Private Piano Teacher, Yamaha Instructor (candidate August 2021)
Demetry Ian Prezelj completed his studies in piano performance under the mentorship of David Jalbert at the University of Ottawa. He has furthermore completed his 10 Royal Conservatory of Music training in 2016 at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts under the supervision of Natalia Pavlovskaia. Besides his conservatory training, he has participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Angela Hewitt, Krzysztof Jablonski, Janet Lopinski, Janina Fialkowska, André Laplante, Peter Longworth and Marvin Blickenstaff. He has been an avid competitor in the Kiwanis Music Festival from 2014-2017. As a performing pianist, he has made his solo concert debut at the NAC in February 2020. Demetry has competed in many competitions such as the Canada International Piano Competition, The Canadian Music Competition, the University of Ottawa Orchestra Competition and the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition. Demetry has also partaken in many prestigious festivals including Orford Musique and the Tuckamore Music Festival.
Throughout his years of training and teaching, he has come to the conclusion that no single student or musician is the same. Therefore, a single rigid strategy of instruction is not his pedagogical aim. Instead, Demetry gears his instruction based on the student’s individualistic personality and skills. The goal is to create a student that reflects his/her own vision in music, to provide practical strategies that will enable the growth of their inner musical ear, and to develop their interests and skill in the various styles of classical music. It is important to remember that the whole musician is greater than the sum of the individual parts that went into creating that musician.
Demetry looks forward to becoming a Yamaha instructor, as well, providing a unique and highly personalized method of learning for private piano students, creating an environment to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals to achieve their highest level of success at KMC.