About Cadenza

Minako Horimura founded Cadenza Music Academy in 2015 with the goal of creating a music academy that enriches students’ lives with private piano lessons. Our teachers are highly qualified members of the Music Teachers Association of California, a professional organization that promotes the pursuit of excellence in the field of music education. We teach students according to the requirements and standards of MTAC’s Certificate of Merit. Cadenza Music Academy students are active in their instruments, participating in MTAC festivals and competitions as well as Cadenza “Little Concerts”.
Founder Minako
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Cadenza Music Academy

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Meet the Teachers

Our teachers are committed to discovering new ways for the students to stay focused on their lessons and reward them as they spend time practicing.
Minako Horimura
Piano Instructor

Minako Horimura

Perrine Lee
Piano Teacher

Perrine Lee

Vicky
Piano Instructor

Vicky Pan

Dr Corey Taylor
Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Corey Harvin

SINI SHEN
Piano, Violin and Viola Teacher

SINI SHEN

Minako Horimura

Piano Instructor

Minako Horimura

Minako Horimura, M.M. was born in Sendai, Japan. She grew up surrounded by musicians like her mother, who was also a piano teacher, and gained musical talent at an early age. She began her musical training at the age of five at Toho Gakuen School of Music for Children, where she performed numerous concerts and master classes. At the age of thirteen, she won the Japan Piano Teacher’s Association Competition, the National Division performed for the winner’s gala concert. At the age of fifteen she was accepted with a full scholarship to study at Tokiwagi High School as a piano performance major and she graduated with honors.

In 2001, She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and studied with Emeritus Professor, Chieko Okabayashi. In the summer of 2001, she was accepted in the summer festival at Hamamatsu, Japan where she met Professor Thomas Schumacher (Eastman School of Music). With his strong recommendation, she decided to move to the United States to pursue her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Literature, and she was accepted with the honorable Howard Hanson Scholarship from the Eastman School of Music and continued to study with Professor Thomas Schumacher.

During her studies, she was selected as an orchestra pianist and performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh in 2002. As a chamber musician, she collaborated with the renowned cellist, Nobuo Furukawa, who is a principal cellist for the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra. Ms. Horimura also performed with the members of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she was invited to perform the Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto with the Miyagi University Orchestra in Sendai. Additionally, she was also a rehearsal pianist replacement for Pianist Andre Watts for the American Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Horimura is currently an Adjunct Faculty Collaborative Pianist at Chapman University in Orange, an accompanist at Foothill High School in Tustin, Festival Chair and a board member of MTAC Irvine, and founder of Cadenza Music Academy in Irvine California.

Perrine Lee

Piano Teacher

Perrine Lee

Biography

Perrine Lee is a graduate piano performance major at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.  She began studying Classical piano in Hong Kong at the age of six and earned her Diploma in Piano Performance (DipABRSM) from the Associated Boards of Royal Schools of Music and an Associates in Piano Performance (ATCL) from Trinity College London. After moving to the U.S., she studied with Dr. Wan-Chin Chang at MiraCosta College and transferred to CSULB.  A current student of Dr. Shun-Lin Chou, Perrine is a Cole Scholar and recipient of the prestigious John Jacob Shaak Piano Scholarship (In Memory of Bernard Lee Shaak), Jamiesson-Pechstein COTA Scholarship, Mary E. Israel Endowed Scholarship, and the Shun-Lin Chou Endowed Scholarship for Keyboard Studies.

An accomplished pianist, Perrine was chosen to perform in several CSULB sponsored concerts, including the Multi-Piano Extravaganza, Evening of Songs, and at the inaugural BCCM Graduation Ceremony in May 2022.  Notably, she was the pianist for several interdisciplinary collaborations: "The Music of Revolution" (2019), "The Music of the Republic" (2020), and “The Competing Musical Styles of the Weimar Republic” presented by the German Department with support from the German Embassy and Consulate General. 

Regionally, Perrine is an in-demand accompanist with experience in musical theatre, vocal, opera, choral, orchestral, and church settings.  A dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Lee maintains a successful studio of students at all ages and levels and serves as a Teaching Associate for the CSULB Class Piano program.  With her organizational skill and technological expertise, she was invited to assume a leading role in designing a virtual curriculum for the Cole Conservatory class piano program in 2020.  Perrine is an active member of MTAC and CAPMT and has served as the MTNA Junior Performance Coordinator for the state of California.

Vicky

Piano Instructor

Vicky Pan

Biography

Vicky Pan is a piano and vocal teacher and has taught for more than 25 years at beginner to advanced levels. She received a Master’s Degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in music performance. She taught piano at the San Jose Christian College, music studios(one-on-one, semi-private and group up to 5 students) , music academic, also at her own studio. During her teaching career, she was also a church pianist, organist, vocalist, choir conductor and church music director for more than 20 years. She enjoys teaching students from youth to adults how to sing and play the piano to this day. She performed in Carnegie Hall as an piano accompanist for a violinist.

Ms. Pan has been a member of the Music Teacher Association of California (also known as MTAC) since 2003 and has sent many students to take their Certificate of Merit, Panel, young artist and Theory Level Test. Many of them received the Branch Honor Award. Additionally, her students have won many awards at competitions and festivals. Her students also got high scores for ABRSM test ( the Royal School of Music)

Dr Corey Taylor

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Corey Harvin

Biography

Classical guitarist Corey Harvin has been performing in the U.S. and Japan since 1998. A winner of the Boston Classical Guitar Society Duo Competition, Corey is a collaborative musician and was a founding member of the Pedestrian Guitar Duo, a guitar duo dedicated to playing original modern repertoire. As a soloist Corey has concertized across the USA and Japan. He has also performed with vocalists, flute, saxophone, trumpet, and chamber groups including the groundbreaking Musica Nova and OSSIA, as well as with the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra and Vivo Sinfonietta Orchestra of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unusual for most classical guitarists, Corey’s most recent recording engagement and world premiere performance featured him playing electric guitar with the Bob McCormick Percussion Group for a production of modern music. Corey has been a member of the Miami Guitar Trio since 2012.

Dr. Corey Harvin completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University under Bruce Holzman, and his Master’s and Doctoral work with Nicholas Goluses at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. He has participated in master classes under Grammy winning L.A. Guitar Quartet members Scott Tenant, and John Dearman; lutenist, Paul O’dette; and guitarist Kevin Gallagher. Corey volunteers as the director of the Florida Guitar Foundation’s Community Guitar Ensemble. Harvin has been on faculty at Palmer Trinity School since 2007 and serves as the director of guitar studies there in Miami, Florida.

SINI SHEN

Piano, Violin and Viola Teacher

SINI SHEN

Biography

Sini Shen is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing since 2005, playing at private venues, festivals, ensembles, and competitions throughout Southern California. Her repertoire consists of an acoustic variety of classical, jazz, and popular genres. Lively yet introspective, her musical playing reflects her love of both classical and modern works.

Sini is a graduate of University of California, Irvine with plans of pursuing her Master’s degree. She has worked as an accompanist since late childhood, learning the piano at age 3 and violin at age 7. Additionally, her experiences of working in private studios and teaching in the Irvine Unified School District have led her to learn how to read and play the viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, and baritone. She is a firm believer in strengthening her students’ knowledge in what they are playing by incorporating music theory, rhythmic training, sight-reading, and technical exercises tailored for each individual student.

In her free time, she enjoys composing and rearranging music, frequently rewriting popular musical pieces for her students.

Cadenza Music Academy
Our mission is to make sure that our students stay competitive, motivated, and receive the recognition that will help them in their education and their future.

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