The Students

“To me, being number one means I want to be my best. After a certain time, you realize that being number one in a competition or at school is only conditional – there are other number ones at other places and times. So it has more to do with my own standards and thoughts.” – Lang Lang 


Araxie Altounian’s students have won numerous prizes and scholarships at various local and provincial festivals and competitions, and Regional Gold Medals (previously called Silver Medals) in RCM examinations (highest provincial mark).


Past students include several RCM graduates. Some have been accepted into professional music programs at the Bloomington University (Indiana), and Wilfrid Laurier University. Career musicians include music teachers and a music therapist.

Highlights from the Studio

Emily Zhang: 

  • Recepient of the Regional Gold Medal, RCM Grade 6 piano examinations, 2014.

Adrian Yip:

  • Bach Trophy, Yips Music Festival (2013)
  • Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Excellence in Piano, Level 8 (2011)

Arthur Tang:

  • First Place, Ontario Music Festivals Association, Provincial Finals, Piano Diploma level (2012)
  • French Music Trophy, Markham Music Festival (2011)
  • Liszt Trophy, Markham Music Festival (2011)
  • Silver Medal, RCM Grade 10 piano examinations (2010)
  • Silver Medal, RCM Grade 7 piano examinations (2007)
  • Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation – Bert Gould Scholarship (2012)
  • Piano Excellence Award, York Region Music Celebration Festival (2011)
  • Founder’s Award for Excellence from Mrs. Agnes Chan Wong, and Harknett Music Special Merit Award, Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival (2011)
  • Markham Music Festival, Best of Levels 7 (2006), 8 (2007), 9 (2008), 10 (2010), ARCT (Most Promising Trophy 2012)

Amy Peng:

  • Excellence in Piano, Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Levels 4 (2011) 6 (2012), 8 (2013)

Cathlin Han

  • Markham Music Festival, Best of Level 6 Award, (2012); Arts Richmond Hill Music Festival, Excellence in Piano, Level 7, (2012)

Miranda Yi

  • Yip’s Music Festival, Best of Levels 4 (2007), 5 (2008)

Ruby Leung

  • Yip’s Music Festival, Best of Level 10 (2004)

Daphne Li: 

  • ORMTA Provincial Student Competition, First Prize (2003).

Master classes with concert pianist Serouj Kradjian:

  • On October 25, 2009, October 24, 2010, and February 5, 2012, concert pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian visited our studio and gave master classes to some of our students. Both the master classes and the question period that followed turned out to be a most inspiring experience for our young pianists!

RCM Examinations results in numbers

  • 289 exams submitted as of August 2018
  • 70.58% of all marks are in the First Class Honours (80-89%) and First Class Honours with Distinction (90% and above) range.

Special Congratulations

Special congratulations to the following students who received 

First Class Honours with Distinction on their RCM piano exams:


· Corina Corlaci Gr. 2 2015

· Daron Altounian Gr. 3 2015

· Brian Shi Gr. 3 2012

· Nima Alizadeh Gr. 3 2016

· Clara Facchinelli Gr. 3 2018

· Cathlin Han Gr. 5 2011

· Amy Peng Gr. 5 2011

· Matthew Zhang Gr. 5 2011

· Yvonne Wang Gr. 6 2014

· Emily Zhang Gr. 6 2014 (Regional Gold Medal)

· Alice Lin Gr. 7 2002

· Arthur Tang Gr. 7 2006 (Silver Medal)

· Bo Ki Kwok Gr. 7 2009

· Victoria Ho Gr. 7 2012

· Emily Zhang Gr. 7 2015

· Allyshia Sewdat Gr. 8 2005

· Arthur Tang Gr. 8 2007

· Bo Ki Kwok Gr. 8 2009

· Adrian Yip Gr. 8 2012

· Amy Peng Gr. 8 2014

· Negin Alizadeh Gr. 8 2016

· Nicolle Yu Gr. 9 2008

· Crystal Ng Gr. 9 2011

· Allyshia Sewdat Gr. 10 2007

· Tiffany Leung Gr. 10 2008

· Michelle Huang Gr. 10 2008

· Arthur Tang Gr. 10 2010 (Silver medal)

· Justin Chong-Kit Gr. 10 2016

· Arthur Tang Gr. 11 ARCT Performance