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Sensei Ariana

Violin & Piano Instructor


     Ariana Solotoff, a native New Yorker, is a violin, viola and piano instructor who grew up in a musical family. She began her studies on violin and piano at the age of 5 with her mother, Susan Pascale, who would teach her and practice sight reading with her often during her first years. She grew up with the tradition of learning and memorizing her music in preparation for frequent performances. She eventually followed in her mother’s footsteps, and started teaching violin and piano by age 14 as an assistant. Ms. Solotoff has had a passion for teaching ever since. Her students have won 1st prize at the American Protegé International Music Talent Competition in Carnegie Hall, 1st prizes in ASTA, CAPMT, MTNA, DBPAC and SCSBOA competitions and have performed at Disney Hall, the PBS Holiday Celebrations at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and on America’s Got Talent. 

     Sensei Ariana is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Haute École de Musique de Genève and where she studied with renowned professors of violin and viola including Masao Kawasaki, Michael Tree and Miguel Da Silva. 

She has performed in many festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival de Musique de Chambre, École d'Arts Américaines in Fontainebleau, Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds, Eastern Music Festival, Idyllwild Summer Chamber Music and YMF National Debut Orchestra Festival. 

     Sensei Ariana is a substitute violist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and also performs with various chamber and symphonic orchestras in the US and Europe including Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Venia, Hulencourt Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Regală and Orchestra Națională Radio România. She went on tour with the Animato Foundation Orchestra, performing in some of the most prestigious and historic concert halls throughout Europe. Sensei Ariana also teaches at the annual Cremona International Music Academy in Italy.