Long Ridge Music Center
1068 Long Ridge Rd.
Stamford CT 06903
(203) 968-1068
lessons@longridgemusic.com

Violin Lessons

At Long Ridge Music, we offer violin lessons for every level. The interaction of student and teacher is critical to mastering a musical instrument, and so each student is carefully matched with a teacher. Weekly lessons can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.

Meet Our Violin Teachers



Chie Yoshinaka A sought-after violinist, Chie Yoshinaka has been appearing in wide range of musical scenes internationally. The highlight of recent seasons includes solo and chamber music recitals in New York, Connecticut and Japan, Brahms' Double Concerto with Micha Haran (the former principal cello of the Israel Philharmonic) and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic in Quezon City, Philippines and Vivaldi's Winter Concerto with St. Paul's Episcopal Church's chamber orchestra in Connecticut. A winner of the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, the United Nations among other venues in the New York area. 

Also an avid orchestral player, she has performed regularly with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Waterbury and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestras (Connecticut), Northwest Indiana Symphony, New York Asian Symphony, and AIMS Festival Orchestra (Austria). She has worked with world-class conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Oliver Knussen, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Edoardo Müller, Gunther Schuller and Sir Mark Elder. 

When times allows Ms. Yoshinaka steps out of the classical music scene. She has performed extensively for musical theater shows, recorded and performed with rock and pop bands. 

She has been teaching since 1999 and has been on violin and chamber music faculty at Camp Encore/Coda (Maine) for seven summers. She has coached youth orchestras such as Chicago Youth Symphony and currently serving as a teaching artist for the ASAP Strings Project to prepare students to play side-by-side with the Waterbury Symphony. In 2013, she was on artist-faculty of Opusfest Antipolo: the International Classical Music Camp in the Philippines where she taught violin, viola and chamber music. 

She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (B.M.) and New York University (M.A.) where she received the Graduate Education Scholarship and Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) membership. Her major teachers include Naoko Tanaka, Neil Weintrob and Peter Winograd.


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Jose F. Bastardos holds graduated degrees from both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the Royal Conservatory of Music Amaniel in Madrid. His career extends from the Baroque and Classical periods to the contemporary repertoire championing the works by such composers as Kirk Miller and Jens Joneleit. Formerly a faculty member at the Madison School of Music he has also performed and taught at the University of Wisconsin Madison and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Mr. Bastardés has appeared throughout Europe as a solo performer with special frequency in Spain and Germany. In 2001 he was featured at the National Public Radio of Spain. In the U.S, has appeared in concerts and recital halls in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Colorado, Michigan San Francisco and North Carolina. In 1990, he performed in the International Celebration of the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Carnegie Hall in New York.

José is also a chamber musician entrepreneur as well as a String Pedagogue. He was co founder of the chamber group Amaniel Piano Trio, has been featured as a violinist for Plant and Page during their world tour concert in Madrid in 1995, and is writing a Treatise on Violin Pedagogy.

José is a former Fulbright Scholar, a Distinguish Ministry of Culture Fellow and graduated with the Prizes of Honor in violin and chamber music performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Amaniel in Madrid.


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