Violin Teacher, Administrator
Ellen Kogut holds Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from McGill University and in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College, where she studied under scholarship with Denise Lupien, former concertmaster of L’Orchestre Métropolitain, and served as teaching assistant to Susan Waterbury, a founding member of the Cavani Quartet. Ellen completed Suzuki teacher training in Books 1-10 and supplemental coursework with Sanford Reuning, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Susan Baer. She is a recipient of the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement and multiple Teacher Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
An active member and past president of Suzuki Musique Montréal, a forty-member teachers’ organization serving the province of Québec, Ellen is also certified as an Advanced Specialist in Violin through the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has taught at Suzuki workshops in Québec City, Ottawa, and Guelph, ON, and has guest taught at Suzuki programs in Kiel, Germany (Junge Camerata Academica) and Gdańsk, Poland (Instytut Suzuki Centrum Rozwoju Talentów). She has taught at the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University, where she also served as Chamber Music Coordinator, l’Insitut Suzuki de Montréal, and the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute. Past teaching engagements include the Ithaca Talent Education School, 171 Cedar Arts Centre (Corning, NY), and the St. John’s Talent Education Program. She has also taught at Cornell University as a sabbatical replacement for Professor Joseph Lin.
Ellen currently works as a content contributor for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Teacher Certification program and also writes for the Canadian music magazine La Scena Musicale. She has played with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (successor orchestra to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Contrapunkt of Cornell University, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.