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Kamini LaRusso

Suzuki Department Assistant Director, Violin

Kamini Bhargava LaRusso has been teaching Suzuki violin since 2001, and is the Suzuki Assistant Director. Kamini enjoys nurturing and teaching Suzuki families of all ages. She encourages them to approach music education with focused practice, creativity, enthusiasm and consistency. Currently, Kamini teaches Suzuki Group lessons for Violin and Viola, and works as the department assistant to support the programs’ students, families, teachers and director. In the Fall of 2019, Kamini started Vivace Violins, an advanced violin performing ensemble.

Kamini grew up in Madison, WI. She studied both the piano and violin, participated in her public school string and orchestra programs, and played violin in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras for 10 years. She attended Colby College in Waterville, ME, earning a bachelor’s degree in music with a violin performance concentration. She spent one year in Cleveland, OH studying the Suzuki philosophy and approach to music education in depth with Teri Einfeldt. She completed her masters in Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin performance at the University of Denver, CO with James and Jackie Maurer.

Kamini created a Suzuki Violin program within a public school in Littleton, CO at the Centennial Academy of Fine Arts prior to joining the Faculty at MacPhail Center for Music in 2007. Kamini currently enjoys playing in the violin section of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and is a Suzuki parent in the program. She has been a board member of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota, served on the Suzuki Association of Minnesota graduation committee, and as the co-coordinator of the Suzuki Association of the Americas 2018 Conference.

Favorite non-musical hobby: Enjoys reading, biking, travelling, outdoor walks, spending time with family and friends, and cheering her kids on at soccer and hockey games.

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