Piano & Violin Chicago, IL
Aviva Tu is a native of Taiwan. She began her musical training at age 10 at China’s Shanghai Conservatory, studying violin for 4 years and piano for 2 years. She returned to Taiwan to attend the National Dong Hwa University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Piano. During her time as an undergraduate, Aviva pursued her passion for collaborative music. She played piano in choir, upright bass in big band, and piano and percussion in wind band. She continued to impress with her violin skills, and in her last year of school, served as the concertmaster for the National Dong Hwa University Symphony Orchestra.
Aviva recently graduated from Chicago's Roosevelt University with her Performance Diploma in Violin. She is a staff accompanist at Roosevelt University.
Manny De La Luz
Piano, Strings, & Winds Chicago, IL
A gifted string teacher, Manuel De La Luz has been teaching music in both private and classroom settings for six years. From the start, Manuel knew his passion and talent would be found in teaching. This led him to Chicago's VanderCook College of Music, where he studied violin with a dual emphasis on teaching and performance. He was a student of renowned violist Dr. Michael Hall, through which he learned the string coordination technique codified by Karen Tuttle. Beyond violin, Manuel also utilized his time at VanderCook to study viola, cello, and bass performance and education. It was also during this time that he fell in love with the guitar. Using his knowledge of violin, Manuel quickly mastered standard guitar repertoire in just three years.
Through his self-taught experience, Manuel has developed an innovative approach to guitar. By transferring methods he learned on bowed string instruments to the guitar, Manuel’s teaching approach has gained outstanding results among his students. In using Karen Tuttle’s coordination technique in guitar lessons, students are able to reach levels of performance beyond the technical aspect of playing a musical instrument. Manuel’s clear communication and attention to detail create a fun learning environment. He can’t wait to share his knowledge with new students!