Instructor: Aubrey Murphy
Born in Dublin, violinist Aubrey Murphy is a multi faceted musician. Aged 10 years old, he was the ﬁrst Irish person to enter the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied under Felix Andrievsky and Hans Keller. From there he went to Indiana University to study with Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold and Henryk Kowalski. Mr Murphy also taught at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was awarded the coveted Artist Diploma and Performers Certiﬁcate. Mr Murphy was guest Concertmaster of The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soon after joined the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Principal Violin and regular Guest Concertmaster. In 2001 he was appointed Concertmaster for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, a position he held for 12 years. In that time he founded The Soloists of the Royal Opera House and The Utzon Ensemble in Sydney. Both groups were dedicated to varietal Chamber music and played to critical acclaim around Europe and the Antipodes. Mr Murphy has regularly worked under conductors such as George Solti, Bernard Haitink, Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Christian Badea, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnanyi, and Alessandro Siciliani. Mr Murphy has recently been appointed Concertmaster for Cleveland Opera and also Opera Project Columbus
Instructor James Matej MacQueen
James Matej MacQueen is an active composer, performer, and violin teacher. In addition to chamber music recitals in Northeast Ohio and in California, he also performs with the Case Western Reserve Baroque Orchestra. Mr. MacQueen is also in demand as a performer of traditional Scottish music for concerts and dances across the United States, most recently in Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and California, as well as at home in Northeast Ohio. He has recorded three albums with the band StringFire.
Mr. MacQueen shares the joy of music through a vibrant studio of violin students. Lessons are fun, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. Students learn musical self-expression through technical mastery of the instrument. The violin is a challenging instrument, but it is incredibly rewarding. In addition to mastery of the violin, students will become familiar with music theory and music history through the repertoire they work on.
In the fall of 2017, Mr. MacQueen completed his most recent composition for violin and piano. He has also written extensively for violin and soprano with the Wednesday Love song cycle, which won the Lamont Composer Competition in 2014. Mr. MacQueen earned a Masters in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance & Composition from University of the Pacific. While at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, he studied violin pedagogy extensively under Kathleen Spring and is a registered Suzuki violin teacher. In addition to studying traditional methods and the Suzuki method for violin, Mr. MacQueen also studied pedagogy of music theory and aural skills. With this background, Mr. MacQueen has taught group theory classes, chamber music, and violin lessons for students as young as four through adulthood.
Instructor: Cindy Wang
Cindy Wang is a violin/viola teacher. For more than 20 years, she has taught and trained all ages and levels across US and China north region. Mrs. Wang received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China and a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Her violin training began at age 5 and over the past decades she has studied from notable violinists and teachers as Prof. Zhenshan Wang (Central conservatory of music), Dr. Claire Chan (Julia School of Music), Dr. Lynn Ledbetter (Southwest Texas State University), Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (formal concertmaster at San Antonio Symphony Orchestra), Yoko Moore (formal assistant concertmaster at Cleveland Orchestra). Mrs. Wang has played with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras including China Philharmonic (Beijing China), China Woman Philharmonic (Beijing China), Austin symphony orchestra (Austin, Texas), Mid Texas Orchestra (Corpus Christi, Texas), Canton Symphony (Canton, Ohio), and many others.
Mrs. Wang has a fun and focused teaching style which incorporates foundation rhythm, intonation, and various music forms. She believes learning music at young age improves brain functionality in so many different levels and it reduces stress, strengthens memory, and helps children to bond with others. Mrs. Wang resides in Westlake Ohio with his husband and 9-year-old son (also a violinist at North Ohio Youth Orchestra). They enjoy going to Cleveland orchestra concerts at Severance Hall and various shows at Playhouse square.