Marie Suh

Marie S.

San Mateo, CA
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Marie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 3+, males 3 to 17 and special needs

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Learn from a Juilliard violinist and experienced teacher!

I'm a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in 22 major cities in Europe, North America and Asia, appearing at world's most celebrated concert halls and festivals.

However, my real love is for teaching. I know how challenging it is to play the violin, especially if you haven't had quality instruction early in your training and somehow your fingers don't seem to listen to your brain. That was me - I've been there. Violin never came easy to me either, so throughout my years in training I sought numerous pedagogues in the world for advice. Through my own struggles and series of breakthroughs I learned to discipline my own brain and my own body to work together to produce beautiful music. My goal is to help my students get to where I am, and hopefully way beyond, much faster.

Since 2003, I taught 100+ students who were children, as young as 3 years old, to adults, from beginners to young professionals in NYC and Boston. I'm taking a select group of dedicated students, starting from March 2018 in San Mateo.

I'm more than happy to meet with you for 30 minutes (free of charge) for an introductory lesson or plain chat to make sure this is the right step for you. Also, if you are new to the instrument, ask me about beginner group lessons.

[I'm brand new to TakeLessons so please excuse the lack of reviews!]

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Jan 2001 - Nov 2013
Concert Halls Around The World

Since her U.S. debut as a teenage soloist, performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Marie has has toured as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in 20+ cities throughout North America, Europe, and East Asia. She performed at renowned concert halls, including New York's Lincoln Center, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Salzburg’s Wiener Saal, Baden-Baden's Kurhaus, Rome’s Teatro di Marcello, Aspen's Harris Concert Hall, Québec’s Orford Arts Centre, and Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall. Her last three seasons included Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Muenster Hochschule Orchestra in Perugia, Italy, and solo recitals in Rome, Italy, and Banff, Canada. Her performances and interviews have been aired on TV and radio, such as NPR, among others.

She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance on full scholarship with Hyo Kang at The Juilliard School, where she was also selected to teach as a Juilliard Instrumental Music Fellow and hold a Teaching Assistant position for a graduate-level course. Upon graduating, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of James Buswell. Ms. No received awards and grants from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Korean Cultural Services in New York, and the Starling Foundation.

As a pedagogue, Marie maintained a private studio in New York City and Boston before relocating to the Bay Area, and taught 100+ students, ranging from 3-year-olds to adults, beginners to young professionals. She taught students from the Juilliard Pre-College Program and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and successfully prepared her students for various auditions.

Marie plays on one of the finest models of Julius Ceasar Gigli violin made in 1791, beautifully restored by J & A Beare in London.

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Violin Instructor
Sep 2003 - May 2010
Private Studio

- Successfully prepared students for auditions for the Boston Youth Symphony and New England Conservatory Preparatory School
- Taught students in all walks of life, from children as young as 3 years old to adults, from beginners to budding young professionals at Juilliard Pre-College and New England Conservatory Preparatory School

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Violin Faculty, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Aug 2005 - Aug 2008
Nosis Music Institute (formerly, Cambridge Summer Strings)

- Founded the institute, a week-long intensive summer program for musically-gifted children, with a handful of fellow Juilliard musicians
- Designed music curricula as hands-on, experience-based activities, using elements from theater and visual arts
- Taught theory, history, ear training, private lessons and chamber music as well as produced recordings concerto competition and concerts

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Violin and Music Theory Instructor
Sep 2006 - May 2008
Boston Arts Academy

- Taught three twice-weekly group violin and music theory classes as part of Academy Strings Program
- Produced teaching materials with a group of instructors
- Co-directed a city-wide honors orchestra program, composed of selected from six Boston area schools

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Violin Instructor
Sep 2003 - May 2005
Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship

(Previously known as Juilliard Instrumental Music Fellow)

- Selected as one of the two violin instructors
- Taught two weekly group violin classes for children and prepared them for semi-annual student concerts


Graduate Diploma, Violin Performance
Aug 2006 - Jan 2010
New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2005
The Juilliard School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jan 2005
Korean Cultural Services in New York
German Government Scholarship
Jul 2004
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
Joseph Fuchs Scholarship
Aug 2001
The Juilliard School
Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS)
Jan 2001
National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts
Harriet Weaver Scholarship for Excellence
Sep 2000
North Carolina School of the Arts

Photos & Videos

Performance in Boston, 2010

Saint-Saëns Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso - Live from Rome 2012
Chausson Poeme, Op. 35, Live from Boston, 2009
Sarasate Introduction & Tarantella: Live from Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Solo with Orchestra: Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Live from Perugia, Italy, 2011
Mozart Concertone with Violinist, James Buswell: Live from Perugia, Italy, 2011
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Nicholas Jan 10, 2018
Violin ·

I have known Marie for 5 years, and we have performed in concert together. She is a truly outstanding musician, and a wonderful colleague with a warm and engaging personality. With her knowledge, experience, love for children and passion for teaching, she is the ideal instructor to motivate, guide and inspire students of all ages. Top recommendation! Dont delay, she will be in great demand as she builds her studio!

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