Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, and rhythm, techniques, playing your favorite song of choice etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to Compose their own original works and Recording in the recording studio, sometimes even adding other artists, and uploading to youtube and connecting the students musical practice to the real world.
Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. With the help of modern technology for recording and teaching, he helps his students and friends achieve their goals instrumentally. The main instruments he specializes in are Violin, Viola, Cello, Accordion, and Piano. Other instruments include; Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and electronics. He uses a broad range of styles, and techniques making music simple and fun for all ages! He provides a beautiful space for an artist to flourish no matter which direction they choose to take! He has many paperback and electronic materials availa
ble to browse/buy, as well as accessories for your instrument. Please don't hesitate to ask him about where to purchase/rent an instrument or about possible discounts for those who need them. A lot of Mikhail's students have chosen to stay with him long-term so space may be limited, and he does have many more students which may not be indicated by his availability on this site. He really does his best to accept new students, and to stay in touch with former students such as Annelle Gregory.
In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award for Best Americana Album on violin and cello and another nomination in a different style in the same year. Mikhail teaches lessons valued at $150 an hour, at a current going rate of $45* per hour (*which is subject to change). He can do this due to the high volume of clientele he is willing to handle at the moment in between undertaking movie-music projects.
He follows in the lineage of Ludwig V. Beethoven who was a teacher of a teacher of Fritz Kreisler the great violinist, who was a teacher of a teacher of one of Mikhail's mentors.
Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, rhythm techniques, and playing your favorite song of choice with the other part of the lesson guiding the student to perform, and/or compose and arrange original and covered works with techniques in Live Recording in his recording studio. Collaborations with other artists may occur, and uploading music to youtube and connecting the students' musical practice to the real world is also an option in Mikhail's studio.
He has also taught such modern, classical, pop, fiddle, and rock musicians whom developed into virtuosos such as Annelle Gregory, Vasi Hunton, and many more competition winners and non-competitive masters! As proof of Mikhail's competence in the art of teaching.
If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical decisions then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like so; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner musical self, and making it bloom into its own unique and original artist. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same. Mikhail is directly related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and as mentioned before his personal viol training is traced back to Beethoven through Fritz Kreisler who was one of his teachers' teachers' teachers. These are some of the examples of his deeply rooted and priceless qualifications beyond any degree which one can ever hope to achieve. In addition, he has strong ties with the New York City Ballet where his cousin is a dancer and one of the last Russians on the squad born in the same year as George Balanchine's passing. Some have said that she is a reincarnation of the great Ballet master himself. Mikhail has worked on a ballet for the NYC ballet, which is unfinished to this very day.
Albums Mikhail has played on to take note of:
Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.
"Lion and the Lady" with Trent Hancock released March 2015
"Buried" with Midnight Pine winning best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello)
"Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello)
2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin).
Online digital recordings with i-earth music, a corporate world music band.
Some of Mikhail's personal History:
Mikhail was born in the Soviet Union, and came over with his family in 1989...
He was taught Violin by his Russian Gypsy Uncle.
As a teen, he was became the Concertmaster violinist in his Sophomore year at Poway high school's 150 piece philharmonic orchestra conducted by the legendary Gary Horimoto playing many symphonies such as Beethoven, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky winning first place by unanimous decision in numerous festivals including a grand festival of over 100 high schools held in San Francisco.
Mikhail later joined the La Jolla Symphony chorus as a vocalist.
Mikhail holds a UCSD music composition and performance degree, from mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), John Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).
During his studies at the university, Mikhail was hired as a elementary, middle, and high school orchestra director at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into the deep end at 17 years old?
Excelling in that profession for the last 15 years he has taught at many schools and programs including the National City School District, CCPAA in El Cajon and Clairemont... Montessori school in La Jolla, Old Town Academy, and "Camp Wings" inspiring the underprivileged youth of Barrio Logan and National City.
As a professional gigging musician in the world of performing and recording he has also done many hired gun gigs in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Americana, and Pop. Been on KUSI numerous times, and has won the latest 2014 SDMA music awards.
Some of the groups Mikhail has worked with include:
Sene Africa (world music) (Violin) I-earth Music (corporate world music) (multi-instrumental) Trent Hancock (Americana)(violin and cello) Midnight Pine (Americana)(violin and cello) Cafe Moliendo (Cumbia/Salsa/Latin Jazz)(piano, violin, accordion) The Downs Family (Irish Rock)(Irish Accordion) Busno (Romanian Gypsy band)(Romanian Gypsy violin) Trio Gadjo (French Gypsy Jazz)(Violin) Orchestra Mustachio (Electro Gypsy)(Electric Violin) Zirk Ubu circus (the circus)(multi-instrumental) EDM(Dubstep violin) at Downtown Mardi Gras Lou Fanucci (Italian/Tango)(Violin) UCSD (modern classical) (violin) As well as many other local and global living and passed legends of jazz
Mikhail opened for the Eagles with his corporate band, "I-earth" during a private corporate event in Los Angeles
Some of Mikhail's compositions, and his student uploads can be found on youtube by searching his name.
Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.
For more info and videos please feel free to check out Mikhail's profile on Youtube.
