About Sean Miriashtiani
A native of northern Virginia, Sean Miriashtiani began his musical studies at age six on piano. After transitioning to viola a few years later, he studied both viola and violin through high school. During this time, he was an active participant in several youth orchestras in the area—including American Youth Philharmonic (AYP) and Kennedy Center’s rigorous Sumer Music Institute (SMI)
Sean went to pursue a degree in music education at Old Dominion University (ODU), where he studied Coordination Technique and viola with Jennifer Snyder Kozoroz and Stacey Migliozzi, and baroque violin practices with Dr. Lee Teply, performing often with the Collegium Musicum. While at ODU, Sean was a workshop artist with Young Audience of Virginia, a non-profit organization that implements arts programs into schools all over Virginia. His program was the Impact Strings Program at West Haven Elementary in Portsmouth, Virginia. The program was an after-school violin class where low-income, at-risk students were given a violin and group lessons twice a week, to build confidence, self-sufficiency, and improve grades and test scores. The program has run successfully for several years, and Sean was awarded the Workshop Artist of the Year award in 2009, along with fellow artist Mary Dart.
After relocating to northern Virginia, Sean built a large private studio, and performs as a recitalist and free-lance musician in orchestras in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Colombia. Several of his students have gone on to study music at various prestigious musical institutions like the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Sean specializes in audition preparation and Coordination Technique, the principle teachings of the viola pedagogue Karen Tuttle.
Coordination Technique is the coordinating of the body and mind in the performance of music. Students of Karen Tuttle’s method focus on the muscles and movements of the body in space and time, ultimately to play tension-free-- open and freely. Sean has participated in the Karen Tuttle workshop, having performed in master classes with renowned violists Susan DuBois, Shelia Browne, and Kim Kashkashian. Sean has also performed for Jeff Irvine and Paul Neubauer. His primary teachers include Jenny Snyder Kozoroz, Stacey Migliozzi and Nancy Thomas.
Instrument: Violin & Viola
Teaches: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday