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Hana Gurtlerova

Piano, Theory

After a successful career as a pedagogue, soloist, and collaborative artist in the former Czechoslovakia, Hana Gurtlerova continues to share her expertise with her Oakville music studio. Having taught at the Pardubice Conservatory and the Specialized Music School in Czech Republic, Hana held a teaching position at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of the Remenyi House of Music upon moving to Canada. While in the Czech Republic, she was also Assistant Conductor of the University Arts Choir, with which she toured Italy, Spain, Russia, Germany, and Denmark. Many of the choir's performances, in which Hana was featured as the choir's pianist, were broadcast on public radio. In Canada, Hana has also had 15 years of experience as an organist and music director in numerous churches in the Mississauga area. Since 1998, she has been on the faculty of the Oakville Performing Arts Camp, a summer day camp for young children and teens.

Hana's students have achieved prizes in the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition, Silver Medals with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and First Class Honours with Distinction in the RCM Examinations. Many of Hana's students have reached the ARCT level and have decided to pursue a degree in music. Her students have also participated in the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. She continues to further her expertise by attending master classes and professional devlopment teaching courses such as "Every Child Can" and Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists in the UK. After moving to Oakville in 1997, she joined the Suzuki Association of Oakville and studied with Doris Koppelman at the SAA's Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute in Waterloo and with Gail Lange. Her family shares two common interests: music and fitness. Hana, her husband, and her daughter all have their black belts in taekwondo. Hana's daughter, whom she home-schooled from Grade 3 to the end of high school, is a graduate of the University of Toronto's music performance program and is now pursuing a graduate degree at SUNY Stony Brook.