Mikhail has passed very strict background checks with the Takelessons company, and according to his many positive reviews found on the site, he is good with kids and adults. There is a money-back guarantee, and no long-term contracts required, however he does ask that you give 2 weeks prior notice before cancelling a lesson so that he can keep his schedule as full as possible. There is absolutely no risk in trying out this amazing teacher while the opportunity is here.
The only one bad review Mikhail received was due to some confusion about parking. On their first lesson, the student didn't know where to park and tried calling Mikhail right before the lesson. However, due to the high volume of clients, Mikhail was unable to answer his phone and the student was upset. So just to clarify, there IS parking available in spaces no. 7,8, or 9.
Diane June 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Misha was very understanding and encouraging. I am a woman in my early 70s and haven't read music or played an instrument in over fifty years but I came away being convinced I can do this! I can't imagine a better teacher.
Jill B. June 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Encouraging. Easy to learn from.
Leanne T. May 14, 2016
In home Verified Student
Mikhail is a perfect fit for my son, Felix. He is talented, gentle, and flexible. He provides multiple avenues to engage Felix in the process of making & developing in music. It's obvious he is passionate about music and is genuine in wanting to spark that passion in his students. I love that he is able to teach multiple instruments and provide Felix the opportunity to explore several. He came in with experience in violin, and has since dabbled in accordion, piano, and recently ukulele. Mikhail works with adults also.
I teach cello from beginning to lower stage of intermediate level. I make it fun and enjoyable to learn songs and play them with high level of expression, musicality and strong vibrato. In order to achieve those goals, I work with you patiently to play scales, arpeggios, etudes and songs from different sources, among them Suzuki books.
I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accom
paniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.
*** Specialties *** Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
E. Hafezi May 6, 2016
Nader is well experience and professional cello teacher.
I'm recommending Nader if you guys looking for cello teacher.
Erin H. August 26, 2014
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
Cory B. August 18, 2014
Nader has taught cello to my 10 year old son, Caleb for the last 2 years. During in this time, Caleb has made amazing progress. Nader challenges Caleb in a way that builds excitement for music and confidence to excel at his instrument. I can imagine that music lessons and practice can become a chore, but Nader's patience, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and method of teaching keeps Caleb engaged and excited to play the cello. Caleb has truly benefited from the way that Nader engages him each and every time they meet. Nader is a very good listener so that Caleb always feels heard. His questions and concerns are addressed. I give Nader my highest recommendation not only because Caleb has made such good progress, but also because Nader has made the cello very rewarding and enjoyable for Caleb.
Practice plans are tailored to meet the student's personality, age and interests. Students work on technique, scales, exercises, songs and something just for fun. I tend to err on the side of providing extra time if needed.
I have four years' experience teaching cello at a Waldorf school and hold a Master's degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Cello students receive a customized weekly practice plan that usually includes:
1) 1-3 points of specific technical focus 2) scales with variations 3) exercises to develop dexterity and bow control 4) current pieces 5) review pieces 5) something just for fun
*Parents of students and adult students are encouraged to set aside predictable, routine practice times during the week ("right after school," for example). A weekly schedule with many short sessions tends to more effective than a schedule that includes just a few longer ones.
*Lessons provide support for the unique journey
of the individual, and pieces are selected based on interests and temperament.
*Because it can boost motivation, playing with family and friends (or with the teacher) is encouraged whenever possible.
*It is especially helpful for young children (under age 9) have experience with singing and perhaps another simpler instrument before "graduating" to the cello. (This is included with lessons for younger children.)
*Although ideally we would all be motivated by the intrinsic pull of music, a little extrinsic motivation can be helpful for practicing. At present, we are putting stones in a jar for every day practice occurs. When the jar is full, everyone will receive a small present!
Meg R. January 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Sarah is infinitely nice, patient and encouraging. Recommend!
Tim January 1, 2016
Sarah is a skilled cellist, a caring person, and an excellent teacher.
I am an advanced adult student who is returning to cello after playing for 6+ years as a child. Sarah has proven highly qualified to teach advanced technique. It is also very apparent that her patient and positive manner is very suitable for children and beginners as well.
She selects songs that are fun to play, showcase my strengths, and help to improve my weaknesses. Each lesson she focuses on just a couple key points, which has helped to keep me productive without becoming overwhelmed. I have learned a lot and had fun along the way!
Hiram S. December 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor, personalized service, very nice teacher. My 10-year-old daughter is having a blast with her!
Beginner level Cello students. Traditional or Suzuki methods
I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently returned from living and performing in Japan for a year, ready to resume teaching again. I've been teaching privately and in group classes for over 20 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have over 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and speciali
ze in improvisation and creative collaborations.
The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.
Anne van Casteren June 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Marta is a great Cello teacher! She is very flexible, patient, kind, and great at adjusting the lessons to whatever kind of music you want learn to play. She made my experience as an adult beginner a great one. Btw, did I mention she knows a lot about multiple(!) instruments.
Zlata S. August 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Marta is great! Really flexible and really helpful! Love it!
I am experienced in teaching all-level students, including the ones with special needs. I'm truly passionate about engaging & motivating students to learn through music lessons. My goal is to help them ultimately utilize the cello music for their well-being.
