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Rezan O-L

Rezan Onen-Lapointe

Rezan is a leading instructor for young violinists in Toronto. With over 15 years of experience, 10 of them at a prestigious conservatory directing and teaching Suzuki programming, orchestras, group classes, and summer camps, Rezan is now bringing her expertise and unique perspective to East York and online. As a performer Rezan obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music performance from McGill University, and completed further studies in historical performance at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, in the Netherlands. She has a busy performance schedule as a freelance violinist and violist in Toronto and the surrounding area, performing with most of the early music groups in Southern Ontario. She has recorded two albums for Naxos with Aradia Ensemble, including the JUNO-nominated “Vivaldi’s Sacred Music, vol. 4.” She has performed with the Windermere String Quartet, Musicians on the Edge, Scaramella, Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, the Nota Bene Baroque Players, Cor Unum Ensemble, the Montreal Baroque Festival Orchestra, and Ottawa Baroque Consort. Rezan specializes in historical performance, something that adds a special dimension to her teaching. She is Artistic Director and co-founder of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble ( In addition to historical performance, Rezan has always explored other styles such as fiddle, pop music (she performed at the 2019 Much Music Video Awards), and Arabic and Turkish music (performing with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra), and has recorded numerous film and television scores. She brings all of these experiences to her teaching, enthusiastically guiding students in exploration of non-Western Classical canon repertoire. Rezan’s teaching credentials include being a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University fo Toronto, extensive experience teaching in elementary and high schools in Toronto, and Ontario College of Teachers certification. She has training in Suzuki violin pedagogy, as well as the String Academy approach (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University). Rezan brings a spirit of openness and inquisitiveness to her teaching. She encourages students to be creative, to question, and to explore. It is her firm belief that this imparts a sense of efficacy and confidence, gives students a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and allows students to eventually become independent, creative artists.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Violin
  • Viola

Spoken languages

  • English

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Music school
  • Online
  • Teacher's home
  • Teacher's studio


  • 2015 - Bachelor of Education - University of Toronto
  • 2010 - Master of Music - McGill University
  • 2007 - Bachelor of Music - McGill University

Professional development

  • Every Child Can - Introductory Suzuki course, throug the RCM -
  • Retreat for Violin and Viola teachers - Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University offers an intensive course in teaching beginner string instruments using the String Academt method they have developed, based on Suzuki and Paul Rolland. -
  • Suzuki Book 1 - - 2016