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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. Winning the latest SDMA Music Awards, he uses a multi-instrumental approach to learning individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

About Mikhail

Mikhail Borisovsky is a professional music teacher by day, and a corporate gigging musician/composer and award-winning recording artist on the side. Some Musicians teach, but Mikhail puts teaching first, and just so happens to be an award-winning musician also.

Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction.

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award in multiple instruments.

He uses a multi-platform approach in teaching individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out th
e unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

So if you need a place to flourish musically, and where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical choices then Mikhail is the guide for you.

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.

Here are some of the Albums Mikhail Recorded:

"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.

Here is a little about his 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), Jon 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 teacher and conductor of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into that world 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 can also be found on soundcloud.

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.
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Helene D. May 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is an incredible music teacher. Talk about patience - he has got it. Mikhail has a unique way of meeting his pupils where they are at. Sometimes I am heading into my lesson feeling like I'm not playing well enough and within minutes , I get from him that I'm doing just fine. Music lessons are more fun with Mikhail than I have had in previous attempts with others. Music lessons are fun and I am actually learning. Thanks Mikhail for being awesome.
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Amy H. May 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Yep, he's awesome! Mikhail is a well-rounded musician. His calm, patient demeanor as well as his unique teaching style makes learning very enjoyable.
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Ken W. April 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is definitely as awesome as his biography indicates.
He not only has experience with many different styles and genres of music but also understands their histories and origins.
Mikhail is exceptionally good at teaching challenging concepts in both music theory and violin technique that would otherwise be very difficult to learn. Since starting lessons with him I have noticed my ability to play the violin and to read music have both improved greatly.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
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$27 / 30-min
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Amanda D.

San Diego, CA

With a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance, I am qualified to teach all levels of cello. I can teach from beginner to advanced and from the very young to the adult.

About Amanda

As a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with private students for the past 15 years. It is one of the great joys of my life. My studio currently consists of students of all ages who study cello, piano, or violin with me.

As a lifelong student of music, myself, I have been blessed to study under a number of great teachers, including world-famous cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and I hold a Bachelors of Music Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

I have also had the chance to record cello for film, classical albums (including recordings by Maest
ro Paul Phillips and Dr. Jack Delaney), and contemporary music projects.

In drawing on my experiences both as a teacher and performer, my goal with each of my students is to guide them on a focused, disciplined, but always-fun journey of musical discovery as they learn their chosen instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very flexible approach to teaching music. Do you want to be a classical musician? Great! Or, would you rather learn pop or movie music? No problem. As long as you're learning, I'm happy!

As far as curriculum, I use the Faber piano series to get my students started. For my string students I use Essential Elements for strings and the Suzuki books. These methods are used for learning the basics of the instrument. Once proficiency is achieved, we can switch directions to whatever style of music the student prefers to learn.

How fast a student learns is completely up to them. I can pour a lot of information into a half hour lesson, but if the student isn't practicing at home, their progress is going to be extremely slow. My best students put in at least 30 minutes of practice at home and have a passion for what they are doing. I'm only part of the process of helping a student learn music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A baby grand piano, tons of music, good lighting and a separate waiting area for families....toys included for little siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach classical, but I also encourage exploring all styles of music. For strings I use the Suzuki method and for Piano I use the Faber method.
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Reid B. April 21, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is an excellent teacher! She's very patient and helpful. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends.
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Sally D. December 6, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I chose Amanda because of her stellar musical background and because she welcomes students of all ages. As a senior adult beginning cellist with 5 years of violin experience many years ago in elementary and junior high school, I wanted someone to help me get started on a new instrument without falling into bad habits right off the bat. Amanda has been so supportive of my attempts. She has excellent suggestions, makes positive comments, and wants to make sure I'm playing the kind of music that makes me happy. I've very happy with her as a teacher, and would highly recommend Amanda to others.
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Anna F. September 17, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is a great encourager! As a mature adult and a beginner, I was a little intimidated, but Amanda makes it easy to learn and she's in no hurry to push me ahead. It is my learning in my time and I appreciate that she doesn't appear to be frustrated at my "learning curve" but rather encourages me and addresses any issues I might be experiencing. Amanda is open to contact throughout the week as well - not just lesson time - if I'm struggling with something specific. Amanda is always on time and prepared to begin the lesson. With just a half hour and a busy schedule, I truly appreciate those qualities. Beginning as a "doubter" I am starting to think that I may be able to do this after all!
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Amanda D.

Amanda D.

San Diego, CA 92124
(10)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA

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.

About Nader

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.
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Erin H. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
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.
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Cory B. August 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
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.
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Harvey V. August 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
I am a 16 year old high schooler and athlete and I've been learning the violin from Mr. Nader since I was around 7 years old.

His teaching method is very organized and increased my knowledge of music to a level beyond all of my peers. His time that he takes to teach me is very well spent, always being productive, and always encouraging me to become a better violinist. He has taught me many techniques that I could only dream of learning because of their great difficulty. Even outside of class, if I happen to have questions, he always has time to answer them for me.

If you even are considering Mr. Nader as a teacher, go for it! It will be a great experience that you wont regret.
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA 92121
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starting at
$55 / 60-min
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Sarah L.

San Diego, CA

Playing the cello can be a constant source of renewal in our lives. Lessons combine insights from the Suzuki method, Waldorf methods and traditional classical training. I hold a Master's degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

About Sarah

With its deep, comforting voice, the cello is a particularly soothing instrument to learn. Playing the cello improves our quality of life and provides us with a constant source of inspiration and renewal.

Lessons focus on creating a practice plan for the student based on his or her particular individual needs. I use insights from traditional classical training, from my own experience learning through the Suzuki method and from Waldorf teacher training as well. I go at the student's pace and offer encouragement as well as suggestions of areas to focus on in practice.

Because music is s
o often a social endeavor, I often play duets with students or find someone with whom the student can play.

I am honored to be able to work with many kinds of students; each one is unique. In the end, we are all multi-faceted and all have special needs as well as particular strengths and gifts. I am continually inspired by students' creativity, musicality and enthusiasm.

I hold a Master's degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Certificate of Completion from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.

I look forward to hearing from you if you think these lessons might be a good fit for your particular situation.

Thank you for your interest!
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maria June 15, 2015
Cello · In studio
My son has been with Sarah since he was in 4th grade on his first days of the cello. Last month he and another buddy played the processional at a wedding. This type of confidence and love for the instrument is a direct result of Sarah's patience and her own soul-filled playing.

I highly recommend her for beginning students or if you need a gentle ease into this rewarding instrument.
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Caroline R. April 9, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
She is very encouraging and a good teacher.
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Kenzi J. February 22, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I'm learning to play cello as an adult. Sarah has been really patient with me, and allows me to pick what I'd like to work on. We play songs together, which is nice since duets sound so much better than solo playing. We have also been doing exercises. She started playing cello at age 7, I believe, so she definitely knows her stuff. I'm making slow progress but that is much more a reflection of my inconsistent practice than her teaching.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA 92122
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Anna C.

San Diego, CA

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.

About Anna

Education

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

Teachers

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)

Teaching Experience

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.

Concertos

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

Orchestral Experience

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
                              

Other Highlights

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

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Yunjung Choi July 18, 2015
Cello · In studio
She is a professional and nice teacher.
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Suzanne July 17, 2015
Cello · In studio
She is a hands on instructor. Her ethusiasm gives my son wanting to exceed himself. She is very meticulous in her teachings.
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Yonsoo C. June 9, 2015
Cello · In studio
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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Anna C.

Anna C.

San Diego, CA 92121
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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