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Beginners typically take 60 minute classes once per week at a recurring time. Young children typically take half hour classes and older children, adult musicians and those on a budget typically take 45 minute classes. The most common lesson length to start with is 60 minutes, as the teacher will need to tune your instrument and help you get set up. Some students choose to take lessons twice per week when a concert is coming up, to catch up from a vacation or if they just want to make faster progress.

In class, you will learn new techniques, receive guidance on how to achieve the best sound possible and learn songs that you like and that interest you. You are expected to take this guidance and practice it thoroughly at home until you feel comfortable with it, so that when you are in class next, the teacher can move on to a new concept or skill which builds upon the skill practiced at home. They will only move you forward once you can do the more basic technique.

About Antoinette
Finding an schooled violinist and finding a good violin teacher are two very different things. When I see other teacher's profiles, they boast of the years of training they had. Anyone can learn and play, but it takes a love of teaching to really make a difference in someone's life.

PATIENCE
When you have a love of teaching, you have a seemingly endless resource of patience. This is because what the student sees as "patient" is really just a small step in the educational process. It is a fraction of time just before a correction. When you have something new to teach, whether it is a new technique, or a correction of something being done improperly, and you know exactly how to break it down so it is understandable and accomplishable, you know it is always a short matter of time before the student gets it. And by short, I mean a matter
of seconds, or minutes.

FRIENDLINESS
I respect others and what they feel and have to say. I treat others as I would want to be treated and lessons are always a pleasure to my students, because it is a pleasure for me to teach them.

EXPERIENCE
I have been playing for over 26 years. I have played with a multitude of local orchestras and bands and have done countless studio recording sessions and live shows. All of this experience comes through in my teaching either directly (when it comes time for you to perform) or incrementally.

When you are learning, there is a vast sea of information. Not all of that knowledge is equal in importance. It is incredibly important to be able to distinguish what is important and what is not very important. All of my real-life experience, and continuing experience reveals itself in the form of ensuring my students know what is truly important.

Lest you get the idea that I am a wishy-washy, undemanding teacher, I can assure you this is not the case. Lessons are fun, but that is because they are productive. You will walk away being able to do something, and that requires hard work, and practice.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM MY STUDENTS
Practice.
Practice.
Practice.
And a winning attitude.

I can even work with you if you don't have a winning attitude, but it makes it more fun when you do!

HOW FAST CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
Some students who were musicians previously leave the first lesson being able to play their first song. Most students however, who have never played an instrument before, can expect to be comfortable bowing (a huge part of the process - half the sound!) within the first few weeks, and will then move on to learning songs. We will be learning sheet music as well, on a very, very easy gradient. After the first couple months, I expect you to tell me which song it is you might like to learn most so that we can start working on it.

RENTALS
I rent out violins of all sizes.
I sell the book that I teach out of (or you can obtain it online or from Sam Ash).

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. You can use the contact button on this website and I will gladly answer you in return.
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Jennifer July 10, 2017
· Violin · In home
Antoinette is, by far, the best music instructor that I have ever hired. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I took piano lessons for years and continued on and off through college. As a complete novice to the violin, I was nervous to begin such a challenging instrument as an adult hobby. Antoinette is encouraging, intelligent and incredibly skilled. Her calm demeanor and patience is vital to one's success. She focuses on the building blocks to a successful technique with ease. I am incredibly grateful to Antoinette for reminding me of how enjoyable music can be. I look forward to our weekly sessions around my busy work schedule. Her location is conveniently located within walking distance from the subway in NYC.
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Tonia May 29, 2017
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I took violin lessons for a year with an instructor I found through a different organization (not TakeLessons)--and I learned more in one hour with Antoinette than I learned in 30 lessons with that other teacher. In just one lesson, I can see that Antoinette is friendly, smart, encouraging, knows her stuff--and knows how to teach (which not every good player can do). I'm an adult, but I bet she'd be just as great with a student of any age.
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Donna February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Gio A.

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I teach violin at the New School for Leadership and the Arts, mostly to novice players, and I have experience teaching violin to children of all ages.

My primary instrument is guitar, which I've played for about 25 years in many different bands, styles, and genres. I studied music and classical guitar at University of Central Florida, and during that time I also helped teach violin to a class of third graders. I'm not a pro violinist, but I have plenty of experience working with novice players, helping them develop proper technique, sight reading, ear training, and other skills needed to advance to the next level.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

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Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Katie V.

