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 & keyboard lessons since 1998 and began to teach music theory, harmony and history at the music school in Edmonton - Alberta Music Academy in 2010. He has been a member of The Alberta Music Academy faculty since August 2008.
Brief Professional History:
I received my Associate Degree in Piano Performance in 1977, the same year I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Calgary.
I became a Registered Music Teacher the following year, upon completion of the Teacher’s portion of the ARCT.
While studying I received the Silver Medal for the highest marks in the province for both my Grade IX and Grade X exams.
I have also studied voice, flute, and violin.
I taught in Calgary as a studio-branch teacher for Mount Royal College for two years before moving to Fort McMurray in 1980 where I lived for the next 26 years.
While in McMurray, along with teaching and accompanying, I involved myself in many aspects of the music community:
· Director of the Music Festival for 12 years
· Sat on the Provincial Music Festival Association Board
· Active in the Registered Music Teachers’ Association
· Sat on the Provincial board for that organization
· Was instrumental in creating and designing the piano component of Musicamrose summer music camp and taught there for 3 summers
· Co-developed and taught an early childhood music program
· Authored textbooks for the first two levels of Harmony.
· Mentored other teachers in the community
Moving to Edmonton in 2006 I started my studio here, while remaining very active in ARMTA, and have recently retired my position as Past President of the Edmonton Branch and representative to the Provincial Board of Directors. I have recently joined the Richard Eaton Singers which is very challenging and so enjoyable!
I currently maintain a vibrant studio of enthusiastic pianists of all ages. My students consistently receive high marks in both practical and theoretical exams as well as scholarships at festivals and from the Edmonton ARMTA.
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.
Tuesday 5:00, 7:00 pm - Matthew Wicks
Wednesday 5:00, 6:00 pm - Marek Orszulik
Friday 8:00 pm - Matthew Wicks
Monday 8:30 pm - Matthew Wicks
Monday 6:00 pm - Marek Orszulik
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