Meet Our 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!




Gino Granata
Gino is the Granata Music Ltd's Owner and CEO. After buying the store off of his father, he made changes to improve customer service, pricing, products and continue Granata Music's legacy. By 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! His vision and motivation for success drives him to continue to expand and grow.
His specialization is in customer service, teachong and store management. His leadership and ideas have driven Granata Music to its greatest success since it's opening. 
Victor Avelar 
Victor is the store manager, Guitar Technician and Lesson Scheduling Coordinator. He is one of the first faces you see when you enter the store and leads by example when it comes to customer service and finding you the right product for your needs. Victor has established himself as the coordinator for our Music School and an expert on all things guitars!
He specializes in Guitar Repairs, Lesson Coordination and Sales
Gianmarco Mafrici
Gianmarco is the Store Manager, Sound Engineer and an Electronics Repair Technician! Gianmarco's expertise has allowed us 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!
Gabriel Comba
Gabe is an aspiring musician who sings, plays the guitar, piano and bass. He loves rock n roll, blues, and folk. Some of his favourite musicians/inspirations are Greta Van Fleet, The Beatles, Harry Styles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and many more.
He specializes in sales, customer service and teaching!