Lydia Grimes
New York, NY
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Lydia Grimes

Lydia G.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach students to discover and utilize tools they already have in order to take their playing to the next level. As a Juilliard-trained musician, I know how important it is to never lose sight of why we love music in the first place. This looks different for everyone, and I believe that music lessons are about finding what students can apply from other areas of their life that will enrich their musical experience. As a kid and an adult, I've found that feeling inspired is the best way to motivate oneself!

About Lydia G.

I am a professional violist and student living in New York City. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School as a student of Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory, and am continuing as a graduate student next year as a student of Misha Amory and Cynthia Phelps. I have been teaching for almost eight years now, and have experience with violinists and violists but can specifically be helpful to those switching from one to the other! When I switched to the viola later in life, I learned new techniques and habits to help produce the rich, beautiful sound of the viola that is so similar to the human voice. In fact, It was this aspect that initially drew me to the instrument.

As a teacher, my focus begins with building a strong foundation that is constantly improved upon over time, as opposed to learning lots of material quickly. Every student is different, so I intentionally try to avoid giving blanket advice to multiple students. I firmly believe that the experience of learning viola takes unique aspects from one's own life in order to inform their artistic choices.

*Fully vaccinated and willing to teach in person or online.

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Experience

Social Media Coordinator and Collaborator
Jan 2021 - Present

Opus Illuminate

Working with professional musicians to program and perform works by composers of historically underrepresented communities and heritages.

Juilliard Pre-College Mentor
Sep 2018 - Present

The Juilliard School

Mentoring elementary through high school age students in orchestral setting.

Freelance Musician
Sep 2017 - Present

Self-Employed

Performing and collaborating for weddings, gatherings, and other events in New York City.

Private Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present

Self-Employed

Education

MM in Viola Performance
May 2021 - Present

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2017 - Present

The Juilliard School

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Young Artist Competition Winner
Apr 2019

Schubert Club

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