Violin & Cello

Lesson Information

String instruments are an excellent first instrument for young musicians because they train the ear to be extremely sensitive to pitch. Violin and cello are great instruments to study for patient young beginners, from as early as age four.

New violin or cello students learn how to hold the instrument and how to get a good sound out of it. This involves learning proper bowing technique and tone production. They also learn basic music theory (reading notes and rhythm). Students are introduced to Classical music, fiddle repertoire and popular music. Students may go on to do Royal Conservatory examinations, participate in Ottawa music festivals, and even play in orchestras!

String instruments can be purchased or rented at many fine instrument stores in the city. Your teacher will recommend an instrument size for you and let you know where they like to shop!

Our Teachers

Connor Cornick

Connor Cornick

Connor Cornick is a young professional cellist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Connor completed his undergraduate studies at Acadia University and is a recent graduate of Memorial University where he completed his MMus in cello performance.

Connor enjoys performing in both chamber groups and orchestras and has been an active member of a number of youth and community groups throughout his career. While studying in Newfoundland, Connor held a seat with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Connor has extensive experience teaching both privately and through organizations such as the Halifax Music Co-op and the Halifax Regional School Board. Connor is an avid believer in music as a creative tool for personal growth and strives to help all of his students on their own musical journey.

Anna Klochkova

Anna Klochkova

I always hope that my students will continue living with music regardless of whether they will become professional musicians or not. Music instills spiritual harmony and a creative attitude to life allowing us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around.

Holding the Master of Music degree from Glinka State Conservatory in Russia, Anna performed with the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra for several years as First Violinist. She also taught violin to secondary school students and worked with other orchestras touring France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries. Among the highlights of her artistic career are joint performances with M. Rastropovich and Y. Bashmet. In Canada, Anna continued teaching at musical schools, delivering private lessons, and performing with Sinfonia Toronto, Oshawa Symphony, Brampton Symphony, Oakville symphony, Koffler Chamber orchestra and others.

Anita Pari

Anita Pari

Anita Pari is an Ottawa-based composer, pianist, and cellist. Over the past several years, Anita has begun to establish herself as a dedicated and creative Canadian musician, both through her compositional work and her concert performances. She completed her BMus at Carleton University in April 2020.

A few highlights of Anita’s work as a composer and performer include the premiere of her solo piano composition “Urban Movement” at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, as well as a performance/discussion event featuring her compositions at the 2019 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Anita holds ARCT performance diplomas in both piano and cello and has performance experience that ranges from solo recitals to orchestral collaborations. She has performed as soloist with orchestras such as l’Orchestre classique de Montréal, the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, and the Lancaster Symphony in Pennsylvania.

Anita has loved teaching for many years, and truly enjoys helping students to develop as musicians and work toward their own musical goals. She has experience with the RCM exam system and strives to ground every lesson in fundamental concepts of musicianship and technique. Anita also has an extensive background in theory and is happy to provide separate theory classes to interested students. 

Maria Pinto

Maria Pinto

Talented violinist, her passion for music began at the age of 5 in the music for children program in the Conservatory of Music Aragua State (Venezuela) where she was introduced to the Dalcroze eurhythmics method. At the age of 7 she began her violin studies with Carlos Riazuelo in Caracas and one year later was accepted into The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares, with the recognized Venezuelan violinist Domingo Garcia as her tutor. 

Years after, as a gifted and distinguished violin student, she was awarded with a   scholarship from the National Institute of Culture and Arts (INCIBA) to study violin in Brussels, Belgium. To complement her violin studies, Maria studied choral music and pedagogy concentrated in childhood music. Maria is also an accomplished composer.

 In 1975, Maria became one of the founding members of the Venezuelan youth orchestra “JUAN JOSE LANDAETA”, which evolved as the well-known Music-Education Program “El Sistema”.  At that time, violinist and conductor Pablo Herrera and violinist Carlo Suzi were strings instructors. The experience as an orchestral musician was invaluable for Maria. Being a member of the first generation of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra EL SISTEMA and interacting with younger musicians, her interest in teaching increased while attended Suzuki-method instruction for strings seminars led by violinist and educator Shigetoshi Yamada. 

The EL SISTEMA program has been awarded with the most prestige prizes worldwide like the Prince of Asturias, Spain (2008) and “The Polar Music Prize, Sweden (2009).

Maria performed in gala concerts in Venezuela and taught violin for several years.  She moved to Canada in 2009 and is an active performer and a violin instructor. She has been invited to participate in gala concerts in Gatineau City Hall Quebec and special events in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aiden Russell

Aiden Russell

Aiden Russell is a rising Canadian cellist hailing from Ottawa, Ontario who has had experience as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician. He has recently entered the teaching profession as well and is eager to give back to the community that has given him so much.

Aiden graduated from the strings program at Canterbury High School and made is solo
debut with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra as the winner of their concerto competition in 2014. He has since played in concert halls all across Canada as well as select concert halls in the United States and Europe. After completing a bachelors degree in cello performance with Matt Haimovitz at Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2018 with a minor in music theory, Aiden is now pursuing a masters degree in cello performance at the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University with Professor Alan Stepansky.

Aiden has a passion for teaching cello, piano, and music theory lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. With a background of progressing through the RCM examinations, he is well able to prepare students for those as well. Aiden believes in an emphasis on proper posture and playing technique to avoid injury and develop good habits early on. During lessons, there is always encouragement for students to ask questions and discuss their own ideas. Aiden often uses fun anecdotes in lessons to help describe an idea or technique being worked on by a student in a way that may be more relatable for them. He teaches music theory ranging from basic rudiments and basic harmony to more advanced harmony, counterpoint, score analysis and 20th century compositional tools.

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