Artem Kolesov

Artem K.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Привет! Russian is my first language and it has a very special place in my heart. I love it for its emotional charge and incredible poetic expression.
After many years of helping my friends who study classical voice, I found new interesting and simpler ways to teach this language
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Artem teaches



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Artem delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2008

Hello dear students! My name is Artem and I'm 25 years old. I have been playing violin since I was 4 years old and am a freelance musician, composer and pedagogue.
I am passionate about teaching because I believe education and willingness to learn is an extremely important factor for personal development and success.
I was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia and underwent intensive training in voice, violin, composition and piano. After winning the Frieburg Intenational Violin Competition in 2010, I was offered a full scholarship to study music at Dalhousie University at the age of sixteen. After moving to Canada I went through a 9-month intensive english learning program, so I know first hand how difficult it can be to learn a new language. This experience helped me understand the struggles that any ESL student goes through and discover new ways to teach Russian and English to others.
I am excited to get to know you and share my knowledge with you!

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1st Violinist
Oct 2018 - Present
Átomos String Quartet

Performing across the United states and in the LA area.

Piano Educator
Feb 2010 - Present

Has taught piano and keyboard across Russia, Canada and the United States.

Violin educator
Feb 2009 - Present

Has taught violin from the age of 14 across Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and the United States.

1st Violinist
Sep 2015 - Aug 2017
Yas Quartet

While performing with the quartet, Artem won several international competitions and became the resident string quartet of Chicago College of Performing Arts and Colorado College Summer Music Festival.

Russian/English translator and interpreter
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Halifax Nonprofit Refugee Clinic

Translated legal documents and interpreted during case filings.

1st Violinist
Aug 2012 - Jul 2015
LaCorde Quartet

Has won numerous awards and prizes with LaCorde Quartet while studying in Canada.

Composition Assistant
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
Dalhousie University

Has given lectures and taught classes on composition, music theory and counterpoint.

Teacher of Russian and English languages
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Russian School of Halifax

Worked with Russian and English speaking children, teaching reading, writing and speaking skills in both languages.


Master of Music
Aug 2015 - Apr 2017
Roosevelt University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Dalhousie University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Music
May 2015
Dalhousie University

Global Assessment Certificate
May 2011
Dalhousie University


Concerto Competition winner
Feb 2017
Chicago College of Performing Arts
3rd Prize Winner
Aug 2016
Schoenfeld International Music Competition
1st Prize winner
Aug 2010
Freiburg International Violin Competition
Best Young Emerging Artist in Saint Petersburg
Feb 2010
Valentina Matvienko - Mayor of Saint Petersburg, Russia


American Youth Symphony
Aug 2017

The American Youth Symphony’s mission is to inspire the future of a timeless art form by sharing exceptional, innovative concerts based on our landmark training of musicians ages 15-27. The orchestra provides paid fellowships to 100 musicians who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world.

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Photos & Videos

Another video of Yas quartet performing Langsamer Satz by A. Webern
I hope this short documentary will help you get to know me a little bit better!
Another picture from Colorado College Music Festival

Performing Brahms Violin Concerto in Colorado College Music Festival summer 2016

Enjoy the second movement of the Brahms violin Concerto
This is a video from Schoenfeld International Competition, where the Yas quartet, in which I'm currently the first violinist, won 3rd prize
I hope you enjoy watching my performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in the Symphony Centre with Roosevelt Symphony Orchestra
Artem performing "Quartet for the end of time" by O. Messiaen in Buenos Aires

Artem performing "Quartet for the end of time" by O. Messiaen in Buenos Aires
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11 Reviews

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Joseph G. Apr 20, 2019
Violin · Online

Not only is Artem a world class violinist but also a very nice person who will make you look forward to the next lesson.

Elizabeth C. Oct 14, 2018
Violin · In studio

Artem is extremely professional, positive and great MAESTRO!! In the short time I have been with Artem he has taught me valuable foundation techniques. I highly recommend Artem for students who are serious about fine musician techniques and being world class artists!

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Jamie W. Jun 6, 2018
Violin · In studio

Artem is an excellent teacher. He provides the perfect balance of explanations, demonstrations and expectations for at-home practice. Thank you so much!

Felipe Mar 26, 2018
Russian · In studio

Nothing beats learning from a native speaker, especially one as knowledgeable and professional as Artem. Russian is his native language, but you would never have guessed it since his English is impeccable. He takes difficult concepts and makes them simple to understand. He walks with you each step of the way, meeting you at your level and guiding you to fluency. He understands the best way you learn and adapts to your learning needs and situation. Artem will help you attain native pronunciation and will go out of his way to provide extra help and materials. I've been amazed how much I have gained from lessons with him. Highly recommended. Wonderful teacher.

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Timothy C. Aug 28, 2017
Russian · Online

Artem was great. He is a good communicator and is flexible with his schedule. Thanks Artem!!

Michael Mar 16, 2017
Russian · Online

Artem was incredibly helpful when I was taking my Russian classes. My parents never taught me and I finally decided to learn so I could converse with my grandparents.

Artem was amazing at showing me how to speak naturally and fluently without ever getting impatient with me. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.

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Monique Mar 16, 2017
Violin · In studio

Artem is a wonderful violin teacher! He makes it a pleasure to go to lessons and is always in a good mood.

Eduardo Mar 16, 2017
Russian · Online

He helped me develop my ability to speak Russian without ever putting me down. I've had many Russian teachers and he's by far the nicest I've ever had. I feel like I learned a lot

Simon Mar 15, 2017
English · Online

Artem has helped me so much with writing my essays and improving my english skills. I would say that I was only able to pass my high school english thanks to him.
I loved how easy he makes everything seem by breaking down complex ideas into much easier and simpler concepts. I highly recommend him!

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Arash Mar 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Artem is knowledable, experienced and very friendly. His feedback is always thoughtful yet detailed and critical. My performance skills have improved substantially as a result of studying with him. He also always encouraged me during lessons to think independently and develop my own artistic voice.

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Lalo Mar 15, 2017
Violin · In home

Eventhough I began to study violin with Artem at a very low level, he made me feel welcomed into the music world. He was very patient with me and tried to work with my skill level. I also took Russian with him, I highly recommend both.

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