offers private violin and viola lessons for all ages and levels. Lessons are geared towards the motivated student seeking enjoyable music education that focuses on both artistry and excellence. Teaching all styles of music but encourage building a strong classical music base, the foundation of all other genres of music. I also encourages students to learn music theory and music history.
Biography: Siobhan Solberg is a classically trained violist who brings the rich, full sound of her instrument to today’s rock, pop, and jazz scene. With a background in symphonic and chamber music, Siobhan has enlivened numerous contemporary recordings with her unique musical aesthetics. Along with her talent as a violist, Siobhan brings her background in composing and arranging to her studio recordings, making her a highly flexible musician able to improvise and perform at the highest standards of professionalism. Having resided in the US and Europe and possessing fluency in German, French, and English, Siobhan conveys her broad view of the world of music to her work in the studio and on the stage.
Siobhan is a cofounder and member of Vespera, an edgy rock and pop string trio, and Hudson Pro Musica, a chamber music string trio. As an arranger and composer, she has crafted the string arrangements for pop artists, and her compositions have been performed in Germany, Puerto Rico, and the US. A frequent recording artist at local studios, Siobhan’s recent credits include movie soundtracks, jazz, rock, pop, and country recordings.
Along with her demanding career as a performer, for the past ten years Siobhan has also taught viola and violin to students of all ages and levels in the Hudson Valley. Although she is a certified Suzuki teacher, Siobhan utilizes an eclectic approach to teaching students, focusing on their needs rather than a specific method of instruction. She is currently an instructor at Dutchess Community College, MISU, and the Suzuki School of Westport. Siobhan takes great pride in the accomplishments of her young players in the NYSSMA competitions where her students have consistently scored in the 98th percentile on their solo performances.
A graduate of Bard College, Siobhan received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Composition. At Bard, she was the recipient of the Siegel Memorial Price for outstanding performance and academic excellence and was honored with two of her original compositions featured at the Bard Performers Concert. While studying at Bard, Siobhan’s primary instructors were Marka Gustavsson (viola) and Joan Tower (composition). Her expertise as a musician was further enhanced through master classes with Bruno Giuranna in Sienna, Italy and Erick Krüger in Weimar, Germany.