Lana Henchell is a Calgary-based award-winning pianist and educator with a passion for Classical and contemporary music. She has performed across Canada, the U.S.A, France, and Portugal, winning top prizes in competitions such as the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Piano Competition. Lana teaches piano privately and at the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts, and has adjudicated for various competitions including the Honens ProAm Piano Competition and the Canadian Music Competitions. She shares her creative processes on social media to inspire and educate fellow musicians, particularly in the area of contemporary music. With her dedication to music and commitment to fostering a community of musicians, Lana is a respected figure in the music industry.
Born in Japan and raised in the United States, pianist Akiko Tominaga has been hailed by critics and audiences across North America, Europe and Japan. Akiko began her studies at the age of 4, and made her solo debut in 1992, playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Her solo and chamber performances have been broadcast on C.B.C. and Radio-Canada. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with many notable musicians and is a founding member of the piano trio, Trio Lajoie.
A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Akiko has benefitted from the tutelage of many distinguished teachers as Marc Durand, John Perry, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Yoshie Akimoto. She is currently on faculty at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, its Academy for the Gifted Youth Program, and the Morningside Music Bridge.