I work with musicians who are injured or have difficulty with performance related issues.
I use a combination of movement and mental strategies.
Profile and Credentials
Mark Braunstein brings 20 years experience as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician to his synergistic approach to teaching violin and viola in the Southern California area.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Braunstein began studying violin at age seven and viola at age 19. He studied with Philip Teibel, Donald Weilerstein, David and Linda Cerone and Robert Vernon. Mr Braunstein earned a bachelors’ and masters’ degree from Cleveland Institute of Music in 1979, 1980.
Mr. Braunstein’s performance career in the ‘80s and ‘90s spanned the globe: Assistant Principal Viola for the Cleveland Orchestra, Principal Viola for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Violist for the Tononi Quartet, member of Kansas City Philharmonic and Chautauqua Symphony. As a soloist, he performed in England, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and the United States.
In 1989, Mr. Braunstein recorded for Virgo Records a transcription of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Academy of London Chamber Orchestra, arranged by Lionel Tertis.
He served on the faculties of the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music and the Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio. His writings on injury rehabilitation were published in an autobiographical article in American String Teacher Journal in 1995.
Mr. Braunstein currently serves on the faculty of the Claremont Community Music School. He also teaches privately at studios in Redlands and Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Viola Society and the American String Teacher Association.
Philosophy and Comments
Do you have shaking, discomfort, tendonitus, poor posture or cold hands when you perform? Have painful conditions forced you to stop playing? Let me help you relieve these problems through well-known mind/body therapies that I've adapted for musicians' injuries.
I can also help you improve your concentration, memory, intonation and reduce stage fright to help you reach a higher level of performance and personal enjoyment.
My 13 years of research and experimentation can offer you a natural approach to injury rehabilitation and peak performance. My one-on-one or group sessions with musicians incorporate ideas derived from Bio-Feedback, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, NLP , strength training, visualization, yoga, autogenic training. To these alternative therapies, I combine traditional approaches and methods to learning and mastering the violin and viola. All musicians, regardless of instrument, can benefit from these therapies.
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
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