Kiersten D. Lortz
Kiersten Lortz began piano at the age of four and violin at seven. She played in the National High School Honors Orchestra and eventually earned her BM in Violin Performance from Duquesne University where she studied with Charles Stegeman and Chris Wu. She has been teaching violin and playing chamber music since she was sixteen.
Kiersten has played in the Crested Butte Music Festival orchestra and attended Meadowmount School of Music where she studied with Sally Thomas of the Juilliard School. Kiersten has played in the Wheeling, Youngstown, and Saginaw Bay Symphonies and well as the Pittsburgh Ballet orchestra and has backed up acts from Michael Bolton to Cherish the Ladies.
Kiersten began violin in the public schools and has taught privately for 17 years. However, in 2010 she decided to look into the Suzuki method and hasn’t looked back since. She says, “I can’t believe what a difference it makes in my students! They progress more quickly and are much better players than any of my students in the past. I wish I had had this growing up!”