George Essihos studied classical piano as a child with Stanley Shale. He went on to win the City of Victoria Medallion at the Victoria Music Festival at an early age and received scholarships to study with Helen Louise Oles at the Cornish School of Music in Seattle and Nellie Tholen at the Lewis & Clark College in Portland. While in Portland, he performed with the Portland Chamber Symphony conducted by Boris Sirpo and returning to Victoria, won a CBC national classical-piano competition.
George proceeded to embrace his love of jazz and developed what is said to be an astonishing talent and style. He has become well known, from many years of playing and his recordings, as a solo artist and with his Jazz Trio. With 60 years of teaching to his credit and 15 years with the Conservatory of Music, many of his students have gone on to international fame. He is known throughout North America for his highly acclaimed recordings, which are regularly featured on the CBC, KPLU (FM) and worldwide.
He specializes in the development of the student’s ear and the encouragement of individualized expression and love for the music that a student prefers. This can be jazz or classical in style. He provides the unique experience of playing “jamming” together with his students at every lesson. All ages and levels are welcome and he is accepting new students regularly.