String Teachers

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aziza musaeva

Violin, Piano

Ms. Musaeva was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where she began studying piano at the age of five with Professor Tamara Papovich. Next, Ms. Musaeva began playing the violin at age six with Professor Gulnara Suleymanova through many state and national government grants. She received her undergraduate degree in violin performance and a piano minor degree at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in 2008. She moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue her Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University, Florida with a full scholarship under Professor Carol Cole. Later, she began violin coaching at the age of sixteen to students of all levels. After teaching for some years, Ms. Musaeva realized her passion for teaching as well as her motivation to share her skills and knowledge with her students in order to see them grow in the field of music. Being a teacher for over ten years, Ms. Musaeva’s style of coaching is often seen by her students as creative and effective.


hirotsugu josh saito

Violin, Viola, Piano

Violinist/violist Josh Saito holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from Ball State University, Indiana and a Bachelor of Music degree from Marshall University, Iowa. He also received a piano performance minor though his BA and MA studying and accompanying several string students as well as choirs at both universities. He studied under Sherry Kloss, Leopold La Fosse and Elizabeth Reed Smith. Saito taught violin privately with students ranging from age three to adult. He performed with the Huntington Symphony, the Muncie Symphony and the Rio Hondo Symphony.  Saito was a member of the graduate string quartet at Ball State University, Indiana. The quartet played in the educational programs at various public elementary schools. He was a resident of the Bay Area since 2010. Additionally, he completed his BA degree in Food Science at Kitazato University in Japan where he was born. He also graduated from the prestigious culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu and works for a private chef and develops products for the Sugar Bowl Bakery.

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robin snyder

Cello, Piano, Chamber Orchestra Coaching

Robin Snyder is a freelance musician who performs regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently performs with the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, as well as the New West Symphony in Los Angeles. In addition, Ms.Snyder is a substitute musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New Century Chamber Orchestra as well as a few others.   

Ms. Snyder has performed with such renowned conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Masur, Zdenek Macal, Boris Brott, Alasdair Neale, and noted film composer John Williams. She performed in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall with the New England Chamber Ensemble. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and Live Earth 2007 worldwide event with renowned pop artist Kelly Clarkson. She also toured and performed with other famous pop/jazz artists such as Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer.

Ms. Snyder premiered and recorded symphonic works of composers Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. She performed and conducted master classes in Caracas for members of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in 2000. Ms. Snyder has participated in several festivals including the California Music Festival, the New York Jazz Festival, Henry Mancini Summer Music Program, Musicorda Festival, as well as the Festivales Musicales Internacionales in Spain for two consecutive years. She was a recipient of the Rural Residency Grant for Chamber Music America with her string quartet as well as an award winner of the Lillan Fuchs Memorial Chamber Series in New York. Furthermore, she held top honors four consecutive years in the Kiwanis Competition in Los Angeles.

Ms.Snyder began studying music at the tender age of two under the guidance of her grandmother who is a former concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and a student of renowned pianists Harold Bauer and Janet Schenck. She appeared on the show "Turning Points" on PBS in which she performed her first piano recital at the age of eight. She continued with her music studies and went on to study cello with her father (a cellist in the  Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Ronald Leonard (a former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). Ms. Snyder went on to graduate from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with David Geber and Nathan Stutch.


Violin, Viola

Fan has been teaching and playing violin / viola over 15 years. He teaches Suzuki and other traditional methods depending on the student's level and interests.  As a violin teacher, he seeks to connect with each student as an individual and adjust his curriculum to help them explore their areas of interest. He also likes to introduce students to alternative styles, such as jazz, blues, tango and many more to help them become a well-rounded musician.Fan received his Bachelor Degree in Violin & Viola performing at Wuhan Conservatory of Music. After he moved to the Bay Area,Fan was appointed  as the Berkeley Symphony assistant principal viola by Kent Nagano. As a frequent performer,he has played with Monterey Symphony,Santa Cruz Symphony,Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra,Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.Fan has also accompanied Itzhak Perlman,Edgar Meyer,James Galway, Lang Lang, Rachel Barton Pine ,and the other well know musicians performed in orchestras.

Satoru tagawa

Double Bass, Cello

Satoru Tagawa is a semi-professional bassist performing and teaching in the bay area. His musical interests covers a wide spectrum, and can be seen performing in genres ranging from Folk, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Latin, etc. A native of Japan, Satoru moved to Boston at the age of nine, when his father quit his job as an engineer to pursue Jazz studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. With the passion for music engraved deeply into his DNA, he studied piano as a child, moving on to guitar, electric bass, before eventually settling with the Double Bass. His main teachers include the classical Double Bass virtuoso Gary Karr, Karl Olsen of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, and the electric bassist Tino D'Agostino. His main influences are Edgar Meyer, Scott LaFaro, Victor Wooten, 2cellos, and Yo Yo Ma. As a performer, his most memorable participation consists of touring in a production of the Broadway Musical "The Producers", sharing the stage with Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie Hall, and winning his High School's "Battle of the Bands" on solo electric bass.

He was a Double Bass Major in University of Colorado and also holds BA of Computer Science degree from University of Kentucky.