Matthew is the director of Life Musique Academy, and has been an avid music entrepreneur for 20 years. He strives to provide quality service to students in Richmond, Vancouver, and the Lower Mainland.
Matthew began his music education in 1977 in Hong Kong where he learned piano with Ms. Chu Pui Ying for 8 years under the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), and choral singing for 7 years under the leadership of Dr. Yip Wai Hong. Matthew immigrated to Vancouver in 1990 and continued to study piano, voice and music theory with Mr. David Vandereyk, Mr. George Roberts and Mrs. Trudy Morse. He has now immersed himself in the music industry for almost 20 years.
Matthew holds an ARCT in Voice Performance of the RCM, and a DipABRSM in Piano Teaching. Graduated from the Capilano University Conducting Program, he enjoys teaching music to students of all ages. Some of his students received honors with distinction in various RCM examination subjects. Through many years of teaching experience, he is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, French, Italian and German. He is currently a member of the Richmond BCRMTA (British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association) under Piano, Voice, Theory and Conducting.
Qu Zheng is an accomplished musician with a focus in playing the Chinese instrument Erhu. He was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 2014. His music goals include working towards his Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy and performing to the elderly and young children at local institutions.
Qu started learning Erhu since 2008 in China. He obtained the Certificate of Grade 10 Erhu from the Music Grade Examination Committee of the Guangdong Province Musician’s Association. He has rich experience in Erhu performance such as busking, music competitions, music festivals, concerts, and weddings. While he was studying music in China, he won the College Music Instrument Competition three times — 2nd prize in both 2011 and 2012, and 1st prize in 2013. In 2016, Qu was awarded the 1st prize of the Kiwanis Music Festival under the Chinese ethnic string instruments group. As the first prize winner of the music festival and the only representative of Chinese instrument player, Qu was invited to perform at the Kiwanis Gala Showcase Concert. At the Capilano University in North Vancouver, Qu also won two times in the Music Diploma Student Performance Competition — 2nd prize in 2017 and 1st prize in 2018. Qu differentiated himself in his Erhu techniques and joined the Toronto Chinese Orchestra and the BC Chinese Orchestra to perform locally.
Qu has a passion in teaching Erhu to anyone who is interested in learning the instrument. With a native background in China, Qu speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese. In China, Qu achieved Grade A in the national level two of Mandarin Chinese. Qu also holds a Teaching Certificate for music class of primary and junior high school which is composed of students from Grade 1 to Grade 9 in China. He enjoys working with all levels students including adult and youth (age 5 and up).
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