Music Studio M’s Montreal
We teach classical music that, as we strongly believe, makes one’s life fruitful and colorful and we enjoy sharing this experience with our students. We consider the development of student’s ability to work, think and imagine by him/herself one of our goals, and we seek to provide tools and guidance in order to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, stylistic awareness, experience in performance and motivation in pursuit of life with music. We are acquainted with Suzuki method as well as the RCM system of music education and take both into account in our personal approach to every individual student. We believe in solid technical, theoretical and aural training from early age. The studio is open to all levels and ages.
Mana Shiraishi is a violin and viola teacher and coached chamber music and string orchestras as well.
Mana graduated from Toho Gakuen high school of Music, Toho Gakuen School of Music (College) and studied futher at Schulich School of Music, McGill University (MMus) collaboration with violinists Jonathan Crow and Mark Fewer. Mana plays solo as well as chamber music; she is a member of various orchestras such as the chamber orchestra “Appassionata” and the Tokyo Mozart Players, Auriolus Quartet, Creo trio and Duo Ventapane.
In 2002, she was chosen to enjoy chamber music collaboration with Midori Goto, Koji Oikawa and Kota Nagahara at Midori’s career 20th anniversary concert in Japan. She participated in a concert tour “Mozart meets Jazz” with Paquito D’Rivera and Makoto Ozone, and made an appearance at music festivals such as Martha Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu, La Folle Journée au Japon, Takefu International Music Festival, Classic Festival produced by Japan Federation of Musicians, Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival in Vancouver and at the Czech Music Festival in Oita. Her recent projects include promotion of all violin and piano works of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski and a project called “The Three Faces of Kreisler” that explores rich output of the violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler.
Czech pianist Martin Karlíček teaches piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and gives concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician. His piano playing has been described as “inspiring, rich, sensitive, stylistically taut and arresting, precise, crisp, brilliantly controlled, wonderfully colorful and always imaginative.” His performances and lectures were enthusiastically received by audiences in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Canada, Greece, U.S.A. and Japan.
Aside from establishing his reputation as a dynamic promoter of Czech music, Martin Karlíček’s large solo and chamber music repertoire includes standard and contemporary works: one of his last projects was a CD of complete piano & cello and piano works by a young Canadian composer Andrew Yin Svoboda (1977-2004). Also, Mr. Karlíček introduced a world premiere of Félix Frédéric Baril’s piano concerto Déviations (2004), in 2005 Martin Matalon’s Las siete Vidas de un Gato as a North-American premiere and a world premiere of Tekeni-Ahsen by Denys Bouliane in 2011. In 2008 he and a Japanese violinist Mana Shiraishi, established Duo Ventapane that instantly embarked on tours of Europe and Japan receiving praise and admiration: “Duo Ventapane is an event to experience…”
Martin Karlíček studied at the Conservatoire in Plzeň, Academy of Music in Prague (B.Mus, M.Mus), Utrecht Academy of the Arts in Holland and at McGill University in Montreal in Canada (M.Mus, D.Mus).