Marina Sheversky (MMus)
Marina Sheversky was born in Chișinău, Moldova (formerly part of the Soviet Union). She started playing piano from a very early age and knew instinctively that piano would be a large part of her life. In Grade 1, Ms Sheversky enrolled herself in piano lessons. After displaying a high degree of aptitude, the head of the piano faculty selected and prepared Ms Sheversky for entry into a professional music school. This marked the beginning of her 17 years of dedicated professional musical education in piano and music theory.
Completing her formal educational training in classical piano and theory, Marina Sheversky graduated from the renowned Odessa State Nezhdanova Conservatory of Ukraine, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Music with four different musical specialties: Solo Piano Performance, Collaborative Performance (group performance), Piano Accompaniment, and Piano Pedagogy (teaching). Ms Sheversky solidified her own style under the fortunate tutelage of two renowned piano musicians. First, Ms Sheversky polished her skills and developed her own artistry through the master class in Solo Piano Performance by Alexey Botvinov, one of the world’s leading contemporary Ukrainian pianists. Complementing her piano performance, Ms Sheversky then developed her philosophy and method of teaching through the master class with the great pedagogue and Professor of Piano, Alexander Kardaschew.
The Odessa State Nezhdanova Conservatory is the oldest musical educational institution, founded in 1913. During its more than 100 years of existence, over 8,000 prominent musicians and music performers from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America have been trained at the prestigious Odessa Conservatory, among them such distinguished names as E. Gilels, B. Rudenko, D. Oystrakh, K. Dankevich, E. Chavdar, Y. Zak, N. Ogreniz, and many others.
Immediately following her music education in college, Ms Sheversky started her teaching career, now spanning 30 years, since she took her first piano teaching position at the State School of Music in Chișinău, Moldova. Shortly after, she took a position at the Moldavian State College of Music also in Chișinău.
In 1997, Ms Sheversky came to Canada, settling in Toronto, then in Vancouver, all the while continuing her piano teaching through the establishment of her private piano music studios in both cities. As a teacher, Ms Sheversky is a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations. She has successfully completed the Examiner Apprenticeship Program to become a Member of the College of Examiners in Mississauga, Ontario.
Her students consistently demonstrate a high level of knowledge and have great success at passing RCM examinations in both piano and theory. Her advanced students often participate in music festivals and competitions, and numerous students of hers have won awards in prestigious festivals, such as Kiwanis and Davenport in Toronto, Ontario.
No matter what their age or ability, Ms Sheversky looks forward to sharing her love of piano and music with her students.