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Our String Teachers


The following violin, viola and cello teachers, listed alphabetically, offer private lessons at the Metzler Violin Shop in Glendale, California, and are all highly recommended. They arrange their own schedules, and set their own fees. Please contact them directly to discuss arrangements

Violin & Viola Teachers
Barbara Don

Barbara Don
Violin
Phone: 818-749-1335
E-mail: barbara@metzlerviolins.com

Barbara Don, Tom Metzler’s wife, is a violinist and violin teacher. She studied with Alice Schoenfeld and Joe Chassman, and graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Music. Summer fellowships included the Tanglewood, Blossom and Aspen Festivals. She played in the Pasadena Symphony for 37 years and raised two musician daughters with Tom Metzler. Currently Barbara is specializing in teaching adult beginners, because she believes that it is never too late to start studying the violin, and she finds the people who start violin at a later age to be fun and interesting people. Barbara started the Meetup group “Los Angeles Chamber Music Players”, and leads an adult string ensemble class every Tuesday evening.

Gherman Markosian

Gherman Markosian
Violin & Viola
Cell: 818-425-0599
E-mail: gumista@aol.com

Gherman Markosian has been playing violin and viola for 40 years, and has over 25 years teaching experience. He completed his early music studies at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia, and continued in Moscow with Gregory Zislin. In 1992 he came to the USA on a graduate scholarship to USC to study with Pamela Goldsmith. As principal violinist with the YANNI Orchestra he traveled to India, China, Mexico, Canada and throughout the USA, and also toured with Andrea Bocelli and Harry Connick Jr. He currently freelances in Los Angeles as a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pasadena Pops, the Burbank Chamber Orchestra, the New West Symphony, and the Riverside Philharmonic. A member of the Recording Musicians Association, he is an active studio musician, having played on the soundtracks of movies such as The Pirates of the Caribbean, Triple X, and Lizzy Mcguire.

Ruth SeigelRuth Siegel
Violin
Phone: 626-793-5945
E-mail:  ruthdonn@gmail.com

Ruth Siegel has been teaching privately for over 35 years. Note reading is taught from the very first lesson, as well as technique, position and tone production. Ms. Siegel has a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Sonoma State University with special honors from the Music Department. She is a freelance violinist, and has performed regularly with Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Opera a la Carte, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Torrance Symphony and the L.A. Master Chorale, as well as with many chamber groups. She also coaches chamber music at the Humboldt Adult Chamber Music Workshop and the Grand Pacific Workshop. Ruth frequently serves as an adjudicator at the Southwest Youth Music Festival, ASTA and MTAC Regional Auditions and MTAC Certificate of Merit.

Cello & Bass Teachers

David Mergen David Mergen
Cello
Cell: 310-493-8887
E-mail: davemergen@mac.com


David Mergen, originally from Cleveland, OH, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Alan Harris, and his Master of Music degree from USC as a student of former L.A. Philharmonic principal cellist Ronald Leonard. After performing on a five-year stint as the cellist for the Broadway National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, David has settled back into Southern California’s rich and varied freelance music scene. He has performed in many ensembles throughout Southern California, such as the LA Opera Orchestra, the New West Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, and the Riverside County Philharmonic. Mr. Mergen has also had the pleasure of performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Haydn’s D Major Cello Concerto with local ensembles. In addition to orchestral work, David enjoys a variety of other musical pursuits such as studio recording, musical theater, chamber music, and teaching.

Leah Metzler Leah Metzler
Cello
Cell: 818-749-1404
E-mail: hellomycello@gmail.com

Leah holds her B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Darrett Adkins. She received her M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with former member of the Kronos Quartet, Jennifer Culp. Currently based in Los Angeles, Leah is an active recording artist, teacher, and performer of chamber, orchestral, contemporary, and early music. An experienced orchestral musician, Leah has been the principal cellist of multiple orchestras including the YMF Debut Orchestra, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and Aspen Concert Orchestra. To contrast her life as a classical musician, Leah is also a member of the Bella Electric String Quartet and enjoys an active performance schedule playing rock music on her Yamaha electric cello in cities around the world. Additionally, In 2014 Leah went on a world tour of 10 different countries with the Japanese super star Yoshiki. Conversely, Leah has continued to explore her love for early music since studying the baroque cello and viola da gamba in graduate school, and actively performs renaissance and baroque consort music with various groups in Los Angeles. Leah is a passionate cello teacher and maintains a private studio in Los Angeles. In addition, she is also a teaching artist for The Harmony Project, a non-profit organization based on the El Sistema model that brings music education to low-income communities.

Ginger MurphyGinger Murphy
Cello
Phone: 213-309-5335
E-mail:  gingermur@gmail.com

Ginger Murphy received a B.A. in cello performance from Northwestern University as a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen. As an NU student, she received her first professional experience playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the All American Pops Orchestra of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Upon graduation she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Gilda Barston in Chicago and Nancy Yamagata in Los Angeles. Several of her students have been concerto competition winners soloing with the Glendale Youth Orchestra. Ms. Murphy is an active performer and session player in Los Angeles. She can be heard playing on over 200 albums/soundtracks. She was the cello soloist on Josh Groban's 2011 world tour. She can regularly be seen backing vocalists on American Idol and The Voice. She also performs regularly with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and Opera, New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, and Muse/ique. For a complete list of credits go to Gingermurphymusic.com

Ling YanLing Yan
Cello
Phone:  909-524-2979
E-mail: cellovsgolf@gmail.com

Ling Yan began her cello studies at age 6 with her father, and then studied at the Tianjin Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. In 1985 she was the first-prize winner in the All-China Music Institute Cello Competition. In 1986 she came to the U.S. and won first prize in the La Jolla Young Artist Competition. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Boston University as a student of Leslie Parnas. Ling has given solo recitals throughout the U.S. and China. She was the principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic, the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. She has also played with the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra and presently with the Long Beach Symphony and the Pacific Symphony. She performs frequently as a member of the Harmonium Quartet/Trio and is very involved in teaching young musicians.