In-store Lessons

Music Lessons at Classic Violins


We are pleased to offer violin, viola and cello lessons, right here in our shop. Lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. For more information or to schedule lessons, please call the shop at 847-970-3797, or send an email to [email protected]

Teaching Faculty at Classic Violins

Daria Horodyskyj

Violin - Mundelein

Daria Daria completed her musical studies at Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, graduating in 1976 with Master’s Degree in performance and pedagogy. For seventeen years she was a violinist in the Lviv Opera orchestra rising to the rank of assistant concert master. When Daria moved to Chicago, she joined the Northwest Chicago Symphony and the NCSO String Quartet. In addition, she has been string instructor at the Chicago School of Violin Making since 1994. Daria is an active performing violinist in the Northern Illinois/Indiana area and a teacher of developing young string players. She works with student ages 7 through adult. 


Iordanka Kissiova

Violin, Viola, Cello - Mundelein

Iordanka Iordanka Kissiova is a Grammy nominated violinist and active orchestral, chamber and solo musician. A native from Bulgaria, she studied at the National Academy of Music - Sofia with Prof. G. Bliznev and George Monov (performing artist who comes from the finest Russian tradition in violin playing). Before moving to the United States in 1993, Iordanka was a member of Bulgaria’s National Music Theater Orchestra and performed in Italy, Spain, France and Germany with the Lady's Chamber Orchestra, Sofia. She was also a string instructor and co-founder of New Youth Philharmonic and was teaching violin and viola at Little Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the United States, Iordanka has played regularly in regional orchestras throughout the Midwest. Among them are Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra of Lake Forest, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, St. John Cantius Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Folks Operetta, and New Budapest Orpheum Society, are among the few.

Iordanka appeared as soloist with NSO, Chicago Businessmen Orchestra and Chicago Virtuosi Orchestra.

Iordanka has been an active violin, viola, and beginning cello teacher in the Chicago area since 1996 She has been passing her passion and love for music to her students using traditional, Suzuki and other appropriate and innovative  methods for every  individual student. She teaches students of any age and level  from 3-year olds to adult.


Dana Zapata

Violin - Mundelein

DanaDana began her violin studies at the age of 4 in the Suzuki violin studio of Jane Kohnke. The violin was such a positive influence on her life, that she made it her goal to give the gift of music to others through teaching. Dana studied music performance at Illinois Wesleyan University with Vadim Mazo and graduated in 2010.

Dana began teaching in 2010 and has experience with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced. She has developed her own teaching method through the years, that is highly adaptable to the needs of each student. Dana combines elements of the Suzuki method with traditional teaching. Dana aims to make lessons fun and informative. She believes that proper technique is tool to promote beautiful and expressive playing. Dana is a certified Suzuki violin and viola teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Dana is also an active orchestral performer. She is a member of Symphony847, and has played with Kenosha Symphony and Lake County Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys playing in chamber ensembles as well.

Donna Curry

Violin - Kenosha

DonnaDonna Curry is dedicated to instructing and developing young musicians in Violin and Viola, K - adults using both the Suzuki and Traditional methodologies through 'The Curry Method'. The Method enables her  to build a consistent musical foundation that is co-created, interactive, and highly individualized. It enables students to know the joy of making music and inculcates a life long love of music from “Twinkle" all the way to the complexity of a major Concerto.

Donna is an accomplished violinist and teacher is as well a certified, registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Method. She has had the privilege of being an invited faculty member across the country as well as the International Convention in Banff, Alberta Canada.

Donna holds degrees from the University of Michigan and  DePaul University.

She has also completed advanced studies at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Wayne State University as well as  additional private violin study with the renowned teachers, Elizabeth A.H. Green (author, teacher, publisher), Charles Avsharian, (CEO  SHAR Products), Gustave Rosseels ( past Chair, University of Mich.) Dr. Milton Goldberg (acclaimed teacher, Winnetka), David Moll (CSO), Prof, Aida Guertovici, (mentee to Eugene Ysaye).

Proudly, Donna’s current students hold leading chairs in 12 area orchestras from the North Shore to Milwaukee and suburbs West.

Naza Bekturova

Cello - Mundelein

NazaNaza began studying cello at the age of 8 in a highly competitive music school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She continued with her cello training and graduated from the Kyrgyzstan National Conservatory under Zenona Slenzak- Begaliev. Naza has studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Maria Tchaikovskaya.

Naza has been running a successful private music studio since 2015, and enjoys teaching children and adults from beginner to advanced. She also plays professionally and is a member of two orchestras: the Highland Park Strings and Skokie Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016, Naza was a featured a performer in Sounds of Kyrgyzstan, a gala concert held in Nichols Hall in Evanston, IL. In April 2018, she was selected by Highland Park Orchestra to play a special benefit concert with the world-renowned cellist Amit Peled.

Naza teaches cello at the Mundelein location.