Violin Lessons IN BURR RIDGE



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Perhaps the most well-known string instrument in the orchestra, the violin is also considered one of the most expressive. The instrument evolved from a variety of other stringed instruments, including the lira (9th century Europe), the rabab, an Arabian 2-stringed fiddle, and Spain’s three-stringed rebec. The French vielle, like the rebec, was usually supported on the chest or under the chin and was widely used by troubadours in the 13th to 15th centuries to accompany singing and dancing. Stringed instruments have a long history in folk music, but the violin became more standardized after it went to court.

Most historians agree that today’s violin emerged in the early 16th century in northern Italy, an area which would maintain the violin-making tradition over the coming centuries. Maple and spruce, the two types of wood most favored by violin makers then and since, were readily available in the Lombardy region. The city of Brescia, located at the foot of the Alps, was the earliest to excel in the crafting of violins, but Cremona, home to the world’s most famous luthiers, Giuseppe Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari, and the Amati family, became synonymous with the art of violin making.

Around 1786, François Tourte created the modern bow, standardizing its length and weight. The invention of the chin rest around 1820 made the instrument easier to hold and increased its range of play. The neck and fingerboard were both lengthened and tilted in the 19th century, allowing the violinist to play the highest notes, and the bass bar was made heavier to produce a bigger, more brilliant sound.

Many composers have written for the violin, and it is an instrument that appears in nearly all forms of Western music. Some of the most well-known classical violinists today include Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, and Hilary Hahn.

Violin Faculty

Tamila Umarkhanova

Tamila Umarkhanova

Violin/Viola Teacher
Tamila was born in Kazakhstan and started to play violin at age of 6. She graduated from Kazakh National Conservatory at 2016. After an internship at Royal Northern College of Music (United Kingdom), she received the opportunity to audition for the Summer School West Dean from her teacher, Levon Chilingirian. She successfully passed the audition and received a scholarship from friends of the Chilingirian Quartet for passing the challenging master classes. She and her string quartet were warmly welcomed by the British public. After the Summer School West Dean, the quartet opened new horizons for creativity. Tamila started to develop the domestic quartet school through participation in international master classes and competitions, including not only classical works but also works of national composers. She published a score book of Kazakh National composers in 2018, Tamila has participated in concerts and master classes around the world including United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Bangladesh, and the USA. Combining the achievements of Soviet classical performing schools as well as unique Kazakh national colors, Tamila is an experienced and exciting young performer and teacher.
Diego Diaz

Diego Diaz

Violin/Viola Teacher
Diego Diaz began his musical training at age nine and started playing violin at age eleven. Now a first-year Master of Music Performance student at Roosevelt University, he studies with Almita Vamos. Past studies have included Bachelor of Music Performance at Western Occidental “Lisandro Alvarado” University where he studied with Dr. Francisco Diaz. Mr. Diaz also studied at the Latin-American Academy of Violin with Jose Francisco del Castillo. For many years, Mr. Diaz belonged to “El Sistema”, the system of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela where he developed both orchestral and pedagogical skills.

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