Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass Instructors
Suzanne Inwood (violin)
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+.
Tuesday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday 3:00pm-8:30pm, additional availability upon request.
Olivia Breidenthal (violin)
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.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm, additional availability upon request.
I-Ting Huang (violin, viola, piano)
A passionate musician, the top winner of all instrumental concerto competition at the Taipei National University of the Arts and awarded second and first prize in National Viola and Chamber Competitions in Taiwan. I-Ting started the piano at age 3, the violin at age 9, the Er Hu (the Chinese two string instrument) at age 13, and majored at the piano performance until she switched to viola performance for her bachelors degree. As a full scholarship recipient, she earned her masters degree and professional studies diploma at Mannes College of Music and The New School University, New York. She is currently working on her doctorate in music from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her students have been selected to Hunter College-High School orchestra in New York. She has a long list of performances to her credit including being selected by the Chamber Music Society at the Lincoln Center, the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival touring concerts in Europe, and the Prague Spring opening concert in Smetana Hall. Fluent in Mandarin.
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.
Wednesday 1:30pm-8:30pm, 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.
William Lyle (guitar, electric bass)
is an upright and electric bassist, composer, arranger, producer, and
educator from Orange County, California. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2016, and has toured in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He has performed at Los Angeles’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival, and as a bandleader held a concert hosted by Bubba Jackson of KJazz 88.1 FM. He has arranging and orchestration credits for various corporate jingles and released his first commercial work at the age of 16. Lyle has performed with Ron Escheté, Ameet Kanon (American Idol 2016), Mikan Zlatkovich, Andrea Miller, Tony Guerrero, Akikazu Nakamura, Ron Kobayashi, Llew Mathews, Gilbert Castellanos, Simon Moullier and Anthony Fung (both Thelonious Monk Institute 2016-2018 participants), as well as other artists. Lyle has been privileged to study with some of Berklee’s most experienced faculty, and counts Ralph Peterson, Billy Kilson, Susan Hagen, and Ron Mahdi as some of his most important mentors. He considers himself to have learned an equal amount from his peers. Ever fascinated by classic hard bop recordings, obscure spiritual jazz, modern French composers, and 1980s boogie funk, he continues to hone his craft and stay enthusiastic in broadening his musical horizons.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-11pm
Kraig Long (double bass)
Kraig is a freelance double bassist and music educator. He has performed with the Santa Monica Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Symphony Irvine, West Covina Symphony, Dream Orchestra Los Angeles, Lyra Chamber Orchestra, Lake Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony among others. Kraig received degrees in double bass from Azusa Pacific University and California State University Los Angeles, where he also studied music education. In addition to teaching privately, Kraig is a double bass coach in Arcadia and San Gabriel School Districts and coaches bass sectionals for local youth orchestras.
Monday- Friday 1:30pm-8:30pm