Olivia Marten fell in love with the violin when she started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 5. She went on to study violin performance at the University of Houston and graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with degrees in liberal arts and history.
Ms. Olivia especially enjoys introducing young children to the violin. She believes the optimal age for beginners is 3-7, but enjoys teaching students of all ages and also welcomes transfer students. She believes strongly in the ability of all students and sets high expectations. The skills learned from playing the violin are extremely important not just in music, but also in life. It is her goal to establish a solid foundation through engaging activities and patient practice for each student.
Ms. Olivia completed her Suzuki violin teaching training under the mentorship of Beth Titterington and is registered in Suzuki Violin Books 1-4. She began assisting with Suzuki group classes at the DeKalb Suzuki School of Violin in Wichita, Kansas, and has been on violin faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine, In The Plains Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas and the Montana Suzuki Institute. She now has a private teaching studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As a performer, Ms. Olivia has served as a member of the American Youth Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Chamber Orchestra, and the Moores School Symphony Orchestra. She has studied with Dana DeKalb, Valerie Sullivan, Tiberius Klausner, Andrej Grabiec and Kirstin Yon.
When Olivia is not performing, teaching or practicing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Philip (violinist with the CSO), and their goldendoodle, Chloe.