Zhana Gurgenidze

Zhana G.

New York, NY

About Zhana G.

Zhana teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 1985
Last sign in: 5 days ago


I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible experiences that I have acquired in my 30 years of being a musician in Europe and the United States.

Professional work experience:
- Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra - NY,NY
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra - Florida
- Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Opera House Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Sympho-Jazz Orchestra - Georgia
- Tbilisi State Pop - Jazz Ensemble - Georgia

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio set up in the living room.
Parents welcome.

*** Specialties ***

Photos and Videos

Making progress with Greer


Violin Instructor
Sep 1984 - Jun 2004
Tbilisi State Music School


Masters Degree in Violin Performance and Teaching.
Sep 1980 - Jun 1985
Tbilisi State Conservatory
Masters Degree in Violin Performance and Teaching.
Sep 1980 - Jun 1985
Tbilisi State Conservatory

Languages Spoken

English, Russian, Georgian.
Professional Proficiency


Suzuki Teachers Traning
Jun 2012
School of Strings

19 Reviews on Zhana G.

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Julie R. Jul 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
If you are looking for an excellent teacher that can help you develop both technique and musicality, I highly recommend Zhana.

I have had the privilege of studying with her for seven months as an adult beginner, and I have learned so much. I come out of every lesson feeling like I’ve made progress—even when I am unhappy with how I am playing, Zhana helps me understand a key thing that I need to do to play better. She is able to explain things so that you don’t just conceptually understand, but so that your body can understand too (for all those times that your brain knows what you need to do but your finger/wrist/arm/etc. won’t cooperate).

Because she has played as a professional performer, Zhana draws on her experience to guide you to bring musicality and emotion to whatever you’re playing… even if you’re still in the early Suzuki books like me. I’ve studied with many teachers in the past (in school and privately) for piano, clarinet and voice lessons, so I know that the ability to teach across this broad spectrum of skills is rare.

Zhana isn’t just a great teacher, she is also a wonderful person. I am moving out of the city for a year, but I fully intend to continue lessons with her when I return!
Daisy H. Feb 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
Zhana is a lovely lady and a very kind, patient instructor. My daughter, Daisy, really enjoyed the class and we look forward to many more to come. Thank you, Zhana!
Fidan B. Jan 30, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great teacher!
Edwina H. Oct 31, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Zhana has been teaching my daughter for the past two years. Zhana is a wonderful violin teacher - kind, loving, and patient. My daughter loves her violins lessons with Zhana, and she has progressed incredibly. Zhana is outstanding violin teacher. I highly recommend her.
George S. Oct 9, 2015
· Violin · In home
Zhana is an excellent teacher. She emphasizes with me getting a good, clean sound as a foundation. She has high standards and a pleasant manner.
Eli Wilner Oct 3, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Really enjoyed it!!
Don V. Aug 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
She is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is very patient and understanding. Absolutely recommend!
Amanda (Jinxian) L. May 28, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Great start and good to know Zhana!
Julia M. May 22, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Zhana is a great teacher! She pushes you to work hard and focus, but she is also patient and realistic about how long it will take you to learn something or fix a bad habit. I have been her student for almost six months, and the difference she has made is truly amazing.
Chen T. Jan 19, 2015
· Violin · In studio
An advanced beginner's review Zhana combines very well the two elements that are essential for a good teacher in any field: strictness and high expectations on the one hand coupled with kindness and encouragement on the other.
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