Violin, Viola Teacher
Lani Bortfeld received her Bachelor’s in Music from the New England Conservatory and her M.M. from the University of Connecticut. A product of Russian violin pedagogy, Lani is now an SAA-trained teacher and a 35-year member of the SAA. She is an experienced orchestral, chamber and solo musician, including 33 years in the Waterbury Symphony (CT), where she served as principal second violin and first violin. She is first violinist with the Arcos/iris Quartet and a familiar soloist at area houses of worship. An active freelance musician, she is a member of Local 171 of the American Federation of Musicians, and performed the May 2014 world premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s quartet, The Dove, and her choral work with chamber accompaniment,To Love This Earth.
Honors include being an artist-teacher on the Creative Teaching Partners roster of the Mass. Cultural Council, receiving an Artist Fellowship from the Springfield Cultural Council and the McKnight Neighborhood Council 2014 Community Service Award. Lani founded and directs the Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP), an interfaith music ministry dedicated to making Dr. Suzuki’s family-centered method of instrumental music instruction accessible to students of all ages, economic levels, religious and ethnic backgrounds. She also is the advanced Suzuki teacher at the Music School at Sound Crossing in Poquonock, CT. Lani teaches in English and Spanish, and enjoys involving families of all cultures and ethnicities in their children’s music education. Lani presented at the SAA’s biennial conferences in 1994, 1996 and 2008. Her 2008 presentation was entitled “Building Diversity in Suzuki Programs”, reflecting her commitment to diversity and equal access.