"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."
Elaine Joe is a pianist, accompanist, composer, teacher, blogger and podcast host.
She enjoys performing as a soloist, as a duo and in
Her experience covers an eclectic range of styles, from Classical, Broadway, World to Popular, which she draws on, to play and teach a diverse repertoire. She currently accompanies 4 choirs, leads sectionals, and works as a teacher at the Horizon School of Music in Vancouver.
It was an offer of candy that started her musical career at the age of 4.
By age ten, she won the silver medal across Canada for the second
highest marks at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in grade 6.
While playing competitively in the Kiwanis, Burnaby Clef and North Shore Festivals, she took home over eight 1st place finishes. From here, she developed a competitive spirit in life, and learned how to perform in front of an audience, while being publicly adjudicated.She reached grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory, studying with Edward Parker, teacher of world renowned concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker.
When performing solo, she likes to play music to
transmit the composer’s brilliance of the piece, then use her
interpretation of it to evoke a sense of feeling in her listeners. Be it
joy, angst, love, nostalgia or playfulness, she wants you to feel
For her most recent performances and upcoming events click on "Music & Musings."
As a teacher, Elaine uses fun, alternative methods to get you through your blocks in a kind and compassionate manner. She says, “I play at being: Curious, inquisitive, fun and imaginative in a relaxed and enthusiastic manner. "
Recently, she teamed together with violinist, Jessie Tseng, to
perform Russian gypsy tunes for a breast cancer fundraiser. In February 2021 they performed a series of live Zoom concerts for Valentine's. Stay tuned as they work on their recordings and performances this summer.
Last summer, she began working with talented violist, Thomas Beckman,
collaborating on movie sound tracks to create recordings for this
Spring. Their first release is "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Listen here for their magical collaboration: https://soundcloud.com/elaine-joe-387308874/pure-imagination-1
In her quiet time she journals, philosophizes about life, blogs about leading a passionate and creative life, writes poetry and practices Qi Gong .