Kirsten Pedersen has been playing violin for 23 years. She started in the Suzuki system with Mihoko Hirata. Then she studied with Irv Eisenberg of the Philadelphia String Quartet. She continued her studies with Emma McGrath, now concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. After that she continued on to the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied with Lina Bahn and briefly with Edward Dusinberre of the Takacs Quartet. Finally, she has taken a few lessons with Zachary Carrettin, Tekla Cunningham, and Michiko Theurer. She holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Colorado Boulder, and is a registered Suzuki violin teacher through Book 4 (click this link to see her training on the SAA website: https://suzukiassociation.org/people/kirsten-pedersen/ ). She believes that any person can learn to play violin, as long as they are willing to put in the effort. She has been teaching violin since 2009. Her interests are not limited to classical violin, and expand into both the baroque world and the folk music genre. Her specialties are Bulgarian and Norwegian folk music. She spent several years as a part of the band Kafana Republik in the Seattle area. She also spent time student teaching the children's Swedish music group Lilla Spelmanslag, also in Seattle. Kirsten is now based out of Wheat Ridge, Colorado.