Originally from St. John’s, NL, Esmée Gilbert is a pianist and teacher who recently completed her Masters in Piano Performance from The University of Ottawa. In 2019 she graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) with joint majors in piano performance and musicology.
Esmée has experience in a variety of musical settings, including solo performance, chamber music, and ballet accompaniment. In addition to her classical training, she has also played in jazz and rock bands and is always eager to work on music of these genres with her students.
She is committed to creating well rounded musicians, working on music theory, technique, aural skills during lessons. These skills are vital in developing a students’ musical independence and instilling confidence as a musician, both at and away from the piano. She encourages her students to pursue the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program and strives to bring out each student's full musical potential. She is passionate about piano pedagogy and is working towards becoming an RCM certified teacher and adjudicator.
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Connor Cornick is a professional cellist and teacher from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Connor completed his undergraduate studies at Acadia University and is a recent graduate of Memorial University where he completed his M.Mus in cello performance. Connor has extensive performing experience, both solo and in ensembles, and has been teaching for 7+ years. He has held positions with several private institutions, non-profit groups, and has also taught through the Halifax Regional School Board. While primarily a cellist, Connor also teaches violin and has taken advanced pedagogy courses in this area.
Connor enjoys performing in both chamber groups and orchestras and has been an active member of a number of youth and community groups throughout his career both as a performer and as a teacher. While studying in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Connor also held a seat with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for two years. Connor is an avid believer in music as a tool for creative and personal growth and strives to help his students on their own musical journey.