Learning a musical instrument can be an equally exciting and daunting journey. Having gone through ups and downs myself throughout my musical career, I value the need to have a constant love of music and a nurturing, supportive teacher. I aim to create a solid technical foundation in all my students, regardless of their age, and create a challenging yet supportive environment. Being a Suzuki kid myself, I love having come full circle, and sharing the principles of the Method with both Suzuki and traditional students.
I am a violinist and teacher specializing in historical and modern violin. I began my violin studies with Theodora Stathopoulos and at the McGill Conservatory of Music with Jean Grimard at age three.
Moving to Greece, I continued my studies first with Yiannis Vatikiotis and later with Vasili Papa at the Orpheion Conservatory of Athens, receiving the highest level Performance Diploma in 2007.
I relocated to London in 2008 to pursue my interest in historically informed performance, studying with Walter Reiter; first at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and then at the Royal Academy of Music, from where I hold a Master of Arts in Historical Performance.
My teachers have included Margaret Faultless, Rachel Podger, Adrian Butterfield and Julia Wedman. I have also had lessons with Jeanne Lamon, Simos Papanas, Christopher Verrette, David Staff and Tricia Ahern. I have played in baroque ensembles at all the London Conservatories (Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), and received scholarships to participate in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto and the Dartington International Summer School in Devon, England.
As a modern violinist I participated in the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, NY, studying with Isaac Malkin. I have also participated in masterclasses by Bernhard Hartog and Grigori Zhislin.
I enjoy a performing career in both North America and Europe. I have performed with ensembles such as Florilegium (UK), Charivari Agréable (UK), The Hanover Band (UK), Little Baroque Company (UK), Camerata Antica (UK), Collegium Musicum, Cambridge (UK), Jeune Orchestre Atlantique (France), Musicians of London (UK), and in the London Handel Festival.
I have been teaching for the past seventeen years. I am a tutor at École FACE and also maintain a private teaching studio in Montreal.
Travel costs vary depending on the distance traveled. Lessons are paid monthly at the beginning of the month.
09/2019-present École FACE
3449 Rue University, Montréal, QC H3A 2A8
Violin tutor and Suzuki teacher. Running sectional rehearsals.
10/2017-08/2019 South Shore Conservatory
One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Teaching Suzuki and traditional violin, in private or group lessons. Coordinating all Suzuki violin group classes at the Conservatory. Performing in faculty concerts. Teaching at the Accelerando masterclass series for advanced students. Running introductory workshops for early music performance.
09/2012-10/2017 St. Catherine’s British School
77 Sofokli Venizelou St, Athens, 14123, Greece
Teaching the violin to children aged 7-13, in private or group lessons. Curating and performing in student concerts. Working within the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations system.
04/2012 Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra (ASON)
Working with the Baroque Consortium of ASON, introducing, coaching and directing their first week-long historically informed performance project at the Goethe Institute of Athens.
04/2010-04/2011 Junior Royal Academy of Music, London
Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, UK
Tutored chamber music groups of children aged 7-9. As a core team member I was responsible for program development and repertoire exploration. The work of Junior Academy is a fundamental and integral part of the aims of the Royal Academy of Music. Working closely with the director, I was also responsible for progress assessments of individual students and chamber groups.
2008-2012 Private teaching studio, London and Bristol, UK
Taught the violin to students aged 21/2 -35. Working within the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) performance examinations system. In this practice, students perform at the highest level, and I maintain my continuing professional development through teaching networks, courses, masterclasses and my international performing career.
2007-2008 New Horizons Conservatory, Athens, Greece
Violin Teacher (one-to-one tuition, aged 5-15)
Symphonic Conservatory, Athens, Greece
Violin Teacher (one-to-one and groups up to 6, ages 5-12)
2003-2008 Private teaching studio, Athens, Greece
(one-to-one tuition, ages 5-12)
06-07/2017 Suzuki Violin Method teacher training (Units 1-3), Ithaca College Suzuki
Institute/Montreal Suzuki Institute (ISM)
Having begun my training at the age of 3 within the Suzuki Method, I have trained as a Suzuki teacher in the USA and Canada. The Suzuki Method was founded by Dr Shinichi Suzuki, and follows the Mother Tongue Approach (children learn to play the violin by listening to recordings and imitating their parent, the same way they learn to speak). The method requires extensive, specific and continuing training for the teachers, and offers a very effective, nurturing and supportive system of music education.
