Learning to play the violin not only comes with the benefit of learning it, but it also assists in developing other areas crucial to playing a range of musical instruments. These areas include rhythmic skills, finger dexterity, pitch recognition, and ear training. If you’re looking for an experienced and skilled violin teacher, we are the right choice for you! Our talented teacher, Natalia Arroyo, offers professional violin lessons in Calgary. With our lessons, you will learn the correct instrument and bow positioning, as well as reading and playing violin sheet music. Talk to us for more information.
Gillian started playing the violin at the age of 5 and grew up performing for family, neighbours and at school talent shows. She went on to become a member of the Mount Royal Conservatory Junior Orchestra Program, the Bow Valley Fiddlers, Bishop Carroll High School Virtuosi Strings, and the prestigious Calgary Fiddlers. Gillian participated in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival and completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Level 8 exam in 2017. She is now preparing for Level 10. Gillian has performed internationally and been adjudicated by professionals worldwide, helping her develop techniques and grow as a confident musician. Gillian is now pursuing a degree in Arts (majoring in Music) alongside an Engineering degree.
Gillian believes in providing strong foundations in Classical music and that exposure to other kinds of music is crucial to becoming a well-rounded musician. Her mission as a teacher is to cultivate a lifelong love for music!
“Music is my past, present and future, and I believe that music can change your life in the best way.”
Dasha Krasnozhen has performed internationally, including performances in Sweden, Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland as a soloist with the prestigious “Shchedryk Choir.” She has played First Violin in the orchestra, and her other local projects include the rock band “Cracked Pots.” Prior to moving to Calgary, she performed in musicals, festivals and competitions in Ukraine.
Dasha comes from a family of talented music educators, and she began her own teaching practice in 2019. She is a student at Central Memorial High School in the Visual Performance Art Program, and she is enjoying her soloist life as a voice and violin performer.
Raina began taking classical violin lessons at the age of 5. Since then she continues to practice classical but has grown to love playing fiddle music. She joined the Bow Valley Fiddlers at the age of 6 and in 2020 she became a member of the Calgary Fiddlers, where she is able to perform and travel with other students. She has had many great opportunities including playing at the Banff Springs, travelling to Nanaimo, and even playing with one of her fiddle inspirations, Natalie McMaster. Raina has also competed in the Calgary Performing Arts festival, and has won a scholarship.
Raina is currently in school and enjoys dancing and spending time with her friends. She believes that playing the violin should be a fun experience for anyone who chooses!
Gaby started playing violin at age 3. She has been a member of Mount Royal University’s (MRU) Junior Orchestra Program, MRU Conservatory Strings, the Calgary Fiddlers, and the prestigious Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) where she played as a concertmaster and a soloist for the 2019-2020 season. With the CYO, she performed internationally in Hungary, Austria and Poland in 2018. She has also participated in MRU’s Academy Program for Young Artists and the Amici String Program, through which she played in master classes and chamber groups. She enjoys musical outreach and is involved in performing for seniors, patients, and children around Calgary.
Gaby is an incoming second year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary. She is also pursuing a minor in Violin Performance and enjoys playing in the university orchestra.
Nena has more than 15 years’ experience as a clarinet, flute and saxophone teacher. She is s also a performing artist, a winds instrument clinician and a former school’s symphonic band and symphony orchestra conductor.
The symphonic band and symphony orchestra she handled and trained performed in international music festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Guam Hong Kong and Singapore, and garnered Gold and Silver Awards. She has international experience as a clinician, facilitator and moderator in music festivals.
Nena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Diploma for Creative Performing Musical Arts at the University of the Philippines and has extensive experience playing in numerous music ensembles.