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My main goal as a teacher is to help my student realize their full potential and talent as a musician. I firmly believe that every single child has the ability to succeed at learning a musical instrument. With patience, open-mindedness, humor and love, a good teacher can help his/her students tap into their musical voices. With practice and patience, we can develop a solid foundation and work towards learning music.

I believe strongly in teaching what the student loves, so I am more than happy to work with my students on many styles of music, ranging from classical to musical theater to pop songs to bluegrass tunes. Positivity and kindness are second nature to me, and I strive to always create a fun and creative learning environment. I look forward to embarking on a musical journey with you or your child!

About Katie
I believe strongly in teaching what the student loves, so I am more than happy to work with my students on many styles of music, ranging from classical to musical theater to pop songs to bluegrass tunes. Positivity and kindness are second nature to me, and I strive to always create a fun and creative learning environment. I look forward to embarking on a musical journey with you or your child!
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Katie V.

Katie V.

New York, NY 10040
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$84 / 30-min

About Ari F.

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Strings have always been a great love of mine--violin takes dedication of posture to be comfortable, and a comfortable sound is a beautiful one. It is important that you select a teacher who can really push you towards a beautiful tone and musical expression, as well as one who knows what they are doing regarding the fine details of technique.

About Ari
My name is Ari Fiekowsky, I'm 22 years old.

Currently I'm studying at Kean University, for a degree in Music Education K-12 with Teacher Certification.

I am a 3.8 GPA student who has been studying cello since I was 8 and piano since I was 3, and the other strings instruments since I was 15. I have always been good at all subjects, but have had a love for music. Music can benefit the brain in incredible ways, especially for children! Please ask me about these benefits and I can give you supportive academic research.

I have a permissive teaching style that is sensitive to developmental disability and mental illness, but also can be quite harrowing and strict if you have the desire to truly become a great musician. I practice all my instruments daily--I expect my students to do the same. :)

My specialties are strings, music the
ory, and piano. I'm very energetic and expect genuine effort from all my students. I try to make things fun, so I hope you try too!
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Calvin August 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ari is a nice and sincere teacher and as a person as well. She is very patient and also very keen in understanding my difficult areas and helps me in those lines.
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Emily D. June 30, 2016
· Violin · In home
She was very friendly and went through all necessary basic steps to the violin.
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Ari F.

Ari F.

East Brunswick, NJ 08816
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About Larry M.

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Teaneck, NJ

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Larry teaches students of all ages and skill levels on violin technique, repertoire, and musicality. He is based in Teaneck, NJ and teaches students in his studio in North Jersey or any location via the internet. Larry works hard to foster the creative spirit in his students while simultaneously providing solid technical and classical training on the violin. Students love Larry's positive attitude and his commitment to music as a means of personal growth and self expression. An accomplished educator, chamber musician and violinist, Larry offers a simple and straight-forward perspective on the violin that is sure to inspire. Skilled at adapting the violin to his great love of American Standards and other popular genres, Larry introduces students to the innovative and exciting roles that the violin can play in contemporary music. Larry also strives to bring the world's great music to all through is work as founding member of the Iceni Ensemble.
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Tiara November 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mr. Marino is by far the greatest, and most talented instrumental instructor I have ever had. The amount of patience and passion he has for this art is resonate in his teaching style. I had the absolute pleasure of working with him for 6 years and I can truly say I have learned a wealth of information and have become incredibly skilled at multiple instruments thanks to Mr. Marino.
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Larry M.

Larry M.

Teaneck, NJ 07666
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About Mikaila G.

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-Columbia University (New York City) graduate
-Competition level violinist for 14 years
-Experienced violin instructor and chamber musician from Music Performance Program (NYC)
-National School Orchestra Award recipient
-All-State qualifier from New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)

About Mikaila
I studied Music Theory & Performance at Columbia University and have been teaching violin for over 6 years. I am personable, understanding and patient. I enjoy working with children, as I am also the owner of a small swim school in Manhattan. Though child instruction is my strength, I am well versed in working with all ages. Because I own my own business, I have much more free time to be accommodating to others schedules.
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Mikaila G.

Mikaila G.

New York, NY 10003
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About emanuele V.

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Astoria, NY
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Pedagogy is always been my greatest passion. My students are my first priority and my goal is to instill a deep passion for music, I want them to learn moved from the desire of making music.

As a teacher I work to provide my students all the knowledge that i had acquired from my teachers and my personal experience. I strive to provide them the best technique that they need, i teach them how to be creative, how to learn and how to become teachers of themselves.

