Takanori "Tak" Sugishita - Violin / Viola

Takanori Sugishita (“Tak”), born in Matsumoto, Japan, began studying violin at the age of three with Yuko Mori, and later took lessons with the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the worldwide music education movement known as the Suzuki Method. By age ten he was making solo appearances with Suzuki Children tours in Beijing, Shanghai and Calgary. In high school, Tak studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated with distinction. He continued his violin studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and then went on to receive his M.M. from the Eastman School of Music.

As a chamber musician he received coaching from the Cavani, Cleveland, Manhattan, Mendelssohn, Takacs, Vermeer and Ying String Quartets. With the Aerith Quartet, which he co-founded, Tak performed throughout the United States and Asia. He has been a principal in the Boulder Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado Orchestras. He also regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet Orchestras.

Tak has been teaching privately for over 18 years, and has taught at schools such as Boulder Arts Academy, Shedd Institute in Eugene and the Flatirons Strings Academy. He has been teaching at Golden Music for over 5 years.

“I hope to bring the best out of each student in musicality and technique. We work hard and enjoy the music we make together.”

Ella Bodaubay Weiss- Violin, Viola - TWO SPOTS LEFT!

 Dr. Yenlik (Ella) Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, orchestra performer, and teacher. In addition to maintaining contracts with the Boulder Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony Orchestras, she has performed with the San Bernardino Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Opera, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Marina del Rey Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Choral Society, and served as an Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Mahler Festival and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Symphony, on Colorado Public Radio, and performed numerous chamber solos in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Education String Quartet she has visited and performed at dozens of schools and performed family concerts at the Boulder Public Library. She also mentors students at the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Ella completed her Masters in Violin Performance in Cleveland and received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a freelance musician in Los Angeles, she performed with Sir Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, and Earth Wind & Fire among other contemporary performers, and performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Lauren Ballew - Violin

Lauren Ballew considers herself a native of Colorado, though she moved here as a young child. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance as well as a Performance Certificate from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under Dr. Jubal Fulks and Margaret Gutierrez. She has participated in several Music Festivals local and national, including Green Mountain Festival in Vermont. Lauren’s studies have been enhanced through performances with numerous orchestras, chamber groups, and baroque ensembles both in the states and abroad. She has performance experience in Classical and Baroque styles as well as alternative styles (jazz, blue grass, improvisation). She believes that studying broadly has given her a well-rounded look at music to pass to her students and encourages students to explore what inspires them.   

Lauren is currently earning her Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Violin Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Denver where she studies with Professor Igor Pikayzen. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she is certified in Every Child Can as well as Suzuki books 1, 2, 3, and 4, and will continue her certifications through Suzuki book 8 in the coming year. She has been teaching privately for 6 years.  With 14 years of classical violin training, she hopes to pass along her love and passion for music. She desires for every child to have the opportunity to learn through music and believes that every child is capable of success.