Violin

August 24, 2017

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lyssa Pelton began violin at age eight with Michelle Stewart and later Rachel Handman. There she studied at the Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley and performed with the Strawberry Hill Fiddlers. After moving to Toronto, Lyssa studied with Marie Bérard at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music for six years.

May 29, 2015

Midtown Music School is very excited to announce that world-renowned violinist and teacher Moshe Hammer is now teaching at Midtown Music School as an Artist Teacher! Mr. Hammer brings a wealth of worldwide learning, performing and teaching experience to our students.

November 18, 2014

Our popular Mini Recital series is back for another year. They are a smaller-scale performance opportunity at our school for students who wish to play before the main recital dates, or simply wish to play for a smaller audience. Performances start at noon on specific Saturdays. The dates for this year's Mini Recitals are:

  • November 29, 2014
  • December 13, 2014
  • February 28, 2015
  • April 25, 2015
  • May 23, 2015

There is no cost, as these performances are covered by our $10 annual performance fee. Feel free to play in any or all of these concerts! We look forward to hearing our students showcase their talents.

August 4, 2014

As part of our relationship with Remenyi House of Music, we are thrilled to be able to offer a selection of high-quality student violin, viola and cello rentals right here at Midtown Music School! Remenyi House of Music is known for their knowledge, expertise and service to the string community of Toronto for over 50 years.

June 3, 2014

End of Year Recital: Sunday, June 8th at 11:00 a.m.

The recital will take place at the Women's Art Association Gallery, located at 23 Prince Arthur Avenue, near Bloor and Avenue Road. 

The cost is $10 per student.

May 19, 2014

This installment of our Spotlight series focuses on our violin/viola teacher, Karen Matsumaru. Karen discusses her family's involvement in her music, her favourite piece to perform as well as gives advice for all students.

September 23, 2013

Our programs have grown so much, we've had to grow again! Midtown Music School is thrilled to welcome Yosef Tamir-Smirnoff to our strings faculty. Mr. Tamir has had an extensive performance and teaching career, and is currently a violist in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra amongst other ensembles.

September 23, 2013

A native of Moscow, Yosef Tamir-Smirnoff began studying violin at the Tchaikovsky Institute of Music under the guidance of Irina Kouznetsova.

July 29, 2013

As part of our special relationship with Remenyi House of Music, we are pleased to offer a selection of string instruments available to rent right at our school. These instruments are selected by our faculty and are rented through Remenyi's.

July 8, 2013

As part of our new relationship with Remenyi House of Music, we are thrilled to announce that, starting in September, students will be able to rent a selection of high-quality student violin, viola and cello rentals right here at Midtown Music School! Read on for the details.