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Teacher of the Month – June – Gregory Hrabar, violin/viola
Gregor will be teaching two free online live classes about Playing Chamber Music, on the 20th and 21st June.
Join us online at one of these webinars to learn about balance and structure in chamber music. You will learn tricks of the trade, shared by famous teachers and performers. Come see if some of these will help you!
This webinar is suitable for all chamber music players.
Please click here to register for the free live online classes.
Gregor Hrabar – violin, viola, chamber music – Berlin, Germany
Born in Slovenia, Gregor’s musical career quickly crossed the border, as he studied both at the AG Ljubljana and KLK in Austria. His student life left him excelling as a violinist, adding studies of jazz violin, chamber music, an intense orchestra life, and viola included as his second instrument. His passion for chamber music has given birth to the now internationally acclaimed Furiant Quartet, that finished their Masters studies at HfM “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, the city the quartet currently resides in.
His teachers and collaboration with many renowned virtuosos gave him a background of many schools, such as Rostal, Galamian, Primrose, and Colourstrings (his method of choice for beginners). This and his constant strive for innovation has earned him many international prizes, concerts all around Europe, Asia and Africa, recordings for CDs, television and radio.
Feeling a constant need and joy of teaching, he has taught in Austria, and is currently teaching in two music schools in Berlin, also giving masterclasses in Austria and France.
His philosophy for transcendence on an instrument is that musical understanding is a priority to unlocking the secrets of the composers, and that the technique must be observed effortlessly in order to become second nature; a skill everyone is able to achieve. But above all, he believes the greatest gift he can offer his pupils is the gift of self-reliance. Gregor is able to teach in English, German, Slovenian and Croatian.
Please contact Gregor for further information
ARIADNY ALVARADO – VIOLIN – MARACAIBO, VENZUELA
Violinist and professor in “El Sistema”, a world renowned Venezuelan method known for its innovative take on the musical development of its students through a direct approach to music, acclaimed as the Venezuelan musical miracle. Her goals as a violin teacher is to encourage in her students a sense of responsibility and commitment using music as an instrument of the human development. Her 6 year experience as concertmaster of the Rafael Urdaneta Youth Orchestra gave her a sense of leadership and commitment to not only her Music, but also with her fellow colleagues. She has participated in a variety of international festivals like Eastern Music Festival (EMF-United States), Domaine Forget (Canada), and others working with international professors like SoHiunPark (USA), Jeanne Lamon (USA), David Gilham (Canada), José Francisco del Castillo (Venezuela), Salvatore Greco (Italy), Francisco Caban (Puerto Rico), Pablo Vazquez (Cuba).
She is currently in her Senior Year of Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at The University of Zulia, Venezuela.
Please contact Ariadny for further information
PHILIP HEYMAN – VIOLA – CARDIFF UK
Philip Heyman gave his concerto debut aged eleven, and went on to study at the Royal College of Music, winning three major viola prizes. On graduation he was immediately offered a permanent post with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom he toured extensively and appeared in many Prom concerts. Subsequently he accepted the position of Sub-Principal Viola with English National Opera where he remained for nine years. During this time he worked with many major British orchestras and ensembles, as well as giving recitals and teaching.
In 1998 he took up his current position as Principal Viola for Welsh National Opera, and has subsequently performed many of the major orchestral solos, some on radio and television. He has been invited as guest Principal with many national orchestras and groups including CBSO, RPO, BSO, RLPO and, most recently, BBC Philharmonic.
As a member of the viola/piano duo Altitude he continues to give solo recitals, consultations and teaches, both privately and at Cardiff University.
Please contact Philip for further information:
DENNIS JONES – STRINGS – YORK PENNSYLVANIA, USA
Dennis is a music educator and professional musician with over 25 years of teaching experience, working with children and adults of all ages and abilities in teaching violin, viola, cello and string bass. Having founded the Jubal String Quartet in 2012, Dennis continues to supervise and direct rehearsals, manage, and play viola on a consistent and regular basis for weddings, cocktail hours, dinners, and events. He has played in orchestras, and has played solos and in ensembles for over 25 years. In addition to having a Master of Music and Bachelor Degree in Music Education, Dennis is skilled at working with students from diverse backgrounds both independently and in a team environment.
He taught at Penn State University/York Campus for 14 years and has other teaching and supervisory experiences including supervising student teachers, mentoring and training teachers.
Please contact Dennis for further information:
THOMAS KANITZ – CELLO – DORTMUND, GERMANY
Born in Illmersdorf, Germany, Thomas Kanitz began serious musical studies at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin in 1961 with Prof. Takis Ktenveas. He was co-founder of the Reger String Quartet and founder of the Mendelssohn Trio, Hamburg. He was principal cellist in both the Symphonisches Orchester Berlin (Berlin Symphony Orchestra) and the Rheinisches Kammerorchester, Cologne and performed many solo concerts all over Europe.
He has recorded for nearly all the German radio companies and the American television company NBC with the Reger Quartet and Vox, New York. He has recorded the complete works of Max Reger for String Quartet and works of the most famous Russian composers. He premiered work for violoncello by Maxwell Davis, Vincent Frohne, Jean Couldhard and John Casken.
Mr. Kanitz has been Lecturer at the Schiller College, Berlin; Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik, Cologne; Delhi School of Music, India; State University of Rhode Island, U.S.A. and the International Summer Festival in Vancouver, Canada. From 2011- 2014 he worked as the Artistic Director of the MUSON Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Besides his teaching Violoncello, Conducting and Chamber Music at the MUSON School of Music, he was also Principal Conductor of the MUSON Symphony Orchestra. With this orchestra, Thomas Kanitz performed Mozart’s Magic Flute (first in West Africa in German), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and others, beside concerts for violoncello and orchestra as well solo recitals and chamber music.
