Suzuki & Traditional Violin
HCD MusicHartt Community Division
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Debby Tyler began studying Suzuki violin with Harry Kobialka in Potsdam New York as a young child. At the age of thirteen, she began taking lessons with Deszo Vaghy, the first violinist of the Vaghy String Quartet. She earned her Bachelor if Music in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Charlie Castleman. She attended Castleman’s quartet program for two summers. After playing in the Chattanooga Symphony for a year, Tyler attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and received a Master of Music in violin performance. She studied with Sherban Lupu and played in the graduate string quartet.
Tyler has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for many years. She has also played with the New Haven Symphony and with the Yale Camerata. She has performed chamber music with the Hop River Chamber series and with her quartet, the Mariona String Quartet.
Teaching Philosophy: "I believe that a teacher has a special responsibility to her students, to help them learn and grow both as musicians and as human beings. Private lessons provide a wonderful space for all kinds of learning, whether it is technical and musical learning, or learning how to keep at a task until a goal is achieved. Studying the violin can be challenging, but if the student and teacher work together with the same goal in mind, anything is possible."