Ms. Talia Pavia

Violin, Viola Teacher, Administrator

Talia Pavia

SAA Member


Woodstock, IL
[javascript protected email address]

A devoted and experienced music educator, Ms. Pavia has received Suzuki teacher training from Ed Kreitman, a leading Suzuki pedagogue and has studied theory pedagogy with Dr. Edward Klonoski. Ms. Pavia is on faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, one of the city’s largest and most esteemed music schools, focusing on educational outreach in Chicago’s diverse communities.

Violinist Talia Oriana Pavia received a Master’s degree in Music Performance and the Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University, studying with international soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi. She received numerous awards and scholarships including graduate fellowships from both the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the NIU Graduate School to pursue her violin studies. Ms. Pavia had the privilege of participating in NIU’s Graduate String Quartet Residency program as a member of the Alla Corda Quartet. During this residency, she received intensive coaching with the highly revered and Grammy-nominated Vermeer Quartet.

Ms. Pavia has toured both nationally and internationally in chamber music festivals including the Zeister Musiekdagen in the Netherlands. At the Green Lake Festival of Music, she performed in a lecture seminar by former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Augusta Reed Thomas. As first violinist of the Ethereal Shima Quartet, her chamber music interpretations have been called “remarkably sensitive and mature” by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune. She has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony and concertmaster of the NIU Philharmonic. A versatile artist, Ms. Pavia performs with classical, jazz, and pop ensembles such as Camerata Chicago, led by Woodstock Mozart Festival conductor Drostan Hall, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, created by visionary jazz trumpeter and educator Orbert Davis. Over the course of her performing career, she has played on stage with renowned artists including the incomparable fiddler Mark O’Connor and jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. Ms. Pavia has played under the baton of world-class conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, and Pierre Boulez.