SuzukiPiano Association Ottawa/Gatineau

Looking for a piano teacher? Below is a list of all our faculty with contact information included with the bios of teachers accepting new students. Faculty members of our association teach in independent studios and are responsible for the private piano instruction they give their students. Each teacher establishes his or her own studio policies and fees.

Joining our Association: New faculty, qualified Suzuki teachers, are welcome in our Association. Candidates must have a degree in music, or the equivalent, and Suzuki training. Resumes can be sent by email to Catherine Donkin, President, Email

Victor Avila (Ottawa Downtown) is an active performer, piano teacher, and piano collaborator who achieved a wide piano repertoire, playing from baroque to contemporary music abroad Canada, United States, and Mexico. Victors hold a Diploma in Piano Performance at Sinaloa School of Arts, a Bachelor with honors in Music at Universidad Veracruzana, and a Master’s in Music at University of Ottawa. He has been awarded Zoya Solod Piano Award, Mitchell Sharp Commemorative Bursary, Silver Medalist at Mateo Oliva International Chamber Music Competition, and Finalist at Guadalajara Piano Competition. His teaching experience ranges from early music education such as 5-year-old to seniors. Victor focuses on teaching classical piano and at all levels granting his students a wide understanding of music while letting them enjoy piano at their own level. Victor had studied under world-class artists such as David Jalbert, Sara-Davis Buechner, André Laplante, Jordi Savall, Martin Karlicek, Jan Bratoz, Pamela Viktoria Pyle, Oscar Tarrago, Enrike Solinis, Leopoldo Erice, Edgar Dorantes, Rocio Gonzales, and Jorge Covarrubias. As a performer, Victor played at different International Festivals like Orford Music Academy, Adamant Music, NUNTEMPA. He also was the pianist at University of Ottawa CALIXA-Lavallée Choir, University of Ottawa Vocal Repertoire, Esperanza Azteca Choir, and Xalapa Philharmonic Orchestra. Email

Thérèse Bécotte (Hull) studied piano with Mrs Pierrette Froment-Savoie, a famous pianist currently teaching at the Gatineau Conservatory. Thérèse completed a Bachelor in Music at the University of Ottawa, where she had the chance to study piano pedagogy with M. Gilles Comeau. After studying some piano methods, learning good pedagogic strategies and understanding important psychological issues, she chose the Suzuki method as her teaching approach. The Suzuki philosophy is based on love, patience and respect, and puts great emphasis on musicality, music appreciation and a good relationship between student, parents and teacher. Thérèse did the Suzuki Workshops with Mary Craig Powell and Fay Adams. She also received her ARCT in piano performance with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She joined the Faculty in September 2013,has a studio is located in Gatineau(Hull, plateau)and will be teaching in French.

Jonathan Bondoc (Vanier/Overbrook/Beechwood) holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa under the tutelage of David Jalbert. He is currently in demand as a piano teacher, accompanist and chamber musician throughout the city of Ottawa. Jonathan has been teaching piano privately in Ottawa for over a decade to students ranging from the RCM Prep to A.R.C.T. levels. He has prepared students for practical and theory exams as well as many recitals. Jonathan received training in the Suzuki method under Gail Lange in August 2016. He maintains an active role in the musical community of Ottawa as the Church Organist/ Music Director at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Email

Jocelyne Brault (Bayshore) graduated with a Laureat II in Piano (ARCT equivalent) from L’Ecole Vincent D’Indy in Montreal, and then studied at McGill University. Jocelyne received a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and remains active with the committee work for the disabled. Jocelyne is the Suzuki mother of four children and is fluently bilingual.

Catherine Donkin (Ottawa Centre) received her early musical training on the piano with Willa Meyers in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She then went on the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she received her bachelor’s degree in performance, under the guidance of Stéphane Lemelin. Catherine then came to Ottawa to study with Andrew Tunis, completing her master’s degree in piano performance in 2000. As a student she was featured as soloist with both the University of Alberta and University of Ottawa Orchestras. In September of 2008 she and her piano duet partner Amelie Langlois travelled to Norway, and were semi-finalists in the Grieg International Piano Competition. Earlier in 2008 the duet placed first in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. In November of 2007 they performed in a recital of finalists in New York City after placing second. Most recently the duet performed at Carnegie Hall after winning the competition again in 2010. Recently she gave masterclasses to students from Cambrian College and Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario. Catherine is on the Associate Performance Faculty at Carleton University, and maintains a busy teaching studio in Ottawa. Email

Claudette Harrison (Baseline & Woodroffe – Nepean) has more than 20 years of experience in the field of teaching both traditional and Suzuki methods. She is an active ORMTA member and was studying with Edith Orton when she obtained her A.R.C.T Piano Teacher’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. She also has has a B.A. (music) from the University of Ottawa where she studied piano with Andrew Tunis. A highlight of her musical education was Suzuki training with Mary Craig Powell at Studea Musica; her tender approach and passion for teaching music to children inspired Claudette to apply her instructor’s techniques in her private studio. In addition, Claudette was a Suzuki parent for her four children, who have received Suzuki instruction on various instruments such as piano, violin, cello and flute. Claudette is fluently bilingual, and has taught music privately and in group settings in both official languages.

Abigail Sànchez Rojas (Downtown Ottawa) holds a BMus in Piano Performance (2015) from The National Autonomous University of Mexico where she studied with Mauricio Ramos and Edith Ruiz and a MMus in Piano Performance (2019) from the University of Ottawa where she studied with Leopoldo Erice and Andrew Tunis. During her studies she was awarded the Mitchell Sharp Commemorative Bursary (2018) and the Barbara Newbegin Award in Music (2018- 2019) from the Canadian Federation of University Women. Abigail works in Ottawa as an accompanist for the Senior Choir of Emmanuel United Church and as a piano teacher. She believes in sharing the passion for music to students of all ages and musical backgrounds and teaches with energy and kindness. As a performer, Abigail enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and singers as well as performing solo repertoire. Besides music, Abigail holds a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts and enjoys painting in her free time. Email

Sophia Stoney (Hull) holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Victoria, where she studied with Eva Solar-Kinderman and Michelle Mares, and a Master’s in piano performance at the University of Ottawa, studying with Andrew Tunis and Dr. Leopoldo Erice. She has studied collaborative piano with the Lafayette String Quartet and, during the Quartetfest summer festival, with the Penderecki String Quartet and the AYR Trio. Sophia has performed in masterclasses for artists such as world renowned harpsichordist Colin Tilney, Jerome Lowenthal of the Julliard School, and David Lutz of the University of Music in Vienna, and has enjoyed playing recitals in Ottawa, Montréal and British Columbia. In addition to performing, Sophia is an experienced teacher, with a teaching method that adapts to student’s individual needs, from the very young to the adult beginner. She is also a certified Suzuki teacher, having completed training with Suzuki trainer Nicole Wilton. Her special interest is in helping pianists who are experiencing injury or tension in their playing. Email