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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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    Robin Copas holds a Masters Degree in Cello Performance, and maintains an active performance career as both a symphonic and chamber musician. He has been teaching cello for more than 27 years to a large and loyal class of students that includes children, teens, adults and retirees who started studies with him as either brand new cellists or as more advanced players.
    Robin has a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience including recitals, festivals and performances around North America and Europe. A longtime resident of Vancouver, he is currently the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lions Gate Sinfonia orchestra, and previously held the position of Principal Cellist of the Vancouver Island Symphony. He has also performed with most professional Symphonies in BC, along with major touring shows and productions. Robin has performed with artists ranging from opera legend Ben Heppner, to Smokey Robinson to Barbra Streisand. Additionally, he is the founder and leader of the Orca String Quartet.
    Robin is a dedicated and passionate teacher, and being a part of a student’s discovery of their own potential and the pleasure they get out of this is an exciting and gratifying part of his work. He continually strives to keep teaching material at exactly the right level, such that it stretches and challenges the students without overwhelming them. It is his goal to not only teach cello students technical skills to make beautiful music, but even more so to develop a love and appreciation of music and apply that insight wherever they see fit.
    While he recognizes that not all students participate in graded music events, his students have won music festival classes and achieved top Medal status in province-wide RCM exams. As a student himself, Robin also sat as Principal Cellist of both the Vancouver Youth and National Youth Orchestras, and graduated with Music degrees from both UVic and UBC.
    Robin takes pride in discovering creative ways to motivate each individual student, whether adult or youth, discovering what works for them. He helps them set short term goals such as recitals, auditions, music exams and festivals, encourages them to participate in chamber groups and community orchestras, and also teaches them good practice skills and tools to self-motivate at home, which is integral to long-term success with the cello.

    Robin Copas

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    Robert Koenig
    Pianist Robert Koenig has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, The Louvre Museum in Paris, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Zuill Bailey, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Aaron Rosand, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet. Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, West Branch International Festival and Academy, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC’s "Good Morning America" and CBS' "This Morning". Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000-2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Mr. Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. In the fall of 2007, he assumed his new position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Decca, Eroica, and Naxos. His CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz was nominated for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th annual Grammy Awards. Born in Saskatchewan, Robert Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee Kum Sing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.

    Robert Koenig

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