Teacher Profile: Esther Nahm

Esther Nahm

Esther Nahm

Instrument(s): Viola, Violin

City: Miami/South Florida


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About Esther Nahm

Esther Nahm is currently a violist with the New World Symphony, an orchestra based in Miami Beach, FL under the artistic direction of Michael Tilsen Thomas. She was formerly the assistant principal of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Other orchestral positions held include the Canton Symphony in Ohio and principal of the Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in violin performance, and after her undergrad, pursued a performance diploma in viola performance from BU and a Master's Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Bayla Keyes, violinist with the Muir String Quartet; Steve Ansell, principal violist of the Boston Symphony; and Lynne Ramsey, assistant principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Esther has also worked with members of numerous internationally renowned string quartets including the Emerson, Brentano, Cleveland, Juilliard and Cavani String quartets. She has performed in concert halls across the country including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Symphony Hall in Boston and Severance Hall in Cleveland. As a fellowship recipient of Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center; Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina; National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado; Lorin Maazel's Castleton Music Festival; Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Centre in Canada, she has performed a wide range of repertoire across the country and worked with internationally acclaimed music directors.

With a strong passion for outreach and musical education, Esther was the leader of the Richmond Symphony's Musical Ambassador Program for the 2014-15 season, which performed at over 40 schools in the greater Richmond area. She has also been a coach for the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, taught at the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra's String Intensive Camp and worked for New World Symphony's Side-By-Side program. Believing that no one should be deprived from access to the beauty of music, she has performed for incarcerated youth in Cuyahoga County's juvenile detention center with City Music Cleveland, orphanages in Bucharest, Romania, as well as in hospitals, foster homes and schools around the greater Miami area through the New World Symphony's community engagement program.

As a private teacher, she has taught students for a decade ranging in ages from 5 to adults. They have won state wide competitions, been accepted to prestigious summer festivals across the country and have been accepted to the Walnut Hill School in Boston. She is a firm believer that hard work, discipline and a love for music coupled with great training easily trumps natural ability, and enjoys discovering and maximizing the musical potential and joy of playing the violin or viola for each of her students.

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