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From her private studio in Richmond, British Columbia, Ildiko Skeldon instructs private students encompassing all grades and levels. In recent years Ildiko has focussed her attention on senior-level repertoire but still enjoys the occasional beginner. She holds numerous student recitals throughout the teaching year, including different fund-raising activities for organizations such as the BC Children's Hospital and the Cancer Society. Ms. Skeldon students have been showcased in a variety of community concert series and young artist series. Her student Kenneth Lee was the first student to represent Richmond in twenty years at the BC Provincial Piano Competition.
Ildiko had many memorable instructors during her summer studies at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary throughout the 1970s. Her first inspirational teacher was Audrey Mallinson. Influential teachers during her university years were Kum-Sing Lee, Dale Reubart, Robert Rogers, Robert Silverman, Pawel Checinski, Ivan Moravec, and Anton Kuerti.
Ms. Skeldon has presented teacher workshops on all levels of solo repertoire and on new repertoire in Royal Conservatory series; numerous master classes throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia; workshops on developing the technique, ear, and sight requirements of The Conservatory syllabus; and countless mock examinations for a variety of teachers and schools.
She has adjudicated extensively throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba at the beginner, junior, intermediate, and senior levels. Her adjudications include solo, ensemble, concerto, and composition classes. Ms. Skeldon feels honoured to have been asked back to adjudicate by numerous festival committees, including a number of Kiwanis festivals.
2002 marked the release of her solo CD entitled "Live." Featuring selections of live performances encompassing two decades of her performing career, the selections reflect the scope and emotional content of her performances. Ildiko's studio has recorded three well-received piano duet (one piano four hands) CDs, "Dynamic Duettists," showcasing a broad spectrum of styles and genres.
Ildiko Skeldon was the Canadian music chairperson and vice-president for the BCRMTA Richmond branch. From 1991 to 1997 she served as the Richmond branch RMT president and was their provincial delegate for over twenty years. Currently she is a member-at-large on the executive of the Richmond branch and a long-time member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association. Ms. Skeldon chaired the BC Provincial Council Board of Examiners from 2000 to 2012 and the BC Provincial Council Professional Development from 2008 to 2012. She organized all elements of the BC Provincial Council's 60th Anniversary, inviting Conservatory president Peter Simon as well as Thomas Green, James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, and Forrest Kinney to take part in the celebrative elements on September 22, 2007 in Richmond, BC.
Mozart School of Music, Surrey, Burnaby RCM Alumni Assoc., Victoria (twice), Abbotsford RMT (twice), Lethbridge Kiwanis (twice), Shuswap, North Shore, Kootenay, Coquitlam, North Fraser, South Fraser, Grande Prairie, Brandon (twice)