STRIVE studios - Professional Music Education

Faculty Biographies
 
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Vicky Vlassis-Radulovich ~ Owner and Voice Specialist

Vicky Vlassis-Radulovich has completed her Master of Music in Performance and Literature, and her Bachelor of Music in Voice; both at the University of Western Ontario. She was then invited on scholarship to complete post-graduate diplomas specializing in operatic performance and voice technique from the Music University of Augsburg, Germany, and the University of Vienna, Austria where she studied with renowned soprano Dr. Edith Wiens and other esteemed musicians.  In addition, she has also completed her Bachelor of Education at Brock University to fulfill her training in music and voice education.
 
Vicky has performed several leading operatic roles with UWOpera which include: 'Cherubino' from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Old Lady' from Bernstein’s Candide, 'Hansel' from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and 'Despina' from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.  She has also performed in several recitals, concerts, and competitions throughout North-America, and Europe.  In November of 2008, Vicky was a Semi-Finalist in the Slovak and Czech International Voice Competition and also the winner of the 2008 Niagara Music Award for ‘Best Theatrical Performance’. Most recently Vicky performed in two full recitals in the Niagara Region consisting of operatic and folk repertoire in Czech, English, Spanish, French, and Greek.  The recital also included popular Latin and Tango melodies.
 
Although she loves to perform, Vicky also has a strong passion for teaching and joyfully teaches professional voice lessons. She instructs various styles and performance methods and has students of all ages and levels. She holds extensive experience and knowledge with respect to vocal instruction and has truly become an expert in her field.Vicky is excited to be expanding into the Grimsby/Lincoln area and is extremely proud of her faculty that have joined her in her vision of providing enriched music programs and educational services. 

 
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Dr. Tatiana Korotkova ~ Piano and Choral Directing

Born and educated in Russia, Dr. Korotkova is both an accomplished pianist and choral director, receiving a M.Mus. in choral conducting from the Novosibirsk Conservatory and a PH.D. in Music Education from the Russian Academy of Education in Moscow.
 
She is a professional educator with a lifetime of experience, and has also taught music at the University and College level. As a Choir Director, Tatiana toured with her choirs throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and the U.S.A. Her choir “Academy” was invited to perform as a guest choir at the National convention of ACDA, USA, participated in many international projects, including Bach-Academy, Germany.
 
Dr. Korotkova instructs piano for all levels including small children and adults for advanced repertoire. She is a professional accompanist and conductor of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, and a Music Director at St.Columba Anglican Church.  She has Diplomas and Certificates of Merit for achievements in teaching and performing, including international recognition (Finland, U.S.A., Netherlands).  Dr. Korotkova's credentials are truly astounding and we are thrilled to have her instructing at STRIVE studios. 


 
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Brent Wirth ~ Guitar, Bass, and Drums

Brent Wirth is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and pedagogue who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Specialized Honours Music degree.  While completing his degree at York University, Brent had the opportunity to study with several of Canada’s leading music instructors, including William Beauvais, Art Levine and David Lidov, in the areas of classical guitar performance, theory and composition respectively.  He is also a music instructor himself and has over a decade of experience teaching guitar, bass, drums, theory and songwriting both privately and in group classes to students of all ages and levels.
 
Despite his young age, he has already garnered international recognition for his musical efforts which include composing an original score for the independent short film Meet May that was selected for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and recording original music and an accompanying video that was broadcasted to millions of people during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.  More recently, two of his songs were licensed to be used in the pilot episode of a new sitcom, Lunch, which is currently being pitched to television networks across the United States. 
 
Brent is also an avid performer and has hit the stage over a thousand times across Canada and has been heavily involved in Hamilton and Toronto’s flourishing indie rock scenes with a plethora of bands.  He is also no stranger to the recording process.  In addition to producing and recording local bands and artists at his home studio, Tape Head Recording, which he operates with his brother, Brian, Brent has accumulated dozens of recording credits as a performer, songwriter and producer.
 
A testament to his own diverse interests and versatility, Brent strives to provide all of his students with a holistic approach to learning music.  Through a balance of technical and creative development, theoretical reinforcement and practical experience (ie. performing, composing, recording, etc.), he seeks to instill students with the skills, knowledge and versatility that are vital to the modern musician.  We are excited to have Brent join the STRIVE faculty and he looks forward to working with aspiring musicians in the Grimsby community.


Máté Szigeti ~ Flute and Piano

Hungarian-born flautist Máté Szigeti received his Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music . After graduation, Mr. Szigeti spent several years with the Debrecen Symphony, where a familiarity with the standard operatic and orchestral repertoire was firmly established.   On the international concert circuit, Mr. Szigeti has appeared as a soloist and orchestra member in North America, Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, including the famous Baalbeck, Boustan and Tyre festivals, sharing the stage with such renowned soloists and conductors as Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Barnabás Kelemen, Boris Berezovsky,  among others.

From 2000-2010, Mr. Szigeti was affiliated with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra as both principal flautist and soloist, and was on the faculty of the Lebanese National Higher  Conservatory.  Students from his studio were hand selected on three occasions to join the West-Eastern Devine Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, while others were successfully prepared for entrance exams with such institutions as the Damascus Conservatory (Syria), the Music Hockschule Basel (Switzerland), and  University of Montreal (Canada). "Throughout my career, I have focused on empowering my students to succeed by encouraging them to develop their strengths and to grow both academically and personally." Having Mr. Szigeti instructing at Strive Studios is truly an honour.




Mrs. Jadwiga Pomorski - Violin

Jadwiga Pomorski was born in Poland and began playing the violin at age 6.   She holds a Master of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Music, Katowice, Poland where she studied with renowned violin professor Stanlislaw Lewandowski.  

She went on to play with the Lublin Philharmonic orchestra and soon became concertmaster of the orchestra.  She taught violin at a secondary music school and at Marie Sklodowska Curie University in Lublin, Poland.  The university orchestra went on tour throughout Europe to Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Italy. 

Jadwiga came to Canada and completed her  Honour Specialist degree in teaching from the University of Toronto.  She taught strings at Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines for many years.  She also taught strings as part of the Niagara Elementary Instrumental Program.  Since 1991 she is a Niagara Symphony violin player.  She frequently performs solo music and chamber music in the Niagara Region.  She also plays with her husband who is a musician and organist, and with her son who is a renowned cello player.


Bryanne Noel - Voice and Piano

Bryanne has graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Music Honours, Music Education and a Minor in Sociology. She has performed in many recitals singing in English, French, German, Latin and Italian while at Western. She has performed with her University’s choir, works such as Handel’s Messiah and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Along with her classical training she has also performed musical theatre from the time she started singing, both as a soloist and as a part of a competitive musical theatre team. Along with performing at Western, Bryanne studied subjects such as music psychology and music philosophy, helping her to become a well rounded teacher. She was also able to complete a placement at a preschool specializing in music, which helped her become familiar with teaching music to young children. Bryanne enjoys performing in her community and has been a soloist at Knox Church and the Royal Canadian Legion in Thorold. Along with classical and musical theatre music, Bryanne is also well versed in popular music performance. She enjoys teaching all genres and is able to modify her lessons specifically to her students needs. Bryanne has teaching experience in both voice and piano and is very dedicated to her students. She is very excited to be joining Strive Studios!



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