Judith Eisner

Teacher and Performer of Violin and Fiddle

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Minneapolis, MN

phone: 612-321-0100
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Judith is a highly respected music educator in Minneapolis. She has taught violin for more that 20 years at MacPhail Center for Music and at her home studio.

Originally from Springfield Massachusetts she moved to Minnesota in 1977. She earned a Tangelwood Fellowship at an early age, studied with Bronislaw Gimpel and others and holds a degree in Music Education from University of Connecticut.

She later continued her studies with an interest in Baroque music at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies(Switzerland) 1973, 5 summers at Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, 3 summers at the Wilfrid Laurier University Baroque and Classical Music Workshops, a summer with the International String Teachers Association in Cambridge England, she also studied for 2 summers at the Amherst Early Music Workshops. She is a founding member of Lyra Baroque Orchestra. After 17 years she retired from the group.

She advocates music written by women composers and has played in her piano ensemble for many years called womenperformhers.

Judith has a strong interest in playing and teaching fiddle styles. She has arranged music and played for English Contra Dances for 20 years. She has performed and recorded with Dunquin Irish Trio. She has also recorded a Klezmer CD with her band, The Tsatskelehs. Playing baroque violin, Judith recorded with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra . Judith loves Klezmer music and she studies with Stephen Greenman in Montreal every summer.

At MacPhail, she leads classes in Traditional Irish, Klezmer and Classical Violin. She is the conductor for MacPhail’s New Horizons String Orchestra.

Judith is avid about continuing her own education as well, attending national and international seminars in Classical, Baroque, French Canadian, Irish and Klezmer violin. She has been a member of various orchestras, Irish, and Klezmer groups, most recently founding the new Klezmer ensemble Classic Klezmer.

Judith is listed in the Young Audiences of Minnesota roster, and has performed at such venues as the Walker Art Center and on television for Minnesota Public Televison’s Almanac program. She is a member of Center for Independent Artists, and is a 2005 officer of the Young Fiddler’s Association of Minnesota.