’s and 80’s and the rock and blues legends of the 20th century. After winning the title of ‘Kootenay’s Best Singer’ in 2013, her name began to get more exposure through the Kootenay region and she performed at venues such as ‘The Annual Kootenay Festival’ in Castlegar, The Prestige Hotel in Nelson, as well as local markets, bars, and fundraising events. Newly graduated as a Performance Vocal Major of Selkirk College’s ‘Contemporary Music and Technology Program’ she resides in the North Vancouver area where she is currently working on new and upcoming projects and participating in the ever growing Vancouver music scene while also working at the prestigious ‘Commodore Ballroom’. Not only a vocalist, Charlie taught herself piano at the age of 8 and took several guitar and acting lessons in her early teens. She hopes that her talents will help her become a successful entertainer and she can travel around the world, doing what she loves the most; music.
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Vlada Mars
Vlada’s piano education started when she was seven, in a school for musical talents in Belgrade, Serbia. During her ten years of elementary and secondary music school, she studied piano, solfeggio, theory, harmony and the history of music. Vlada was studying musicology at the Academy of Music in Belgrade when she began to teach piano and was the co-founder of a Little Music School for young children where she helped prepare them for their later musical education. When she and her family moved to Vancouver in 1994, she developed a music program for young children ages 3-5 and taught private piano lessons to beginners and advanced piano players, children as well as adults. Vlada is passionate about her work. She is currently teaching at the Hollyburn Country Club, in West Vancouver, where she has been teaching since 1997. Vlada is also Hollyburn’s Fine Arts Coordinator, and is overlooking lessons for a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, piano and voice. She also organizes both Christmas and Spring Recitals for all of these instruments.
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Samuel Louis
Samuel Louis began his piano study in Vancouver, Canada before moving to London to study with Douglas Finch, Philip Fowke, and Patsy Toh, where he gained his Master of Music at King’s College London. Sam has won various awards such as the first prize of “Il Circolo” Competition at the Italian Cultural Centre, and has given recitals throughout UK and Canada. He also received King’s London Award for his contribution towards the London community from King’s College London.
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Michael Trew
Michael Trew has wide performing and composing experience in a variety of musical genres, including rock, classical, jazz, and the healing arts. He began studying Composition with Cortland Hultberg at UBC, graduating with a BMus in 1972. Subsequently he obtained a Professional Teaching Certificate (1976) before returning to obtain a Master’s (1980) and Doctorate (1986) in Music Composition. His teachers included Stephen Chatman, Paul Reale, and Elaine Barkin. Currently Michael teaches piano, theory, history, and composition privately, is a performer, and accompanies vocal artists in Vancouver. Original works have most recently been performed by Adrian Verdejo, Tom Shorthouse, Michael Murray, and The Erato Ensemble.
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