Our Tenants

Meet the amazing people and organisations who reside here at The Piano.

Anna Maksymova

Tenant
Studio 6
Pianist, accompanist, teacher
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Pianist Anna Maksymova is the winner of the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series and a 3rd prize winner of Kerikeri International Piano Competition. Since the completion of her Masters degree in Germany, where Anna studied with the renowned professor Lev Natochenny, Anna has returned to Christchurch to continue doing what she likes to do best of all – perform and teach. She has performed as a soloist with the CSO, and is involved in concerts at the Akaroa Summer School, Dame Malvina Major Foundation and Concerts for Christchurch Trust. She now also teaches piano at all levels.
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Natasha Chernousova

Tenant
Studio 6
Teacher, performer
Originally from Perm, Russia, Natasha Chernousova has lived in New Zealand since 2015. She earned her Masters Degree in Music in Russia at the Perm State University, and has been performing at the Perm Theatre Opera and Ballet for 12 years. After moving to New Zealand she became a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Registered Music teachers and currently plays in the Canterbury Philharmonia Orchestra. She has over 20 years of experience teaching flute, recorder and piccolo and continues to teach in Christchurch at the Piano.
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Margot Button

Tenant
Studio 8
Singer, teacher
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0226487710
Margot Button is an experienced professional performer, arts educator and arts administrator, having appeared extensively as a soloist in opera, oratorio, song recital, musical theater, and jazz in New Zealand, Australia, England, and the USA. She has recorded for radio, television and film. Margot currently maintains a private voice studio, teaches voice at St. Andrew's College and conducts the CPIT 'Voiceworks' Jazz choir in Christchurch.
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The Tooting Tribe

Tenant
Studio 9
Brass Teacher & Performer
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Barrett is a Brass Teacher and Performer. He gained his Masters Degree with honours in Classical Performance Trumpet from the Royal Academy of Music in London and also holds his Licentiate to the Royal Academy of music for Brass Education. Currently Barrett performs regularly with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, he is Principal Trumpet of Orchestra Wellington, and performs around the globe with NZ Reggae band The Black Seeds. Prior to his study abroad Barrett gained a degree in Jazz Trumpet at the Victoria University, School of Music. Barrett is currently the Trumpet Teacher at the University of Canterbury, and recently has been an Artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.
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Tomas Hurnik

Tenant
Studio 10
Cello performer and teacher
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Tomas Hurnik – cello and chamber music.
He received his masters at the Academy of Music in Prague.
While studying he was an active performer, playing and recording as a soloist with different orchestras and as a member of chamber groups for Czech radio and concerts both in Czech and abroad (Germany, Austria, Japan and France).
In 1998 he was hired as the principal cellist for the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur with which he played for four years. He then returned to Europe to study Baroque
cello in Frankfurt with Rainer Zipperling. He continued to actively perform with a variety
of period instrument chamber groups such as Musica Florea, Capella Regia Prague, Musica Aeterna and Solamente Naturali.
He now plays as the Associate Principal Cellist for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 he founded Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand to organize and perform concerts, workshops and masterclasses of Baroque music on period imstruments.
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Tim Heeringa

Tenant
Studio 11
Musician, Producer
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Tim Heeringa is a Christchurch guitarist, composer, music teacher and producer. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the Ara Institute of Technology in 2014, Tim has spent the last 4 years building up a portfolio of work across a wide range of musical endeavours. From playing as the guitarist in the hit NZ musical "That Bloody Woman" to writing music for other artists and shows such as: "PRINS","WULFIE" and the court theatre's show "Puff the Magic Dragon". As well as performing and writing Tim also has a strong passion for music production and artist development. In 2019 he plans to release his first album under the banner "WULFIE" and continue to write, perform and produce throughout the country.
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Trinity College

Tenant
Studio 13 & 20
Trinity College London examination venue
The Trinity exam room is the central location for all Trinity College London examinations and professional development sessions held in Christchurch – Music, Theory of Music, Drama and Performance, Rock & Pop. Exams are held several times throughout the year from May onwards, with the exam room and office/waiting room (room 20) available for hire at other times.
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Word Christchurch

Tenant
Studio 14
Literary Events
WORD Christchurch presents a huge variety of literary events, from our biennial Writers & Readers Festival – the largest literary event in the South Island – to one-off events with visiting and local authors. In May each year we partner with the Auckland Writers Festival for an Autumn Season, and in August and September on the festival off-year we produce a series of ideas-based events. Past guests include such luminaries as Eleanor Catton, Michael Palin, Julia Gillard, Jung Chang, Ian Rankin, Ruth Reichl and children’s sensations David Walliams and Andy Griffiths. Our events bring writers, thinkers and performers together to celebrate the written word and provide a window for readers to respond to ideas. We have relationships with other organisations in Christchurch with the aim of including as many people from the community as possible to be part of our events.
The office at The Piano is run by the two Directors -Marianne Hargreaves and Rachael King.
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Arts on Tour

Tenant
Studio 15
Arts Tour Organiser
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Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.
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Maevon Music

Tenant
Studio 16
Vocal & Guitar studio
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Maevon Music is the vocal & guitar studio of singer Trix Maeder and guitarist Sascha von Kaenel. Originally from Switzerland, the two moved to New Zealand in 2018.
Their private lessons target adult music lovers who always wanted to sing or play themselves but somehow didn’t get the chance to really get into it.
Inspired to promote the benefits of singing together, Trix recently started SingMates, a workplace choir experience. It is on offer to businesses and organizations who are looking for a fun way to foster the wellbeing of their people.
Next to teaching, the studio is the home base of their event duo Joy Frank.
Trix can draw from a pool of almost 20 years of performance experience,
as a lead vocalist on stage and in the studio, vocal arranger and songwriter. She honed her vocal & musical skills with various vocal coaches back home and in NZ.
Sascha has over 30 years of experience playing in bands, recording, performing and composing. He studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where he had the chance to learn from some of the greatest guitar teachers in the world.

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Alice Tanner

Tenant
Studio 17
Singer, teacher
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Alice Tanner is a professional singer performing around New Zealand. She performs in many groups, including covers bands, jazz bands, duos, originals bands and also solo.

She studied at CPIT Jazz School, and has a Bachelor of Musical Arts majoring in Jazz Vocals. A classical background in both cello and piano to high levels and tertiary study in jazz singing means she is a well-rounded musician with a breadth of knowledge in different styles and genres.

Alice is also a singing teacher, teaching in schools and privately for people at any age or stage. She creates a fun, comfortable environment for singers to learn in.
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Milana Kornienko

Tenant
Studio 19
Violin Teacher & Performer
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Ukrainian born, studied violin at Kiev Special Music School for Gifted Children from seven until graduation at eighteen.Continued studies at Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kiev, graduated with Diploma as Orchestra Player, Chamber Orchestra Player, Quartet Player and Teacher. Played with Kiev Opera House for young people for eight years and toured Europe. Joined National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine for five years; touring extensively.Recruited by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 1996 as Associate Principal 2nd Violin, whilst touring with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Australia Violin teacher whose students have proven to high achievers in ABRSM examination in New Zealand.
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