My first concern, is to communicate and reach out every student, to understand their learning process in order to find a specific method for each one of them, as everyone is unique and have a different approach to music.

About emanuele
Emanuele started to play the violin at the age of 5, at 12 he won first price at several youth competitions like Stresa and Serravalle Sesia international competitions. In the same years he was also the youngest member of the chamber orchestra “Archinsieme” which provide him an invaluable performing experience for his young age.

At the age of 14 he attended the Conservatory of Novara and Bologna. Emanuele earned his Bachelor from the Conservatory of Ferrara with Alessandro Perpich and his Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory with Markus Placci. Furthermore, he studied with Anton Berovski, Marco Fornaciari, and Mela Tenenbaum. He has a long teaching experience.

His main educational principle is to provide his students an invaluable foundation of technique and musical aesthetic that can serve them throughout the
ir musical journey. Emanuele strives to instill in each student a deep passion for music in a way that they can learn through the desire of making music.

Through a personalized approach during their training, he helps his students to create a professional identity in an increasingly competitive world, with an emphasis on technique, relaxation, efficient practice skills. He combines and carries the fundamentals of the Russian and Franco-Belgian traditions he inherited from his teachers, that he displays with all his passion to all his students.
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emanuele V.

emanuele V.

Astoria, NY 11103
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About Avital M.

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Born and raised in Jerusalem Israel, I was always surrounded by music. I started my violin lessons at the age of five and it was my first teacher who instilled the love for music and violin in me. It is the same feeling that keeps me constantly fascinated and challenged by music to this day and it is the experience I strive to pass on to my students. Starting my private studio in 2012 and teaching since has been a great source of satisfaction for me. Many of my students continued to study professionally and became orchestra members.
While I do specialize in classical instruction, I am able to instruct students in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Pop and Klezmer. In addition, I develop my own system which is based on the jewish russian tradition of violin playing and approach. This is the system that I grew up with and which have produced some of the world’s finest musicians in the past century.

About Avital
My career developments are primarily in music, but I also pursue interest in composing, philosophy and art. Currently working towards my PSD degree from the New School under Lucie Robert, I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Have performed in various venues including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Royal Albert Hall, Heichal haTarbut Tel Aviv and the Franz Liszt Conservatory.
I live in Brooklyn, New York and play on a Jules Grandjon Violin made in 1851.
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Avital M.

Avital M.

Brooklyn, NY 11213
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$35 / 30-min

About Ryu G.

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I have over two decades of continuing professional performance experience in Classical solo violin, and have taught masterclasses in six continents. Though my expertise is in Classical violin, I draw from many influences, to many of which I was exposed in my tenure as the presenter of a TV program in Japan, "Untitled Music," the Guinness Book of World Records longest ever running Classical music show. There, I spoke and interviewed guests from many different genres in concert-style settings, as well as periodically performing with them. In my teaching, I stress efficiency of practice, musical authenticity, and open-mindedness.

About Ryu
Ryu has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryu’s career began at age seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.1. Since then, Ryu has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including National Symphony Orchestra (DC), London Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors Lorin Maazel, Tan Dun, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Kent Nagano, Myung-Whun Chung, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and
Jonathan Nott. Ryu has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Shanghai Grand Theater, Taipei National Concert Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal and the Philharmonic Hall Gasteig. In January 2018 Ryu celebrated Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary playing his masterpiece “Serenade” with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in March he joins the New York Philharmonic touring Asia under the baton of Maestro Jaap van Zweden.

Ryu’s philanthropic work includes working with student musicians throughout the world, mentoring their development and conducting master classes in conjunction with the world’s top institutions. Efforts include the “Ryu Excellence in Music Initiative Scholarship” with the NYC Department of Education, as well as collaborations with institutions such as the Juilliard School and the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra. He does extensive musical outreach in developing countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

In Japan Ryu’s features in media are numerous, including his own documentary “Ryu’s Odyssey”, a chronicle of his career and personal life from 1996-2006. He has served as spokesperson for the East Japan Railway Company. From October 2015 to March 2017, Ryu appeared weekly on TV Asahi’s show, Untitled Concert, a nationally televised program in Japan listed in Guinness World Records as “the longest-running TV program for classical music.”

