Brian Bak
Sanford, FL
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Brian Bak

Brian B.

Sanford, FL
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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
As a violin teacher, I focus on two core concepts: having an idea of what you want to create musically, and figuring out how to create it. Playing the violin is learning to combine creativity and emotion with logic and practicality. For every piece of music I teach, I guide students to access their inner musical creativity (something I strongly believe everyone has!) in order to have ideas on how they can express the music in an effective and impactful way that makes sense, and to figure out what kinds of emotions they can bring out through the piece. I then give structured step-by-step instruction and guidance to gain the technical abilities and fundamentals needed to bring their ideas to life through the violin.

About Brian B.

I have been a performer and teacher based in New York since 2005. I received my Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, an Artist Diploma from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University.

My experience as a teacher includes having been a faculty member at the New York Music School and the chamber music coach for the school's Summer Intensive Program since 2014. Previously, I was a Teaching Artist at Yale University and a faculty member at the Music Academy of Long Island, where I taught violin, viola, and cello. My students have won top prizes at several competitions, including the International Grande Music Competition, the Rondo Young Artist Competition, the Prima Volta Music Competition, the Crescendo International Music Competition, and the New York Young Virtuoso Competition. I've also helped them prepare for and be accepted into the top Pre-College and Prep programs in NYC, and to get into the top youth orchestras.

I am the 1st violinist of the Deka String Quartet, with whom I held residencies at the Banff Chamber Music Program in Canada, the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, and the inaugural New Music for Strings Music Festival in Denmark. Most recently with the quartet, I served as a SUNY Artist-in-Residence through the Rockefeller Institute of Government, giving performances and teaching students from SUNY Schenectady and the Empire State Youth Orchestra. I am also a core member of the highly acclaimed New York Classical Players, and have performed with other renowned New York based ensembles such as Sejong Soloists.

I've performed as a soloist with the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Central Florida Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Young Artists Orchestra, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and others.

While most of my professional experience is from being a New York based violinist teaching and performing around the world, I grew up learning the violin in Orlando, Florida. I am a Trinity Preparatory School alum, and was concertmaster of the Florida Young Artists Orchestra for many years.

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Phuc Phan
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I have had many coaches and teachers over the year and often they fell into either of these two categories:
- Very analytical, lot of focus on technical issues, but rather dry and uninspired musically.
- Very emotional and inspiring, wonderful performers themselves. But they struggle to be helpful when I encountered technical roadblocks.

Prof. Bak was the first teacher I have had that somehow managed to have the best of both worlds. An extremely sensitive musician who feels the music deeply and is able to transfer that inspiration to his students; while at the same time, he is incredibly patient and analytical when needed to assist students with their technical issues or musical understanding (such as harmonic structure, or historical background of the pieces).

Absolute gem of a musician/teacher to find!

Posted Oct 28, 2020
Younghee
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Dr. Bak taught both of my sons for several years. Every lesson had a goal, and he always gave clear instructions to reach those goals. My sons improved very much from working with him, and came to appreciate music more! He also helped write very helpful recommendation letters for them when they were applying for colleges. Thank you Dr. Bak, you're the best!

Posted Oct 27, 2020
Lisa
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I’ve had Mr. Bak as my violin teacher from my elementary school years to now! He explains everything until I clearly understand and I always look forward to the lessons during the week. In the end, the pieces I play always puts a smile on my family and friends. Every year I saw growth and my violin skills improved more and more. I cannot believe how much I have grown from the lessons that I have taken!!

Posted Oct 26, 2020
Divyash Shah
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Mr. Bak has been my teacher for the past 5 years. During my middle school years, when I started training with Mr. Bak, I was not a confident musician and became nervous during performances. Over time, Mr. Bak has helped me improve my skills. He has also helped me with my entrance into my high school orchestra as well as preparing me for the RCM certificate program. I would definitely recommend him to all students because he has guided me through my career as a violinist.

Posted Oct 26, 2020

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Experience

Violin Faculty
Sep 2014 - Present

New York Music School

Violin, Viola, and Cello Faculty
Jan 2015 - May 2016

Music Academy of Long Island

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts
Sep 2014 - May 2019

Stony Brook University

Artist Diploma
Sep 2011 - May 2013

Yale University

Master of Music
Sep 2009 - May 2011

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2005 - May 2009

The Juilliard School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Korean

Professional Proficiency

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