Mr. Fridman has earned two masters’ degrees – as a pianist and opera director – from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia).
He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. He has taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev, and at the Pskov Music College. He has performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics.
Mr. Fridman served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton from 1991 till 2002 and taught in the Conservatory’s International Music Academy and the University of Alberta.
Currently, Joseph is a director and a piano teacher of the Alberta Music Academy in Edmonton. He lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops in Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA and has taught in various summer schools: Strings and Keys (Bergen), Alberta College Summer School (Edmonton), and has been a clinician in the CASSA (Calgary) summer camp.
Joseph has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (2004).
His piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and Fall Festival.
Joseph Fridman performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio.
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A native of Russia, Tatiana (Tanya) Fridman has received her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious St.Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia).
She is a concert pianist, piano & piano pedagogy teacher and accompanist.
After her arrival to Edmonton in 1991, Mrs. Fridman taught at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music until 2002 when she established the Alberta Music Academy Inc. with her husband Joseph Fridman.
In the year of 2000 Tatiana created “Musical Encounters”– a series of concerts for children in which music, poetry, puppetry, visual arts and dance were brought together. All concerts were sold-out events.
To make first steps into music memorable and enjoyable for her younger students, she has developed a program for children ages 4 to 7 based on a system of musical games called “Discover Music”™.
Her students of intermediate and advanced levels have received medals for achieving the highest marks in Alberta in their piano and theory exams. They are winners and scholarship recipients of the city’s music festivals and competitions.
As a pianist, Matthew Wicks has received several awards - Gerry Segger Scholarship for Performance Excellence (2011), a grant from the Winspear Fund, scholarships from the Anne Burrows Foundation, Women's Musical Club of Toronto and Toronto Summer Music Academy.
In 2010, Mr. Wicks received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. Matthew also has two diplomas in piano performance: an Associate of the Royal Conservatory Toronto diploma (ARCT in 2003) and a Piano Performance Diploma (PDP in 2008) at The Glenn Could School of The Royal Conservatory. His primary teachers were Ina Dykstra, Andrew Markow, Joachim Segger.
Matthew’s musical interests, however, are not limited to the piano. He also has studied composition and theory with Omar Daniel, and with jazz aficionado George Thurgood. His conducting studies were with Yuri Meyer and Alain Trudel. In Toronto, Matthew performed in masterclasses for Leon Fleisher, Andre Laplante, John Perry, and Kum Sing Lee.
Matthew has been teaching piano since 1998 and began to teach music theory, harmony lessons as well as music history in 2010. He has been a member of The Alberta Music Academy faculty since August 2008.
Here are a few thoughts to help you choose between group & private lessons in Edmonton.
- your child shows a clear, keen interest in piano
- you have an upright or grand piano at home
- your child can easily follow a teacher's guidance
- you would like to introduce your child to piano/keyboard
and see if he or she shows an interest
- you do not have a piano at home
- your child is very active, and enjoys movement and group activities
Dora was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and has studied piano for the past ten years.
She started at the age of 4 in the Academy’s “Discover Music”™ Group Program and at the age of six began taking private lessons with Tanya Fridman. She has competed many times in the Kiwanis Music Festival and has often placed first.
In January 2018, Dora completed her RCM Grade 10 Piano exam with a score of 90%.
Currently, Dora is also enrolled in the band program at her school playing clarinet. She has competed with her school band numerous times. She is set to attend Old Scona Academic High School in September and is continuously working towards her ARCT Piano Performance degree.
Julia is originally from Hong Kong. Influenced by her sister’s piano lessons, she started learning the piano at the age of 4. She joined the Hong Kong Children’s Choir when she was 9, and performed in numerous concerts and musicals before moving to Canada in 2007.
Upon arriving in Edmonton, she began taking piano lessons at Alberta Music Academy Inc. with Tanya Fridman and completed her final ARCT Piano Exam after 7 years of studying.
She also became interested in playing the violin, and achieved the Grade 8 violin qualification under the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2010 before concentrating on her piano studies.
Julia started helping in group music lessons as a Teaching Assistant at the Alberta Music Academy in 2013. Upon finishing her ARCT piano examination in 2014, started teaching private lessons as well. She teaches the “Discover Music” program to young children at the beginner level.
Ms. Lin has earned Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Alberta.
Jonathan is a native to Edmonton and has been playing piano since he was five. For the past ten years he studied piano with Joseph Fridman, and has competed numerous times in the Fall Festival and Kiwanis Festival.
Jonathan now teaches elementary piano to students young and old, as well as the “Discover Music” program to young children. He hopes to inspire an interest for music in all
Jonathan is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta as an undergraduate student, and continues to work towards his ARCT Piano Performance degree.
You are welcome to meet with a teacher prior to lessons! The first meeting/interview for about 15-20 minutes is free of charge. Please, choose suitable for you day and time and click on the button below.
Monday - Julia Lin
Tuesday 4:30, 5:00, 7:00 pm - Matthew Wicks
Wednesday - Marek Orszulik
Thursday 6:00 pm - Dora Shi
Friday 4:45, 5:15 pm - Matthew Wicks
Friday - Julia Lin
Monday 7:30 pm - Matthew Wicks
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday -
Thursday 7:15 pm - Matthew Wicks