Edie Epstein first knew she wanted to play the violin at age three while watching folk fiddlers and dancers at Skansen, a folklore museum near Stockholm, Sweden. She would stand watching enthralled until her parents pulled her away. At that time, it was not common practice to teach very young children how to play musical instruments, so she started her violin studies at age seven.
As a child, Edie studied with Everett Goodwin, an early adopter of the Suzuki violin teaching method. In high school and college, she studied with Norman Paulu, first violinist of the Pro Arte String Quartet and member of the University of Wisconsin Violin Faculty. She also studied with Vartan Manoogian, and Tyrone Greive. Edie continued violin studies while completing a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from UW-Madison.
Edie has played in orchestras and ensembles since age nine. She is currently a member of the Concord Orchestra and Concord Chamber Ensemble and is an avid chamber music player. She performs 15-20 concerts a year. In addition, Edie was a chamber music coach for five summers at the Spencer Brook String Festival and started her violin studio in 2009.
Edie is interested in a wide range of music styles. She founded and performed with the klezmer band, A Little Klez, for ten years. She has also played Contra Dance, Scandinavian, Irish, Hungarian, and Gypsy music. As a folk musician, Edie played bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, synagogue functions, dances, concerts, and participated in NEFFA. Edie is also interested in improvisation and attended Jazz In July at UMass Amhurst and the Berklee College Jazz String Fling.
For Edie, mathematics, science, and music are equally compelling lifelong pursuits. After working for 20 years as a software engineer and manager, Edie decided to shift focus and expand her music studio to teach full time.
Edie has completed the Suzuki Violin pedagogy training for Books 1 – 7 and “Every Child Can”, studying with Ed Kreitman, Doris Preucil, Carol Smith, Joann Melvin, Katherine Wood, Nancy Jackson, and Carole Sykes at Ithaca College, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and the Suzuki School of Newton.