Winfried Rompf, President
Born in Bremen, Germany, Winfried Rompf immigrated to Canada as a child and took most of his academic and musical training in British Columbia, studying piano with Marjorie Lancaster-Smith, Edward Parker, Boris Roubakin, and Pierre Souverain. He won the Muriel Erskin Award for his ARCT examination and a number of other awards and recognitions.
Win, as he is known to his friends, has had extensive experience in solo performance, chamber music, vocal collaborations and coaching. He was conductor of the Gloria Ensemble – a community chorus and orchestra specializing in larger sacred works, such as oratorios, motets and masses. In addition, he was Music Director, conductor and pianist in several large churches in Vancouver.
Beside his busy piano teaching schedule, Win is senior piano examiner for the British Columbia Conservatory of Music, festival adjudicator, and master class clinician, both in Canada and abroad. He has been frequently invited to be on the jury of the International Competition for Piano Six Hands and Two Pianos Eight Hands in Marktoberdorf, representing Canada. At the University of British Columbia, he was an occasional lecturer in the historical and practical aspects of piano ensemble music and performance.
In 2006, along with flutist Karen Weisgarber-Smithson, he recorded all the works for Flute and Piano by the late Canadian Composer, Elliot Weisgarber. In 2010 he was appointed Vice President of the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. Currently, Win is the president and organizing chairman of the North West Piano Ensemble Society, which presents a biennial international piano ensemble competition for piano duo and piano duet. Win is alsothe founding member and musical director of the Vancouver Piano Ensemble.
Ardian Lagji, Treasurer
Ardian Lagji is a Professional Accountant and has a Bachelorof Arts from the University of Tirana, Albania. He has a long service and background in this profession starting as Junior Accountant and subsequently advancing to the position of Arts Imports and Exports Manager for the Foreign Trade Enterprise Branch in his native city of Durres, Albania.
He moved with his family to Canada in 1999 and resides now in Burnaby, British Columbia.
While working as a Junior Accountant, he attained further accreditation by completing BCIT’s Financial Management Diploma Program.
Later on inhis career, he was involved in Payroll and Benefits for various companies and is currently working as Payroll Manager for MVT Canadian Bus Inc., located in Surrey, British Columbia.
A long-time lover of music, he joined the NWPES as a member of the Board of Directors in 2009 volunteering as the Treasurer for the Society. He has been active in International and National events held by NWPES ever since.
He can be reached by phone: 604-805-0254 or by email at: email@example.com.
Kevin Wong, Marketing
Kevin Wong is a finance professional specializing in corporate finance and advisory services. An entrepreneur in the early days of his career, he later moved into banking and finance. His sector specialization includes consumer finance, life sciences, and high-tech industries.
Kevin has spent many years in various capacities with non-profit organizations. For six years, he was a founding co-Chairperson of the CIBC Youth Piano Competition. With a passion in the performing arts, he is honoured to serve as a Director for the North West Piano Ensemble Society.
Kevin also serves as a board member at Rumble Theatre Society and New Life Stem Cell Society (formerly known as Multi-Ethnic Marrow Transplant Society). Not a stranger to the media, he has been interviewed by CBC, CityTV, Shaw TV, NEWS1130, and many other print media.
Shantha Gunasekera, Administration
Shantha began her music studies early in life in her native Sri Lanka, Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Her father was the first Esraj (Indian instrument) player at Radio Ceylon while her mother played the piano.
She completed her ATCL (Associate Trinity College of Music) Diploma, in the United Kingdom and Music Diploma in Sri Lanka. She was awarded a full scholarship to study herMasters (MMus) and Ph.D. (Ethno-Musicology) in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She has since performed at such reputable venues as the Goethe Institute, Sheraton, Sydney, Australia, and BTV in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she initially settled with her husband.
For over 30 years she maintained an active private studio in Dhaka before moving to Vancouver, Canada. She was a key organizer of the Dhaka Music Festival for many years since 1986. She promoted Keyboard-Ensemble playing in Dhaka, garnering attention and accolades.
