Hafez Taghavi

Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Danbury, CT
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Hafez Taghavi is a professional violinist and teacher in Connecticut and New York City. Originally from the greater Washington D.C. area, Hafez received his early Suzuki violin training from Martha Shackford. Later, he studied in the prestigious Suzuki studios of Ronda Cole and David Strom. Before entering college, Hafez started a widespread performing career which included concerts at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Constitution Hall, as well as a three city tour in Bolivia. He attended Western Connecticut State University and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. While studying under Eric Lewis at WCSU, Hafez maintained the concertmaster position of both the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Ensemble for four years. As a featured soloist with the WCSU Symphony Orchestra, the Danbury News Times described him as a “…promising, talented soloist.” Hafez then completed his Master of Music studies at the conservatory at Purchase College in the studio of Calvin Wiersma. While pursuing both of his music degrees, Hafez received extensive chamber music coaching through a fellowship with the Manhattan String Quartet. Through this fellowship, he was invited to play at workshops in New York City, Colgate University, and internationally in Budapest, Salzburg, and Leipzig. Outside of chamber music, Hafez is a member of the Ives Symphony orchestra, where he has sat as Principal 2nd and Associate Concertmaster. In addition to classical music, Hafez actively plays in a wide variety of other genres. This includes performances with country recording artist Ashton Shepherd, Moroccan singer Saida Fikri, as well as recording a trailer for the acclaimed computer game, World of Warcraft.

Hafez currently holds teaching positions at the Wooster, Canterbury, and Marvelwood schools, the Southbury Music Studio, and also maintains a private studio based in Fairfield County. Hafez also teaches through the non-profit organization, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County. His program at NSFC, funded by the John Mayer Foundation, provides instruments and group violin classes to children in the inner city. In addition, Hafez participates in many other non-profit functions and has been the musical director of the Families United in Newtown organization since 2015.

Outside of music, Hafez enjoys soccer and all food.