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

EXCELLENCE THROUGH MUSIC

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 Hiromura

Perrine Lee
Piano Teacher

Perrine Lee

Vicky
Piano Instructor

Vicky Pan

Dr Corey Taylor
Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Corey Harvin

Aki Tsai
Piano Teacher

Aki Tsai

Minako Horimura

Piano Instructor

Minako Hiromura

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

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Perrine Lee has began studying Classical piano at the age of six. Under the instruction of Ms. Petty Wan, she earned her Diploma in Piano Performance (DipABRSM) from the Associated Boards of Royal Schools of Music and an Associates in Piano Performance (ATCL) from the Trinity College London when she was sixteen. Her passion for keyboard music inspired her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Classical keyboard studies at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015. The following year, Perrine decided to relocate to California to experience a more diverse music scene. A past student of USC-graduate, Dr. Wan-Chin Chang, she is now studying under the instruction of Dr. Shun-Lin Chou at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a scholarship. 

Perrine is well-versed in keyboard studies and has been mentoring and teaching piano in Hong Kong and San Diego county since 2015. She has performed in musical theatre, opera, choral and orchestra settings all over San Diego county. With her experience in piano-performing and teaching, Perrine hopes to share joy and knowledge with her students through music.

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.

Aki Tsai

Piano Teacher

Aki Tsai

Biography

Violinist Aki Tsai currently enjoys a vibrant career performing throughout her native southern California and across the globe. Aki studied with Alice Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree, and with Keng-Yuen Tseng at the Peabody Conservatory, where she earned her Masters of Music and Graduate Performance degrees. She has performed extensively with the San Diego Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, and others. Active as a freelance violinist in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, Aki also frequently performs with the California Chamber Orchestra, the LA Virtuosi, Redlands Symphony, and Riverside Philharmonic. She has also performed with pop singers and bands like The WHO, Burt Bacharach, Reba, and Wynonna Judd, as well as performing on live cine concerts like the outdoor, IMAX world premiere of Star Trek Beyond as part of the San Diego Comicon. In 2019, Aki premiered Pierre Strauch’s violin and viola duo Nine Letters in Paris, written for her and John Stulz. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Britten Pears Young Artist Festival, Music Masters Course Japan, Saint Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the VIVO Chamber Music Festival.

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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