String Instrument Lessons & Classes at MacPhail

MacPhail provides instruction in Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Double Bass, Fiddle, and Gayageum through individual lessons, group classes, ensembles, and orchestras.

Founded in 1907 as a violin school, MacPhail takes pride in our nationally recognized string programs. Instruction is available for all ages and all skill levels.

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Opportunities to enhance your experience at MacPhail

Parker Quartet

faces of the four members of the parker quartet

Internationally recognized for their “fearless, yet probingly beautiful” (The Strad) performances, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Inspired performances and exceptional musicianship are hallmarks of the Quartet, having appeared at the world’s most illustrious venues since its founding in 2002.

Teacher showing a violin to a very young student

To me, music is like food. It nourishes me. I need to have at least 5 meals a day. I’m a musician because I really like to ‘eat’. Teaching comes naturally to me because sharing food, I mean music, brings me tremendous joy. Seeing the lightbulbs sparkle in my students’ eyes makes teaching extremely enjoyable. ​My students learn a lot about music through laughter, in my opinion, it’s the best way to learn!

Chi-Chi Bestmann, MacPhail String Teaching Artist

Lírios Quartet Residency

We welcome the Lírios Quartet as our 2023 Emerging Artist Quartet in Residence! Formed in 2022 at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Lírios Quartet comprises four emerging artists who have come together under the mentorship of the Takács Quartet.

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Recent String Events & Performances at MacPhail

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