Hannah Selin, Violin, Viola & Piano

Violin and Piano Lessons

Composer, violist and educator Hannah Selin has performed at venues throughout New York City including Carnegie Hall, Roulette, and Le Poisson Rouge. Her compositions merge acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, field recordings and recorded interviews to imagine new and unlikely sound-spaces. Hannah has studied composition with Wang Jie, Per Bloland and Missy Mazzoli, viola with Karen Ritscher, Robert Vernon and C.J. Chang, and voice with Fay Victor. She performs frequently with ensembles including the AEON Ensemble, Ensemble Mise-En, the Delphi Chamber Orchestra and her own group, GADADU.

After receiving the 2015 Miriam Gideon Award for excellence in the study of musical composition, Hannah was selected as Composer-In-Residence with the Brooklyn College Orchestra in the spring of 2016. In the fall of 2016, GADADU was awarded residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Hannah Selin was a finalist in the 2016 Verdant Vibes Call for Scores.

As a music educator, Hannah strives to provide her students with a lasting foundation that will serve them no matter what path they choose. She has over five years of experience teaching private and group classes, lessons and workshops for students of all ages and backgrounds. Hannah's pedagogy balances learning by ear with basic music theory, enabling students to experience the joy of playing a musical instrument while also learning how to read music.

Yulin Liu, Violin & Piano

Violin Lessons New York

Yulin Liu began performing at a very young age, displaying talent both as a violinist and pianist. As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer, she has made appearances in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Saint Thomas Church and the National Concert Hall in Taipei among others, and has performed throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Europe, and North America. 

As a passionate and sought after teacher, Ms. Liu has been teaching the violin and piano since 2008, and is experienced in working with students from all ages and levels. After relocating to New York in 2012, she began teaching at schools such as the New York Conservatory, Long Island Conservatory, Fort Lee School of Music, and the CUNY outreach initiative, Harmony Program.

Aside from teaching, Ms. Liu is an active performing artist throughout the New York, New Jersey and Boston area. She is a reoccurring artist-in-residence at the MostArts Festival in Alfred, NY and is currently the recipient of a piece commissioned by the renowned composer David Loeb for her new and upcoming project for violin and marimba. 

Ms. Liu earned her bachelor degree form Soochow University in Taiwan. She received her Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati Conservatory under the tutelage of Piotr Milewski and her Masters of Music degree at the Mannes School of Music under the guidance of Professor Chin Kim.

Vatche Jambazian, Piano

Piano Lessons NYC

Vatche Jambazian is an emerging international concert pianist originally from Sydney, Australia.  He made his international Debut at the age of 16 in Yerevan, Armenia performing a televised recital as part of the Independence Day celebrations. In 2008 Vatche was awarded the Fine Music Station Young Performer of the Year and was a finalist in the 2015 Symphony Australia Young Performer of The Year. Vatche is currently attending The Juilliard School as part of the Masters Programme studying with Joseph Kalichstein and Jerome Lowenthal. Recent performances have taken him to London, New York, Hobart and Sydney where he has collaborated with artists such as Narek Arutyunian, Sue-Ellen Paulsen and Susan Collins, he has also collaborated with the Orava Quartet. Vatche recently performed Kaija Saariaho’s Light and Matter Trio for Axiom, and is also currently working with composers Andrew Howes, Jack Frerer and Tom Morrison on World Premieres of new works in 2016 and 2017.

Vatche has performed in festivals such as The International Holland Music Sessions, Chamberfest at Juilliard, Focus Festival at Juilliard and the European Chamber Music Academy.

During his association with the University of Sydney, Conservatorium of Music, he has learnt from Daniel Herscovitch, Natalia Sheludiakova and Nikolai Evrov and performed in masterclasses with acclaimed international artists such as Stephen Hough, Paul Lewis and Boris Berman.

Recent performances have taken Vatche to Handel’s House in London performing works of Handel and Bach, Solo recitals in the Foundling Museum, 1901 Arts Club South London Concert Series, The Royal College of Music (London), Hobart Town Hall (Tasmania), and Guest Performer, Adjudicator and Professor at The Piano Institute in Surabaya, Indonesia. Vatche has also performed in venues such as City Recital Hall Angels Place (Sydney), The Great Hall of Sydney University, The Independent Theatre (Sydney), Shepparton Performing Arts Centre (Victoria), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, La Petit Trianon (San Jose), Museum Kranenburgh (Holland) and St.Croix (Paris) and Paul Hall (New York). Vatche has been featured on ABC Classic FM (Sydney), Fine Music Station 2MBS (Sydney) and WQXR Radio (New York).

Alice Buchanan, Violin

Manhattan Violin Lessons

Alice holds a Bachelors of Music in Education from Middle Tennessee State University, is a registered Suzuki Violin Instructor up to Book 3, and a certified Orff Music Instructor. She focuses on teaching classical technique, combined with an emphasis on musicality, theory, and teaching a varied repertoire.

Alice is especially passionate about teaching toward student self-direction, supporting students in their own agency as musicians, and educating students about artists typically left out of the canon. Her philosophy is that with disciplined practice, all children and adults can play music at a high level. If expectations are high, yet encouraged with patience and positivity, the results will be beautiful music!

