Our goal is to fit music into your life

 

without sacrificing on the highest quality of teaching. Our experienced teachers come to your home once a week to provide individualized instruction based on your child’s unique needs and goals. Lessons in the home provide a comfortable and relaxed environment conducive to optimal learning and allow your child to excel without missing a beat. With experienced teachers, frequent recitals, group classes, instrument maintenance, and learning materials inclusive, we bring the complete music academy experience directly to your doorstep.

Cincinnati Strings instructors are certified in a variety of pedagogical methods and work with you to decide what is best for your child’s progress. Many families choose the Suzuki method, known for teaching very young children in the same manner they learned their first language. Our Suzuki students participate in twice monthly group classes, which cultivate a sense of community, camaraderie, and provide an excellent opportunity to play music with others.

Quality instruments are imperative for musical success, and because this is so important, we take the hassle and guesswork out of instrument selection. Our personalized rental program provides everything your child needs for successful study. Students require a variety of instrument sizes over their years of study, and we personally ensure that they have the perfect setup at all times. Instruments occasionally require maintenance that would normally entail a trip to the music store. Our teachers are qualified and equipped to solve such issues in the convenience of your home, ensuring that your child has the proper equipment at all times.

Contact us today using the form below or at info@cincinnatistrings.com and we will be happy to answer any questions that you might have!

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 Meet Our Teachers


Cara Simpson

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Cara Simpson is a violinist, violist, and educator currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a BM in Viola Performance from the University of Kentucky and a MM in Performance from the University of Cincinnati CCM. Her primary teachers include Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Margaret Karp. Cara is a Suzuki Certified violin and viola teacher and enjoys teaching both traditional violin and the Suzuki Method.

Cara regularly performs solo and chamber recitals and is an active orchestral musician, performing in such orchestras as the Lexington Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Clermont Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Aspen Concert Orchestra and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has studied with some of the country’s top musicians at various summer festivals including Aspen, Meadowmount, Encore, Brevard and Sewanee.


JaeEun Lee

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JaeEun Lee is currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she previously earned her Master of Music degree studying with Won-Bin Yim.
JaeEun loves to teach and studied string pedagogy during her doctorate at CCM. She is certified in the Suzuki method and studied with Suzuki pedagogues in California and North Carolina. Comfortable with Suzuki and traditional methods, she always finds the best way to reach each student.
JaeEun learned piano as a child as well, and she still loves to play and teach piano. She has served as pianist for Sacred Heart Church since 2012 and she loves to play piano for her string students at recitals and lessons.


Jennifer Griswold Osmanoglu

SUZuki Violin Lessons

Jennifer is an experienced violin and viola teacher with a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catharine Carroll. Jennifer is also experienced as a Suzuki violin parent and her students appreciate her varied perspectives on violin and practicing. An expert at fitting violin into today's busy lifestyles, she has developed unique tools to allow music to complement your schedule. Jennifer is also a music historian and strongly believes that greater knowledge about music broadens student perspectives.



Kanako Shimaskai

Born in Springfield, Ohio, Kanako began studying violin at age four. As a soloist, Kanako has been featured on Classical WDPR 88.1, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Millennium Stage Concert Series in Washington D.C. In 2013, she was named the Violin Winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Summer Music Institute Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia and Artaria Ensemble, Great Wall Soloists, and Wright State University Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded the Levine Award at the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees Summer Music Institute and made her Kennedy Center solo debut as a winner of the SMI Competition.


Kanako graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a full scholarship student, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.  While at CCM, she was a winner of the Chamber Music Competition in 2012 and 2015 and the Brandenburg Concerto Competition in 2013.  Kanako is continuing her studies in the Masters Program at CCM where she is a recipient of a full scholarship and teaching assistantship.


Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara

Cello Lessons

Gustavo Carpinteyro-Lara is an active musician and member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra and Clermont Philharmonic. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Music from Bowling Green State University and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


He believes that all students have a high level of learning potential and the teacher should guide them in the pursuit to achieve their goals using the most comfortable, intelligent and balanced way to master important skills. The teacher and student should work together in gaining understanding of how cello playing works through a combination of technique, physical abilities, the laws of physics and gravity, and music itself.


Lee Griffith

Cello Lessons

Lee started to play cello as a young student in the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools at Sands Montessori, later graduated from the School of Creative and Performing Arts and studied with Norman Johns of the Cincinnati Symphony and Nadine Monchecourt of the Dayton Philharmonic. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, was one of the winners of the Corbett-Mayerson competition and has toured Poland. Lee studied the Suzuki Method in Chicago, Columbus and at the University of Louisville, where he won the Mastropauolo Merit Award. In 2011, Lee attended the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin Conservatory. He is an active performer in the Cincinnati area and was awarded a scholarship from the Cincinnati Foundation. He now studies cello at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a full scholarship student of Dr. William Grubb.


