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About Foggy Dew Fiddle Studio

Who We Are

Nate DeMaria is a classically trained violinist with a passion for improvisation and fiddle styles. Nate studied violin performance and string pedagogy at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory under Dr. Julian Ross, and music education at SUNY Potsdam College, graduating with a B.A. in Music (2005). He received a scholarship to attend the 2001 National Orchestral Institute, studying with the nation’s finest symphony musicians. Discovering a talent for improvisation, he turned his focus to fiddle styles including bluegrass, rock, jazz, celtic, and klezmer. Nate is a founding member of the nationally touring Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Notable performances include the House of Blues in West Hollywood, the Cuyahoga Falls Amphitheatre, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Illinois State Fair. Nate held the position of lead fiddler with klezmer group Hypnotic Clambake while in hometown Rochester, NY, and was a house band member of the Roc City Pro Jam.


Nate has taught Suzuki Violin lessons for 19 years, receiving certification in 2007-08 from the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute. At SUNY Potsdam, he studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Dr. Sara Hersh, a student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Nate utilizes a stylistically eclectic method, pivoting between fiddle tunes, folk music, and Suzuki repertoire in teaching string pedagogical concepts. The musical interests of the student inform the repertoire chosen, offering the student a unique lesson experience. Nate is a professional transcriber, offering students the ability to play their favorite songs.