Keiko Tokunaga

Keiko T.

New York, NY
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Keiko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 20+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a violinist of the Attacca Quartet, a NY-based string quartet that has been traveling all over the world! In addition to concertizing, my colleagues and I teach students of all levels wherever we go; we have given lessons, masterclasses and lectures in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ireland, Australia, Japan, UAE... good thing we all speak the universal language of humanity: music.

I grew up in Yokohama, Japan, but I decided that I was ready to explore the world when I was finishing up the 10th grade. I moved to New York to pursue a musical life and career. I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, as well as Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies from The Juilliard School.

I have been teaching students of all ages since 2005. Many of them were young children who simply enjoy playing the violin, but I have had several students win domestic and international competitions. While I enjoyed the experience of being a part of numerous children's lives tremendously, I am slowly moving towards teaching adults because my busy tour life does not allow for me to be in town all the time.

With my adult students, I often encourage them to work on a solo repertoire of an appropriate level, as well as an ensemble piece that would allow us to develop our musicianship. I am very friendly and casual, but if you ask me to, I can be very tough (I was raised by a tiger mom.)

If you are a beginner and need help with reading music in general, don't worry- I teach a course called "Ear Training" at Juilliard, so that can be a part of our lessons as well.

I look forward to meeting you and making music together!

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Violin Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Fordham University

Sep 2008 - Present
The Juilliard School Pre-College Division

I teach a course that enhances basic performance skills and knowledge for classically-trained musicians.


Artist Diploma
Sep 2011 - May 2013
The Juilliard School
Master of Music
Sep 2007 - May 2008
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - May 2007
The Juilliard School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Check out my most recent live performance: 2nd movement of Saint=Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1

November 3rd, 2018
Photo by Keiko T.

Photo by Keiko T.


2 Reviews

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Dave Dec 2, 2018
Violin · In home

Keiko is a sensitive teacher who is both fun and demanding at the same time. She acted as a chamber music coach for me and her careful advice helped us a great deal. Highly recommended.

Jill Nov 12, 2018
Violin · In home

Keiko is the most wonderful teacher! Besides being a superb violinist, she is kind, sensitive, and adored by her students. We are all fortunate to be taught by her!

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