Student Success & Reviews
Student Awards and placements
One of my approaches to developing a successful young violinist is to expose them regularly to competitions and playing in groups and orchestras. Recent student success includes winning international competitions and playing at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
Student Awards and placements
2018: Grace Li: American Protégé International Concerto Competition 1st place, Junior Division; Carnegie Hall, New York.
2018: Brian Zhang: American Protégé International Concerto Competition 3rd place, Junior Division, Carnegie Hall, New York.
2018: Gabriel Zhang: American Protégé International Concerto Competition Honorable Mention Junior Division, Carnegie Hall, New York.
2018: Grace Li: California All State Orchestra audition winner, Middle School Orchestra
2018: William Luu : San Diego All County Honor Orchestra audition winner
2018: William Luu: San Diego Unified School District Honor Orchestra audition winner
2017: Carrie Samsen: College Scholarship Recipient, Gonzaga University School of Music
2013-2017: Carrie Samsen: Concertmaster, San Diego Unified School District High School Honor Orchestra
2016-2017: Carrie Samsen: Concertmaster San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra
2017: Mikey Kostlan: Audition winner, San Diego Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra
2015: Jillian Beecher Audition winner, San Diego Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra
2015: Douglas Nuemeyer: Concertmaster San Diego Unified Middle School Honor Orchestra
2015: Douglas Nuemeyer: Assistant Concertmaster San Diego All County Honor Orchestra
2012: Carrie Samsen: Concertmaster San Diego Unified School District Honor Orchestra
2011: Carrie Samsen: Assistant Concertmaster San Diego Unified School District Honor Orchestra
Reviews From Students
"The online lesson experience is wonderful. My daughter has made fast progress at Violinesse Violin Studios, and at the same time, it is incredibly convenient not having to drive her to each lesson." -Tammy F.
"Taking lessons online has allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of playing the violin. As an adult aspiring musician, Daria's engaging teaching style, and individualized curriculum, has been great."- Hunter W.
"Miss Daria makes online lessons fun. We play fun songs, play musical games that help me with what I'm currently learning."- Ivy H. (6 years old)
"My daughter received several scholarship offers from several colleges and universities based on the repertoire and pieces she played at her college audition. I could not be more happy with what Daria has been able to do for my daughter. "-Amy K.
"My daughter has been studying with Ms. Hodko since the age of 7. Seeing her confidence boosted through every step of the way throughout her lessons, has enabled her to become a determined, successful, and confident 16 year old in high school." Lynn T.
"Our son began studying at Violinesse Studios at age 6. In three years, he has been a winner in prominent international competitions that have given him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, and at Theatre des Champs Elysees, in Paris. With Daria's extraordinary dedication and accessibility to her students, our son's achievements have exceeded our expectations by far."- Kevin and Sally H.
"Daria's teaching is full of dedication and creativity. She is always looking to create new, fun, and educational opportunities for her students."- Jill O.
"My daughter's progress has been amazing. She started out as a beginner, and has progressed and evolved into a young violinist, under Daria's tutelage. With Daria's guidance, she has had the honor and priviledge to give a solo recital at the Stern Auditorim at Carnegie Hall in NYC after being chosen a winner in the American Protege International Concerto Competition." -Vivian F.
Daria is always enthusiastic, encouraging, and helpful. As an adult student, I did not know what to expect, but my experience has been great. In 8 short months, I am able to play pieces that I thought would be out of reach much longer. -Art W.
Miss Daria is fun and energetic, but also pushes you to strive for your best at every level.-Joseph M.