Erica Qu, Secretary
Erica Qu is the Secretary of the Northwest Piano Ensemble Society. She is an avid lover of music and especially, ensemble music. She studied piano under Mr. Winfried Rompf, and is now a budding piano teacher herself.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Simon Fraser University, and enjoys working with and teaching music to children with learning disabilities. Having more than fiveyears of experience working in administration, Ms. Qu has a talent for organization and project management, which she showcases when coordinating the Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition.
Ms.Qu’s ultimate pursuit is a life full of creativity, good music, and laughter. More information and contact can be viewed from her LinkedIn profile.
Rosa Hong, Director
Korean born Canadian Pianist Rosa Hong holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Dr. Sara Davis Buechner, a Künstlerische Ausbildung degree (Masters of Music) and a Solistische Ausbildung degree (Doctorate in piano performance) from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, where she studied with Prof. Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov.
As a virtuoso soloist, Rosa Hong has performed across Canada and Europe, and made her solo debut recital at the Schloss Kirche in Bad Homburg, Germany in 2002, followed by solo recitals as well as piano ensemble recitals and recordings in Ravensburg, Tübingen, Marktoberdorf, Bayreuth, Villingen-Schwenningen, Balingen, Tuttlingen, Besigheim and Trossingen, Germany.
Known for her sensitive sound and virtuoso technique, Rosa has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Clyde Mitchell, Bramwell Tovey and Tania Miller, the White Rock Symphony Orchestra with conductor Carl Ten Hoop, the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Bruce Dunn, the Shumen Philharmonic Orchestra in Shumen, Bulgaria under the direction of Ivan Iliev and the orchestra ‘arcademia sinfonica’ under the direction of Dietrich Schöller-Manno in Trossingen, Germany.
First prize winner in the 6th International Six to Eight Hands Piano Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany, with her Piano Trio, Rosa has also received Special Prize at the XIX Concurso Internacional de Piano de Ibiza, Spain, and numerous First prizes at Piano Competitions.
Through the years, Rosa has appeared in master classes with some of the most distinguished musicians such as Boris Berman, David Dubal, Marc Durand, Dr. Thomas Hecht, Krystof Jablonsky, Ruth Laredo, Jerome Lowenthal, Lee Kum Sing, David Moroz, John Perry, Mikhail Voskresensky and Professor Johann van Beek.
A dynamic Member of the Board of Directors at the North West Piano Ensemble Society,Rosa is currently active as a solo pianist, adjudicator in music competitions, guest lecturer in Marktoberdorf and Hammelburg in Bayern, Germany, as well as a faculty member of the Jean Lyons School of Music and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in Vancouver, Canada.
For more information, please visit www.rosahong.com.
Denis Khvatov, Site Administrator and Creative Designer
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1969, Denis Khvatov took his first piano lesson at the age of six. He studied in Gnesins Music Colledge and Russian Academy of Music (Moscow), from which he graduated with a Masters Degree as a highly qualified piano teacher and performer.
Teachers: Vyacheslav Gabrielov (piano), Andrei Khitruk (piano), Elena Kadashevich (music theory) and Larisa Gerver (music theory).
Since 1987 he has been a piano teacher and accompanist in music schools in Moscow.
From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a teacher for Moscow Secondary Specialized Music School (College) named after Gnesins, conducting instruction in the application of Information Technology to the study and production of music. He has applied these same skills to the business of music publishing, having typeset and design over 200 books and music collections through the commercial publishing house "Klassica-XXI" (Moscow).
Since 2008 he lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
In 2013 he launched a new start-up the Musical Sparrow Digital Recording and Publishing www.musicalsparrow.com. Under the brand of Musical Sparrow the series of books for piano beginners has been published.
Mr. Khvatov also is known as a composer. His pieces for piano is getting popular in the Old and New worlds. In BC his piano compositions are included in the syllabus of British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
To explore his compositions, please, visit his personal site www.denismusic.info