Accent Piano Studio has been providing high quality piano instruction to the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 2003. The qualified, classically trained instructional staff at Accent Piano Studio is dedicated to teaching students the technical and musical skills needed to play the piano with artistry and musicianship.
Lessons include all styles of music (classical, modern, jazz, pop, rock, big band, etc.) and encompass performance technique, music theory, improvisation, composition, arranging and music history, using a combination of teaching methods to provide a well-rounded musical education.
In 2010 Accent Piano Studio acquired KW School of Music and Art.
Our teachers are professional musicians with established records of excellence in performing, accompanying and teaching.
Jazz and Classical
Andriy Tykhonov (MMus, BMus) is recognized as one of Ukraine’s leading jazz pianists. After initial studies in classical piano, he graduated from the Jazz Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev in 1995; in 2001 he was awarded the Artist Diploma in Theory of Jazz and Jazz Pedagogy by the Kiev University of Culture and Art. In 2007, Andriy was awarded a Masters of Music degree from Kiev University of Culture and Art. Andriy has performed throughout Ukraine with leading Russian and Ukrainian jazz musicians. Since 1996, he has been a regular musical attraction in nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, and Ukrainian cruise ships.
In 2002 Andriy came to Kitchener, Canada where he now teaches privately at Accent Piano Studio.
In 2010 Andriy became owner and director of KW School of Music.
Andriy has performed with artists such as Dave Young (bass), Reg Schwager (guitar) and many more… Andriy first appeared at the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival in 2003. He regularly performs in KW and Toronto, and has been invited many times to the KW Chamber Music Society (Waterloo), Registry Theatre (Kitchener), Centre in the Square (Kitchener) and River Run Centre (Guelph).
His performing genres include swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad, movie themes, ragtime, rock, blues, country and Russian and Ukrainian folk music.
Olena Klyucharova (MMus, BMus) was born in Ukraine. She graduated from the Classical Department of the Glier State Music College of Kiev, where she studied with Olena Verykivska (1995), the Tchaikovsky National Music academy, where she studied with Igor Riabov (2000) and awarded a Masters of Music Degree in Pedagogy and Performance from Kiev University of Culture and Art (2007).
She is a scholarship winner of the “New Names” competition and a third- prize winner in the All-Ukrainian Chopin Competition; she was also awarded the diploma prize at the First International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (1995). She made concert trips to the United States (1991-1996) and to France (1994).
Since arriving in Canada in 2002, Olena has been actively performing at the K-W Chamber Music Society, Centre in the Square (Kitchener), Maureen Forrester Hall (Waterloo), River Run Centre (Guelph), and Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto).
She is especially devoted to playing chamber music, and frequently collaborates with instrumentalists and singers. She has accompanied to the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers and has been featured in Grand Philharmonic Choir concerts on a number of occasions.
Aside from performing, Olena is an active and dedicated piano teacher whose students excel in festivals and RCM examinations.
"Music is the universal language of mankind."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow