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Andrea Carol Kalanj

Andrea Carol Kalanj








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Obituary for Andrea Carol Kalanj

August 16, 1945 – January 6, 2023


Andrea was predeceased by parents Emil (Mike) and Aleksandra (Ellen). Andrea was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Vancouver shortly after.

Andrea made her introduction into the world of music in Vancouver at the age of three beginning her piano studies. At age four she received First Class honors in Grade One from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. This led to numerous B.C. Music Festival Competitions, awards and medals.

When Andrea was nine she was a winner of the Women’s Music Club Competition. Andrea performed the Beethoven piano concerto #1 as a soloist with the VSO and as a result was noted as a Canadian prodigy amongst the likes of Glenn Gould. Performances have included radio, television and solo concerts across Canada. When she was 12 Andrea won Best Performance in BC Music Festival played variations OP 1 by Robert Schumann and played with the Toronto Symphony.

Andrea was the winner of the CBC National Talent Festival performing with Sir Ernest McMillan and the CBC Radio Orchestra. Later that year she performed in Vienna, Austria at the Vienna International Music Festival for the noted Soviet Pianist Emil Giles. She was invited to perform on the Lawrence Welk show prior to leaving on a 5-year Scholarship at Russian Kiev Conservatory of Music and earning a Diploma in music performance. She went to Russia in October 1960 and finished her studies within 3 years of the Scholarship. In 1962 Andrea performed Liszt E+ concerto with KIEV State Philharmonic. In 1964 Andrea was awarded a Scholarship in Belgium. She continued studies at the Brussels Royal Conservatory where she graduated receiving the Diplome Superiore and Gold medal. She also began teaching piano at the Brussels Royal Conservatory music school.

After 5 years in Brussels Andrea moved to London, England and furthered her studies. She won the Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Music Competition in London and performed several concert engagements in England.

Upon returning to Vancouver in 1972 Andrea performed with the VSO under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, solo concerts for the Women’s Musical Club, Purcell String Quartet and CBC radio.

Throughout the following years Andrea was a accompanist for the Royal Academy of Dance and taught piano at the B.C. Conservatory of music and the Arts Connection. She was sought after for her highly skilled ability in piano performance.

Andrea also had a successful career with Air Canada as a flight attendant. With her fluency in several languages, caring nature and bubbly personality she embraced her love of travel for years to come.

After retiring from Air Canada, Andrea continued to travel for leisure, teach piano lessons and was a piano accompanist for several dance schools. She spent her leisure time taking ballet lessons, enjoyed attending concerts and the cinema with friends.

Andrea helped out neighbours by walking their dogs and her love of dogs led her to adopting her beloved Lhaso Apso pups Maccho, Ho-linn-i and Mischu.

Andrea is deeply missed by siblings Michael, Elana, Cyndy, Paul, nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-law Jim and dear friend Joanie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.







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