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2930 Richards Road, Suite 204

Bellevue, WA 98005

info@happymindsschoolofmusic.com

Tel: 425-505-2927

SMS: 425-329-6888

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Alexandra

Alexandra starts to learn violin since the age of 6 from the professor Peiwen Yuan who teaches Shanghai Conservatory (The professor who were the guide for Issac Stern in the Oscar documentary ‘ From Mao to Mozart’).  During her study in University of Miami, she participated in the chamber orchestra of University of Miami and performed with Miami Symphony Orchestra. After graduated from the university, Alexandra participated the Shanghai City Orchestra directed by Peng Cao. Alexandra has been teaching violin for all ages and levels more than 25 years,  She believes that "Being part of the music would carry you fly high above the darkness of the life, you may find the extraordinary beauty and harmony through playing with others".  Alexandra served a core faculty in West International School in Shanghai (a private school)  for more than 8 years.  Alexandra is the founder of the string quartet of Shanghai University of Engineering Science, also serves as a instructor in the Shanghai University Symphonic Orchestra. Besides helping most of her students successfully pass the Shanghai Conservatory Music Exams .Alexandra is specialized in teaching in Suzuki method, and believes children will learn better through cooperative play with others. 

Chris

Chris has been playing the cello since the year 2000 when a 2nd -grade classmate’s show-and-tell cello performance piqued his interest. In the years since then, music has taken Chris across the country (and occasionally out of it). He earned degrees at Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Miami, and the University of Michigan. From 2010-2014, he was a Miami Stamps Scholar and was the first cellist of the Stamps String Quartet. While chamber music is his favorite, Chris also enjoys playing in orchestras. He has been a member of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Miami Symphony, in addition to his schools’ orchestras. Currently, Chris studies with Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir at the University of Washington in Seattle. He plays a Christopher Dungey cello on generous loan from the Wong/Engel Cello Library.

Joanna

Joanna is a performer and educator whose musical journey has taken her across the country and abroad. Joanna received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. After then she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating with a Master of Music in Violin Performance with distinction. 

In addition to her duties as a violin instructor, Joanna enjoys a solo career that includes performances with other ensembles. Joanna has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the US and UK, including an appearance as soloist with the Goodensemble Orchestra as well as Southbank Sinfonia under the baton of world-class conductor Edward Gardner.

Irina

Irina has been professional chamber musician and violinist for most of her life. She has committed her life to music performance and teaching.

 

“The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments” (Charles-Auguste de Beriot).

 

One cannot deny the power of music. Students who study music have higher grade point averages that those who don't. These students also develop faster physically. Student listening skills are also improved through music education."

 

Irina received her music training from the Academy of Music (formerly known as Conservatory of Music G. Muzicescu), and got her Master’s of music in violin performance from the P.I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Crimea. She maintained her own private string studio in Moldova. During her stay in Chisinau, Moldova, she was a concertmaster, 1st violin, for National Symphony Orchestra and a music director for The National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova. She has traveled in Europe with her performances.

Sol

Sol lm begins her violin studies at age 5 and made her solo debut at Benaroya Hall with Cascade Youth Symphony at age 16. She performed as a soloist with the University of Washington Symphony where she received a degree in Violin Performance. She has served as Concertmaster of UW Symphony and Thalia Symphony and played on King FM radio. Her professional works include those with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and is a current member of the first violin section in the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra. She also regularly works with the Seattle's leading recording orchestra, Seattle Music Inc. where she plays for recording tracks such as movies, TV shows, commercials, Theme parks and video games. She has also performed and shared stage with the band Evanescence, Lindsey Sterling, and Game of Thrones Live orchestra. She is an avid performer and chamber musician in the Northwest and has performed both solo and chamber works in masterclasses with world-renowned musicians such as Gil Shaham, William Preucil, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. Devoted to education, Sol teaches students of all ages specializing in solo performance. Sol lm also coaches chamber ensembles and youth orchestra sectionals in local public schools, as well as help students, prepare for auditions. She strongly believes in the importance of creating a positive and stimulating environment for each student to truly love to play the violin and to openly communicate emotions through his or her instrument.  

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