Ryu records for Deutsche Grammophon in collaboration with Universal Classics Japan. In May 2011 he graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics, and is currently studying the violin with Prof. Ana Chumachenco. A member of the US-Japan Council, Ryu has been honored with an award from the Japanese American Bar Association as a Japanese-American leader. He holds a 3rd degree black belt from the Japan Karate Association and the World Karate Federation, and is fluent in multiple languages including English, Japanese, French and Chinese. Ryu performs on the Stradivarius 1722 violin “Jupiter” on loan to him from Nippon Music Foundation.

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Disclaimer: I have cats! Must have minimum prerequisite experience of 7-10 years. Because of my sporadic touring schedule, I might not always be able to teach consistently. Therefore, if you're considering me, I highly suggest thinking of my lessons as supplementary.
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Ryu G.

Ryu G.

New York, NY 10019
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$60 / 30-min

About Omer A.

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Hey there explorer!

So you thought the violin is only meant to play Classical music? Think again!
With over 13 years of experience in improvisation in many different musical styles on the violin, I will show you the methods to explore and teach yourself any type of musical style you'd wish to play!

Although being mainly a Jazz violinist, I have performed and recorded in many different musical genres and improvisation styles including Blues, Trad Jazz, Rock, Indian Classical music, Bluegrass, Jewish Klezmer music and more. Since students spend most of their crucial development time individually in the practice room, as a teacher my biggest ambition is to teach my students 'how to be your own teacher' (I know it's kinda shooting myself in the foot :] ). Based on my 20 years experience playing the violin and other instruments, my training in Alexander technique, teaching artistry, psychology, philosophy and meditation, I've accumulated a set of methods and ideas about how to ...

About Omer
An award-winning Jazz violinist and a graduate of The Newschool of Jazz, These days I'm recording and performing on stages around the world playing Jazz, Rock, Folk and more.
Would love to share with you some of my secrets! Teaching improvisation and basic violin for all levels. Also teaching audition prep and ear training!
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A few years ago a musician I really admire told me how he believes that every musician has to be teaching at some point in his career. He has seen it not only as a suggestion but as an obligation, a responsibility of an artist to pass on his knowledge for the next generations. My life circumstances only make this belief stronger within me year after year.
As a young Violinist in Israel that experienced a crisis with Classic
al music and the Classical school, I’ve been looking around for non-classical Violin teachers in vain. I’ve figured out that in order to play the music I want on the Violin I’m going to have to teach it to myself, thus becoming an independent learner which is most likely the greatest gift I’ve ever received as a musician and a teacher.
I had to read books, watch videos, ask people how they practice, use my ears because I had no scores to any of the music I wanted to play, explore. I had to criticize myself, I had to remain conscious about my playing and what I think is missing in my playing in comparison to other players, analyze what is it that excites me in one’s music or playing. Most of all, I had the privilege to remain attentive to any new idea being suggested to me, because no one ever taught me what the “truth” is.
Be your own teacher. That is perhaps the only “truth” I would force upon my students.
As part of my teaching philosophy, I'm seeking to not only teach my students the skills they wish to acquire but to show them how to determine and teach themselves new skills they 'need' or desire to acquire.
With over 8 years of experience teaching private students of all levels and conducting Jazz violin workshops for small groups, I like to incorporate my knowledge in music teaching with other knowledge in learning techniques and education I've acquired through training in Psychology, leadership and education, Alexander technique, Teaching artistry, meditation and social work.
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Ruth May 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Omer is giving Violin lessons to my youngest son Eric for the last 6 months. Eric started playing the guitar a few years ago up until a movie he recently saw on a Japanese brilliant violinist , a week later he told us on his will to tryout the violin. Fortunately We heard Omer playing in a jazz club, and contacted him a few days after, Omer is a very talented musician but has unique capability and patient for his students. Omer is teaching with a very relaxed, positive attitude, his passion for music with small anecdotes and humour was what made Eric to get in love with the instrument and he is Impatiently waiting for his next lesson. we highly recommend Omer as a teacher and musician.
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Mike May 24, 2018
· Audition Prep · Online
Omer helped me in preparing for my audition to the school of jazz in The Newschool, NY. Don't know my answer yet but Omer definitely helped me feel confident about my playing and be more coherent in my presentation in front of the judges. He showed me some techniques to be able to remain focused even under the stress of an audition of such significance for me and I feel like it really changed my performance for the better.
Highly recommended!! :]
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Idan May 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I've been a classical violinist for many years and but never had the courage to improvise on my instrument. Omer showed me how fun improvisation could be and really made everything seem easier than what I thought it was.
Great guy and awesome teacher!!
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Omer A.

Omer A.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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