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  • Nicki Stieda
    Nicki Stieda grew up in Vancouver, BC. After graduating in Violin performance from the University of British Columbia she moved to the Netherlands to continue her studies in Amsterdam with the renowned teacher Herman Krebbers. She played full time in the Netherlands Radio Orchestra for fifteen years prior to returning to Vancouver. In Canada Nicki has had an active career, playing regularly with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet touring Orchestra, as well as other freelance work and chamber music. A dedicated teacher, Nicki also enjoys coaching chamber music and being actively involved with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has adjudicated at various festivals in the lower mainland since 1995.

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    Melody Quah
    Described as a "poet with titanium fingers" by Lloyd Dykk of the Vancouver Sun, pianist Melody Quah has performed on the stages of Malaysia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, England, India, Lithuania and the USA. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she was a prizewinner at the 7th International Paderewski Competition held in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2007) and laureate of the New York Concert Artists International Concerto (2010) and William Byrd Young Artist competitions (2011). Melody was also invited to present a series of masterclasses and lectures to students and teachers at the Yamaha Canada Music Camp (2008 and 2010). While studying under Lee Kum Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music (B.Mus '08), Melody won the Kay Meek scholarship, received a top prize at the 11th Pacific Piano Competition, gave recitals at Gateway Theatre, (Richmond), and the University of Washington, Seattle and made appearances with the Richmond, Academy, Vancouver Philharmonic, West Coast and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in venues such as Deer Lake Park, Michael J. Fox Theatre and the Vancouver Orpheum Theatre. She has since performed at the Vilnius Cultural Center in Lithuania, at the Malaysian and European Union Embassies in Washington, DC, (in the presence of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak), and for the Gala Opening of the the 4th ASEAN International Chopin Competition. Her upcoming engagements include performances in the Horowitz Piano Series and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in collaboration with the Prokofiev Society of America and Yale School of Music. Melody received her Master’s from The Juilliard School in 2010 and is currently studying at Yale University’s School of Music.

    Melody Quah

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