GRETCHEN FRAZIER – VIOLIN/ VIOLA – NEWHAVEN CT, USA
Gretchen Frazier has taught Suzuki violin and viola as well as traditional violin and viola lessons for over 20 years. She teaches students as young as 4 years old and has worked with many adults and teens. Her current studio consists mainly of children ages 7 through 10. Gretchen’s teaching philosophy is that learning to play music can be a joy at any age, and that playing a stringed instrument is especially enjoyable for those who learn good technique. She keeps her students motivated by allowing them as many opportunities for performance as possible.
Please contact Gretchen for further information:
DANA HUYGE – VIOLA/VIOLIN – MEXICO NY USA
Dana Huyge, violist, combines an astute knowledge of both the violin and the viola with a boundless enthusiasm for knowing his students as individuals to create an unparalleled teaching experience. Upon graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Huyge accepted a position at the Kanack School of Music, where he learned Alice Kanack’s Creative Ability Development philosophy. This philosophy teaches students how to unlock their own innate musical potential, and has been featured at several Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences. Mr. Huyge is also intimately familiar with the Suzuki method, both as a student and as a trained teacher since 2011. Mr. Huyge uses these two ideologies to create a powerful educational environment for his students, while not necessarily confining his students to one particular learning path.
Mr. Huyge is also very active as a performing violist. He has played with virtually every professional orchestra in Upstate New York, including the Grammy award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra. He studied the standard orchestral literature and viola excerpts with Yizhak Schotten, former Principal Violist of the Houston Symphony, Caroline Coade, of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Melissa Matson, Principal Violist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Huyge is constantly attracted to the challenge of playing contemporary music. As a member of Gibbs and Main string quintet in Rochester, Mr. Huyge took part in their EuphoNY 2012 concert series, a festival featuring the world premieres of many works of living New York composers, which were later recorded. As a graduate student at Eastman, Mr. Huyge commissioned and gave the world premiere of Karl Henning’s Viola Sonata Op.102, and the Albany Symphony’s commitment to performing and recording the best works of the most important living American composers is well known. Mr. Huyge’s thorough knowledge of the orchestral repertoire is a great tool when teaching advanced students interested in playing with community orchestras, youth orchestras, or simply gaining a more intricate knowledge of the technical aspects of their instruments.
Please contact Dana for further information:
ALINA DEBBAUT – VIOLIN – OZARK MISSOURI USA
Russian violinist Alina Debbaut possesses the rare qualities of being equally at home in the concert hall and the private studio. Educated in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union, Mrs. Debbaut performed for twelve seasons as a member of the Great Novgorod Chamber Orchestra in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia. During her last two seasons she was Principal Second Violin and a member of the Philharmonie String Trio, performing concerts for children throughout western Russia. Mrs. Debbaut also served for several seasons as the orchestra’s Inspector, Artistic Liaison and Translator. While in Novgorod and in her hometown of Balkash, Kazakhstan, Mrs. Debbaut established studios of several violin students. Two of her former violin students are now majoring in Violin Performance at Russia’s world-renowned St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Great Novgorod Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Anima, the Russian-Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the Shostakovich Festival Orchestra, Mrs. Debbaut has performed concerts throughout the Russian Federation and in Estonia, Finland and Poland. Educated at the Music College in Karaganda, Kazazhstan (Soviet Union), she received her diploma in Orchestral Performance (violin) and Music Education (violin and piano). In addition she studied Russian Language, Literature, History of Languages and English. In 2009 Mrs. Debbaut permanently moved to the United States to be with her husband and to start a new life in Southwest Missouri, where she has established a large violin and piano studio and a following of other professionals. She currently performs as a member of the Fort Smith Symphony and serves as a paraprofessional Russian translator for the Springfield Public Schools. Born Alina Anikeeva in Balkhash, Kazakhstan (Soviet Union), Mrs. Debbaut began her studies on violin and piano at age six. She is the daughter of Viktor and Zinaida Anikeev of Novgorod, Russia, the wife of conductor Robert Debbaut and the mother of fifteen-year-old Sofia and their three house cats.
Alina can teach both in Russian and in English.
Please contact Alina for further information:
Vivian Waters – violin – Santa Fe, California USA
Vivian Waters graduated with honors from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where she was both a student and teaching assistant of Jascha Brodsky. She continued post-graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music in New York, studying with Oscar Shumsky and Raphael Bronstein. Ms. Waters is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Musica Aeterna Chamber Orchestra of New York, the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Vivian began her professional chamber music career in New York as violinist with the New York Contemporary String Quartet and as a performing member of the New York Chamber Soloists. After moving to Canada in
1973, she became first violinist of the Pro Nova String Quartet and a founding member of the Deep Cove Chamber Soloists in Vancouver, B.C.. The year of 1992 brought yet another change of residence to Toronto, Ontario, where Ms. Waters became first violinist of both the Toronto Arts Trio and the Chrysalis Piano Quartet.
Vivian has been a faculty member of the New School of Music, Chair of the String Department of the Bloomingdale House of Music in NYC, Chair of the String Department of Capilano University in North Vancouver, and Chair of the String Department of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.
Since relocating to Santa Fe in 2012, she has coached violin and chamber music for the New Mexico School for the Arts and the World College in Las Vegas, NM. She has also performed numerous chamber music concerts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and is a frequent member of the San Juan Symphony concert series in Colorado. Vivian is author of, “The Violin: A New Approach for Adults” and also teaches privately.
Please contact Vivian for further information: