#1 – 1128 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5
Piano Showroom:(604) 437-5161
Music Academy:(604) 683-0300
Call toll-free from anywhere in Canada [except Ontario]:1-800-4-PIANOS
Showcase Pianos Ltd. President
Owner Manuel Bernaschek has a passion. As a piano lover who recognized the need for fine pianos in Vancouver, he founded Showcase Pianos in 2007. Showcase Pianos carries only the finest artist’s instruments, highlighting world-class brands such as Fazioli, Grotrian, and Bechstein’s ‘W. Hoffmann’ line. But it was the Fazioli piano that inspired Manuel the most. For many years there was much talk in the piano community about a man in Italy who was making the finest pianos in the world. “We kept hearing that more and more famous pianists were converting to playing on Fazioli pianos, so I really wanted to bring them here,” says Manuel. He was determined to introduce one of the greatest concert grands in the world to his talented locale, handmade by world-renowned Paolo Fazioli. The German-made Grotrians are another notable draw – as are the economical ‘W. Hoffmann’ series by Bechstein, another performance instrument completely made in Europe. Over the past several years, Showcase Pianos has made a name for itself serving exquisite instruments of music to cherish and enjoy, with a crescendo of acclaim that resounds throughout Vancouver’s most illustrious private homes and concert halls. Manuel Bernaschek is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. On most weekdays mornings he can be found at the Broadway location, and most afternoons and weekends he is at the store in Aberdeen Centre. Manuel believes strongly in his community, and is on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), as well as Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, and works with the Vancouver Police Department’s ‘Odd Squad’ Fundraiser.
Yana was born in the Ukraine near Kiev and started playing piano at the age of six. Yana studied with the great teacher who was also associated world famous Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who was also born in the same city. Yana continued her studies and now holds a Bachelor in Music. After immigrating to Canada, Yana became very involved in Vancouver’s music community as an educator, piano performer and singer. Yana has a vast knowledge of the construction of pianos, and has worked as a piano consultant for more than a decade. Yana has a passion for fine quality instruments, and loves to share her expertise with anyone looking for more information related to the study of music and the search for a good piano. Yana regularly conducts workshops and seminars related to the study of music and choosing the right piano.
Cindy Cheng began her musical studies in piano from an early age in China. In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University. Cindy is interested in a large range of musical genres including classical, jazz, and pop. She likes playing piano because she believes music has a remarkable ability to conjure up happy emotions in people. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Emi Ching started her study of piano in Japan at the age of 5 and has loved piano ever since. Emi has been interested in the Fazioli pianos since hearing of the great popularity of Fazioli pianos in Japan. Emi is fluent in Japanese and English, and is learning Korean and Chinese. She can be found at the store in Aberdeen Centre on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Crystal Fung was originally born in Vancouver, Canada. She then began her study of piano in Hong Kong at age of 5. After she returned to Canada, she had continued her interest in music. She will complete her Grade 10 piano examination in April 2015. Crystal also enjoys singing and dancing outside of school and work time. Crystal loves to meet new people and can’t wait to show you around the academy. She is fluent in all Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Catherine Huang came to Vancouver in 2011. She accomplished a diploma from Douglas College after getting a bachelor degree in China. She had learned electronic organ for several years when she was very young and got the Grade 6 certification in China. She believes music is the most beautiful language of the world. Catherine is very glad to help you or your kids to find the right teacher to begin your music journey! Catherine is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Piano Consultant, Orchestral Director, Teacher
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, violist, conductor, and educator Jeffrey Chow has appeared in concerts as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout Japan, China, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Mexico, the United States and home in Canada. In addition to being the music director of the Southern Illinois Sinfonietta, Vancouver Folk Orchestra and former music director of the White Rock Orchestra Society, Jeffrey is a mariachi with the acclaimed group, Mariachi Los Dorados and is principal Violist of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra & New Westminster Symphony Orchestra.
Jeffrey Chow’s musical background started when he grew up singing along to country music tunes in front of his living room television set. Masterclasses and workshops Mr. Chow has attended include the Hot Springs Music Festival (arts administration with Laura Rosenberg and viola with Amadi Azikiwe), Ticino Musica International Classic (conducting with Arturo Tamayo), Atlantic Coast International Conducting Academy in Portugal (conducting with Colin Metters and Luis Clemente), Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) (conducting with Arthur Arnold and viola with Andrew Brown and Susan Gulkis Assadi), and SALT New Music Festival and Symposium (conducting with Professor Ajtony Csaba). In 2008, Jeffrey completed his studies at the University of British Columbia obtaining a Bachelor of Music diploma, studying with acclaimed Canadian violist, David Harding and Reginald Quiring. During his undergraduate studies, served as vice-president of the Scandinavian-Nordic Cultural Association for two years. In 2017, he obtained a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and viola performance from Southern Illinois University studying with Edward Benyas and Michael Barta. With a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate at his disposal from Columbia University in New York, he has taught classroom English and Music to children in Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, the USA, and in Downtown Vancouver for 5 years.
Bryan Kao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He started studying music and piano at the ago of four, and has accomplished the performance level in piano. He is also conversant with other musical instruments, including violin, cello, drums, guitar.
For the past ten years, he has been tutoring piano in Vancouver, BC. He has received much accolades from many of his past students, being impressed by his patience and detail-orientation in his teaching.
