Violin Faculty

Jakob Hofer

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Violin Faculty GMSPD
Suzuki Certified


BM, Peabody Conservatory, violin performance
MM Peabody Conservatory, violin performance and pedagogy

Violaine Melancon, Mischa Lefkowitz, Hasse Borup
Additional studies with Stephen Clapp, Charles Castleman, James Stern
Quartet studies with Juilliard, Tokyo, Takacz, and Emerson String Quartets

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Founding member of Rosco String Quartet
Winner of MTNA National Chamber Music Competition
Former Concertmaster, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra
Former member, York Symphony Orchestra
Volin instructor previously at the Olenka School of Music, the Bel Air School of Music and Dance, the Baltimore Suzuki String Orchestra camp, and the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra’s Bridges program for Baltimore’s inner-city elementary schools.

Suzuki School for Strings Faculty

Rachel Bower Karr

Rachel Karr

Violin Faculty, GMSPD
Orchestra Coach, Chamber Music Teacher, GMS

MM Cleveland Institute of Music, Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy
BM Cleveland Institute of Music, Violin Performance

William Preucil, Deborah Moench, Leonard Braus, Stephen Rose, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Eugene Watanabe

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Soloist with the Utah Symphony
Member of the Honolulu Symphony
Adjunct faculty violin teacher at BYU-Hawaii
Member of Orchestra at Temple Square
Substitute member of the Ballet West Orchestra

Suzuki School for Strings Faculty

Rebecca Moench


Violin Faculty, GMSPD
Orchestra Coach, Chamber Music Faculty, GMS

MM, San Francisco Conservatory

Professional Affiliations
Member, Utah Symphony


Eugene Watanabe

eugene watanabe

Founding Executive Director
Artistic Director

BM Curtis Institute, Violin Performance
BM Curtis Institute, Piano Performance

Past Teachers
Leon Fleisher, Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Arnold Steinhardt, Andres Cardenes

Professional Affiliations and Activities
Founder and director, Gifted Music School. Performances with Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, New York String Orchestra at Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, Utah Symphony. Solo tours through Europe, Canada, and United States. Major awards at Honens International Competition, Kosciuzko Chopin Competition, Bachauer Young Artist Competition, two time MTNA National winner, Kingsville Competition. His students have been recognized nationally and internationally, many have continued studies at top conservatories and established professional careers.

Mr. Watanabe is a Steinway Artist.