Antonio Lysy
Antonio Lysy
Message from the Area Head

Our purpose is to transform the string student into an independent young colleague. Our strength lies in our unique holistic pedagogical approach and the multitude of diverse learning and performance opportunities available to them. We seek for each student to explore the power of musical communication and to help them acquire the tools to express themselves at their highest potential. The String Area’s strength is in its dedication to communication through the art of mastering the instrument to the best of one’s ability – as a philosophy, and compass that everyone can benefit from. Whether by virtue of in-depth studio lessons and classes, or performing opportunities, experimentation and research, students learn how to focus, contemplate, share, lead, follow, and ultimately equip themselves with the tools to express themselves confidently.

Strings Faculty

Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
Ela Kodžas
VEM Ensemble, Violin
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance, Violin LA Philharmonic
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance, Harp LA Philharmonic
Movses Pogossian
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Wendy Richman
Lecturer - Music Education
Damon Zavala
VEM Ensemble, Viola
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

“One of the most memorable musical student/teacher interactions I have ever witnessed occurred during a concert I attended in Tuscany last summer near Montepulciano. A group of exceptionally gifted young students from the UCLA string department performed an array of classical and contemporary works together with their distinguished professors – Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, and Antonio Lysy. The results were breathtaking and brilliant.”

Regina Carter to Bring the Music and Culture of Lost Neighborhoods to UCLA Students
When Regina Carter was a young girl growing up in Detroit, her mother sometimes took her to work with her. As they drove to the elementary school where she taught, Carter’s mother pointed out the different neighborhoods. “This one is ‘Black Bottom,’ and this is ‘Paradise Valley,’” she would say, as Carter looked out the window.The only trouble was, these historic African American neighborhoods didn’t exist anymore. They had been destroyed to make way for the I-75.
"He Danced the Music He Was Playing:" In Memoriam Antonio Lysy
Virtuoso cellist taught for twenty years at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music On Sunday, February 4, the UCLA community learned of the sudden and unexpected loss of Antonio Lysy (1963-2024). Known the world over for his virtuosic performances and astounding creativity, Lysy was a beloved colleague and teacher, mentor and friend. Lysy’s sudden
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