Elspeth Durward

Violin Teacher

Elspeth Durward

SAA Member


Guelph, ON, Canada

Elspeth Durward is Assistant Principal Second of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and an experienced Suzuki Pedagogue. She holds a B.Mus. (Violin Performance) from the University of Toronto and a M.Mus. (Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy) from the Hartt School of Music.

A firm believer that Every Child Can, Elspeth completed long-term Suzuki Teacher Training with Linda Fiore at Hartt. She was a faculty member of the Suzuki String School of Guelph from 2005-12 and has taught at the Southern Ontario Suzuki Institute. She also completed a Violin Practicum at the Chicago Suzuki Institute with Teri Einfeldt (2010) and Book 9/10 with Tom Wermuth (2021).

Prior to returning to Canada, Elspeth was a Fellow with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Highlights of her time with the NWS include residencies with MTT at Rome’s National Academy of Saint Cecilia and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

She currently maintains a small violin studio at her home in Guelph’s Exhibition Park neighborhood where she teaches students of all ages and abilities