Brag, brag, brag!

More bragging, everyone! Remember little Meriel Bizri? She’s in the finals at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. OH, AND….she’ll be performing the Sibelius Concerto first movement with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra this May. Watch this space.

Congratulations to my former student, Rebecca Hall who won the Mankato Symphony Young Artist Competition! 13 year old Rebecca will be performing the last movement of the Bruch Concerto later this month.We’re thrilled for you!

And then there is our Nygel Witherspoon who took our breath away:

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Detroit’s 2019 Junior Sphinx Competition

17-year-old cellist Nygel Witherspoon has been awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition

17-year-old American cellist Nygel Witherspoon has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition – in Detroit, United States.

A student of Tanya Remenikova at the Minnesota Connections Academy, Nygel will receive US $10,000 plus a number of performance opportunities – including a nationally-broadcast radio appearance on From the Top.



Open to American Black and Latino junior high and high school students, the Sphinx Competition is aimed at the encouragement, development and recognition of classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.

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Boston String Academy Class

I had the pleasure of giving a class to the students of Mariesther and Marielisa Alvarez at the Boston String Academy the other evening. What wonderful students- a tribute to the seriousness and skills of their teachers!

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A new Boston project

Students, I hope you’ll attend and take advantage of this terrific opportunity!

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My advertisement for Longy pedagogy class

Haiku for the Aspiring Violin Teacher-Artist

Multiply your gifts.
Meet weekly for just two hours.
Peer through a new lens.

A treasure of skills
from our ancient, modern art
is yours for the asking.

Through role play, videos,
observations of lessons,
labs with beginners-

join this joyous world.
Scrutinize your own playing.
Become a teacher.

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New to the Boston Area:

Violin lessons in Cambridge specializing in beginners through pre-college.
May Violin Studio conveniently located between Central and Harvard Squares.

Openings for Fall 2018.

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Indiana University Summer String Academy 2018 May Class

My fabulous summer class. It was an unforgettable month, kids. Thank you.

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A new chapter!

for both of us. Bruce and I will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston beginning September 2018. Bruce will be coaching chamber music and teaching a course on the Beethoven string quartets, and I will be teaching a pedagogy lab. We are both very excited!

While you’re here, check out the new page, my Partial Music Library, which I’ve just begun digitizing, and which isn’t yet sorted.  Only violin parts are included, with my preferred fingerings and bowings. No more excuses that the dog ate your music!

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Quartet Lab 2018

For the second year Bruce and I hosted a week long residency at our house for a wonderful  young string quartet that Bruce has been coaching weekly for the past two semesters. This culminated in the program attached, and will be repeated in part tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 7, for Ben Zander’s master class at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square/Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St., 02116 Read more about Quartet Lab 2018 it at the end of the program below.

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Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University String Academy 2017

Hey, guys, this is a full circle moment. Guess who my practice helper is this summer at the Jacobs School String Academy at Indiana U? It’s Gaia Ramsdell who became my student in St. Paul at the age of nine. She has finished her undergraduate work here with Jorja Fleezanis and a performance diploma. She’ll be moving to Oberlin to study in the fall. What a kick. She’ll be using her old marked-up Carl Flesch Scale System from which I taught her all those years ago.

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Quartet Lab 2017 house concert

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Yesterday three students and Bruce gave a house concert culminating a week-long intensive study of the Brahms a minor quartet. Here are a few photos from the week. The project was a success by any standard, filled with joy, hard work and a performance that moved us to our cores. And at the days’ ends, great food, Monopoly, and Fictionary.

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