Miya has been awarded the Teacher’s Certificate of Recognition by the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) for having her students score the highest mark in BC on their RCM examinations.
Miya is a founder of the Award winning Westcoast Harp Ensemble established in 2002, creating opportunities for ensemble members to perform at many different venues such as schools, retirement homes, and local malls. They participate in the local Music Festivals every year to keep their motivations high.
Her student’s ages range from children as young as 3 years to seniors, male and female. Her students vary from beginners and casual musicians who are looking at learning a new instrument and playing for fun for family and friends, or for themselves to students who are inspiring to become professional musicians by preparing them for Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations all the way to the Associate of Royal Conservatory Teaching Certificate (ARCT). Many of her students have won RCM Gold and Silver medals as well as the “Most Promising Student” Awards from the local music competitions such as the International Kiwanis Music Festival and the Burnaby Clef. Her students also enjoys working with the Suzuki Harp Programs and Harp Therapy Programs.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Miya Otake is an active harpist contributing her talent in performing and teaching. At age of seven, she began to play the harp in Japan. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her musical studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music with scholarships. She has won many awards and appeared in numerous recitals and TV programs, studying under Take Kling who is a former professor at the University of Victoria. Upon completion of her post-graduate studies in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music England, she pursued her studies even further in Nice, France. Her teachers include Elisabeth Fontan-Bonoche, Marisa Robles, Daphne Boden, Skaila Kanga, and Taka Kling and she has taken masterclasses with Lynne Palmer, Hugh Webb, and Catherine Michel.
Miya has performed around the world covering Europe, Asia, and North & South America. One of the most memorable performance was a duet with her sister, Kaori Otake at the Carnegie Hall, New York.