Born and raised in Albany, NY, Mary Ann Tortolano began the violin at age 6 as part of the first wave of Suzuki method instruction hit the United States. After receiving a BM from Oberlin College, she became a certified Suzuki teacher, studying with Doris Preucil in Iowa City. Later she became a Suzuki “parent,” and sent all three of her children to NEMC.
As Principal Second Violin of both the Spoleto and Graz Festivals, she toured the U.S and Europe before accepting a position as Principal Viola with the Whitewater and Sorg Opera companies. While teaching in Richmond, Indiana, she hosted the 1991 Suzuki Talent Education Tour from Japan at Earlham College.
A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music Prep Division, Newton Music School and the Levine School of Music (Georgetown, DC), she is a freelance violin/violist at the Kennedy Center and performs with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra… She has maintained a private studio in Alexandria, VA for 14 years.