Teacher Spotlight: Aimee Biasiello, Suzuki violin & viola


Interview by Erin Cano, violin


Aimee joined MIC in 2010.


What led you to become a Suzuki teacher? 

When I was in college, I had a playing-related injury that forced me to take some time off from school. I wanted to keep busy, so I decided to take Suzuki training. Even though I wasn't really teaching at that time, the philosophy and practice made a big impact on me. After graduate school, I had a growing studio to nurture. I eagerly went back and took the same course again, knowing there was so much more I could still learn from it.

Which of your teachers inspired you the most? 

As a child, I was in awe of my teacher Desiree Ruhstrat's playing ability every time I saw her perform.  She made me want to become the best violist I could possibly be. She also helped me learn to feel comfortable on stage. Later on in life, Desiree introduced me to Roger Chase. I ended up studying with him in graduate school, and he was unlike any teacher I’d worked with before. We would spend hours together at his house, sometimes playing the viola, sometimes talking about life. He was there for me as a mentor to nourish my emotional AND musical growth. He was such a free spirit, I couldn't help but feel wonderful in his presence. And of course, he was an incredible musician.

What aspects of their teaching have you incorporated into your own style?

I have always maintained a professional musical identity that leaves room for teaching and performing. They exist as equals in my life, the same way they did for the teachers who inspired me most. Just as Suzuki would have us do, and the way Roger Chase did for me, I also think it's incredibly important to teach the whole child.

What are your favorite Suzuki pieces to play and teach?

My favorite piece to play is probably the Lully Gavotte. My favorite piece to teach is Minuet 1.  It feels like a warm embrace after Etude.

You have preformed extensively as orchestral musician and chamber musician. What is one of your most memorable concerts?

In 2011, my quartet was the ensemble-in-residence at a music festival in Worcester, MA. We spent a week mentoring young chamber musicians and also being mentored ourselves by the wonderful members of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. The festival culminated with an invigorating and un-airconditioned performance of the Mendelssohn Octet. Of course the air conditioning broke on one of the hottest days of the year! It didn't matter, though. I was honored to be on stage with amazing musicians fresh out of school. It made me more determined than ever to keep moments like that a part of my future life! 

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