Holly Talton


I am a graduate of NC School of the Arts (High School), Indiana University (B.Mus) and Rice University (M.Mus.) I began playing the violin as a Suzuki student at the age of 3 1/2 and have never stopped. My childhood Suzuki teachers include Joanne Bath, Pamela Bath Kelly, and Wilinda Atchley. My conservatory teachers were Elaine Richey (UNCSA), Miriam Fried (IU) and Kathleen Winkler (Rice). As a teenager I was active in competitions and had the unique opportunity to appear as concerto soloist with many orchestras in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Durham Symphony and Raleigh Symphony. I was a 1997 NFAA YoungArts National Awardee and I was a finalist in numerous national and international competitions in the late 1990’s. My experience as an elite child performer and competitor has greatly affected my teaching philosophy and performance psychology. As a young adult I had the opportunity to study and perform at the festivals of Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Interlochen, Music Academy of the West, and Saugatuck. My chamber music coaches include Emanuel Ax, Jerome Lowenthal, Seymour Lipkin, Ronald Copes, Robert Mann, Laurie Smukler, Jon Kimura Parker, and James Dunham.
As an orchestral musician I have performed as a member and rotating principal of the New World Symphony and as a substitute of the Chicago Symphony with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Neville Marriner, Marin Alsop, Grant Llewelyn, Neeme Jarvi, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur and Seiji Ozawa.
I began teaching privately in 1998 while I was a student at IU and later continued developing my performance and pedagogy as a graduate assistant in applied violin at Rice University. After graduation from Rice, I spent several seasons as a rotating concertmaster and principal second violin of the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, where I also maintained a successful private studio. In 2006, I returned to my hometown of Cary, NC to get married and build a family. I spent two years on the faculty of the Suzuki Academy of NC in Chapel Hill, but left in January of 2008 with the birth of my first child. In March of 2008, I was proud to open Talton Violin Studio in Cary. I play a violin made by J.B. Vuillaume in 1862 and a bow by Albert Nurnberger. I live in Cary with my husband, attorney Gabe Talton and sons Louis and Witt. In my spare time I enjoy fitness and running, exotic cooking and fashion.

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