Meet our Incredible Faculty!
The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to host so many accomplished artists from across all disciplines, who share their talents in educating and inspiring our students. All of our teaching artists are working professionals in their respective fields.
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Instructor Spotlight: Jan Kus, Hsinwei Chiang & Tuomo Uusitalo
This winter, we’re delight to welcome three new international faculty members who have studied everything from classical to jazz, toured with symphonies, and won awards for their contribution to music and education, and now will be bringing their talents to the Arts Center’s repertoire.
Jan Kus (saxophone, clarinet and piano instructor), is both an educator and performer. He worked as head of the education department at the Slovenian-based institute Boben In Lajna from 2011-2012, and has taught privately for years. Jan is a trained saxophone and clarinet player, but also teaches ensemble classes, beginner piano, music theory, and rhythm classes.
Hsinwei Chiang (violin instructor) is a Taiwanese violinist, composer, and educator in both jazz and classical genres. She has studied classical violin since she was child, and has toured with symphony orchestras in Malaysia, Italy, California, Hong Kong and Berlin since she was ten years old. After graduating from Taipei University of Art, she discovered her interest in improvisation and collaborated with various artists in jazz, world music, dance, theatre, and fine art, performing in major venues in Taiwan. She received a Master’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York.
Tuomo Uusitalo (advanced piano instructor) is an Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Tampere, Finland, Tuomo began playing piano at the age of 6. Though he has played in many musical styles, as a teenager he became fascinated by jazz. While studying music in Graz, Austria, Tuomo had the chance to work and perform with many jazz legends including Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Hart, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Cobb and Jim Rotondi. Tuomo moved to New York City in 2012, where he has quickly become one of the prominent pianists on the jazz scene. During his time in NYC he has worked with several legendary jazz musicians and bands including The One And Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rich Perry, Joe Farnsworth, Curtis Lundy, Tyler Mitchell, David Schnitter, Jeff Hirschfield, Johnny O’Neal and Greg Bandy.
Click HERE to see all music classes and lessons being offered this semester!