Meet Our Staff!

More to Come! We are working on adding all of our teachers and staff!


Granata Music is lucky to have some very talented and exceptional teachers and staff! Granata Music offers a wide variety of lessons and instrument repairs thanks to our staff! Meet them and see their talents below!



   Mina Messiha

Mina Messiha is a fun, loving teacher who has a great sense of humor and loves making his lessons enjoyable! He is a very talented musician who has mastered the guitar, drums and bass! he is also the store's senior manager!

A member of our staff for nearly 10 years, he teaches Guitar (Acoustic,bass & Electric), Drums and runs our Band Program!

Brian Sim
Brian Sim is our Senior Guitar Instructor with over 30 years of Experience! His experience and love for music fuels students to learn and to be eager for each and every lesson! He is a very talented guitar player and currently plays in bands such as The Cooper Brothers, Five Man Electrical Band and The Groove Junkies!
He specializes in teaching Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar!


Kieran Velasco

Kieran has mastered the piano and guitar at a young age performing around the city and various venues including RBC Bluesfest! He has achieved his Grade 8 Piano Certificate through the Royal Conservatory of Music Program.

He specializes in teaching piano/keyboard and Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar!

Amanda Koskoletos

Amanda is a student at the University of Ottawa, in her second year of the Piano Performance Program. At a young age she knew how to play multiple instruments, conduct vocal and instrumental ensembles, direct musical theater productions, and began her career as a music teacher. She has done many group and solo performances at a variety of venues, including the University of Ottawa, and the National Arts Centre (NAC). Amanda is currently working towards her level 10 Royal Conservatory for Piano.


Luigi Orlando

Join us Thursday mornings at Granata Music Ltd with instructor Luigi Orlando for your introduction to accordion! With years of experience, he can help any beginner become a pro!

Luigi is the accordion specialist at Granata Music!

Grace Ranallo

One of our most qualified, with a Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 7 Certification. She specializes in teaching younger students the fundamentals of music in both piano and beginner vocals. Grace loves to implement lots of popular music into her curriculum!



Rebecca Nadler

Rebecca is the newest member of our team. She is highly qualified in several instruments, including piano, vocal and ukulele. Rebecca currently has a CEGEP degree in Classical Voice and is working towards a University Degree in Classical Voice as well. She also has her Suzuki Violin Teachers Training and has performed at the Bell Centre in Hans Zimmer's Choir in Montreal and at the NAC.




Gino Granata

Gino is the Granata Music Ltd's Owner and CEO. After buying the store off of his father, he moved locations and added to the success and Granata Music legacy. By Opening Electric Lifestyles and Changing the stores focus from sheet music to a variety of musical accessories, instruments and methods books while ensure they continue to provide the city with thousands of different sheet music options!

Gino also specializes in teaching, Electric/Acoustic/Bass Guitar, Drums and Ukulele for all different levels of learners!


Victor Avelar 

Victor is one of the first faces you see when you enter our store and manages our Scheduling! He is one of our Instrument Technicians who can work on/repair any instrument. Victor is also the store's Purchasing Manager!

He specializes in Instrument Repairs & Restrings and is in charge of Lesson Schedules.


Gianmarco Mafrici

Gianmarco is the Store Manager, Computer Guru, Sound Engineer and an Electronics Repair Technician! Thanks to Gianmarco we have been able to step up the stores level of technology and improve student success by adding computers in each room!

Come by if your electric guitar or piano is sounding a little off or if you're looking to record your next hit and he'll give it his magic touch!

He specializes in Website Modification, Guitar/Ukulele Restrings, and Electronic Instrument Repair!