Aviva Chertok

Aviva C.

Vernon Hills, IL

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Aviva delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

I am a professional violinist and teacher with 20 years of playing, and almost 10 years of teaching experience. This July, I received my Master's degree in violin performance from the Royal College of Music, the #1 performing arts conservatory in Europe and the UK.

I teach violin because it is my passion, because I love music, and because of the joy, confidence, and positive motivation my students experience over the course of their lessons. Every student is unique, and my approach tailors to the needs, questions, and interests of my students. Together, we develop strong technique, healthy posture and hand positions, a great understanding of music theory, quick note-reading and sight-reading skills, and a variety of tools to play beautifully and expressively.

In addition to my education, my teaching draws on extensive experience in orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist, across many U.S. states and abroad. I was assistant concertmaster of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London, won state and national competitions in chamber music, and performed for live broadcast on Chicago's classical radio 98.7 WFMT as well as National Public Radio's program, "From the Top."

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Experience

Private Violin Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present
Self-employed

I have taught private violin lessons for almost 10 years, to students as young as four years old, through college students and adults in their 50’s.

Violin Instructor
Jan 2017 - May 2017
JCOSS secondary school, London

Visiting violin teacher at a secondary school in Barnet, London.

Violin Teacher and Orchestra Assistant
May 2014 - Dec 2015
El Sistema pilot program

I volunteered free violin instruction and assistance in orchestra at an El Sistema program. It was run through the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, for children from underserved areas of the community.

Education

Master’s of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2016 - Jul 2018
Royal College of Music
Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
University of Mchigan

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Silver Medal
May 2012
St. Paul String Quartet Competition
1st Place
Feb 2012
Discover National Chamber Music Competition
1st Place
Feb 2012
Rembrandt Chamber Players - Chamber Music Competition

Photos & Videos

My string quartet from the Royal College of Music, after a performance of Beethoven at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK.

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Performing at NPR's annual Gala in Boston. We were invited to perform after playing for an NPR live broadcast in Utah earlier that year.

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Cheering up kids in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem

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Recital at the Royal College of Music, London, December 2017
Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano
Performed at the University of Michigan, 2015
Playing background music in London

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7 Reviews

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Mani Jan 5, 2019
Violin · In home

Aviva is amazing and very patient. My son started violin with her and he is making good progress. Thank you Aviva!!

Mark S. Jan 4, 2019
Violin · In home

Aviva is outstanding.

Mark F. Sep 18, 2018
Violin · In home

Viva Aviva!

I am an adult student that is new to the violin but I do play a number of other instruments.

Aviva is an exceptional instructor. So patient and so proficient. Aviava seems to have an innnate ability to know just when to be "picky" and when to perhaps "let a few mistakes" slide. The result . . . I am making consistent progress and know exactly where to focus my time and attention.

Aviva is a gentle but effective motivator and, as such, I alway look so forward to my weekly lesson - and I am definately inclined to work hard so as to try to "please" my teacher.

I have become all but obsessed with all things violin, and much of that is directly attributable to this delightful and talented maestro!

Please do not hesitate to work with her. I can absolutely promise you that you will be glad you did.

Mark F.
Violin Student

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Mark F. Aug 29, 2018
Violin · In home

I so enjoyed this first lesson. Aviva is a wonderful teacher.

Nathalie Aug 22, 2018
Violin · In home

Aviva is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and kind and makes the lessons so enjoyable for the kids.
My son loves to play the violin all thanks to her.

Sandra Aug 17, 2018
Violin · In home

My talented daughter has had a number of teachers, but Aviva was her favorite! We were sorry she had to move away. She has great warmth and patience, particularly important with younger students.

Anne Aug 7, 2018
Violin · In home

Aviva's lessons were fun and motivating for my son who started learning violin with her. She gave him the taste for music and violin. She interacts with children beautifully, motivates them and makes it really enjoyable for them!
We are sad she left London. Would highly recommand her!

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