How Are We Different?

It is our mission to provide a well-rounded learning experience for our students. Therefore, unlike most private teachers who simply provide private lessons, we here at the Artisan Violin Studio goes a bit further. Not only that we provide essential lessons to our students, we also prepare them for their choice of examinations. The current examination boards in consideration are the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (England) and the Trinity College of London (England). With over 30 years in teaching experiences, our violin teacher is board-registered with both RCM, ABRSM and TCL. In addition to examinations, we also prepare students for their choice of competitions or music festivals. To further enhance their experience in music performances, we also hold an annual concert - an invaluable performing opportunity to all of our students in a real concert hall environment. Unlike other studios/schools, there is no cost for our students to participate in this concert except for their practise time. If this sounds like the kind of violin learning experience that you are looking for, feel free to drop us a line or give us a call to find out more.

Simon Lau

The Teacher


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Simon Lau first discovered the joy of playing the violin at the age of 9. Under the tutelage of maestro Thomas Wang, Simon was considered a late starter by many, but quickly mastered the necessary skills and became one of the youngest members of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra at the time. He subsequently became Concertmaster for the same orchestra and other ones as well. At the age of 16, Simon was one of the founding members of the award-winning strings chamber group “Bachanini”. At the time, Bachanini was one of a handful of youth chamber groups that had successfully performed without any conductor.

After arriving in Canada, he had studied under many master violinists, including the late professor Eugene Kash of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Simon has been a member of several music organizations in Canada, including the York Symphony Orchestra. Simon currently performs as the Concertmaster of the OCMS Symphony Orchestra, and also holds the position of Vice-President of the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society (OCMS) – a registered charitable organization in Canada. He is also one of the founding members of the Paskke String Quartet, which performs regularly scheduled concert seasons in the GTA area.

With regards to educating the next generations of violinists, besides teaching at Artisan Violin studio, Simon currently provides violin lessons through other private music schools/institutions such as Music Education Canada (Administrator, Violin Instructor) and Pro-Music Conservatory of Music (Markham, Richmond Hill).