Isabella Jie

I am originally from Indonesia and in 2004, I moved  abroad to Hamilton, Canada to pursue my high school diploma. At that time, I was only 14 years old and did not know anything about this foreign country because I had no relatives or friends at all. All I knew was that I needed to take piano lessons because I love to play piano very much and I was lucky enough...

Yurij Petlura

I have been Mr. Karan`s student since 1998, first at Leon`s Music Studio, and then at McMaster University. Through Mr. Karan`s tutelage I progressed as a pianist, winning many competitions, and ultimately received a Bachelor of Music degree at McMaster University this year. I felt privileged when Mr. Karan asked me to teach for Leon’s Music Studio, where I...

Becky Yuan

I have studied with many great teachers from all over Canada.  However, Leon Karan is the one I respect more than anyone.  He is the standard I try to meet in my professional teaching career, as a performer, and as a good human being.  He taught me to look into the soul of a piece.  To play with expression and that every note written in a piece has...

Sean Robertson

Dear Mr. Karan, I want you to know that I frequently reflect on all the lessons, performances, and opportunities I was blessed with while being a student of yours.  I do not take for granted any of our time together nor did any of the great wisdom and passion do you so generously pass on to me.  My opinions and passion for music was strengthened by our...