Don Krishnaswami

Don K.

Norfolk, MA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I always say to students, it's not WHAT you're playing, it's HOW you're playing it that is the sign of a good player. Technique -- the HOW -- is extremely critical, before one can play pieces -- the WHAT -- well. Lessons with me involve establishing a solid basis of technique, also learning to read music rather than playing only by ear, and of course, learning pieces. Get ready for a wonderful journey of discovery about the intricacies, difficulties, AND rewarding joys of playing the viola!

About Don K.

Hello! I am a professional musician with a great passion for teaching violin, viola, and ear training. For a complete bio, please follow this link:

I am active in the Boston area as a performing musician and teacher. I have collaborated with current and former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and have performed in orchestras including the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. I have toured domestically from coast to coast with the Boston Pops, and have performed many dozens of times at Carnegie Hall. I have performed as back-up musician with many jazz and pop giants.

I am also a composer, and my music has received critical acclaim from The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, and Boston Classical Review.

I hold a Master of Music degree in viola and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from The Juilliard School.


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Sep 2007 - Present

Boston Ballet Orchestra

Violin and viola Instructor
Sep 1999 - Present

Home Studio

I teach private violin and viola lessons in my home studio. Some of my students have gone on to earn degrees in music and have become professional musicians. Others have continued to pursue their instrument as a hobby in college and onward.

Sep 1999 - Present

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra

Apr 1996 - Present

Boston Pops

Visiting Lecturer
Sep 2008 - May 2016

Bridgewater State University

Taught a studio of private violin and viola students, as well as a two-semester ear training course that was required of all music majors.

Acting Adjunct Teacher of Viola
Sep 2004 - May 2005

Williams College

Taught a studio of viola and violin students during the interim year that Williams College was searching for a full-time professor.


Master of Music Degree in Viola
Sep 1986 - May 1988

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition
Sep 1981 - May 1984

The Juilliard School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Award of Excellence
Jan 2003



American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1988
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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