Cornelia Schwartz

Cornelia S.

Peterborough, NH
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Acquiring good habits and building confidence are invaluable when it comes to studying an instrument and when playing with others. Each student brings their own unique personality to the lesson process and therefore requires a different approach to learning. I encourage students to rely on their individual strengths regardless of any specific method or philosophy of teaching. It is extremely rewarding to see the joy as students not only reach milestones, but ultimately become their own best teachers!

About Cornelia S.

I am a graduate of the Juilliard School and a frequent guest artist and faculty member at the nations’ leading festivals and summer programs. Having taught for over 20 years, I have an extensive background working with a wide range of students in private and group settings. In addition, I work closely with arts organizations and schools in presenting workshops to students of all ages.

Performances include: Oregon Bach Festival, Music from Salem, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ensemble Modern, Clarion Quartet, Stadler Quartett, Bach Aria, New Hampshire, Caramoor, Waterloo, Salzburg, Grand Teton Music festivals; U/Mass-Dartmouth Guest Artists Series; Islip Arts Council- Dowling College Concert Series, New School Concerts, New York Philomusica,Trondheim Contemporary Music Festival, Norway. Former member: Wiener KammerOrchester, Camerata Salzburg. Recipient: Artist Opportunity Grant-New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Lecturer of Music- Franklin Pierce University.


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Many years ago I was coached in a chamber music setting by Cornelia (in one hour the piece had been wholly transformed), and when my daughter, then 6, came to me and said she wanted to play the violin, I knew exactly whom to call. I was a little worried then that Cornelia might not take beginners, but to my joy, her attitude is (excuse me for putting words in your mouth, Cornelia) "Of course I take beginners! How else to keep them from developing bad habits in the first place?" Fast forward to now: that 6 year-old became the concertmistress of the NEC Youth Symphony in Boston, has traveled around the country and around Asia playing the violin with the highly competitive National Youth Orchestra, and continues to play with excellent players to this day--and all because she was set on the right path by Cornelia, who is focused and kind. She's also demanding of excellence, and wildly enthusiastic about your progress. If you want to pay for lessons but don't really care about what kind of job you do, go somewhere else. Cornelia is the real deal. Violin isn't easy: if you want to start right, start here. If you want to get better, you've come to the right place. If you want really to think about the music you're playing, she's your guy. Plus she's got a great laugh.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
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A consummate professional and gifted teacher. Her love of the instrument is infectious. Her sense of humor puts you at ease.

Posted Feb 23, 2019
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Cornelia is fantastic! We have been going to her for years. We have also heard from friends that she is the best violin teacher in the area. It would be hard not to agree. If you want to learn to play violin, she is the teacher for you. If you do not want to work hard and be accurate with your playing, then probably better to move on.

Posted Feb 20, 2019

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Violinist, Instructor, Coach
Jan 2017 - Present

Monadnock Violin Studio

Summer Faculty
Jul 2010 - Present

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Jul 2010 - Present

Music from Salem

Jul 2010 - Jul 2016

Bennington Chamber Music Conference, VT


M.M. (1985) B.M. (!984)
Sep 1980 - May 1985

The Juilliard School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

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