Mariana Dimitrova – Suzuki Violin

Master’s Degree in Musicology from St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Ph. D. in Music History from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Graduate of Sofia (Bulgaria) School of Music in Violin Performance. Trained as a Suzuki Violin teacher in Oregon and British Columbia.

Garnik Goukasian – Violin

Master of Violin Performance from the St. Petersburg Conservatory; studied with Elena Komarova. Featured soloist of St. Petersburg Student Orchestra and Yerevan Chamber Orchestra. Professor of Violin at Sofia Music School (1981-90). Solo recitals at Yerevan, Edmonton (Canada), and faculty recitals at HNMC. From 1981 to 1990, he worked in the  Bulgarian Radio Orchestra and Festival Orchestra. Performed and recorded with Valery Gergiev, Emil Tchakarov, Maurizio Arena, and Alexander Lazarev; toured Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece, Poland, and Japan.

Member of Spokane Symphony (1990 – 2010). Faculty member at HNMC since 1991. Co-director of Honors Chamber Music Program and Chamber Music Week. He also directs the Adult Chamber Music Program, String Ensemble, Adult Chamber Music Camp and Summer Strings Camp. Web page:

Margie Heller – Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki Violin/Viola

Attended Oberlin College.  Founding member of Woodlands Community Orchestra.  Has been teaching violin, viola, and fiddle since 1977.  Trained in Violin Suzuki method. Performances with Connoisseur Concerts, Spokane Bach Festival, Lake Chelan Bach Fest, 22 years with Spokane Symphony, and the Klezmer music group Chutzpah.  Previous faculty member of Holy Names Music Center in 1980 and from 1987-1993. An active member of the Spokane Folklore Society.

Claire Keeble – Viola, Violin

Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Redlands in California; studied with John Golz.  Further studies at the University of Iowa under Charles Tregor.  Played with Francesco Trio in Grinnell, Iowa for three years, from 1969-1972. Principal viola of Spokane Symphony from 1975 to 2000.  Studied strings pedagogy, including Suzuki classes, under Mimi Zweig at Indiana University in 2002. Performed with the Spokane String Quartet for 19 years, including tours in Germany and Taiwan.  Performs with Tedesca Piano Quartet.  Faculty member at Holy Names Music Center since 1993.  Faculty Representative on Holy Names Music Center’s Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Lund – Violin, Suzuki Violin


Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Performance from Eastern Washington University; studied with Kelly Farris. Member of Strolling Strings of U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. from 1985-1993; studied with William Steck, concertmaster of National Symphony in D.C. Violinist in Spokane Symphony.

Duo Xu – Violin

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A notable Chinese violinist, Dr. Duo Xu is an international music competition award winner and serves as Chair of the Judging Panel for String Instruments at Zhongsing International Music Competition in Singapore.  Duo is the first Chinese violinist to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. He also earned an

Artist Diploma from Ball State University, Indiana, where he received superior violin and conducting education from A. Vayman and Maestro B. Rattay.  Duo has been invited to serve as Guest Concertmaster with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A.  He also has received invitations to give master classes in China and Singapore.

In 2010, Duo was appointed Associate Principal Second Violin of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing. With the NCPAO, he has partaken in over 200 performances of various concerts, operas and ballets.  He has had the privilege to work with some of the most world-renowned conductors of our time, including Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Christoph Eschenbach and Günther Herbig. Duo Xu has participated in concert tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea and the U.S.A. His music festival appearances include Salzburg Music Festival, Stuttgart Beethoven Music Festival, Luzern Music Festival and the Schleswig – Holstein Music Festival, among others.

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