Brett Walfish

Violin, Viola Teacher

Brett Walfish

SAA Member


Ronkonkoma, NY
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Brett Walfish (b. Atlanta, Georgia, 1987) has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Ireland, Italy, and Israel.  Praised by conductor David Effron for a warm sound full of a “myriad of colors” Walfish is an expressive, charismatic player.

Currently a Doctorate student at Stony Brook University, Mr. Walfish studies extensively with Larry Dutton (violist of the Emerson String quartet) and Nicholas Cords (of the Brooklyn Ryder quartet). He is mentored intensively by all the members of the Emerson quartet as well as their former cellist, David Finckel. Mr. Walfish is holds a masters degree from the New England Conservatory, which he attended on a merit-based scholarship, where he studied with Martha Katz (formerly of the Cleveland Quartet).  Prior to attending NEC, Walfish obtained his Bachelor’s of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington studying under the tutelage of Atar Arad (also formerly the violist of the Cleveland Quartet).

While he is an active performer, he has a unique connection with the Suzuki approach having begun his training at the age of three in a Suzuki environment. Having been fortunate to have had such a rich musical environment around him his whole life, he feels a particular charge to make sure others can enjoy all the benefits that music has brought him throughout his life. In order to be sure he is as prepared as possible, he is currently enrolled as a long term teacher trainer at the School for Strings in New York City, where he is mentored by Allen Lieb.

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