2011-2012 Private historical violin study with Margaret Faultless, Rachel Podger, Julia Wedman and Christopher Verrette
2010-2012 Royal Academy of Music, London (MA in Historical Performance); student of Walter Reiter
2009-2010 Private historical violin study with Walter Reiter
2008-2009 Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, FPS (non-degree MA-level program) in Early Music; student of Walter Reiter
2001-2007 Orpheio Conservatory of Athens, Violin Diploma in performance and teaching (BA equivalent); student of Vasili Papa
1988-2001 Private violin study with Yiannis Vatikiotis and Vasili Papa
1987-1988 Suzuki Method violin lessons with Theodora Stathopoulos and Jean Grimard; McGill Conservatory of Music, Suzuki Violin Program, Montreal
Masterclasses: Julie Andrijeski (IBIL, Boston), Lamon (Tafelmusik, Canada), David Staff (London), Adrian Butterfield (London), Elizabeth Gardiner (London), Simos Papanas (Greece), Grigori Zhislin (Conservatory of Athens and Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory), Isaac Malkin (Nyack, N.Y.), Bernhard
Hartog (Filippos Nakas Conservatory), Yiannis Vatikiotis (Ghertsio Institute of Kozanis), Antigalles ESMUC in Barcelona
2018 International Baroque Institute at Longy (Boston, USA)
2012 Jeune Orchestre Atlantique (Saintes, France)
2009 Dartington International Summer School (Devon, UK)
2009 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto, Canada)
2008 Dartington International Summer School (Devon, UK)
2006 Nyack Academy of Music Festival (Nyack, USA)
Florilegium; Hanover Band; Little Baroque Company; Charivari Agréable; Chameleon Baroque Orchestra; Musicians of London; Collegium Musicum, Cambridge; Jeune Orchestre Atlantique; Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute Orchestra; Dartington Festival Baroque Orchestra; Camerata
Antica, London; Trafalgar Baroque Ensemble; European Baroque Consort, Athens, Greece; Early Music Experiment, London; Flackton Players; Belsize Baroque Orchestra, London (2008-2010); Arpeggi (chamber orchestra), Greece (2006-7).
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Scholarships to; Dartington International Summer School (2008, 2009), Devon, UK; Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (2009), Toronto, Canada, Longy School of Music of Bard College (2018)
Daphne gave my sons a wonderful introduction to Suzuki violin. She has a magical way with young children, striking a balance between playfulness and encouraging respect for the instrument and musical study. She was a great support to me, giving helpful guidance as I navigated the challenges of at home practice. Finally, she is enthusiastic about the benefits of the Suzuki method while bringing a balanced view as a traditional teacher as well. We so enjoyed studying with Daphne and we miss her!
Daphne is genuine, kind, passionate, and funny - just about everything you would want in a teacher! In a time where I found myself in a rut with the violin, Daphne's instruction helped me fall back in love with the instrument. Not only did her teaching greatly improve my style and technique, but it also introduced me to baroque, a whole new side of music, which I now love. I not only consider her a fantastic teacher but a wonderful friend.
Daphne and I studied Baroque violin in London (at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively) and later met while on faculty at the South Shore Conservatory near Boston, MA. We both taught traditional and Suzuki Method private lessons, coached masterclasses and co-led workshops at SSC, and performed together in several period ensembles.
Daphne's students are truly lucky to have her as a teacher. With a high level of experience and and insight, Daphne is invested in helping her students develop a secure technical foundation and become expressive, well-rounded musicians. Daphne is adventurous, driven and caring. And she loves cats!
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