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A Decade of Study 2016
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Coca Ma at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists
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Coco Ma: RCM Alumna

As a toddler, Coco Ma gleefully played on her toy piano — fingers flying — to the delight of her family. When she was 6, she began taking piano lessons with the RCM and following the Certificate Program. She then studied at the Royal Conservatory School where her tremendous natural ability, imagination, and passion for music developed swiftly. At the age of 9, she joined The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. That same year, she made her Carnegie Hall début.

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Coco Ma at the piano
Coco and Lang Lang

   Since then she has performed in prestigious concert halls in North America, Germany, and China where she has thrilled and inspired audiences. When she was 13, Coco was one of 12 students from around the world — and the only Canadian — to be chosen to study with international star Lang Lang in Munich.

Coco Ma with Lang Lang
Coco Ma at Convocation
Music is one of the most essential parts of being a human. It's really something that comes from inside, it's something that comes from the heart. It helps to express all emotions. I think music is really the only international language there is.
With James Anagnoson at Convocation
With Dean James Anagnoson at Convocation
2016
Now an ARCT of The Royal Conservatory

She graduated with the RCM's ARCT in Piano Performance in 2014, the same year she was selected as one of CBC's Top Classical Musicians to Watch. Now studying at The Juilliard School, Coco speaks warmly of her 11 years at the RCM citing how the training she received shaped her development as an artist and prepared her well for the next phase of her studies. 

Coco Ma onstage at Koerner Hall at Convocation
One of the most important things I learned at the RCM

is that it's really about just expressing yourself and performing like an artist and not a student." says Ma. "I'm very confident in performing now and I have the Conservatory to thank for that."

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Music has the power to change lives, transform futures, and advance society. Read more inspiring stories of how the RCM is developing human potential. 

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