Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu

Violin Teacher

Nikki Routman Ebisu

SAA Member


Honolulu, HI
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Violinist Dr. Nikki Routman Ebisu enjoys a multifaceted career as pedagogue, performer and clinician. Her collaborative performances and engagements have taken her all across the globe, from the USA, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Ebisu is currently the Director and Owner of Violin Artistry Studio, teaching all ages and levels. She is in large demand as a Japanese bilingual violin instructor, and is one of few remaining to have studied directly under Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Dr. Ebisu served as the Graduate Assistant and Violin Instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was on Faculty at ‘Conservatory Music in the Mountains Summer Festival’ in Durango, Colorado. 

On the performance stage, Dr. Ebisu is a violinist with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Maui Pops Orchestra. Previously held positions include: Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Pops Orchestra, World Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Austin Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic and Temple (TX) Symphony. She has also performed with Colorado MahlerFest, Charleston (SC) Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic and Corpus Christi Symphony. She participated in various summer festivals including Interlochen, the International Music Festival in Portugal, and Colorado Music Festival, and was selected as the “Emerging String Quartet” Winner at the 2005 Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar in San Fransisco.

Dr. Ebisu began her musical studies at the age two in Denver, Colorado, observing other Suzuki student’s lessons and practicing on a fake violin made by a carpenter. Upon moving to Japan at age four, she officially began lessons with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s apprentices at the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Tokyo, visiting with Dr. Suzuki in group lessons on occasion. Accepted into the Preparatory Division of the Toho Academy of Music in Tokyo at age nine, she was invited to study with Professor of Viola and Violin, Sumiko Edo.

Dr. Ebisu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Pre-Medicine from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Masters in Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her primary violin teachers include Sumiko Edo, John Arnold, Dr. Eugene Gratovich and Oswald Lehnert. She studied chamber music with Cavani Quartet, Ying Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Erika Eckert and Judith Glyde. Some of her greatest influences in Suzuki pedagogy were Liz Arbus, Helen Brunner, Pat D’Ercole, Ed Kreitman, Ellie LeRoux, Allen Lieb, Nancy Lokken and Ed Sprunger. 

Her students have won high recognition in many competitions and programs, including the Osaka International Competition, Oahu Center Mozart Competition, the MTNA National String Competition, Maui Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and Hawaii State Music Competition. Her students have been accepted to prestigious music festivals and summer programs including the National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA) and (NYO2) at Carnegie Hall for three consecutive years, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin, Interlochen and Meadowmount. In 2016, a student was selected to perform Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor alongside violinist Midori in a sold-out concert at Hawaii’s Blaisdell NBC Hall. Her students have performed in masterclasses for notable artists including Sarah Chang, Ray Chen, Ryu Goto, Robert McDuffie, Midori, Martin Beaver, Chee-Yun, Augustin Hadelich, Wei He, Paul Katz, Amy Moretti, Eric Silberger, Joseph Swensen, Almita Vamos, Victor Yampolsky, the Cavani Quartet, and others.

Dr. Ebisu continues to perform recitals and attend conferences regularly. She currently serves as the President-Elect of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association. As a registered instructor with the Suzuki Association of America (SAA), she is pursuing her dream to become a SAA registered Teacher Trainer.