Our tenants

We have fantastic office facilities available, and are lucky enough to share our building with the amazing people detailed below.

Studio 6

Tenant
Anna Maksymova
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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Studio 6

Tenant
Natasha Chernousova
Teacher, performer
Originally from Perm, Russia, Natasha Chernousova lives 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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Studio 7

Tenant
Alice Tanner
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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Studio 8

Tenant
Margot Button
Singer, teacher
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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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Studio 9

Tenant
Rebecca Bijl
Photographer
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Rebecca Bijl is a portrait and wedding photographer. In 2011 she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and began her photography studio in 2012. Rebecca adores meeting and working with people to create special memories for them and their families.
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Studio 10

Tenant
Tomas Hurnik
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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Studio 11

Tenant
Heather Webb
Guitarist, composer and teacher
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Heather is a guitarist, composer and music teacher who works and performs regularly in many different capacities around New Zealand. She has been working as a professional music teacher for the last four years.As well as performing, Heather loves composing. In 2017 she was commissioned to write and record a piece with Sumo Jazz for their upcoming album, which will be released at their release concert in the 2018 New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch at the end of May.
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Studio 12

Tenant
Milana Kornienko
Violin performer and teacher
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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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Studio 13 and 20

Tenant
Trinity College
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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Studio 14

Tenant
Word Christchurch
Literary events
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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 partner with Christchurch Arts Festival for 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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Studio 15

Tenant
Arts on Tour
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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Studio 16

Tenant
Daisy Speaks & Seta Timo
Arts Producer, Poetry & Music Creative
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Seta Timo is a double bass major graduate from both Canterbury University and the Ara Musical Arts programme. He is writing music for short films and music groups, planning community concerts and teaching bass and guitar.

Daisy Speaks is the current New Zealand slam poetry champion. As well as offering writing workshops and producing arts shows, she is working on some new material. Daisy Speaks has shows in Wellington, Auckland and the Australian Poetry Festival planned for 2018.
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Studio 17

Tenant
The Christchurch Arts Festival (CAF) Trust
Arts Festival
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CAF produces a biennial multi-arts festival in Canterbury. The festival typically features a wide range of artists who come to share their stories from many different regions and cultural backgrounds; from places as diverse as China, Mexico, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Australia, as well as our home-grown talent. The pan arts programme is presented across a range of live shows/events/exhibitions including but not exclusive to: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, cabaret, circus and comedy. A schools programme is a key component with shows, events and workshops aimed at primary, intermediate and high schools and large free community events are a core part of the engagement strategy.
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Studio 18

Tenant
Amy Straker
Actor, singer
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Amy Straker has been working in professional theatre for over 10 years. After graduating from NASDA in 2005, Amy began her career with an internship at The Court Theatre.Amy is also a singer/songwriter under the name Amy Grace and is in a duo called The Swan Sisters. Amy is a proud member of Actors Equity.
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Studio 19

Tenant
Carol Klaus, LRSM, LTCL, MusB(Hons)
Pianist, accompanist, teacher
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Christchurch born pianist Carol Klaus studied with Rosemary Stott before moving to Austria in 1991 for further piano studies.

Carol has performed widely in NZ and various European centres, including in Vienna Konzerthaus. Recently accompanist in Austrian TV documentary for Johann Strauss Year 2017. Orchestral pianist in Vienna Stadtpark and with CSO.

A passionate piano teacher of all levels. 1996-2017 at Waidhofen/Ybbstal School of Music and Arts in Austria. Various piano workshops in Christchurch for the IRMT and University Music Department. Carol was adjudicator for 2017 Marlborough PACANZ Competitions. She also recently had two piano works published in Austria under Tatzer Publishing (2017).Carol has been teaching and rehearsing in her studio at the Piano since late 2017 and loves its vibe. It provides her with a private and professional working sphere yet at the same time allows helpful interaction with other artists on the floor and great exposure to events happening at the Piano.
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Studio 4

Tenant
SOLE Music Academy
Singer-songwriter
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SOLE Music Academy was founded by Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and NZ Music Commission Mentor Sacha Vee.
Originally from Christchurch, Sacha has spent the last 15 years performing, songwriting, teaching and releasing music all over the world. She
has 3 x platinum albums, over 40million views on youtube, been a top 10 finalist in 'The Voice of Holland', opened for Jhene Aiko, Boney M,
Hollie Smith and headlined music festivals here and abroad. Due to her invaluable experience and expansive network her academy specialises in
‘bridging the gap’ into the music industry.
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