Mickey Reisman, Traditional Violin
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Mickey Reisman

Traditional Violin & Stringendo String Orchestra

Mickey Reisman, Traditional Violin

Mickey Reisman is an accomplished violinist, versatile educator and conductor. Many of his students from the orchestra repertory class he teaches at Hartt have moved on to become members of orchestras throughout the New England area and across the US. Additionally, he teaches improvisation in a variety of genres, and conducts the The Hartt School Community Division Sinfonia, and is Associate Conductor of The Hartt School Community Division's Connecticut Youth Symphony. As a member of the Hartford Symphony's first violin section, Principal Second violin of the Springfield Symphony (MA) and a past member of the famous Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra Germany, Professor Reisman has experienced first hand the importance of orchestral education. He is regularly teaching in Germany every summer at the Interharmony Music Festival. As a teacher, he encourages discipline in playing while incorporating his improvisational skills to add a touch of flair to his performances; moreover, he is in constant demand for workshops and improvisation performances throughout the region. Professor Reisman holds both bachelor and artist diploma degrees in violin performance from the Academy of Music at the University of Tel Aviv and a Masters in Music from The Hartt School. He has studied with Yair Kless and Peter Bondarenko, the famous assistant of David Oistrach, and has taken master classes with distinguished violinists including Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Gideon Kremer, Jaime Laredo, and Dorothy Delay. Professor Reisman has performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and South Africa.

Teaching Philosophy

As a violin teacher, one of my main beliefs is that pure talent isn’t the only way to define success. One of the fascinating aspects of this profession is monitoring how students develop over time. Motivated students maximize their skills.

Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak a foreign language. It takes time, repetition, and dedication to fully master the craft. Regardless of the talent level of my students, I develop their skills in becoming detail oriented thinkers. My students train with technical books in order to develop their analytical thinking skills. I emphasize ear training, which unfortunately is neglected by many. Being able to hear when a note is in or out of tune is crucial in future success. I also work on body flexibility in performance which includes proper posture and minimal tension.

One of the main influences in my teaching is the Russian School. My teaching style reflects closely to this school and method. I constantly emphasize the development of a good sound, which is a combination of many aspects of violin playing.