Ms. Charliah Best

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator

Charliah Best

SAA Member


Hamden, CT
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When Charliah was 5 years old, her parents asked if she would like to learn to play the violin or the piano. Charliah chose the violin because she figured it would be easier to carry a violin to venues when performing, rather than carrying a piano. After many years of performing and practicing, she decided to study Music Education at Hartwick College (New York, USA). With this degree, she was able to share her love of music with others by becoming an orchestra, band, and choir teacher. Later, she earned a Masters in Music with emphasis in Viola Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music (Connecticut, USA).

Throughout the years, Charliah has studied music with many prestigious musicians: Marvin Warsaw (Viola), Philip Ventre (Orchestral Conducting), Teri Einfeldt (Suzuki Violin), Linda Fiore (Suzuki Violin), Roberta Guaspari (Suzuki Violin), Melinda Daestch (Suzuki Viola), and Steve Larson (Viola). Though a native of Hamden, Connecticut (USA), Charliah has thoroughly enjoyed living in Hong Kong for the past 7 years.

Charliah is currently the Director of Best Music Academy in Causeway Bay (Hong Kong). When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and close friends; but she feels most comfortable performing jazz, rock, fiddle and avant-garde music on her violin in Hong Kong. Keep an eye out for her performances in local cafes and bars!