Piano Lessons

From Zabel Manoukian - Pianist and Piano Teacher

About My Lessons

After years of professional piano performance and a long teaching career, I now offer my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of piano playing from my home in Ottawa.

My piano lessons are for all ages starting at 8 years old to adults and any level of experience from beginners to professionals. Lessons are offered on a Heintzman grand piano used on stage for some of my concerts.

I tailor my lessons to each and every student's abilities, whether the student is a beginner or a professional, improving their strengths and correcting their weaknesses. I always aim to gradually and carefully develop a solid technique that serves musicianship and artistry in piano playing. My lessons can help with planning an exam, preparing for a concert or competition performance; or playing the piano for leisure and pleasure.

Preparation lessons for all levels of Royal Conservatory exams (RCM exams) are available.

Advanced students preparing for a professional career are also welcome for consultation regarding solutions for specific technical problems, to work on a healthy contact with the instrument, on relaxation techniques and the psychological aspects of stage performance.


Born in Istanbul, Zabel Manoukian holds degrees in piano performance from the Music Conservatory of Istanbul, Turkey - with Ferdi Statzer, McGill University's Faculty of Music, Montreal, Canada - with Dorothy Morton and Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Detmold, Germany – with Hanns-Ulrich Kunze. Her studies continued in New York, USA with Nadia Reisenberg (Juilliard).

Recipient of three Canada Council Awards and winner of several competitions in Canada and abroad, Zabel Manoukian has taught piano at McGill University, Faculty of Music. She has also taught Master Classes in Canada and been a member of the jury for festivals and piano competitions.

For the last 30 years Mrs. Manoukian has performed as a concert pianist throughout Canada, Germany and Istanbul. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras, played chamber music with international musicians on various stages including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Over the last 20 years she has also performed on numerous occasions for CBC Radio.

Listen to my Chopin piano concerto on Youtube, a concert recorded live in Stockholm, Sweden. Or play it on Soundcloud.


Please call me to discuss the student's goals, expectations and my lesson fees. Lesson times are arranged according to the students needs. Makeup lessons are possible with a 48 hour notice.

I look forward to meeting you!

Contact: 613.728.8015

I am located around Dow's Lake and the Civic Hospital/Parkdale area in Ottawa, Ontario.

- Zabel Manoukian