Finding the right private teacher is one of the most important decisions a musician and/or parent of a young musician can make.

The student/teacher relationship is crucial to the success of the young musician. It is a working relationship that may continue indefinitely and it is crucial to know everything you can about your prospective teacher. As tempting as it may be to simply find someone closest to you or who charges the least amount of money, (it is also important to make sure someone is not overcharging you if they do not have the proper credentials and qualifications!) it is vital to first ask the right questions:

Does this teacher have a degree (a private music teacher for any instrument should have at least a B.M. degree - Bachelor of Music degree - with an M.M. degree being preferable - Masters of Music)? Where from and is it a violin performance degree? Whom did this teacher study with? Does this teacher currently play professionally and in what capacity? How long has this individual taught and what method is used (for example, an individualized European approach as opposed to an "assembly line" Suzuki style approach)? Is this teacher able to do instrument repairs and adjustments and ensure that your instrument is the right instrument for you? Is this teacher a positive role model?


Tatiana Kolchanova graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and continued her post-graduate work in 1993. She is Laureate of the USSR Radio's Competition and worked as a violinist for the USSR Radio and Television Orchestra for 8 years.

From 1996 to 2006 Tatiana worked as First Violin for the Glinka State
(Russia) Quartet. She has taught at the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow Conservatory's Academic Music College, and Central Music School. Several of her students have won International Violin and Quartet competitions. She was an adjudicator of the International Violin Competition in Athens, Greece. She taught chamber ensemble for the New Names Charity Fund's scholars in Moscow (Russia).

From 2007 Tatiana resides and continues to perform, record, coach and teach
in Portland and Vancouver. She performs with the Oregon Chamber Players as part of "Team Timi", meaning that she is one of the OCP violinists that takes over the leadership duties that Timoteus Racz held. She is also the assistant concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, plays with Portland Opera as well as subbing with the Oregon Symphony and performing and recording solo and chamber works. She teaches violin and piano at Racz European Violins, Classique Music Academy, and at the Rose City Music Academy. Tatiana has juried the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Competition, coached the Junior Symphony of Vancouver, Clark College Orchestra, various chamber groups, and was adjudicator for the VSO Youth Artist Competition in 2010 and 2011.



Racz European Violin Studio
1409 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98663