String Faculty

Sidney Curtiss

Chamber Music Coach, String Faculty

A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 42 years, including 13 as Assistant Principal Viola, Sid Curtiss now serves as a chamber music coach at the Nelly Berman School. Curtiss graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art, then attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music where he studied with the famed Leonard Mogill. A former member of the…

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Justin Goldsmith

Cello Faculty

Cellist Justin Goldsmith was born and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. As a founding member of the award-winning Vera Quartet, he has won awards and held residencies across four continents.   He began violin lessons at the age of 4 and cello lessons at the age of 9. Chamber music, and the string quartet in particular, became a prominent interest…

Dr. Nina Vieru Zubaidi

Violin Faculty

Violinist Nina Vieru has performed on many of the most prominent stages in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Mexico and the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Hall. She was a guest soloist with the Galati Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, and has twice appeared in concert at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Ms.…

Sandra VandeGeijn

Violin Faculty

Violist and violinist Sandra VandeGeijn is a viola graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music  and Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Roberto Diaz,  respectively. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Maryland, where she  freelanced throughout the Baltimore, Wilmington, DE, and Washington, DC region and also  maintained a private teaching studio. She is a regular member…

Jacques-Pierre Malan

Cello Faculty

South African cellist, Jacques-Pierre Malan is taking the classical music world by storm with his unparalleled performances, innovative projects, and uncompromising dedication to energizing and uplifting both audiences and musicians alike. His initiatives have landed him on stages across the world from Africa to Europe to the USA. He is currently based in Baltimore Maryland, allowing him access to America’s…

Dr. Daniel Hull

Guitar Faculty

Dr. Daniel Hull earned a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Illinois State University where he studied with Douglas Rubio and the degrees Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance from the Eastman School of Music while studying with Nicholas Goluses.  An active soloist, ensemble musician and teacher on acoustic and electric guitar, Hull…

Lorenzo Mazzamuto

Violin Faculty

Born in Catania in 1986, Lorenzo Mazzamuto graduated in 2005 from the Vincenzo Bellini Musical Institute of Catania with ten and laude as a student of Maestro Vito Imperato. He had his solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11 performing a Vivaldi Concerto. The young violinist has already taken part in over 25 national and international musical…

Elliot Mallard

Cello Faculty

B.M Juilliard M.M. Temple

Rodolfo Leuenberger

Violin Faculty

Rodolfo Leuenberger, originally from Mechanicsburg, PA, studied with Pamela de Wall, Odin Rathnam, and Joseph Esmilla of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He completed his BM in 2009 and MM in 2011 from Temple University studying with Helen Kwalwasser. At Temple, Rodolfo performed with the Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and the Lincoln Center. Other activities during his…

Tanya Ivanova

Violin Faculty

Samara Conservatory, Belarussian National Conservatory, Minsk; Gnessin Institute of Music Pedagogy, Moscow, Russia.