- Winfried Rompf, President and Secretary
- Ardian Lagji, Treasurer
- Kevin Wong, Marketing
- Bruce Lin, USA Representative
- Shantha Gunasekera, Member
- Andrea Brown, Member
- Rei Lagji, Member
- Tanya Tyuleneva, Member
Interested Board Members
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Winfried Rompf, President and Secretary
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 also the founding member and musical director of the Vancouver Piano Ensemble.
Ardian Lagji, Treasurer
Ardian Lagji is a Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of 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 in his 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bruce Lin, US Representative
Dr. Wei Chen (Bruce) Lin, holds degrees from University of British Columbia, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and West Virginia University.
Dr. Lin has performed throughout Canada, China, Mexico, Taiwan, and the USA. He made his first orchestral appearance with the West Coast Symphony in 2002. In addition to his career as a soloist, he is an active chamber musician. He has been featured in music festivals including the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Chamber Music Unbound, Las Vegas Music Festival, Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Scotia Music Festival, and Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. His performances have been heard on U92 West Virginia Radio Station and Mexico City Cultural Channel. In 2008-09, he completed two artist residencies at The Banff Centre where he collaborated with musicians from around the world.
With his passion for teaching, Dr. Lin is Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas Lutheran University and on the keyboard faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word. Prior to this, he was at West Virginia University where he taught applied piano, class piano, and supervised the piano proficiency requirement. He has maintained a private teaching studio for pre-collegiate and adult students since 2000. Other previous positions include Camp Encore/Coda, Chamber Music Unbound, Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, Tom Lee Music Academy, and Westminster Conservatory. His students have achieved high marks in the Music Development Program, won several prizes in musical competitions, and many were accepted into collegiate music programs.
Dr. Lin is an active member of MTNA. He presents workshops and adjudicates competitions regularly.
Contact: 681-285-8483 or email at email@example.com.
Shantha Gunasekera, Member
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 her Masters (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.
Andrea Brown, Member
Andrea holds a Piano Teacher Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and is a Registered Music Teacher of B.C. and a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. She has received extensive training through private instruction and Master Classes with some of Vancouver’s finest pedagogues. Passionate about music and teaching, Andrea has continued to further develop her own playing and broaden her knowledge regarding the interpretation of piano repertoire of advanced pianists.
Ms Brown has been teaching piano and theory for over 25 years with many of her students have achieved outstanding results. She is an active adjudicator and has frequently been invited to adjudicate for the BC Conservatory of Music, the St Thomas More Chancellor Music Festival and the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival.
Rei Lagji, Member
Tanya Tyuleneva, Member
Tanya Tyuleneva began her studies early in life in her native Russia, and her pianistic artistry and skills were nurtured and polished at the famous Russian Piano School. Throughout her young career she won a number of competitions as a soloist and duet player throughout Russia and the Ukraine. She eventually went on to complete her master’s degree at the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory of Music. She currently maintains a busy teaching schedule while collaborating with a variety of local musicians, and was a recording artist for the 2009 series with the British Columbia Conservatory of Music. From 2008, Tanya became a core member of the Vancouver Piano Ensemble, performing with them in Asia, Europe and North America; sharing her love of ensemble piano music with others.