“Grooming a generation of professional musicians
around the world”
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Ms. Erika Galinskaya studied
piano for 17 years. She graduated from a musical college
in Murmansk, Russia and from university in Vinnitsa,
Ukraine with Master’s degrees in four different musical
specialties – solo piano performance, group performance,
piano accompaniment and piano pedagogy.
In the course of her career, Erika has studied under
a large umbrella of wellknown musicians and teachers
in Ukraine, like Nicola Figol, Nicola Uchnovsky and
the legendary Vladimir Sinichin.
Before coming to Canada in 1977, she was employed by
the comedy theatre “Goldoni” in Rome, Italy as a music
director, pianist and stage producer. She has worked
with American actors on popular classical musicals and
children’s plays which attracted large audiences, both
old and young.
Since coming to Canada, Erika has enjoyed a very successful
music career, with her talent as a performer and teacher
becoming quickly acknowledged and praised. She has released
three piano CDs, and has performed in numerous concerts
as a soloist and accompanist in Canada and the United
Erika has also collaborated with many singers, instrumental
musicians, ensembles, community choirs, and public school
music productions. She remains deeply involved in Vancouver’s
artistic scene, bringing her artistry to her students
and to her community.
As a pianist who is classically trained in the old
Russian tradition, Erika enjoys playing and teaching
jazz and folk music. She is proud to have taught generations
of Vancouver musicians for more than three decades.
As a member of the Piano Teachers Federation and the
British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association,
her reputation as a professional and experienced teacher
has earned her outstanding recognition in British Columbia,
across Canada, and even in the United States.
Examples of professional work
Small excerpt of live performances and appreciations