1. Faculty

Catherine Van Hoesen


Courses Taught

  • Orchestral Excerpts for Violin


  • MM, Eastman School of Music
  • BM, The Juilliard School


  • San Francisco Symphony

What is your hometown?

Rochester, NY

What is your favorite recording?

Anything with Vladimir Horowitz.

What are you passionate about outside of music?


Who were your major teachers?

Zvi Zeitlin, Ivan Galamian, and David Nadien.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Practice more intelligently.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Does my playing suit my musical concept or does my musical concept suit my playing?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Kindergarten, when my father handed me a violin.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

A physicist.