Nicolette Y


Nicolette Y. | Subjects & Instruments Taught:
Violin, Viola, Voice & Composition

Nicolette is a violinist, fiddler, composer and singer from San Francisco, living in Los Angeles, California. She began studying classical violin seriously at the age of eight, under the instruction of members of the Alexander String Quartet. She continued studying with Doris Fukawa of the Crowden School and professor Jassen Todorov at San Francisco State University until 2009.

During her attendance at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts she performed with the orchestra as Principal Second violinist and Concert Master, and played in several chamber music ensembles including the Villa Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra. She taught both violin and viola at Cazadero Music Camp, coaching young musicians aged ten to seventeen, in orchestras and chamber ensembles of all levels. She graduated with a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA after working with Professor Anthony Seeger in the UCLA Anglo-American Ensemble, and coaching students in related small ensembles.

Since 2009 she has studied with renowned violinist and fiddler Richard Greene, as well as Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins, Marc O’connor and Bruce Molsky. With training in both classical violin and American folk genres, she composes music for her band, Alto, in addition to a variety of ensembles. Nicolette can instruct students of all ages.