Vasi Klinker, from Malaysia, began her first violin lessons as a child in Bonn, Germany where her father was a diplomat. After returning home to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she continued her violin studies with various Malaysian violin teachers, taking the annual London Royal Schools of Music Exams. She later left to further her violin studies at the music conservatorium known as the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria being taught by renown violin teachers like Bruno Steinschaden, Dr.Helmut Zehetmair (who co-authored the book EAR TRAINING AND VIOLIN PLAYING) and world renown Hungarian violinist Sandor Vegh. During her studies in Austria, she started teaching violin at the Salzburg Muzikschulewerk being mentored by her professor Bruno Steinschaden. Vasi also had the opportunity to play in various European orchestras in Trieste, Venice, Munich, and Salzburg.
After completing her studies in Austria, Vasi returned to Malaysia where she opened her private music studio and helped form the first Kuala Lumpur Symphony orchestra. Upon her marriage to Daniel, she came to the US in 1993 and settled in Lodi, CA. Her passion for teaching led her to take teacher training classes specializing in the Suzuki Method of teaching very young children, as young as 3 years old. She is a certified Suzuki Method teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She continues to attend teacher training courses to keep abreast with new teaching techniques. Vasi uses a combination of Suzuki Method and Traditional teaching methods. Through this combination some of her students have received music scholarships to various American universities.
Vasi’s Violin Class comprises a private, individual lesson and, when the student is competent enough to play all of the Twinkle Variations with ease, they attend a bi-monthly group class. In the group class, students learn to play with other children, learn ensemble dynamics and are motivated to practice through watching and listening to their more advanced peers.