Susan Evans was born in Wales, where she began piano studies at the age of 5, and as a teenager performed for several years as a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. After preparing for her LRSM in piano performance at the age of 15, she went on to study piano, cello and composition with Nigel Amherst, Michael Evans and Imogen Holst at Dartington College of Arts in Devon.
After a change of career path, Susan was accepted for studies at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Film and Television Production. She went on to work with award-winning animation director Paul Vester, with the esteemed film director Mike Leigh, as film editor at the BBC and on the Led Zeppelin’s seminal concert film, “The Song Remains the Same”
After living and working as a journalist in Tokyo for several years, she immigrated with her young family to Canada. In 2000 she obtained her Bachelor of Music at UBC, where she studied piano with Robert Rogers, Terry Dawson and Rena Sharon, harpsichord with Doreen Oke and composition with Stephen Chatman and Keith Hamel. Her compositions have been performed by Elektra Women’s Choir as part of the Vancouver Festival of Music, and at various venues in the Lower Mainland and in Switzerland.
She has performed as a pianist in collaboration with lyric coloratura soprano Lambroula Pappas, with the UBC Contemporary Music Ensemble, and with violinists Masako Matsumoto and Mary Sokol Brown.
Susan is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association. She is certified by the Royal Conservatory of Music as an Advanced Specialist teacher of piano, and as an Advanced Specialist teacher of music theory.
Brennan is devoted to students developing a deep, fulfilling and lasting connection with music. Drawing from his experience as a collaborative pianist, yoga instructor, athlete, and scientific researcher, Brennan brings a wealth of knowledge to each piano lesson. He prepares each student for a lifetime of learning music, which starts with discovering the thrilling possibilities in sound that can be created at the piano. As a Master of Science candidate in Kinesiology, Brennan is committed to creating a powerful learning environment in music education by combining cutting edge research in motor skill development and performance psychology to accelerate students’ learning and to enhance their ability to perform.
Brennan runs two private piano studios in Vancouver and North Vancouver, and his students perform exceptionally well in local piano festivals and exams. In addition to teaching, Brennan is highly sought after as a collaborative pianist for instruments and singers for performances and examinations. He has participated in multiple summer programs exploring vocal collaboration and chamber music with the Vancouver International Song Institute and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Whistler Institute. As well, he has previously been a piano accompanist for ballet classes at Pro Arte Centre and Hz Ballet Classique.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Brennan’s early piano studies began with Helene McLewin, Kelly Nobles, and Aline Banno. Brennan holds a Bachelors of Music degree in piano from the University of British Columbia, studying with Terence Dawson, Rena Sharon, and Miranda Wong. As well, he holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia, an A.R.C.T. Diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a L.B.C.M. Diploma in piano performance from the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. He is a certified Kelly Kirby Piano Method instructor and a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association.