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Welcome to the Vancouver Academy of Music. For over forty years VAM has set the highest standard for music education in Western Canada, while providing for Vancouver a facility that serves as a central hub of musical activity. Discover our personalized approach to music instruction  and learn how we can facilitate your pursuit of creative excellence.


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  • Lee Kum Sing
    Lee Kum Sing studied with Gerhard Puchelt in Berlin, and with Julius Katchen and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. Mr. Lee started his solo and orchestral career in Singapore (1953) and made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall (1963) and his London debut in Wigmore Hall (1969). He has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, Alfredo Campoli, Rivka Golani, and Kim Borg. Mr. Lee's performances have been broadcast on BBC, CBC, Asian, Australian and European radio and TV. Professor Lee has been VAM Piano Department Head since 1971 and was a Professor of Piano at UBC (1972-2005). He is currently on the faculty of international summer festivals in Holland, Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China, USA and Canada, and is Visiting Professor to several music conservatories in China. Professor Lee sits on the jury of international piano competitions, including Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Chopin (Warsaw), Rachmaninoff (Moscow), and China (Beijing).

    Lee Kum Sing

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    Silvia Fraser
    Born in Vancouver, Silvia Fraser completed her BMus in Solo Piano under Prof. Lee Kum-Sing from the Vancouver Academy of Music and went on to receive her Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, receiving private study with Dr. Jean Barr and vocal coaching with Dr. Russell Miller. While at Eastman, she was twice honoured with the school’s Excellence in Accompanying Award. She subsequently completed two years as Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, for which she was awarded a prestigious Wingate Scholarship. There, she studied with John Blakely and has coached with other leading musicians such as Roger Vignoles, Robin Bowman, Ralph Kirschbaum and Ralf Gothóny. She has performed internationally, visiting Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Korea, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Holland, Norway, England and Wales. Her appearances in London have included Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, and the Purcell Room for an anniversary concert honouring the late mezzo soprano Jennie Tourel. She and baritone Christian Immler gave a Paris recital debut as part of the 1st prize in the Nadia et Lili Boulanger International Competition, where Françoise Pollet, member of the jury, invited her for a shared recital at the opening of the Festival du Haut-Limousin. She and Christian Immler  made their Vienna and New York recital debuts together, the last hailed by the New York Times as “A Harmonious Conversation between a Baritone and a Pianist”. She has partnered with many other competition winners, including those of Jeunesses Musicales (Spain) and the BBC Young Musician of the Year , where she accompanied the winning cellist, Guy Johnston. She has been Official Pianist for the Banff Centre Cellofest and the Vancouver Cello Club, who granted her the first Colin Hampton Memorial Scholarship for her contribution to the cello community, and the Manchester International Violin Competition. In Manchester, she presented a recital series in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music based entirely on Spanish song, entitled Amar y Cantar. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, most recently on In Tune and Voices, CBC Radio Vancouver, and BBC television. Her masterclass experience includes Ivry Gitlis, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, Zara Nelsova, Tsuyoshi Tsustumi, Natalya Gutman, Anner Bylsma Samuel Sanders, Gaelyne Gabora, Sarah Walker, Warren Jones, Malcom Bilson, Barry Tuckwell, Michael Collins, Cho-Liang Lin, and Steven Doane. After having been a regular teaching assistant at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, Silvia held the position of Pianist and Coach at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for six years is currently Pianist and Coach at the Lausanne Conservatoire.

    Silvia Fraser

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