Kayleigh Butcher, Piano

Manhattan Piano Lessons

Hailed for her “flawless rhythms and nuanced articulations” as well as her “formidable talent” by I Care If You Listen, Kayleigh Butcher has gained critical and audience acclaim as a soloist and ensemble chamber musician.
She first began her professional career in Kansas City with the Lyric Opera, serving as one of the company’s Outreach Young Artists. From there she has enjoyed many operatic roles in Toledo, Chicago, and New York City. Most recent accomplishments include James Barry's Smashed, Robert Honstein’s My Heart Iz Open, Todd Goodman's Night of the Living Dead, Jiří Kadeřábek's Kafka's Women, Puccini's Suor Angelica, Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Handel's Acis and Galatea, the world premiere of Kirke Meechem's John Brown, and has been featured as alto soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Magnificat in D, Handel’s Messiah, and in Bach's Cantata BWV 4.
Kayleigh received her Bachelor’s of Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Anne DeLaunay and Dr. Denise Knowlton.  She was a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers at Bowling Green State University, where she earned her M.Mus.  She currently resides in New York City where she enjoys teaching piano and voice to a wide array of ages and experience levels.

Stephen Goist, Violin & Viola

Manhattan Violin Lessons

Violist Stephen Goist comes to New York after several years of performing and teaching experience in his native city of Cincinnati. He has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four seasons and recently joined the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, with which he still performs as a regular member. He served on the faculty of the Preparatory Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he taught private lessons and assisted with the New Horizons Orchestra, a beginning string program for retirement-aged adults. He also served as a teacher and volunteer for MYCincinnati, an after school youth orchestra program inspired by El Sistema.

Stephen began studying Suzuki violin at age three with his mother and switched to viola in fourth grade. He completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Catharine Carroll Lees and Masao Kawasaki. During his time at CCM, Stephen served as the viola studio's teaching assistant for three years and spent four summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. An enthusiastic member of the early music community, Stephen is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Baroque Viola through Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.

Deborah Nixon, Violin & Viola

Violin Lessons New York City

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Deborah is an active freelancer and teacher in the New York City area. A keen ensemble musician, she has performed in various ensembles in the city, including the Bronx Opera, Mimesis Ensemble, and the Chelsea Symphony, with which she recently appeared as soloist. She earned a Master of Music in Solo Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) in Violin Performance with a minor in British Literature from NYU Steinhardt. Internationally, she has performed as an orchestral member in the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, Italy and as a chamber musician in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and Friday Chamber Series in collaboration with the late Peter Cropper (Lindsays Quartet). Summer festivals have included the Aspen Music Festival and the Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland). 
A dedicated educator, Deborah has over six years of experience teaching private violin lessons to students of all levels aged four through adult. Her approach emphasizes musical understanding and creativity with the support of a comfortable and reliable technique. She is a member of the American String Teachers' Association.

Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry, Violin & Piano

NYC Violin Teacher

Australian-American violinist Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry is an active freelancer in the New York City area and across the US. Ms. Fitzgerald-Cherry substitutes regularly with the California Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Modesto Symphony, in addition to playing with multiple summer festivals including the Manchester Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. She has performed chamber music with Robert Walters of the Cleveland Orchestra, David Goldblatt of the San Francisco Symphony, and Sara Trobäck and Claes Gunnarsson of the Gothenburg Symphony. Ms. Fitzgerald-Cherry holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt, the Swedish National Orchestra Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra.

Amy Pirtle, Cello

Cello Lessons

Amy Pirtle is an experienced teacher and performer who earned her MM at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she gained experience as a certified Suzuki cello teacher and studied cello with Merry Peckham and Suzuki Pedagogy with Melissa Kraut. She most recently taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp where she also performed with the Bird String Quartet. Amy has performed with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic and is a DMA candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with William Grubb.

Amy has won chamber music awards in Ohio and several solo awards throughout Illinois and Iowa. Originally from Burlington, Iowa, she has performed and won grand prizes at competitions with the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony and received her BM at the University of Iowa. She has worked with several renowned musicians from around the world, including members of the Cleveland String Quartet, Quatuor Ebène and the Juilliard String Quartet, along with members of the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Talia Dicker, Cello

Talia Dicker is dynamic and in-demand cellist with a passion for orchestral and chamber music. Originally hailing from Normal, IL, Talia received her Bachelors of Music with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica Quartet. Talia went on to earn a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot. Leveraging her abiding enthusiasm for orchestral music, Talia then won a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Civic’s MusiCorps program was a perfect vehicle for Talia’s dedication to outreach and engagement. During this time, Talia conceived and presented comprehensive music education programs and string quartet performances in the Chicago Public School district and Chicago Parks Districts. Talia’s previous engagements include the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra (where she was also a member of the honors chamber music program), the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, and the Peoria Symphony. Talia currently resides in the New York City, where she is an active performer and teacher throughout the northeast corridor.

Cello Lessons with Talia Dicker