A diverse and engaging performer, Toronto-based violinist, vocalist and pedagogue Carmen Lasceski-Custers has worked in numerous settings with a repertoire that spans many genres.
Carmen holds a masters degree in violin performance and literature from Western University (M.Mus.) where studied with Jaime Weisenblum and Annette-Barbara Vogel, a bachelors degree in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (B.Mus. Honours) where she studied with Klara Fenyö Bahcall, and additionally she completed coursework in drama, voice and violin at the University of Wisconsin Platteville.
Throughout her performance career, Carmen has worked as a chamber and orchestral musician, soloist (violin and voice), actress, choreographer, dance teacher, choral singer, and choral conductor. She enjoys collaborating with other musicians and artists across a wide range of genres, and is passionate about creating her own unique performance projects. She frequently gives solo classical violin recitals and concert programs that combine both jazz vocals and violin.
A skilled and dedicated teacher, Carmen has developed a formidable reputation as a violin pedagogue. She is a Certified Advanced Specialist with the Royal Conservatory of Music (violin), has taught at music schools throughout the States and Canada, worked as a graduate teaching assistant, adjudicated for music festivals and competitions, worked as a summer festival clinician, given orchestral workshops in both primary and secondary school settings, presented university masterclasses, and had four of her pedagogical articles published. Her students frequently receive high marks on exams, and place well at festivals.
Throughout her teaching career, Carmen has worked with students of all ages and ability levels. Her finely honed teaching skills give Carmen the ability to guide her students to realize their fullest potential.
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Violin - Advanced
- Violin - Elementary
- Violin - Intermediate
- 2011 - Master of Music - University of Western Ontario
- 2008 - Bachelor of Music - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh