Daren Fuster

Daren F.

Hilliard, OH

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

Teaching since:
September 1998

Daren has been teaching violin and viola students since 1999 in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Former students have performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Symphony, have been consistently top chairs in their school orchestras, have performed at Regional and All State Orchestras and several students subsequently attended college at nationally recognized conservatories.

About Daren:

A native of Cleveland Ohio, Daren has performed in the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Over the past decade, Daren has performed on violin and viola with the Fundacion Sinfonia, under the musical direction of Phillippe Entremont, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Redlands California Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and for recording sound stages in Hollywood and Burbank California, among others. Daren's solo, chamber music and orchestral performance engagements have been heard in the continental United States, Canada, Caribbean, Italy, Germany, and Portugal.

Daren's past appearances include soloist with the Opera Theater of Lucca with performances in Lucca and Florence, Italy, co-principal viola at the Heidelberg Festival, Heidelberg, Germany, section violist for the Grand Teton Music Festival under music director Eiji Oue, Wyoming, among others. In the past Daren has toured with A.R. Rahman, Indian composer of Bombay Dreams and Slumdog Millionaire in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and Vancouver, B.C. Daren has performed with Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Harry Connick Jr., Mannheim Steamroller, recorded with the Phillip Fox band in Columbus, OH, the Blessed Union of Souls and Cari Clara in Cincinnati and has performed and recoded with KD Lang for "Mountain Stage" a syndicated NPR program, recorded and filmed an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Daren earned his bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music and his masters degree from the College - Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. His previous professors include violists Martha Katz, James Dunham, George Graham, Masao Kawasaki, Catherine Carroll, Lucien Joel, and Alicia Tremmel.

Daren currently serves as Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Formerly, Daren served as sold Performance Manager and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as Artistic and Orchestra Operations Manager for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Daren take on a life and pace as necessary and are specific to each student. All students learn at different paces and I cater to each student's needs and learning ability. I have taught students as early as first grade thru 80 years old. I am easy going, fun natured but expect my students to maintain a minimum practice regimen. Typically I use a combination of Suzuki Method Materials (if applicable), technique books, music theory and note reading, and scales.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, Music stand, sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Methods and Traditional Methods

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Orchestra Personnel Manager
Sep 2017 - Present
Columbus Symphony

Section Viola
Mar 1999 - Present
Fundacion Sinfonia

Two week music Festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Lead Booking Agent
Jun 2016 - Sep 2017
TCG Entertainment

Private Violin and Viola Instructor
Nov 2015 - Sep 2017
88 Keys Music Academy, Arcadia, CA

Director of Operations and Artistic Administration
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles, CA

Orchestra Personnel and Sold Performance Manager
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, OH

Auxiliary Violin and Viola
Apr 1999 - Sep 2014
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, OH

Principal Viola - March 2013
Mar 2013 - Mar 2013
Fundacion Sinfonia

Principal viola for anniversary concert with Placido Domingo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Auxiliary Viola
Jun 1999 - May 2012
Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras


Doctor of Music (incomplete)
Sep 1999 - May 2001
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, OH
Master of Music
Sep 1996 - Jun 1999
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, OH
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Sep 1992 - May 1996
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 1998

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Photo by Daren F.

Photo by Daren F.

Daren playing viola in the Pro Art String Quartet (a part of Pro Art Music, businesses owned by Daren Fuster) Cincinnati OH
Daren performing viola in the Pro Art String Quartet in Columbus, OH (a part of businesses owned by Daren Fuster)

3 Reviews

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Jennifer C. Oct 26, 2014
Violin · In home

Daren was incredible with our first time violin player. He helped our son learn the basics and explore his interest in violin. After 5 lessons we were sold that our son would want to stick with learning violin.

Anna S. Jul 23, 2014
Violin · In home


Caitlin V. Jun 20, 2014
Violin · In home

Apart from being an exceptional violinist, Daren is friendly, personable and a great teacher. I had never played the violin before but he broke things down in a way that made sense to me. His tips and foundational instruction brought results by the end of just the first lesson. I'm excited to learn more!

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