Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass Instructors
Suzanne Inwood (violin, viola)
A USC music school graduate, Suzanne has taught for over 30 years. Accomplishments include performing in the Indiana University Symphony, South Bend Symphony, USC Symphony, among others and teaching at the South Bend Community Schools Summer Clinic, the Idylwild Summer Music School, the Irvine Conservatory of Music, the USC Community School of Performing Arts. She is a creative teacher committed to excellence, providing good fundamentals for the beginner and coaching advanced students as they prepare for auditions, performances, and contests. Suzanne is also offering a 10% discount on lessons for senior adults ages 70+.
Monday 3pm-8:30pm, Tuesday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday 3:00pm-8:30pm, additional availability upon request.
Olivia Breidenthal (violin, viola)
Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University. While there, she spent four years under the tutelage of world-renowned soloist Ilya Kaler. She has spent her life immersed in music, having both parents as musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and she has studied the violin since she was 5 years old. She is also an alumnus of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During the last ten years, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Olivia is passionate about teaching music. As a graduate of music school, she feels strongly about the effect that music has on youth and the academic community.
Thursday 2:30pm-8:30pm, additional availability upon request.
Rochelle Lewis (cello)
’Has been playing cello since the age of three, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University. During her time at Boston University, Rochelle studied with Mihail Jojatu, a section member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to attending Boston University, she studied under the tutelage of Ruslan Biryukov, Ben Hong, and Sarah Koo. Additionally, she has taken part in masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum (2013), Ronald Leonard (2013), and Gilda Barston (2011-2013). In 2014, Rochelle toured with Junior Chamber Music, traveling to Helsinki Conservatory and St. Petersburg Conservatory. Rochelle has been teaching since she was 15 years old and strives to inspire her students by helping them find their love for music..
Monday 1:30pm-7:30pm, available upon request
Yao Wang (cello)
was born in Xinjiang, China, and began cello study at the age of five with his father. After attending Shanghai Conservatory in China from 2004- 2005, he completed his Performer’s Certificate at La Sierra University in Riverside, received a full scholarship to the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, and received his Master Degree in music performance from Azusa Pacific University. In 2000 Yao was awarded 2nd Prize in the National Competition and top prize in the Central Conservatory String Competition in China. In 2002 he received a full scholarship to the Itzhak Perlman Music Program, and performed with Perlman in that year. Also in 2002, Yao was featured soloist in a performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Xinjiang Philharmonic. Yao won 1st Prize in the American String Teachers' Association competition in Redlands Los Angeles, and received a full scholarship to the International Cello Master Program Gregor Piatigorshy Seminar that year. In 2008, he became one of winners in Sigma Alpha Iota Competition. Yao served as principal cellist of the Corona Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2010 and continues to solo in the Los Angeles area. Fluent in Mandarin.
Tuesday 3:30pm-5:30pm, Friday 4pm-6:30pm, Sunday 1pm-3pm, available upon request
Susanna Kwon Cervantes (cello)
Began her musical journey at the age of 4 with piano. At the age of 8, Susanna continued her music education by adding cello, as she had studied under her teachers, Rachel Coosaia and Elizabeth Wright. Her undergraduate studies were done with Dr. Marek Szpakiewicz, at Azusa Pacific University, where she acquired her Bachelor's in cello performance and a minor in psychology. She collaborates often with many different artists and groups, where she plays for various private events. Susanna is also the full-time pianist at First Baptist Church of Glendale. While she truly enjoys the art of performance, she has been sharing her passion for the arts with the younger generation for the past six years through private and group lessons. Her other interests include hiking, eating, and singing.