Eliza Li-Han Tseng

Cincinnati Cello Teacher

Eliza Li-Han Tseng is currently pursuing her Doctoral Musical Arts Degree in Cello Performance at University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music with awarded a scholarship from CCM under the instructions of Professor Yehuda Hanani and Lee Fiser. She graduated from University of North Texas in 2014 under Professor Nikola Ruzevic with Master of Music Degree. During her master’s study she was awarded a scholarship from the College of Music and taught in the UNT- String Project. She has been a cello instructor at Northern Kentucky University – Music Preparatory Department since 2015 Fall. 

Ms. Tseng started her cello learning at the age of twelve and took second place in the high-school cello division of the Eisenbach Music Competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In her first summer of undergraduate studies, she was a visiting scholar at the Internationales Musikkonservatorium Graz, immersing herself in cello performance, chamber music, and classes. She had participated in a full scholarship music festivals, including the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and Manchester Music Festival (MMF), enjoyed the orchestral and chamber music study, weekly performances, master class, teaching students, and concert tours in both USA and Asia. 

 As a performer, Ms. Tseng also has participated in numerous chamber groups and orchestras, including performing with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO), National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. She has studied cello with Yehuda Hanani, Lee Fiser, Nikola Ruzevic, Chia -Yi Tseng, Chung-Cheng Lin. Chamber music with Danwen Jiang, Eugene Osadchy, Amit Even-Tov (Ariel Quartet). 

Ms. Tseng professional goals include enjoying playing the cello and exploring the music possibilities; she had a recital with violin, guitar and dancer in 2015 and Asia concert tour with AYO in 2016. She would like to maintain performing and teaching as part of her musical life.


Rebecca Willett

Piano Lessons

Rebecca Willett, a Young Steinway Artist, has felt from a young age that God is calling her to be a musician. She began her music education with piano at age 4 and added violin at age 7.  Rebecca performs regularly on piano as a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music, under world-renowned pianist, Awadagin Pratt at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

During high school, Rebecca traveled from Virginia Beach to NYC to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, conductor and teacher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn. After being accepted to seven conservatories, Rebecca chose to attend Mannes School of Music in New York, New York beginning August 2012 to study under Irina Morozova. Rebecca earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro.

In July 2013, Rebecca was named Runner Up in the Cremona International Piano Competition and performed in the Winner's recital in Cremona, Italy. She has won first prize in numerous concerto competitions, and made her solo orchestral debut playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor twice in March 2010 with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra and the York River Symphony. She performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in g minor with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in 2015. After performing in the 2008 Terrific Talented Teens Concert through Sundays at Four, Rebecca was asked back in 2009 to present a full recital.  Rebecca has performed as a soloist in the Virginia Symphony’s Young Artist Showcase many times, since the age of 10.  She was also chosen to perform in 10-Piano Concerts in Sacramento, California and Matsumoto, Japan. 

Rebecca is from Virginia Beach, and is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Willett and the sister of Caroline and Eliza Willett.  She is blessed to have been a student of gifted teachers:  Melody Diehl, Anne Bugg, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Suzanne Guy, Dr. Jason Peterson, and Dr. Lelia Sadlier. 


Jeongeun Park

Jeongeun Park was born in Seoul, South Korea and resides currently in Cincinnati, Ohio. From an early age, she surrounded herself in music whether it was the informal piano lessons from her mother or the focused study of the violin beginning at the age of 5. Leading up to her high school years, she switched her area of focus from violin to viola and attended the prestigious Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul to obtain her Bachelor of Music degree. Under the tutelage of Professor Do-Yeon Kim, Jeongeun participated in and won numerous competitions. Furthermore, during her time at the university, she performed as the Principal Viola of the orchestra until her graduation. 

After making the decision to study abroad, Jeongeun began her studies under Professor Catharine Carroll Lees and Professor Masao Kawasaki in 2010 at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Beginning with her Artist Diploma, she went on to complete her Master of Music degree as well and is currently a Doctoral Candidate. Alongside her studies, she has attended several contests and festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and several master classes.

Her professional experience is rooted in education, having run her own private studio while in Seoul and having run a more exclusive studio in Cincinnati. At school, she has been a mentor and tutor with her work as a Graduate Assistant, teaching both Undergraduate and Graduate level students. Coupled with her work in several local orchestras as a Violist, Jeongeun Park is the epitome of a musician: driven, passionate, and absolutely in love with music.