FACULTY

ALESSIA DISIMINO

DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN FACULTY

Toronto and Boston-based violinist and educator Alessia is recognized for her thoughtful musicality and instinctive interpretations. Described as “one of Toronto’s finest violinists” (Snapd Beaches/Danforth), she is the founder and Director of North York String Academy, co-founder and violinist of the Bedford Trio, and concertmaster of the North York Concert Orchestra. Alessia has years of teaching experience providing private violin instruction to students of all ages and levels, and currently teaches individual violin lessons and curates the group class curriculum at North York String Academy. Alessia is committed to teaching each student according to their individual needs and learning styles, and has taught students as early as 4 years old to university students to adult amateur violinists. Many of her students have been accepted to arts secondary schools and universities for music performance and education.

As an active soloist, chamber musician with the Bedford Trio (Trio in Residence at the University of Toronto from 2018 – 2021 and current Guest Artist and Jurors in Residence for the yearly UofT Piano Trio Composition Competition), and as a violinist and concertmaster with NYCO, Alessia is deeply committed to artistic excellence and is passionate about community outreach and education. She loves to share her passion and love for music with the students she is privileged to teach.

Alessia holds her Master and Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (MMus, BMus) from the University of Toronto, studying with Dr. Timothy Ying and Annalee Patipatanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. She also holds her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in Violin Performance, is an alumnus of the RCM’s Young Artists’s Performance Academy and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has attended numerous summer study programs including Fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine, USA) and the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Orford Academy (Quebec), and the Domaine Forget Academy (Quebec). For her pedagogical training, Alessia has attended the Indiana University Violin and Viola Teacher Retreat (USA) and the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium. Alessia was a finalist in the 2018 Anton Rubinstein Chamber Music Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany, and was the recipient of numerous awards at the University of Toronto. She has been a featured soloist with numerous Toronto orchestras, and continues to collaborate with performers and educators across the Greater Toronto Area and the United States. 

AUBREY THAM

COLLABORATIVE PIANIST

Aubrey Tham is a multi-instrumentalist music educator and is on faculty at the North York String Academy as a collaborative pianist. Aubrey received her Masters of Music in Music Education from the renowned Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, MA, immediately following completion of her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, where she studied classical voice with Patrick Raftery and Krisztina Szabo. She left her post as a public school orchestra and choral director in Boston in 2018 to continue her career here in the school system and with her private music studio. Her most recent engagements include teaching middle school at the TDSB, preparing newly immigrated students for the Canadian school system through the JIAS, singing as soprano lead for the St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, and collaborating and performing with her colleagues in the GTA.

EROS TANG

VIOLIN AND VIOLA FACULTY

Eros Tang is an engaging artist in Toronto’s music scene. Eros has been concertmaster of a number of orchestras, including the OU Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra, and the CAST Philomusica Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Eros has engaged audiences in many performance settings and has worked with members of renowned ensembles, including the St. Petersburg String Quartet, the Pražák String Quartet, and the Juilliard String Quartet. As a member of the Chiron String Quartet, Eros was awarded the First Prize in the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Competition at the University of Toronto. In addition, he has participated and performed at various music festivals including the Festival Pablo Casals in France, Collegium Musicum Festival in Germany, Orford Music Festival, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Eros has founded an ensemble NewNote Music that performs and collaborates in creative settings to reach new audiences.

Eros has many years of experience teaching in both private and group settings on the violin, viola and piano. He has attended Suzuki Level and RCM teacher training workshops and worked with renowned pedagogues including Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom and Margot Jewell. He has organized and coached at local summer music festivals for string classes and chamber ensembles.

Eros is currently completing his pursuit of a Doctorate of Music diploma at the University of Oklahoma with the guidance of Min-Jeong Koh and Gregory Lee. He has attained the Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School and his Bachelor and Masters of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Erika Raum, Annalee Patipatanakoon, Teng Li, and Timothy Ying. He has received his ARCT Performance Certificate in both violin and piano and has had many years of experience teaching both instruments in private and group settings.

ELIZABETH LEE

CELLO FACULTY

Toronto based cellist, Elizabeth Lee, is a passionate performer in solo, chamber and orchestral disciplines. From an early age, Elizabeth enjoyed performing. Some of her favourite memories include performing in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing chamber works in Italy, and being invited to perform in Chicago with her high school orchestra. These experiences led her to pursue a career as a professional cellist.

Throughout her career, she’s had opportunities to learn from and collaborate with leading musicians of the century; some including Matt Haimovitz, David Hetherington, Eric Kim, Pacifica Quartet, and Joshua Bell, whom she credits her musical influences to.

Elizabeth completed her Master’s of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, as a scholar of the Artistic Excellence Award. While studying, she started her orchestral career with various orchestras of Indiana. Upon graduating in 2017, Elizabeth was invited for an apprenticeship at the Institute of Orchestral Studies with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), where she had the opportunity to play under the leadership of David Briskin, Christian Zacharias, John Storgards, Jack Everly, and Alexander Shelley.

Though her career started in orchestral playing, she regularly performs chamber music and holds annual solo recitals. Today, she is based in Toronto and regularly performs in Windsor Symphony Orchestra and now often serves as a principal cellist of the North York Concert Orchestra. While actively performing, Elizabeth is also a passionate and dedicated teacher. In recent years, she has taught elementary group classes for 15 months, full-time in South Korea. She teaches students of all ages and levels.

Elizabeth holds a Master’s of Music and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor’s of Music from McGill University Schulich School of Music.

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