Bryan also knowledgeable with the working and maintenance upkeep of the piano.
He has grown up in a mostly musical environment, and has a degree from Simon Fraser University. He has two years of retailing and marketing experience in the financial service sector and has thus gained much servicing and interpersonal skills.
Bryan has a passion in music and in the instruction of beginning and advanced piano students.
Bryan is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Rongrong Ma, a lover of music, whose study of music instruments, singing and dancing started at a very young age. Playing ukulele and singing is a big part of her life. She graduated from Harbin University of Commerce in China with a Bachelor Degree of Management, during which she won the China’s National Scholarship, and gave a speech at the school assembly as the student rep. After she moved to Canada, she obtained her Accounting Diploma at British Columbia Institute of Technology, also took some Early Childhood Education courses because of her love for children. With the passion of music, the love for children, and the knowledge of Business and Education, she’s very excited working at Showcase Piano and Academy.
Adam Page, ARCT, LLCM studied for over 10 years with Edward Parker – his son Ian Parker and nephew John Kimura Parker are also active teachers – the author ofPiano Pedagogy: A Practical Approach.
He conducted group theory lessons, master classes, and prepared private pianostudents for RCM Examinations for two decades in his own studio before relocating to Vancouver.
Adam has participated in countless competitions and became well-known in Vancouver for his work as an accompanist. His warmth and patience coupled with a methodicaland structured approach make each piano lesson enjoyable and productive.
Lixia Li is considered a pianist with “incredible instinct and mature artistic insights,” by eminent artists such as Philippe Entremont and Jacob Lateiner. She has had the opportunity to work with numerous prominent pianists, such as Leon Fleisher, Aldo Ciccolini, John Perry, Francoise Thinat, Anthony di Bonaventura, Meng-Chieh Liu, Boris Petrushansky and Mikhail Voskresensky and Lee Kum-Sing. She has performed solo and chamber music in various music festivals such as Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Belgium International Piano Week, International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy, Brandywine Piano Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Grandin Festival at Cincinnati and International Keyboard Institute & Festival at New York.
Ms. Li’s competitive accolades include winners of the “Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra”, the “Concerto and Aria Competition of the Huxford Symphony”, finalist and “Audience Favorite Award” in Seattle International Piano Competition and finalist in the 5th “Mozart” International Piano Competition, in Italy. Ms. Li has been awarded distinguished “Career Development Award” from Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University.
Besides performing solo piano repertoire, Ms. Li is an experienced and highly acclaimed chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed in many concert halls in different countries, across United States, China, and Europe. Her collaborative performances have been highly praised by world-renowned artists Victor Danchenko, Cho-Liang Lin, John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Warren Jones, and many others.
She was a graduate of the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with the head of the keyboard department and one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States, Boris Slutsky (student of Anna Kantor, who was the teacher of Evgeny Kissin as well). Her principal teachers also included Eugene Pridonoff (student of Rudolf Serkin) from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and Dr. Jonathan Bass (student and assistant of Menahem Pressler) from The Boston Conservatory. She has more recently worked intensely with her mentor, Prof. Lee Kum-Sing (student of Hans Richter-Haaser and Magda Tagliaferro), to pursue an Artist Diploma at the Vancouver Academy of Music while maintaining an active performance schedule. She performs regularly with the Vancouver Chamber Players and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Li has many years of teaching experience, with students from beginning to performance level. Her interesting educational background makes her teaching style exceptionally unique and well-rounded. Her expertise in teaching hand position, piano technique, sight-reading, musical interpretation and score understanding, has nurtured students to utilize a comprehensive approach to piano music that has won universal acclaim from students and parents. Her students have regularly won first prizes in local competitions and have received very high marks in the RCM exam.
Stacy Lin was raised in a very musical family and began piano lessons in an early age in China. After she achieved the bachelor degree of clinical medicine in China , she had an opportunity to work with Qatar Airways and began her journey of travelling around the world. During the time with Qatar Airways,she visited almost 30 countries in the world. With the extensive experience with travelling and encountering different cultures, she believes music speaks a universal language capable of uniting the hearts of people everywhere.Now she is continuing to pursue her piano study in Vancouver. With the knowledge of piano maker’s history and sharp ears for the piano’s tone ,Stacy is happy to help people to find the right fine instruments at Showcase Piano and Academy.
Piano Consultant & Teacher, BDM
Eve’s teaching approach stimulates creativity, inspires self-discipline, and encourages each student to express themselves through music. Eve Tang received her Masters of Music from Yale University and Bachelors of Music from McGill University. She was also awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction in completing her ARCT diploma in piano performance. Her orchestral endeavors have taken her all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, Canada, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Malaysia, China and Colombia.
While having spent a year teaching actively in D.C., she also dedicated and valued her time as a volunteer. Her devotion to education has led her to teaching engagements in schools, libraries, hospitals, and cultural centers in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Miami, New Haven, and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Ms. Tang has broadened her global outreach by traveling to South America and serving in local communities as teaching artist and performer at the Academia Filarmónica de Medellín in Medellín, Colombia.
Eve has held orchestra positions in the New World Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as associate principal. Eve has also had the privilege to participate in numerous European music festivals, including Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and Verbier, Switzerland. She was on the viola faculty at the American Institute Musical Studies in Austria and Filarmónica Joven de Colombia.