B.Mus. Performance (U of T), M.Mus. (McGill), ARCT (Piano), M. Mus Collaborative Piano (U of T)
Andrea Van Pelt began studying piano at age 5 in Stratford, Ontario. Studying with Ilya Poletaev, she completed her masters degree in piano performance at McGill University. She received her undergraduate degree in piano performance at the University of Toronto with Andrew Markow and Marietta Orlov. She also began studying violin at age 8 with Peter Bartley of London and completed her grade eight violin with Lance Elbeck in Hamilton.
After receiving the Barwell Organ Scholarship, Andrea began organ lessons with John Tuttle under full scholarship. Previously, she worked with John Tuttle in two Toronto choirs at Trinity College and St. Thomas’s Anglican Church. Andrea has participated in various choirs and orchestras for over ten years, including working under Doreen Rao with the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers, with performances at Roy Thomson Hall.
Andrea’s participation in music festivals and competitions around southern Ontario has resulted in numerous scholarships, trophies, and awards. In spring 2011 she won the Michael Geryk Memorial Competition in Hamilton. Having completed the RCM ARCT in piano performance with distinctive recognition before entering university with Olga Tcherniak, Andrea has had the pleasure of working with many well-renowned concert pianists and teachers, including Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Janina Fialkowska, Rudolf Jansen, Andre Laplante, John Perry, Seta Tanyel and Roger Vignoles.
Andrea has been teaching piano since 2003 and well prepares numerous students for the RCM exams for all levels from beginners to advanced levels, including theory requirements. Andrea enjoys working with students of all ages. She's very much looking forward to working with students at CMC.