Mr. Michael I. Winer

Viola, Violin Teacher

Michael Winer

SAA Member


West Hartford, CT
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Michael Winer currently maintains an active and extensive teaching studio with students throughout Connecticut. Based in West Hartford and Glastonbury, CT, he is a freelance musician playing throughout New England and New York, and has performed regularly with the International Musical Arts Institute Chamber Music Festival in Fryeburg, ME. In addition, Mr. Winer serves as a strings specialist to the Glastonbury Public Schools (Glastonbury, CT) and teaches with the Farmington Summer Suzuki Academy (Farmington, CT). Mr. Winer has also given and participated in recitals in central Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and Cape Cod, and serves as the artistic director of the Glastonbury SummerFEST! Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Winer earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University (Berea, OH), a Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), and Post-Graduate Performance Certificate from Park University (Parkville, MO). His principal teachers have included violinists Julian Ross, Eric Rosenblith (the long-time chair of the string department at the New England Conservatory of Music and whose teachers included legendary Carl Flesch, Jacques Thibaud, and Bronislaw Huberman), and Ben Sayevich. In addition, Mr. Winer has studied composition with Howard Frazin and Loris Chobanian, conducting with Dwight Oltman of the Cleveland and San Jose Ballet, and his violin pedagogy is heavily influenced from working with Eric Rosenblith, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, and his parents, who are both teachers and musicians.

In addition to traditional lesson and ensemble teaching, varied teaching projects have brought him and his students outside of the formal private lesson and concert hall settings. Of notable interest are Mr. Winer’s work with the Lakewood Project (a partnership with Mark Wood of the Transiberian Orchestra, the Lakewood, OH City Schools, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aimed at teaching music through electronic instruments and rock music), Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, MA (a teaching project partnering the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and funded partially through the VH1 Save the Music Campaign), and Community Music Works (a non-profit urban music program designed to foster a musical community for students in Providence, RI). Mr. Winer has also performed with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Scottish BBC.

Outside of music, Mr. Winer spends much of his time attending the opera, cooking and eating almost anything that comes his way, and running long distance races (to keep up with his eating habits!).