This list includes both faculty and associated in the area. Names of faculty members are in bold.
Nia-Imara Barberousse, Cello and Twinkle Stars
Nia-Imara Barberousse is a classical cellist and Chicago native. As a child, she was a student of Martine Benman and a member of the Hyde Park Suzuki Scholars String Quartet, where they toured through the Chicagoland area. Nia graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with Crispin Campbell. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto under the instruction of Shauna Rolston-Shaw. Now that Nia has returned to Chicago, she greatly enjoys teaching at her childhood music school (HPSI) and performing throughout her hometown of Chicago.
Ifetayo Ali, Practice Coach
Ifetayo Ali, 15, began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4. Her teachers and coaches have been Lucinda Ali Landing, Megan Lauterbach and Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Tahirah Whittington, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. She has also studied with teachers at summer music camps at Suzuki-Deerfield, Illinois Wesleyan, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Meadowmount.
George Teague, Cello
George Teague is a cellist currently completing his Master’s Degree in Cello Performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under Dr. Tanya Carey. Before moving to Chicago, George completed his undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University under Dr. Mary Ann Ramos. George enjoys performing and teaching in a variety of styles, and takes special interest in performing contemporary works for the cello. He is always looking for new ways to play and teach, and enjoys the fusion of traditional and Suzuki methods. After graduate school, George plans to continue performing and teaching in the Chicago area, always with Dr. Suzuki’s message that “Every Child Can!”
Barbora Valiukeviciute, Violin
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Barbora Valiukeviciute began her studies at the age of five at J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium. Since then, she has gone on to perform around the world, most recently at the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall and Staller Center for the Arts in the United States. She has also performed recitals at the Auditorium al Duomo in Florence, the Fukuoka Across Hall in Japan, and the Metropolitan Museum Concert Hall in New York, National Philharmonic in Lithuania. Barbora has served as a co-concertmaster of the New York Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Takahara Mamoru, leading the orchestra for five years in tours around the United States and Asia.
Nzinga Barberousse, Piano
Nzinga-Ain Barberousse started with HPSI at age 3 on the piano. She has studied at Sherwood, MIC, UIC, and Northwestern for classical piano since then. Her teaching career began 7 years ago with a single student and has grown to include students of all ages. She has been a certified Suzuki Method instructor for several years and uses a mixture of methods to teach music theory and sight reading. She received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and plans to continue teaching throughout graduate school.
Adé Williams, violin
Adé Williams is an international violin soloist and recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied violin with Ida Kavafian. She the first place laureate of the Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition (2012), the Vivaldi Seasons Competition (Cambridge, 2012), the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers (2011), Sejong Cultural Society’s Music Competition (2010, 2009), and numerous other competitions, beginning with the Walgreen’s National Concerto Competition (2005) at age eight. Recent thrills include her fourth US tour (2017) with the Sphinx Virtuosi where she premiered a double concerto called “Guardian of the Horizon” by Jimmy Lopez which was commissioned for the tour by Carnegie Hall and the New World Symphony.
Adé’s orchestral debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta (2004) at age six as that orchestra’s youngest ever soloist launched a wonderful succession of solo performances: South Side Family Chamber Orchestra (2006); Highland Park Strings at Ravinia (2007); Lake Forest Symphony (2009); Illinois Symphony Orchestra with Rachel Barton Pine at Millennium Park (2010); Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (2011, 2014); and Sphinx Laureate extended solo series (2012–2014), including solos with Ann Arbor Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Butler County Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and South Bend Symphony.
In 2004 Adé founded SugarStrings, a string trio of cousins known for exhilarating performances on 98.7 WFMT, CNN/Essence, NBC Nightly News, ABC7, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Milwaukee Symphony/Ravinia affairs, and numerous civic and charitable events for the City of Chicago, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Haiti relief, Caribbean Children’s Fund, Living Room Café Soup Kitchen, The Cradle, and other worthy causes around the country. In 2012, Adé produced her first Adé & Friends benefit concert for a school on Chicago’s south side. Through her second concert, she plans to eliminate child homelessness in the Chicago Public Schools. To discuss her musical life and philanthropic ambitions, Adé has been invited to speak at an Arts and Culture course at the University of Michigan (2012), the KIN Global Summit 2013 at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and the Milken Institute’s Changing the World in Innovative Ways Conference panel, “Why Wait: Young People Blazing Trails” (2014).
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, Violin
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, (formerly Lucinda Holland) violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, began her studies at age six, with her father, James Holland, a violinist/violist. She began with Suzuki studies, which was relatively still new in North America in the early 1970's. After studying for one year with her father, she then studied with Sarah Deneen and later Donna Ross. See more...
Adjedmaa Ali, violin, viola