Dr. Avner Finberg

Violin, Viola Teacher

Avner Finberg

SAA Member


Gaithersburg, MD
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Dr. Avner Finberg is an Israeli-American violinist and composer. Born in Tivon, Israel, he took his first violin lessons when he was eight years old. He studied violin in Haifa with Robert Canetti, and later in the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance with Hagai Shaham, one of the leading teachers in the country. He took masterclasses with Miriam Fried, Ivri Gitlis, Sergiu Schwartz, and Yonatan Berick, among others. He holds a Master’s in composition from Mannes College and a Doctorate in composition from Manhattan School of Music.

As a violinist, he performed as a soloist with orchestra and performed in chamber music concerts in venues in the US, Austria, Germany and Israel. He also specializes in contemporary music for violin, and he performed works by George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, Roberto Sierra and others. As an orchestra member he played in the Israel Philharmonic, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, and The Missouri Symphony, among others. He is a member of The Binghamton Philharmonic.

In his teachings, he strives to give his students a good foundation, a taste for trying new things and skills that will allow them to grow as violinists and in other fields in life. Teaching violin is one of the his favorite things to do, because the violin is one of the most challenging and interesting instruments of all! He took Suzuki teacher training for books 1-7 and taught Suzuki violin at Opus Ithaca in Ithaca, NY before moving to Maryland.

Dr. Finberg is also an emerging composer with considerable national and international exposure, and he holds a DMA in composition from Manhattan School of Music. He wrote two operas, four works for symphony orchestras, and many works for other instruments, including the violin.