About Tony B.
I am a professional violinist performer, composer and recording artist. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Performance/Composition.
I'm originally classically trained and also have a strong background in improvisation, which means that I love playing some Bach as some jazz or some Beyonce, Led Zeppelin...!
I've been added to the Cirque Du Soleil official artist database and played with various great artists such as Jacob Collier, Wang Lee Hom, Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy video game composer), Terrence Blanchard... I also played strings tracks for Flo Rida (Warner/Atlantic Records), France in 2014.
I'm the recipient of the Honorable Mention from the Tribecca Composition Competition representing MA in 2017 as well as the Honorable Mention from the MTNA Composition Competition representing MA in 2016.
I'm currently working in different projects (jazz, pop, classical rock), and is the leader of 2BIRDS BAND, a funk/rock string based band. This band had tours, and gave various shows and clinics in France, Canada and the American East Coast (Boston, NY).
My goal is to get the best from my students, with patience, care and humour, so that they become the best they can be as musicians and human beings! I'm a pretty eclectic artist and love to discover things with my student, regardless their age, level and background! All musics are sisters and it's always a pleasure to teach on one hand classical music and on the other hand, jazz harmony and improvisation as well as rock, pop, hip hop tunes!
Very patient teacher, really enjoying the classes
Tony is an eclectic musician and propose different types of classes adapted to his students. Caring, patient, he’s someone who you can exchange with. He blends violin playing technics and musicianship with solfège and theory which helps to understand jazz and classical languages on the instrument.Show More
Whether you're stressed out over a performance, or tired of shredding on the violin with little to no improvement, Tony's the guy. He gave me a new outlook on violin playing which not only improved my technique, but also my attitude towards practicing and performing as well. I've only had two classes with him so far, hence the four stars. Inspiring and fun guy.Show More
Antoine is a great musician, educator, and artist. His charisma and fun, engaging approach to studying jazz violin really inspires my own creativity in performance, improvisation, and composition. He is extremely fluent in teaching the language and vocabulary of jazz, gypsy jazz, funk, blues, fusion, and almost any other classical or contemporary idiom! I would definitely recommend him to any string player looking to take their artistry to the next level.Show More
As a fellow Boston-based jazz violinist, I know Antoine and his playing quite well - and he always shined as a crowning jewel of our string community. His excellence at his craft is equaled only by the passion he has for his art. If you're studying with him, you're studying with a master. Do it.Show More
Tony Bird is a force of nature on violin. Tony has an extremely developed violin technique, and Tony has worked for years to creat that, and has gone beyond to create a unique, original sound. He knows exactly what goes into the highways and byways of playing the violin. I’m a big fan, having known and worked with him for a couple of years now. He’s an enjoyable and inspirational presence, and his excitement about musical possibilities is palpable and contagious.
Anybody’s musical life would be enriched by being around Tony.
Taught Classical and Jazz Violin in Paris and Boston: - Classical music for beginners (studies and basic repertoire) - Introduction to jazz and improvised music (work on creativity, harmony scales and rhythm on jazz/funk/pop/rock standards. Teach SKYPE/live lessons.
2Birds Band/Berklee College of Music
- Strings Clinic with 2Birds Band at IMEP Paris College of Music, France (2017) - Strings Clinic with 2Birds band at Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON, Canada (2016) - Strings Clinic with 2Birds band at Black Box Theater Q.E Park Cultural Community Center (Suzuki String school), Oakville, ON Canada (2016)
Berklee College of Music
Ecole Nationale de Musique de Gennevilliers
IMEP Paris College of Music
Fluent / Native Proficiency