Laurie Niles

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Laurie Niles is the founder and editor of, which has served the violin and classical music community on the internet since 1996. A violinist herself and a former newspaper reporter, Niles lives in Pasadena, California, where she also maintains a private violin studio and freelances in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to, she also writes articles for The Strad magazine, Strings magazine, Symphony magazine and the American Suzuki Journal and published two books: Interviews Vol. 1 and Interviews Vol. 2. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University. She has completed SAA training courses in all 10 Suzuki books and is a recipient of the LA-area ASTA Distinguished Service Award.

Your Favorite Album: The Houston Grand Opera's 1977 recording of "Porgy and Bess," as well as hundreds of albums by violinists!
Favorite Song to Play on Your Instrument: Any and all of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.

Instrument of Your Dreams: I'm very much in love with—and grateful for—my own violin, a 200-year-old Gagliano that has been my musical partner for a little more than 10 years.

Articles by Laurie Niles