At the Boston Music Project, we are proud to have an exceptional team with a diverse background of teaching and performance experiences. When our Teaching Artists are not teaching music lessons, they are pursuing their own professional careers as active performers, composers, music producers, dancers, and more!
This year we are excited to welcome Linda Hwang to the BMP Team as a Lower Strings Teaching Artist!
Australian cellist, Linda Hwang, is a recent masters graduate from Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a diverse portfolio in collaborative engagements and educational work.
Prior to her move to the US, she studied with Dr. Meta Weiss during her undergraduate studies, and as an active chamber musician, received mentorships from distinguished musicians and ensembles such as the Takacs Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and Florian Donderer. Outside of the classical department, she enjoyed versatile engagements including studio work and interdisciplinary collaborations with contemporary artists.
An enthusiastic educator, Linda has taught privately for over five years in Australia, and alongside her role as a BMP teaching artist, teaches private instruction for the Public Schools of Brookline and has previously worked for the New School of Music in Cambridge.
We asked Linda to share a bit more about her musical background and her life in and around music.
Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up?
“My mother was an opera singer back in her heyday, and the memories of falling asleep to her lullabies and listening to Pavarotti on the vinyl player remind me of how she fostered a musically enriched childhood; one that stimulated my curiosity for music and possessed my own musical skill.”
What energizes you most as a teacher and as a performer?
“It is a satisfying moment when I see the sheer enjoyment and accomplishment in my students when they hear themselves beautifully play a piece of music after working through the technical barriers. Learning an instrument can be an incredibly fulfilling pursuit, and there’s nothing more motivating as a teacher than a student who is open to trusting the process.
As a performer, it is also important to trust the process, especially when it is a collective effort. My most memorable moments in performing have come from having complete trust in the people I play with and as a result, feeling complete freedom in expressing the music.”
What are you most excited about becoming a teaching artist at BMP?
“I’m amazed by the level of motivation and enthusiasm these kids have–seriously! I’m looking forward to working with the cello students to nurture their musical curiosity and abilities and to create a learning environment that encourages self-expression.”
Outside of music, what are some things you do that bring you joy?
“In recent times, my obsession for the Great British Bake Off has led to my journey into becoming a home baker. I enjoy spending my weekends attempting new bakes or going to the pastry shops in the North End.”
To learn more about Linda, we invite you to read her full biography on our Teaching Artists page.