Liza Barley

Violin, Viola Teacher

Liza Barley

SAA Member


Pittsburgh, PA
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Liza Barley grew up surrounded by music. She started studying Suzuki piano with her mother, Kiki Barley, at two and a half and violin at four and a half. Liza was constantly making music with others through the Suzuki programs her mother directed. Throughout her youth, Liza was fortunate enough to have many opportunities through her Suzuki violin teacher, Michele Higa George, to travel all over the world with her violin. Through these experiences and those she gained from attending the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Liza witnessed the power of the arts to connect people from all different backgrounds.

After finishing her Bachelors in Violin Performance at Vanderbilt University in 2005, Liza moved to Arusha, Tanzania. She founded Umoja Music School together with David Seng’enge in late 2006 in hopes of continuing to provide a platform for empowerment through artistic collaboration and performance.

Liza has appeared as a performer and clinician throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as in Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Norway, Portugal, and Gambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Through her travels, Liza’s teaching and playing has expanded to include a variety of styles and genres as well as elements of creative collaboration and the use of multimedia. She holds a Master of Music in Leadership from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England.

Liza is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and working as an independent artist, creative workshop leader, and Suzuki violin and viola teacher. She holds the philosophy that as musicians and educators of the 21st century, we must allow ourselves to constantly evolve—embracing our current environment through our art and letting ourselves be influenced by the young people around us.