Blenda Lau, who grew up in Hong Kong (China), had been playing the piano and violin since the age of 7. In 2013, with the Berklee Entrance Scholarship, she began her study at Berklee College of Music, with Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing & Production as her dual majors, minoring in Recording and Production for Musicians. Her principal instrument is piano/keyboard, but she also performs as a violinist and pipa-ist.
In July 2013, half year after she moved to Boston, she joined the Rhythm of the Universe. Enlightened with the fusion music that they were doing, she performed and arranged a traditional Chinese tune with beatboxer, Gene Shinozaki, and didgeridoo player, Max Jackson.
In July 2014, she started the band, Jong Jazz, of her playing the pipa with Billy Yeung on Dizi/Saxophone/Ewi, Jason Lee on violin and Victor Gonzalez on double bass. Then they began performing around Boston area. In January 2015, they were invited to tour for 10 days in Guangzhou, China.
Graduated in May 2015, she now moves to Los Angeles, CA and has started her music career as a film composer.
Margot Lane is an American Indie-pop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Buffalo NY. Her music incorporates elements of rock, country, and blues within the pop genre. The Los Angeles California based musician has built a following from sharing the stage and working alongside some legendary artists such as Dick Dale, Marco Antonio Solis, Elton John, and Kamyar. As well as orchestra work with Asia Entertainment, Fullerton Symphony, Occidental Symphony, and Hollywood Light Orchestra, Margot has had several appearances on TV and soundtracks as a musician with ABC’s hit TV series THE CATCH, the Saigon Broadcasting Station for Asia Entertainment, and the recording of the world release of “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”.
She has worked alongside and toured with many artists both on world and US bound tours as a performer and music director. She is an endorsee artist for NS Design for her electric violins and uses Super-Sensitive Strings from Red Label Strings.
Margot has been teaching in Los Angeles for 9 years and 4 previously in New York and is adept at teaching students of many ages and abilities, incorporating theory, composition, note-reading and rhythm comprehension in her lessons. She currently teaches piano, violin, strings and voice.
Maritza Ortiz graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with a B.M. in Violin Performance, Musical Education studies and has trained with the Suzuki method. She started her musical training when she attended Libre the Musica School of the Arts in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, studying violin with Ernesto Delgado, piano with Carlos Vinolo and cuatro with Emma Figueroa.
She was recommended at age 15 to the Strings Program for children at the Conservatory of Music where she studied with Saul Ovcharov, among many other esteemed educators and has played in different professional recordings.
She has performed with different orchestras, including the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, San Juan Pops Orchestra, Arturo Somohano Orchestra, Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and countless groups across Puerto Rico and the US.
Ms. Ortiz has been teaching children and adults since 1989 in the areas of piano, music theory, violin, viola, cello and guitar and is committed to make music a lifetime experience for her students. She has coached children and young adults to prepare for auditions at Bak Middle School of the Arts, Dreyfoos School of Music in Palm Beach County, FL., and many other auditions and contests. Ms. Ortiz is artist resident/coach for the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra in Los Angeles and a member of the Symphony 47 in Los Angeles.
She believes learning music, proven to help children excel in academics, improve mental focus, comprehend mathematics and science is an immeasurable part of any child’s education and is invaluable for their future success.
Rich Johnson attended The Hartt School of Music as a music education major and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music Technology degree. He was also a participant in Carnegie Hall's Music Educator Workshop from 2014-2016 and studied conducting at The Juilliard School.
Rich is a professional musician, having lived in New York City as a performer and educator since 2009. He is an experienced teacher of woodwinds, brass, piano, voice and recording technology.
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