Meet our Teachers!
Here at D Z Strad we believe in developing creativity through music education. Each teacher has been carefully selected for their energetic, passionate, and careful approach to teaching. Our teachers are highly skilled at their respective instruments and have received top training from the most prestigious institutions across the world. Not only are our teachers skilled and trained educators but they also maintain busy performing schedules, performing in some of the most respected venues in New York. The teachers at D Z Strad have experience in teaching all ages from children to adults, and host the skills to adapt to your goals and needs as a music lover
I have taught violin/viola privately and in group settings for over 30 years to students of all levels from ages 5 through adult. I especially enjoy teaching beginning adult students. Presently, I hold teaching positions at music schools and music conservatories throughout New York and New Jersey. I have also taught general music education classes as well as private lessons within the public-school system of North Rockland.
Recently, I have enjoyed performing with the Hudson Lyric Opera Company and the Yonkers Philharmonic.
Lauren received her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2017, where she studied under Christopher Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In 2015, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY while studying with Calvin Wiersma of the Manhattan String Quartet. Lauren grew up fiddling alongside her classical training and enjoys performing and teaching numerous genres. Chamber music is Lauren’s greatest passion and is a founding member of the Chinquapin String Quartet. The quartet holds a residency at the Twin Heroes Arts Festival in southern Oregon and performs around NY.
I am a professional classical/jazz violinist, composer and educator with a variety of experience and a zest for sharing my passion for all things musical. I hold a strong belief that music can change lives for the better. I seek to equip students with the performance, composition, improvisation and theoretical skills that will help them excel no matter which path they take in music. I am an engaged and determined teacher. I love teaching one-on-one and in group scenarios to promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras and ensembles in order to help musicians achieve their full potential and acquire values that help them grow as a musician in today's society.
New York-based jazz violinist, composer and educator, Ernesto Llorens is one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. He developed a passion for Jazz and other genres while being trained as a musician in Spain, the United States and several other countries. These diverse influences allow him to create a unique voice on the violin.
An energetic and effervescent performer, he commands the fascinating world of improvisation with ease, ingenuity and polished skills. Ernesto writes his own music, which reflect an amalgamation of his Mediterranean background, classical jazz training, and influences from contemporary music. Following his significant entrance into musical composition for cinemas in Los Angeles and documentaries for The New York Times, Ernesto just finished on the composition and recording of his new album “On My Gypsy Way” with the renowned guitarists Biréli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard, Mozes Rosenberg and Paulus Schäfer.
Ernesto is a graduate in Jazz Violin Performance/Composition from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York) and Berklee College of Music (Boston), and in Classical Violin from the Conservatori del Liceu (Barcelona).
In the United States, he has the privilege of studying and working with many celebrated musicians, including Ron Carter, Dave Liebman, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Owens, Cameron Brown, Chris Cheek, Barry Harris, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, Miguel Zenón, Julian Lage, Rob Thomas, Mat Maneri, Aaron Parks, Christian Howes, Matt Glaser, Darol Anger, Zach Brock, Alain Mallet, Ed Tomassi, Armen Donelian, Andy Milne, Daniel Binelli, Eugene Friesen and Rachel Z.
During his time in Barcelona, Ernesto studied with internationally recognized violinists such as Evelio Tieles, Eric Crambes, Gonçal Comellas, Jozef Toporcer, Mark Gothoni and Kai Gleusteen, as well as prestigious composers Benet Casablancas, Willem Dragstra and José Nieto.
Born in Alcoi (Alicante) Spain, in 1986, Ernesto began studying violin at age six in the Joan Cantó Conservatory of Alcoi, under the tutelage of Professor Taré Darias. Throughout his violin study, Ernesto has been the recipient of multiple regional and international awards as recognition of his musical and academic achievements, including the Antonio Pérez Verdú Musical Studies Award, three consecutive years of scholarships from the Valencian Institute of Music, and the International Scholarships awarded by the Berklee College of Music and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Ernesto, the violin and Jazz...a dream, a calling.
Cellist Benjamin Larsen made his solo debut in 1999 at the Merryall Center for the Arts, where critic Frank Merkling called him “remarkably gifted”, with “a charming, warm tone”. He has performed solo and chamber performances around the U.S., in Europe and Asia and currently plays with chamber ensembles in the New York City area. As free-lance cellist, he has performed with many diverse ensembles, accompanying the musical, “Time Between Us” in the New York Musical Theater Festival and appearing with the band, The Left Banke. He is on the faculty of the Florentine School, the Music School of Westchester, D Z Strad Violin Shop, and holds a private studio. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the chamber music series, Concerts on the Slope.
Marius has performed with the following artists:
Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, The Manhattan Transfer, The Jive Aces, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lounge Cat, The Shiny Shoes Band, The Dan Mcmillion Orchestra, Ta Bueno, Danny Aiello, Slide Hampton, Tito Puente Jr.,
In 2016, Marius earned a doctorate in jazz performance from the University of Miami.
Takeshi Asai a native of Japan, where discipline is the core of education. Mr. Asai was an award-winning manager at IBM, a company where intelligence is the life blood. As an alumni, honor student from Berklee College of Music, Takeshi Asai has gone on to become one of the most prominent jazz pianists in New York City. Frequently he tours Europe and Asia, earning a strong reputation in the international jazz communities.
Takeshi as an educator, hasn't spared his knowledge and experience of being an active performing pianist with his students. As a result, he's yielded many students that are scholarship winners and career oriented, professional musicians. His method is progressively unique, but it's also been time tested throughout his career, that spans more than twelve years in New York. His piano pedagogy has been developed and sustained not only by jazz talents, but also by world-class concert pianists in Boston, New York and Paris. Takeshi is the "great grandson" in Franz Liszt's pupil linage!
In addition to his amazing career as a performer, he is an active composer and producer. His works are used by many singer/songwriters and Broadway theater companies in New York. Also an avid audio engineer, he owns DTC Music Productions, where he's been engaged in numerous music productions. Takeshi Asai is eager to share advanced production/engineering skills and techniques with his students.