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Mark Braunstein brings 20 years experience as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician to his synergistic approach to teaching violin and viola in the Southern California area.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Braunstein began studying violin at age seven and viola at age 19. He studied with Philip Teibel, Donald Weilerstein, David and Linda Cerone and Robert Vernon. Mr. Braunstein earned a bachelors’ and masters’ degree from Cleveland Institute of Music in 1979, 1980.

Mr. Braunstein’s performance career in the ‘80s and ‘90s spanned the globe: Assistant Principal Viola for the Cleveland Orchestra, Principal Viola for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Violist for the Tononi Quartet, member of Kansas City Philharmonic and Chautauqua Symphony. As a soloist, he performed in England, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and the United States.

In 1989, Mr. Braunstein recorded for Virgo Records a transcription of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Academy of London Chamber Orchestra, arranged by Lionel Tertis.

He served on the faculties of the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music and the Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio. His writings on injury rehabilitation were published in an autobiographical article in American String Teacher Journal in 1995.

Mr. Braunstein currently serves on the faculty of the Claremont Community Music School. He also teaches privately at studios in Redlands and Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Viola Society and the American String Teacher Association.

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