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Nina Horvath

Vancouver BC | V5M 1N1

About me

Born in Rossland, British Columbia Nina began studying the piano at age five. She
earned her Teacher’s ARCT before going on to further studies at the University of Victoria,
University of Denver and the University of British Columbia.
Nina is a committed and passionate collaborative pianist and educator who recently
returned to Vancouver where her friendly, nurturing attitude, musically sensitive playing and
flexible creativity have her in high demand as a pianist and educator.
Most recently she was on faculty at Dalhousie University in Halifax NS where she served as a staff pianist for the voice studio of Marcia Swanston, as well as the Dal Chorus and Opera. She is a well respected collaborative pianist with a developing specialty in the repertoires
for voice and brass instruments.
Nina maintained an active leadership role during her education helping to
establish the UVic Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Paradigme Vocal Ensemble, Kingstreet
Independent Opera and First Tuesdays, a new performance series at the University of
Denver. Presently, she is committed to bringing classical music to small communities in
BC as a performing member of the Health Arts Society and enjoys returning to her home
in the Kootenays to perform and tour as a member of La Cafamore.
Her professional development has included mentorship from Rena Sharon,
fellowships at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Banff Centre as well as
participation in summer programs in Vancouver, Chautauqua, Bowdoin, Edmonton and
Salzburg, Austria.
Nina began teaching under the guidance of her childhood teacher, Margaret Purdy, and
has gone on to teach students from ages 4-70.
She has over ten years of teaching experience that
include award winning students in Conservatory Canada and RCM programs in piano, music
theory and history. She has also worked as a graduate teaching assistant which gave her the
opportunity to teach private and group piano at the college level.
Her teaching focuses on nourishing a love of all styles of music and art. Each student's
unique needs are taken into account when developing an appropriate curriculum. She works to
develop a mindful learning style and to foster artistic and practical skills that can be applied
throughout their life and work.
Nina is continually working on developing her own skills as a teacher and as a vocal and
instrumental coach to complement her skills as a collaborative pianist. She is the newly appointed Operations Coordinator with the Vancouver Bach Choir, plays with college voice program at the Vancouver Academy of Music and sings with the Vancouver Cantata Singers. When she is not
immersed in new musical adventures, Nina is an active skier, hiker and ultimate frisbee player.


Beginning students, exam preparation, discovery based learning, music history and theory. I also offer vocal and chamber music coaching and collaborative piano services.

Lesson details

Lesson format will be customized to suit each students individual learning style and goals. Students can choose from a 30, 45 or 60 minute lesson. I teach with a focus on discovery based and conceptual learning. Students will be given the tools they need to continue learning and discovering between lessons to provide the most efficient progress possible. Teaching will take place at Dalhousie Arts Centre or we can discuss the possibility of home lessons.

Education and Accreditation

Teachers ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Music - 2003
Bachelors of Music with Distinction, University of Victoria - 2008
(piano performance and music history focus)
Masters of Music, University of Denver - 2010
Diploma in Collaborative Piano, University of British Columbia - 2013



more than 10 years


$60 & up


Saturday- 2-7
Monday- 2-7

Teaching location

Students Home
Teachers Studio


Chamber Music
Childrens Music


Canada Conservatory
Clark Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults