When it comes to striving for excellence and success as a musician, it’s tempting to spend too much time thinking about a specific goal and look for shortcuts. It’s also easy to fall into habits or thought patterns that can potentially hinder performance, lead to burnout, or worse. I have fallen into so many of these traps over the years and sometimes I wish it was possible to travel back in time to coach my less experienced self. Everyone’s story is unique and I firmly believe that to keep growth sustainable, it’s important to understand that the journey is as important as (if not more so than) the destination. I encourage you to explore the process from many different angles, learn from multiple sources and disciplines, and experience the beauty of discovering how everything in life is connected to the music we play. It is my wish – through the lens of a classical violinist – to help you along your musical journey by researching, practicing, and sharing ideas both for the violin/viola community and for all other musicians. I hope that my videos, writing, and other tools on this site will help you along your path and I hope that we can continue to grow and learn together as a community.
Belarusian-American violinist Inna Langerman is a freelance chamber and orchestral musician from the New York metropolitan area, performing music ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st century. She comes from a musical family and began her studies at home at age five, leading her to pursue the violin at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Lincoln Center. Inna holds two Master’s degrees (in Violin Performance and Arts Entrepreneurship) along with an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase College, and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Teachers she studied with include Daniel Phillips, Joey Corpus, Cal Wiersma, and Deborah Buck.
Inna is a resident of Brooklyn, NY and regularly performs across the five boroughs and the tri-state region with various ensembles. She’s currently a section first violinist of the New Amsterdam Opera and the assistant concertmaster of the Manhattan Opera Studio orchestra. Inna previously held positions as alternating principal second violinist, librarian, and assistant to the conductor of One World Symphony, concertmaster of Utopia Opera, and alternating concertmaster with Purchase Symphony & Opera. In 2015, she performed with the National Orchestral Institute, and did a recording project with NAXOS as a member of the Festival Orchestra. Inna’s freelance career has taken her to the stages of major venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher hall), Alice Tully Hall, The Rose Theater of ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center,’ Merkin Hall, and Tokai University in Japan.
Inna is a vibrant pedagogue and her passion for teaching grew during her years with the Interschool Orchestras of New York (ISO). In 2011, she joined the faculty of the Harmony Program, an organization inspired by El Sistema, combining roles as an upper strings coach, assistant conductor, music theory teacher, and orchestral music arranger. In 2014, she appeared as a guest on CUNY TV with the Harmony Program to advocate for public music education. Inna is currently on the violin faculty of Third Street Music School Settlement, where she teaches individual lessons, group classes, and chamber music. In addition, she prepares students for auditions and exams. Inna is a recipient of the Discimus Ut Serviamus award and the Miranda Arts Project grant for serving the local community through music.