I received Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California with minor in Music Education and Master's of Music from Yale University in cello performance.
2012 Aug. University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performamce) 2006 May. Yale University, School of Music (Master of Music in Cello Performance) 2004 February The Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea (Bachelor of Music) 2001 Feb. Seoul Arts High School, Seoul Korea (Diplom) 1998 June Acceptance Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory 1998 June Gnessins Special Music School. Moscow, Russia
(Diplom) 1994 Aug-1997 Jun. Pre-college of Moscow, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 1993 Mar-1994 Jun. Pre-College of Korean National University of Arts. Seoul, Korea
2011-2012 Andrew Shulman (Principal Cellist in LA Chamber Orchestra) 2008-2011 Peter Stumpf (Professor at Indiana University & former LA Phil Principal Cellist) 2007-2008 Nathaniel Rosen (Gold Medalist in International Tchaikovsky Competition) 2006-2007 Eleonore Scheonfeld (former Piatigorsky Chair at USC) 2004-2006 Aldo Parisot (Professor at Yale School of Music) 2001-2003 Myung-Wha Chung (Professor at the Korean National University of Arts) 1998-2000 Hyung-won Chang (a faculty member at the Korean National University of Arts and Yonsei University) 1997-1998 Lev Yevgrafov (a professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessins Special Music School) 1994-1997 Alexander Seleznev (a faculty member at pre-college of the Tchaikovsky conservatory)
2012 Cello Teacher at Diamond Bar High School, CA 2009 Beverly Hills Conservatory & Institute of Art, Music, and Science 2009- Teaching Assistant at USC, Thornton School of Music 2006-2008 Teaching Assistant at Yale University, School of Music
Competitions and Awards
2007 Rene Fe Bland Scholarship Recipient. Santa Barbara, CA 2005-2006 Full Scholarship (Yale University) New Haven, CT 2001-2003 Full scholarship (the Korean National University of Arts) Seoul, Korea 2000 Nov. 2nd prix Hanjun Artspool Center Competition (Hanjun Elecrtic Center) Seoul 1999 May 1st prize Seoul Youth Chamber Competition. (Seoul Arts High School) Seoul 1999 Feb. Grand Prix Korean Philharmonic Competition (Korean Philharmonic Orchestra) Seoul, Korea.
Solo Recitals and Chamber Concerts
2006 – 2007 A Cellist in a Graduate String Quartet with Prof. Midori Goto at USC 2006 April Soloist at Yale Cellos Concert 2003 Feb. Recital (Kumho Art Gallery) - Paganini Variations on a Theme by Moses, F. Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in b minor 1999 Nov. ‘Young Artist Concert’ (Kumho Gallery) - Piano Trios S. Rahmaninoff ‘Elegiaque’ No. 2 & D. Shostakovich No. 2) 1996 June Recital (Dom Druzhbui), Moscow, Russia. 1992 April Recital (Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall) - Breval, Vivaldi Sonatas, Moscow, Russia.
1999 Feb. Korean Philharmonic Orchestra (Yangchun Kumin Center) – D. Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 1998 June Vryemyena Goda Chamber Orchestra (Gnessins Institute Hall) - J.Haydn cello concerto in C 1997 July The Moscow Symphony Orchestra - Variations on a Rococo theme by P. Tchaikovsky
Music Festivals Participated
2012 March International Piatigorsky Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2007 June Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists, Los Angeles, CA 2005 July Music Festival in Banff, Canada 2002 June Music Festival, Casalmaggiore, Italy 2001 July 13-Aug. Elan Music Festival, Stowe, VT 1999 June International Adam Cello Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand
2008- Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Orchestra (Substitute) 2009. Redlands Symphony Orchestra (Substitute) 2009 San Diego Symphony Orchestra (Substitute cellist) 2007 July International Moritzburg Festival, Germany (Principal Cellist) 2004 American Youth & Debut Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Principal), Los Angeles, CA 2001-2004 Korean Symphony & Eurasian Philharmonic Orchestra (Substitute), Seoul, South Korea
2013 Finalist for Assistant Professor position at Belmont University, Nashville, TN 2012 Married to a Chinese Cellist, Xian Zhuo (The First Prize Winner of Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition, 2011) 2010 Accepted to International Society for Music Education World Conference 2008 Jury for the Music Competition at Jewish Temple, Los Angeles, CA 2007 Russian Translator at Piatigorsky Cello Seminar 1985 Lived in Sudan, Africa 1988-1992, Lived in Moscow, Russia with Family. Father was a Diplomat. 1994-1998
Ralph Kirshbaum, Arto Noras, Ko Iwasaki, Karine Georgian, Natalia Gutman.
Yunjung Choi July 18, 2015
She is a professional and nice teacher.
Suzanne July 17, 2015
She is a hands on instructor. Her ethusiasm gives my son wanting to exceed himself. She is very meticulous in her teachings.
Yonsoo C. June 9, 2015
Anna is an awesome teacher! She believes her students can rise to the occasion. She's very motivating and patient which has helped my daughter greatly.
Thank you very much for all your help, Anna!
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