Takanori "Tak" Sugishita - Violin / Viola
Takanori Sugishita (“Tak”), born in Matsumoto, Japan, began studying violin at the age of three with Yuko Mori, and later took lessons with the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the worldwide music education movement known as the Suzuki Method. By age ten he was making solo appearances with Suzuki Children tours in Beijing, Shanghai and Calgary. In high school, Tak studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated with distinction. He continued his violin studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and then went on to receive his M.M. from the Eastman School of Music.
As a chamber musician he received coaching from the Cavani, Cleveland, Manhattan, Mendelssohn, Takacs, Vermeer and Ying String Quartets. With the Aerith Quartet, which he co-founded, Tak performed throughout the United States and Asia. He has been a principal in the Boulder Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado Orchestras. He also regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet Orchestras.
Tak has been teaching privately for over 18 years, and has taught at schools such as Boulder Arts Academy, Shedd Institute in Eugene and the Flatirons Strings Academy. He has been teaching at Golden Music for over 5 years.
“I hope to bring the best out of each student in musicality and technique. We work hard and enjoy the music we make together.”
Meaghan Salton - Cello
Meaghan has a Masters in Music, Suzuki Cello Performance from the University of Denver, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Cleveland State University. She has a strong background in teaching, as well as an abundance of experience performing in numerous orchestras.
Joe Engel - Cello and Guitar
Over the past five years, Joe has studied, in depth, the aesthetics and performance of various non-Western musics, including Tuvan throatsinging, South and North Indian classical music, and recently spent an extended stay in Indonesia studying Balinese classical music (gamelan). His experience with a variety of non-western musics and teaching philosophies lend to his well-rounded experience and teaching approach.
Kimberly Bird - Electric/Upright Bass
Kim has over a decade of experience teaching bass and guitar from the beginner level through more advanced students. From rock to pop to jazz to classical, her musical background and training is extremely versatile which is reflected in her approach to teaching. She holds a Master's Degree in Double Bass Jazz Performance from the Lamont School of Music, and maintains an active performing schedule.
Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier - Violin - ONE SPOT LEFT
Ana Luna is a French-Colombian violinist, born and raised in the United States. As an orchestral player, she has appeared with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Symphony. Recent festivals attended include the Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec, the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and a Violin Fellowship at the Texas Music Festival in Houston, TX. She has performed under the batons of great conductors such as Brett Mitchell, Yoav Talmi, Andres Franco, Gerard Schwartz and Ari Pelto.
As a chamber musician, she has played with groups at the Domaine Forget Academy, the Texas Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Florida State University and the Lamont School of Music. She has studied under artists such as Neal Carey, Basil Vendryes, Shannon Thomas, Elizabeth Phelps and Qing Li. Most notably, in 2014, she was chosen as the second violinist for the Miami Music Project String Quintet. The group travelled to Paris, France to bring the works of Cuban, Haitian and Brazilian composers to the International St. Denis Festival.
Interested in serving her community through the arts, Ana Luna is currently the Program Coordinator of the City Strings Program (Augustana Arts) in Denver, Colorado. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she holds certification for Every Child Can as well as Suzuki Units 1, 2 and 3. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and this philosophy is of utmost importance in her teaching.
Ana Luna is currently earning a Master’s in Violin Performance at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where she has served as Linda Wang’s teaching assistant, and is currently assistant to Igor Pikayzen. She earned a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from the Florida State University’s College of Music where she studied with Corinne Stillwell.
Ella Bodaubay Weiss- Violin, Viola - TWO SPOTS LEFT!
Dr. Yenlik (Ella) Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, orchestra performer, and teacher. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Education String Quartet she has visited and performed at dozens of schools and performed family concerts at the Boulder Public Library. She also mentors students at the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Ella completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.