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My violin-playing career began when I was five years old. My parents, both violinists, were instrumental in my early education. My first professional teacher was Dr. Hans Lange, conductor of the Albuquerque Symphony. I also played in his chamber orchestra in Santa Fe. Later I studied in Phoenix, Arizona, with Albert Shepherd and played in the Phoenix Symphony. I went on scholarship to Hartt College of Music and studied with Raphael Bronstein. Shortly before my graduation and after marriage to my husband John Oliveira, we both were accepted into the Kansas City Philharmonic.

I played there for four years until my husband became a first violinist with the Houston Symphony. Following the move to Houston, I played with the Houston Ballet. At the same time I did a lot of free-lance work and began teaching privately. After twenty years in Houston my husband and I moved to Ohio where he died a year later.

I went back to school to study cello with Moshe Amitai at Kent State and earned a masters degree in Violin Performance at the University of Akron. I created the “Youthful Chamber Orchestra” in Alliance, an intergenerational ensemble, mostly fuelled by my students. I was also principal cellist of the Alliance Symphony and a violinist in the Youngstown Orchestra. After I remarried in 2002, I moved to Cleveland Heights. I have been a violinist with the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Heights Chamber Orchestra and the Suburban Orchestra. I also have been principal cellist with the Euclid and Lakeland orchestras.

I model my lessons on what I learned from Raphael Bronstein and on the successful techniques used by my late husband in his teaching days. My husband was the first teacher of his younger brother Elmar Oliveira who later became an internationally recognized violinist. I enjoy especially the beginning student and am convinced of the importance of the early lessons as the foundation for a musician’s success.

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