Danilo Bonina

Danilo B.

Watertown, MA

Lesson Details



Danilo delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 4+, males 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Danilo B.has been teaching private lessons since 2000. He is available to teach at his home, online, or at the student's home. He combines his concert career with an intense teaching schedule. In 16 years he has accumulated over 12,000 hours of teaching students of any age and level, including individual violin lessons, chamber ensemble coaching, theory/ear training in individual and group settings. He has served as violin teacher in several music schools in Italy, and as violin and theory instructor and Director of the Strings Dept. at the Bergen Academy of Music and Art in Oradell, NJ.

Danilo received his Bachelor of Music in Vibo Valentia (Italy), and holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Mannes College of Music (New York), and a GPD in early music/baroque violin from the Longy School of Music (Boston).

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Sub-roster Violin
Apr 2016 - Present
Boston Baroque

Principal Violin
Sep 2014 - Present
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Founding Member/Concertmaster
Sep 2009 - Present
Corelli Collective

Founding Member/Concertmaster
Jun 2009 - Present
Ensemble Ars Vetus

Concertmaster/Principal Violin/Soloist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Longy Concerto Grosso

Principal Violin/Concert Master/Soloist/Director of Personnel
Sep 2003 - Jul 2012
The Bachanalia Festival Orchestra

Founding Member/Concertmaster
Jun 2006 - Sep 2009
Ensemble Duriusculus

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007
The Camerata Chamber Orchestra

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007
The Ensemble Du Monde

Assistent Concertmaster
Sep 2006 - Sep 2007
The Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra

Jun 2006 - Jul 2007
Fuma Sacra Orchestra

Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
The Bach Society Orchestra

Principal Violin
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007
The Mannes Baroque Ensemble

Principal Violin
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006
The Mannes Orchestra

Principal Violin
Jan 1999 - Jul 2003
Ensemble Magna Grecia

Principal Violin
Sep 1998 - Jul 2003
Messina Chamber Orchestra

Sep 1996 - Jul 2002
I Solisti Calabri Orchestra

Violin I
May 1998 - Jun 1998
Filarmonia Mediterranea Orchestra


Graduate Professional Diploma in Early Music/Baroque Violin
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Master of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2003 - May 2006
Mannes College of Music (New York, NY)
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 1996 - Jun 2002
F. Torrefranca Conservatory (Vibo Valentia, Italy)


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Winner of the Honors Competition
May 2016
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Recipient of the Longy Dean’s Scholarship
Apr 2014
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Recipient of the Bard College Presidential Scholarship
Apr 2014
Bard College
Recipient of the "Nadia and Lili Boulanger" Scholarship
Mar 2014
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Winner of Italian selection
May 2000
European Union Youth Orchestra
Winner of "Promenade" International Competition in Pizzo Calabro, Italy
May 1999
IterKlèos Association
Winner of "Campochiaro" International Competition, Pedara, Italy
Dec 1998
"Pedara per Gianluca Campochiaro" Music Association
Winner of International Competition in Venetico, Italy
May 1997
Town of Venetico

Photos & Videos

J. S. Bach, Orchestral Suite No.3, "Aria"
Nicola Porpora, Salve Regina - Corelli Collective
A. Corelli, Sonata Op.5 No.7 - Preludio (Vivace)
A. Corelli, Sonata Op.5 No.7 - Corrente (Allegro)
Telemann, Suite in G minor -  Ouverture-Tres Vite
Telemann,Suite in G minor - Sans Souci
Telemann, Suite in G minor - Hornpipe
Telemann, Suite in G minor - Gavotte
Some silliness....
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3 Reviews

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Raphael Sep 20, 2016
Violin · In home

Danilo is an excellent teacher of violin, music theory and ear training. He is a first rate musician with a passion for teaching and a rare ability to explain fundamental and complex topics to students of all ages. Children and Adults leave his lessons inspired and eager to practice more, and they tend to make faster progress than other students I've accompanied. I'm particularly impressed by the way he integrates history, science and poetry into his lessons to give students a broader perspective on the music they're studying.

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Vivian Sep 6, 2016
Violin · In studio

Danilo is an incredible musician and the way he teaches his knowledge to me is incredible. He understands the physicality of violin playing and has endless methods to correct bad habits. He seems to have a very thorough knowledge of the instrument, technique and the music itself. Working with him has been a blessing and I am very surprised how much I can play now. Danilo won't stop nagging me until I fixed my bow hold, and now with proper technique I feel much freer to use the right hand expressively. IMO he is the guy to go to, especially if one's interest is in earlier repertoire.

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Christopher Aug 5, 2016
Violin · In studio

Danilo is an extraordinary musician and pedagogue. Far greater than a mere technician, his refined ear, extensive knowledge of musical style, and pedagogical methods enable his students to perform at a very high level. In the two years I've known him and hired him for various engagements, I've seen him consistently and efficiently unlock potential in students that they didn't even know they had. Even after just the first lesson/coaching, students have expressed how much they learned and how inspired they were. I offer my highest recommendation to any violin student of any level.

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