Laurie NilesPasadena, California
Laurie Niles founded Violinist.com on December 25, 1996
Violinist.com blog: http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie
More recently, Laurie published a book of 30 of Violinist.com's best interviews from the last six years, called Violinist.com Interviews, Volume 1.
Over the past decade, Violinist.com has proven that the Internet can draw together people from all over the world who love classical music, and that it can inflame their passion for it. The site attracts more than 225,000 absolute unique visitors each month, from teens in Kansas blogging about a Suzuki festival to professionals in the Far East sharing practice tips.
Laurie lives in Pasadena, Calif., where she maintains a private studio and teaches with Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena (STEP). She free-lances in LA, and has played for the Long Beach, Pasadena, New West, Redlands, Omaha (Neb.) and the Colorado Springs Symphonies. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University, where she also studied violin with Henryk Kowalski. She is registered with the SAA, having trained in Suzuki Books 1-10 with James Maurer at the University of Denver, and with Mark Bjork, Helen Brunner, Ellie LeRoux and Enid Cleary at the Colorado Suzuki Institute. In addition to her Violinist.com blog, she has also written articles for The Strad magazine, Symphony magazine and the American Suzuki Journal.
Laurie loves to write profiles, and on this page are an archive of those that she has written for this site. You also are invited to view Laurie's "annotated Internet recital," Can't Say Enough about the Violin.
Also, here is a mini-documentary about her work teaching at McKinley School in Pasadena, and also some resources for teachers that she created from that two-year project.
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