- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Dahna’s holistic approach to cello pedagogy initially emphasizes the development of proper body alignment and technique which then fosters effortless tone production, accurate pitch, and musical expression. The lesson curriculum is modified to fit each student’s individual needs.
In addition to weekly private lessons, the students have the opportunity to meet and interact with each other in quarterly group performance classes. Performance opportunities are also available at various venues around the Silicon Valley. Many of the students are members of local youth orchestras such as The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the El Camino Youth Symphony, the Peninsula Youth Symphony and the California Youth Symphony. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the the Capriccio Chamber Music Institute which Dahna runs jointly with her colleague Alexander Eisenberg. This unique program offers students the opportunity to perform side-by-side with local professionals. Dahna’s students currently range in age from five years to adult.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 85
- Teaching since:
Dahna Rudin received an artist diploma from the prestigious Vienna University for the Performing Arts, where she worked with Wolfgang Herzer, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and coached chamber music with members of the Alban Berg string Quartet. She also holds Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. Ms. Rudin was the recipient of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award and was a prize winner in the 1984 S.F. Symphony Julia Klumpkey Competition. As a member of the Wiener Sinfonietta and The Belevedere Trio, she has toured Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States . She has also been on the string faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and the Sosterberg International Music festival in the Netherlands.
Since returning to California, she has performed regularly with the Atlantis Trio and has presented numerous solo recitals throughout the greater Bay Area. As an orchestral musician in the Bay Area, Ms. Rudin has performed with the West Bay Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Symphony. Her recent solo appearances have included a performance the Suites for Cello and Orchestra by Lou Harrison with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Redwood Symphony. She currently maintains a private studio in Mountain View where she offers lessons and coaches chamber ensembles. Ms. Rudin is a founding member of the Capriccio Chamber Music Institute and is principal cellist of the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra.
I am amazed by the progress my daughter made studying with Dahna. Dahna challenges her with hard pieces and helps her understand the music by playing together with her. Dahna makes sure my daughter “feels” the piece she is playing. With the feeling the technique becomes easy.
Dahna pours her heart and soul into teaching, and that shows in every concert: all her students play really well.