Private Violin Lessons with Svetla

Beginner to Advanced Violin

Beginner to Intermediate Viola

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Svetla teaches all levels of violin and up to intermediate viola online, in-home, and at our main studio location. Her main goal is to help people achieve their dream to play music and to develop their musicianship. Svetla places a strong emphasis on building a strong technical foundation so students can dive deeper into the musical interpretation as a result. All ages and levels are welcome!

Outside of teaching, Svetla has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra violinist on stages across Europe, Asia, and the United States including Carnegie Hall, New York, the Bulgarian Concert Hall, Sofia, the Shanghai Grand Theater, the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts, the Shenzhen Concert Hall, and the Royal College of Music, London. Svetla has won several national and international awards and competitions and has performed in master-classes with Devy Erlh, Mark Peskanov, Nadja-Solerno Sonnenberg, and Walter Verdehr. Former teachers include internationally acclaimed prof. Benny Kim and prof. Stoyka Milanova. Svetla earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the Pancho Vladigerov National Conservatory of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Where: Svetla teaches online and in person at our studio located at 260 W 35th St, NY, NY, 10001.

When: Svetla teaches on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check openings on her real-time calendar below. You can schedule your own lessons online and reschedule or cancel your own lessons online more than 24 hours in advance.

Discounted Packages: If you choose to become a subscribed member of NYC Violin Studio, you will receive an automatic discount. Recurring lessons payments are one of the best ways to save on lessons.

Cancellation Policy: Your private violin lessons must be canceled 24 hours or more in advance, or you may be charged the full lesson fee.

Svetla recommends a lesson of at least 45 minutes, even for beginners.

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Hear What Students Have to Say

Svetla Kalcheva is a virtuoso musician and will ask nothing less of you - in a supportive yet firm way. And you will be surprised at what you come to accomplish under her guidance. I am an adult music student who finally acted on my decades' long dream of learning to play an instrument. Svetla has been encouraging, patient, firmly believing in my ability even when I doubted myself. She has been patient in explaining musical concepts until I fully grasped them and answering all of my questions. Listening to me perform, her feedback has been insightful and I am now aware of nuances that were previously hidden for me. In each of our lessons, I have found new levels of excitement, confidence and motivation to help me conquer the serious music challenges she has set for me. As she collaborates with you on fulfilling your musical goals, be prepared to have your misconceptions about music learning and your own skills shattered by gentle and insightful questions coupled with her highly trained ear. For me, Svetla's lessons have double value and have even been nothing short of life changing. Her coaching on methodical progress and accepting mistakes and my discovery of the quality attention have expanded to other areas of my life, where my confidence and motivation are also growing. I am now hardly on facebook, which can no longer offer the same level of thrill as my music practice. So, if you are looking to fulfil a lifelong dream and committed to mastering music - and yourself - I cannot recommend Svetla Kalcheva enough! This will the best investment in yourself for years to come!

-Aneliya Dimitrova


Svetla is always positive and up beat. She is willing to review difficult passages with me. She is ok with me selecting music, and is flexible and accommodating with scheduling.

-Ann W.

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