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Petya Stavreva

Toronto ON | M6R 1H9

About me

Praised for expressing "ultra-sensitive and highly refined pianism" (Quinte Society for Chamber Music), Petya Stavreva is working on her DMA at Western with Prof. Leslie Kinton. She finished her Master's Degree with Prof. Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received full scholarship and grant support from Canada Arts Council and the Webb Trust Fund from the Glenn Gould School. Before that, she was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for ten weeks. At Western, she is a three-time recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, as well as the Don Wright Graduate Entrance scholarship, and the Sherwood Fox Music scholarship.

Petya has been an active solo and collaborative pianist in Toronto over the last decade. As an educator, Petya has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis Festival in Toronto, the Pickering GTA Music Festival, the Brant Music Festival in as well as the Ontario Music Festival Association in Hamilton, and has been invited to adjudicate the Kiwanis Festival in Ottawa in 2019. She will soon be joining the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners, and currently maintains an active teaching studio in both London and Toronto/Mississauga.

Petya has been a prize winner of numerous competitions in Canada and Europe, and has performed concertos with the Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra. She recently played at the Aeolian Hall in London, as part of the Emerging Classical Artist Series. Her upcoming projects include various performances in the GTA, Stirling (Quinte Society for Chamber Music) and London, including a recital with Canadian baritone Peter McGillivray. She also recently formed Duo Avante with pianist Todd Yaniw, and the duo is expecting to complete a recording project by 2020.

She finished her Artist Diploma with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School on full scholarship, and obtained a Bachelor's degree at the University of Toronto with James Parker and Marietta Orlov. She also attended the Taylor Performance Academy in Toronto with full scholarship, studying with Arshalouis Nersessian. She has played in masterclasses for artists such as Vadym Kholodenko, John Perry, Mark Steinberg, Christian Tetzlaff, Andre Laplante and Jon Kimura Parker, among others. Past festivals include Bowdoin Music Festival as a collaborative Fellow, Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Banff Chamber and Solo Residencies, Nice Academy in France, and Toronto Summer Music Festival.


I have been teaching for about 13 years, and have taught beginners through ARCT and above - for both pure enjoyment (or hobby), as well as the pursuit of RCM exams, auditions, competitions, etc. My students have done well in exams, and have had success at Kiwanis festivals, as well as advancing to the provincial level (OMFA) and nationals for CMC.

In addition to maintaining a private studio throughout the years, I have also been a substitute teacher for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and a seasonal coach for the Taylor Academy, where I worked with talented kids from the Junior and Senior divisions. I was lucky to receive pedagogy training from renown Russian pedagogue Sophia Gilmson in Austin, who has impacted my teaching tremendously.

I strongly believe each student is different, and that lessons need to be tailored accordingly. I do not believe in the "one method book for all" mentality, because it simply doesn't work. Instead, I design lessons in relation to the individuality of my students. My aim, above all, is to encourage the enjoyment and love for music. I help students understand its complexities, and most importantly, help them develop an independent thought process that will ultimately lead them to find their own voice.

I design each lesson to be fun and challenging at the same time, in order to ensure a continuous learning process. Focus is an important part of learning any instrument, which is why piano playing is so beneficial for our daily lives. I also believe it’s imperative to teach correct technique and sound production (the earlier, the better – although it can be taught at any age), so that playing becomes effortless and free of injuries. With this method, piano does not become frustrating, and students are instead eager to keep learning.

Lesson details

Education and Accreditation

Western University – Doctor of Musical Arts, 2016-current
- full scholarship

The University of Texas at Austin – Master's Degree in Piano Performance, 2014-2016
- full scholarship

The Banff Centre – Independent Residency, 2013
- scholarship

The Glenn Gould School – Artist Diploma in Piano, 2011-2013
- full scholarship

The University of Toronto – Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance, 2007-2011
- scholarship

The Taylor Academy at The Glenn Gould School, 2003-2007
- full scholarship



more than 10 years


$60 & up

Teaching location

Students Home
Teachers Studio


Chamber Music


Alfred Method
Canada Conservatory
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music
Rote Method

Instruments and Subjects


Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults