I am a tenured member of the Grammy Award winning Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. I offer inspiring violin and viola lessons to enthusiastic intermediate and advanced players pursuing careers in music, as well as students playing simply for the value music brings to their life.
As a full-time member of the MET Orchestra since 1998, I have won three Grammy Awards, performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe and Japan, and appeared on “Live in HD” broadcasts to cinema screens worldwide. I was a member of the San Francisco Symphony from 1996-98 and the National Symphony Orchestra from 1995-96, and participated in Grammy Award winning recordings with each of those orchestras. My 2-CD recording of the complete works for solo violin by J.S. Bach was released to critical acclaim in 2004.
I am a frequent adjudicator for Juilliard Pre-College concerto competitions, and was a college division faculty member at Mannes School of Music from 2008-2015, and an adjudicator for the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Performance Program in 2012. I have performed and taught at the Sun Valley Artist Series, the Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival, the International Music Academy Pilsen, Czech Republic, and International Workshops in Graz, Austria.
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University and my Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. I began my violin studies at a young age with my father Gerald Fischbach, and later studied with Elaine Richey, George Neikrug, Roland and Almita Vamos, Yuri Mazurkevich, and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
Through the study of music we can become more attuned to beauty in the world around us.
As a teacher, I aim to nurture each individual’s creativity, while fostering conscious, purposeful, and efficient strategies for use in the practice room. My students feel empowered to become their own best teacher, crafting meaningful and compelling musical performances.
As a member of the MET Orchestra, I have learned from great singers past and present, and strive to imbue string playing with the expressiveness of the human voice.
Having won auditions for three major orchestras during my career, and also adjudicated auditions for the MET Orchestra, I can offer insightful and effective audition coaching.
My former students have won scholarships to major music schools, and positions in well-known orchestras around the world.
Most importantly, my students gain heightened aesthetic awareness and self-directed learning skills which enhance enjoyment and success in all their chosen endeavors.
I teach intermediate and advanced middle-school, high-school and college students, as well as young professionals, and enthusiastic adult amateurs.
My teaching is informed by a variety of pedagogies; my own private teachers were pupils of Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian, Oscar Shumsky, D.C Dounis, David Oistrakh, Ilona Feher, and Efrem Zimbalist.
My lessons are tailored to suit the unique skills and goals of each individual. I look forward to working with you!