Teacher Profile: Enion Pelta

Enion  Pelta

Enion Pelta

Instrument(s): Fiddle, Viola, Violin

City: Denver

Education: EDUCATION PEDAGOGY COURSEWORK 2014 Coursera Online Workshop in foundational aspects of teaching violin and viola WORKSHOP 2013 Live Oak Fiddle Camp, Halletsville, TX PRIVATE STUDY, ROMANIAN FOLK MUSIC 2009
Lache Cercel, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
PRIVATE STUDY, COMPOSITION 2003 David Balakrishnan, first violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Berkeley, CA PRIVATE STUDY, AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC, EXTENDED TECHNIQUES 2002 Darol Anger, Oakland, CA BA ENGLISH LITERATURE, Cum Laude 1995-1999 Minor in Viola Performance Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD CERTIFICATE 1991-1995 Viola Performance Chamber Music Performance San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Prep Division, San Francisco, CA ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL VIOLIST 1993-1995 San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (Educational division of San Francisco Symphony) San Francisco, CA

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    About Enion Pelta

    Enion Pelta-Tiller has been teaching violin, viola, and fiddle for over 18 years. She studied violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore where she studied with Richard Field, Susan Bates, and Janet Chisolm. Enion also studied bluegrass, jazz, improvisation and composition with Darol Anger, and David Balakrishnan. She has been a guest instructor at fiddle camps, workshops, and colleges around the world, including Mark O’Connor’s celebrated Strings Conference, Brian Wicklund’s American Fiddle Method Camp, and the Escola Municipal de Musica Folk e Tradicional in Vigo, Spain. Enion uses techniques developed by Mimi Zweig (Suzuki) and Shirley Givens (traditional) for her youngest students, as well as a combination of methods and materials she has developed and collected over her years of teaching.

    Beyond being a dedicated teacher, Enion is also an internationally touring violinist, composer, and singer, and is widely recognized for her playing and teaching in styles ranging from gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and classical music and everything in between. Enion leads the Taarka with her husband David, and also records, performs locally and tours with many Front Range groups including Elephant Revival, The Railsplitters, FY5, Whitewater Ramble and many others.

    Enion was principal violist of the Oakland Lyric Opera, has performed under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and has shared stages with members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, and String Cheese Incident, The David Grisman Quintet, and Yonder Mountain String Band, and has had her arrangements played by the Colorado Symphony.

    EDUCATION PEDAGOGY COURSEWORK 2014 Coursera Online Workshop in foundational aspects of teaching violin and viola WORKSHOP 2013 Live Oak Fiddle Camp, Halletsville, TX PRIVATE STUDY, ROMANIAN FOLK MUSIC 2009
Lache Cercel, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
PRIVATE STUDY, COMPOSITION 2003 David Balakrishnan, first violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Berkeley, CA PRIVATE STUDY, AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC, EXTENDED TECHNIQUES 2002 Darol Anger, Oakland, CA BA ENGLISH LITERATURE, Cum Laude 1995-1999 Minor in Viola Performance Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD CERTIFICATE 1991-1995 Viola Performance Chamber Music Performance San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Prep Division, San Francisco, CA ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL VIOLIST 1993-1995 San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (Educational division of San Francisco Symphony) San Francisco, CA

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