Luke, 9yo. My son Luke has started violin study with Mr. Antonévich for about one and half year. He is really lucky to start learning violin with Mr. Antonévich and progressed dramatically because of Mr. Antonévich’s dedication to hard work, insistence on excellence and details, precise and effective instruction. He is not only a violin artist, but also very experienced educator. After less than two years’ study with him, Luke has improved to advanced level with solid foundation of violin skill and good habit from beginner due to Mr. Antonévich’s strict and a great reputation in teaching. He can see the potential of each student and encourage them stretch themselves to farther than they think. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful teacher.
Andrew, 10yo. Stan Antonevich has been an amazing teacher and caring mentor to our son. He takes great care in nurturing our son as an individual, student, and performer while sharing with him his incredible gifts as a master violinist. We feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity for our son.
Jamaica Plain, MA
T. Seidler, 16 yo: My sixteen-year old daughter came to Mr. Antonevich as a fairly accomplished violin student who had already performed Kabalevsky, Kreisler, Viotti, and Bach — as a young person who loved music but did not know where it was taking her. After her first lesson she remarked to me as we were leaving, “I’ve learned more in the last hour than I learned all of last year”. In the months following this initial encounter with Mr. Antonevich, she made quantum leaps in ability, confidence, and dedication to her instrument. Her right and left hands improved dramatically, greatly enriching her sound, expanding her repertoire, and creating an entirely new relationship to the music she played. Indeed, every lesson became a combination of master class and inspirational session — a generous feast of invaluable techniques, practice methods, and musical analysis.
I attended many such lessons with my daughter during the two years she studied with Mr. Antonevich, and so I was able to observe him closely. These sessions led me to respect and appreciate him very highly, not only as an unusually gifted musician and teacher, but also as a wonderful human being. Mr. Antonevich has a great sense of humor, a genuine, self-deprecating manner, and a keen sense for his students’ individual potential. He offers a highly unusual combination of professional ideals, musical abilities, and pedagogical skills, not to mention his infectious love of music.
With Mr. Antonevich’s help, my daughter moved quickly and confidently into the violin performance literature, willingly tackling difficult pieces that she had always loved but used to think were beyond her — Mozart, Bach, Bruch, and Saint-Saens. Indeed, she looked forward to practicing, welcomed performance opportunities, entered competitions, and began looking at music as a career. The transformation in her musicality also affected other aspects of her life, helping her to mature as a person and to clarify her goals. In short, her interaction with Mr. Antonevich was truly rewarding and life-shaping.
Michael J. Seidler
Bowling Green, KY
Subaiou, 24yo. I came to study with Stan to prepare for auditions to graduate programs in violin performance. At the time, I was uncertain of my place as a musician, and primarily sought technical guidance to align myself better with my immediate goals. To my astonishment, Stan is able to recognize a student’s potential beyond the student’s own comprehension. Through studying with Stan, my violin playing has been thoroughly transformed. Within a very short time frame, he has helped me achieve what I was not aware I could accomplish, both technically and musically.
With Stan’s help, I successfully completed my auditions in the following winter and was accepted with high scholarships into all three graduate programs for which I auditioned. Stan has a striking ability to perceive the root of any problem, as a result his teaching is fundamental and intuitive thus remarkably effective. In his teaching and as a human being, Stan displays intense power, immense patience and incredible empathy all at the same time. It is impossible not to be affected by his contagious passion for music and life.
Varghese, adult. I THANK Stan for all the support, encouragement, and wisdom he has shared with me. I am truly blessed and honestly, if not for him, I would have stopped playing violin a long time ago. When I see how motivated he is, and how positive he is about me, I am truly encouraged.
As an adult student of Stan Antonevich, I am pleased to recommend him and the Newton Violin Studio. Stan is a gifted virtuoso violinist, with a true passion for teaching. He is a superb instructor — knowledgeable, engaged, supportive and motivational.
I look forward to every lesson, as Stan patiently works with me in identifying and correcting ingrained problems that have limited my progress as a violinist. He sees all the details right away, and knows just what needs to be adjusted, and how. We have much work ahead, as it takes time and lots of practice to undo improper habits, but I am delighted with Stan’s approach and the progress that I’ve made.
It is amazing to see how the new skills and adjustments that I am learning from Stan bring my playing to a higher level. When I put it all together, it happens … I can make that beautiful sound with my violin.
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful that we have found Stan as our son’s violin teacher! Without Stan’s teach, we will never imagine that our son is able to play Adagio Espressivo from 1st violin concerto by N. Paganini after less than 3 years’ learning!