Christine began her musical journey at Jean Lyons School of Music from the age of 4, spending many an afternoon in our studios for piano and theory lessons, ensemble and masterclasses, and rehearsals and recitals. Through dedication and hard work, she earned her ARCT Diploma at age 14. She has since earned a Master of Music from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. We’re thrilled to have her join our School, this time as a teacher.
8 Questions with Christine
Please introduce yourself
My name is Christine Ngai and I grew up in Vancouver. I studied with Susan Wong Lim and May Lim here at JLSM until I left for university. Almost all my lessons were on the grand piano in the Bartok room!
How does it feel returning to JLSM, now as a teacher?
The JLSM community has been a huge part of my life so it feels very natural to be back. The other teachers have been so welcoming and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity.
Favourite thing you’re looking forward to this Fall?
Getting to know my new students.
Favourite composer to perform?
I always enjoy performing pieces that I’ve put hard work into and, in turn, have learned to love. For my last performance before the pandemic, I played pieces by Schubert, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.
Top 3 favourite composers to listen to?
This changes all the time and my answer will probably change tomorrow. Today, I’m gravitating toward Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Ravel. They never disappoint.
What are your other interests (besides music!)?
Being outside, in nature or in the city, reading, listening to podcasts, and animals, especially dogs.
What’s your go-to spot in Vancouver?
Anywhere with good sushi or pho.
Best practice advice you’ve heard?
“Nothing gets done well rushed.” I heard a friend say this about 6 years ago and I still think about it every day. We need to give ourselves a chance to do well by giving ourselves enough time.
Read her full bio here.