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.
#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
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.
#3480 – 4151 Hazelbridge Way
Richmond, BC V6X 4J7
Piano Showroom:(604) 270-8883
Music Academy:(604) 270-8861
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 ‘C. Bechstein’ uprights and grands are another notable draw – as are the ‘W. Hoffmann’ series by C. Bechstein, another performance instrument completely made in Europe. More recently, the iconic German brand ‘Grotrian’ has introduced an economical Asian / German hybrid piano that is extremely popular among families looking for an entry level piano with excellent European tone. 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 days Manuel visits any of the stores by appointment. Manuel believes strongly in his Christian faith, in music, and in his community. Manuel was on the Board of Directors of Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, and worked with the Vancouver Police Department’s ‘Odd Squad’ Fundraiser, and currently works with the Canucks Autism Network’s REVEAL Gala event committee. In 2017 Manuel partnered with luxury menswear brand founder Mr. Stefano Ricci to open the 52nd store in the world that bears his name, and the first Canadian location at 1139 West Georgia Street.
Adam has worked in the music industry for three decades as an educator, performer and piano technician. He most recently spent time in Germany studying piano tuning, regulation and voicing at the C. Bechstein factory in Seifhennersdorf.
Academy Artistic Director
Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Carl Petersson began playing the piano at the age of 15. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with José Ribera. Petersson was awarded the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes scholarship four years in succession, studying with Pnina Salzman, Viktor Derevianko and Emanuel Krasovsky.
Petersson continues to perform internationally, and has appeared at venues such as the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York. He has collaborated with conductors JoAnn Falletta, Jiří Stárek and Niklas Willén, with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kraków Philharmonic, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in Music and Beyond, Canada, the International Chopin Festival in Antonin, Poland and the Beethoven Festival in Teplice among others.
In 2013 Petersson received his PhD from the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he assisted Mariola Cieniawa’s class. In 2008 he released an acclaimed recording of von Flotow piano concertos with the Pilsen Philharmonic on Sterling Records, and recorded Godowsky’s Java Suite in 2011. During his Canadian tour, he made a live recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at CBC Radio, subsequently releasing an album in 2015. In 2016, Petersson released his second album for Grand Piano of world premiere recordings by Per Nørgård which won the 2016 Siemens Music Prize.
As a lecturer, Petersson has been invited to, among others, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, University of Ottawa and the New England Conservatory which has joint programmes with Harvard University.
Academy Academy Administrator
Senior Piano Technician
Tom is dedicated to the Profession and Art of servicing pianos to their performance potential since 1978.
Senior Piano Technician
Paul loves pianos – being around them and playing them. He has been tuning and servicing pianos in residences, professional settings and performance venues since 1980.
Senior Piano Technician
Jack is a second generation piano technician for over four decades. He worked at Musicman pianos for 25 years and had training in the factories of Bosendorfer and Steinway. Jack worked at UBC, Kwatlen and VCC. Jack does complete service to all pianos from residential to concert. On the side, he is an avid woodworker.