Dr. Tina L. Hadari

Violin, Viola Teacher, Parent

Tina Hadari

SAA Member


New Haven, CT
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Internationally acclaimed violinist Tina Lee Hadari discovered her passion for children and teaching while studying at New England Conservatory and Yale University. Though her performing career spans solo and chamber music concerts in the world’s most renowned halls—Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Japan, the MusikVerein in Vienna, Austria, and cathedrals across France, Italy, and Germany – she is also equally devoted to teaching children how to cultivate discipline, creativity, and a powerful voice through the violin.

Tina is the Founder and former Executive Artistic Director of Music Haven, a nationally-awarded community-based arts organization that provides tuition-free intensive musical instruction for “at promise” youth from the lowest-income neighborhoods of New Haven. Before founding Music Haven, Tina toured internationally as a violinist in the Vinca Quartet, a prizewinner of the National Fischoff and Plowman Chamber Music competitions that was hailed by the New York Times as “stunning” for its outstanding Carnegie Hall debut.

A dedicated educator, she received her Suzuki teacher training from William Starr and Ellie Albers LeRoux and has served on the faculties of the Harlem Boys Choir School, Central Park East I School, 92nd Street Y, Apple Hill Chamber Music Center, Point Counterpoint Chamber Music, Marlboro College, Opus 118, the Neighborhood Music School, and Boulder Suzuki Strings.  She also currently serves on the board of MusAid, an international organization that supports musical institutions in developing countries around the world.

Tina completed a joint-degree program with the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, where she received a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.A. in Biology. Upon graduating, she was awarded a Huntington Beebe Fellowship to study and perform in Vienna, Austria for two years.  She earned her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music and her Doctoral degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has also received additional training at the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Tina currently lives in New Haven, CT with her terrific husband and two precocious but still princess-obsessed daughters (ages 2 and 7).  She loves popcorn, sushi, and burritos, and likes to build and tinker with things. Always inspired by children and their innate creativity and curiosity, Tina always welcomes the opportunity to connect with families and kids who believe in the power of the arts to enrich our lives.