Vioolles voor gevorderden en beginners Amsterdam - Mara Tieles

Mara Tieles Violin Lessons in Amsterdam

Violin Lessons Amsterdam

Hi! I'm Mara Tieles Cutie all-round violinist, violin and viola teacher in Amsterdam. I come from a family that has an extensive history of performing classical music, receiving at the age of 7 my first violin lesson from my dad. With over 15 years of experience, teaching the violin and viola has always been one of my great interests!

Violin Classes - Children- Adults

My lessons in Amsterdam Oost are open to students of all ages. Let's enjoy music! From the very first lesson you'll be encouraged to make music and develop your own musical ideas.

Teaching Method

My teaching method focuses on the technical aspects of working with the instrument. You will  learn pieces of gradual difficulty along with some necessary music theory, always applied to the instrument.

Violin Lessons Children

Violin is one of the musical instruments and very popular among children. It has been proved that music is one of the ways to stimulate your child's brain and emotional development. Keep in mind that it is never too early to enroll your kid in music education. The kids learn in a playful way to read sheet music, easy classical and popular tunes, duets and play along songs.

First Violin Lessons

You'll learn to read music notes and a relaxed and healthy posture. You'll be playing fun exercises, tunes, playful and challenging etudes and easy concertpieces. During classes we also may discuss basic philosophical and historical concepts to build a solid base from where we will develop your musical creativity!

Music Styles - Advanced and Violin

Being an all-round instrumentalist myself, I'm familiar with a wide range of musical genres. I can help you develop your musical vocabulary in any style with techniques specific to a modern player approach. Repertoire may cover Classical - Baroque  - Cuban - Tango  - Modern music. Set your own limits, and discover... there is none!

Free Your Sound!

Essential is the production of sound through organic contact and movements with the instrument, respecting the needs of our body. It is very important to work from an understanding of how body and instrument mechanics work together. Special attention to posture that supports musical discourse, while freeing us from tension.

Flexible Lesson Plan

Enjoy maximum flexibility with a 5 or 10 lesson card. The one-on -ne lessons can be given in the comfort of your own home or in my studio on Borneo eiland in Amsterdam Oost.

Online Lessons - Get ready!

I've created an online class, teaching mainly young students, adults, amateurs and professionals that are motivated and who are looking to develop specific aspects of their playing. All in the comfort of your own home.

What you need

The only things you need are a stable wifi connection, an iPad or computer (which you can choose to connect to a pair of speakers or ear phones) and the zoom software.

About Mara

Mara Tieles Cutie was born in Cuba but currently resides in the Netherlands. She began to play the violin under the tutelage of her father (a pupil of David Oistrach) at the age of seven. Later obtaining her bachelor's degree at the Liceu Conservatory under violinist Corrado Bolsi. She eventually studied at CODARTS Conservatory in Rotterdam with Gordan Nikolic and then earned her Masters degree at the Maastricht Conservatory under the supervision of Julia Dinerstein.

Multi Talent

Both her Cuban heritage and her formal education have influenced the direction of her professional career. She is multifaceted in her musical abilities: She plays both early and modern music. Additionally, Mara often performs music in ways that push the traditional technical boundaries of the viola, including extended techniques and the inclusion of electronics.

Music Styles

Mara's varied interests have compelled her to expand her ambitions as she has explored the ways in which classical music can be incorporated into electronic music. Her compositions integrate existing works from the contemporary canon with live electronics (beats, samples, and synths), creating a distinct sound. She has toured internationally (across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East) and collaborated with a broad spectrum of artists. 


Despite spending much of her time touring, playing, and teaching in various destinations, Mara still thinks often about how she can stay connected to her homeland. One of her current projects is to help expand contemporary Cuban music written specifically for the viola. She has worked with composers Alfredo Diez Nieto and Ivette Herryman, both of whom have written works that fit into this category.During her time as a performer, she has won several accolades such as the First Absolute Prize of Citta di Barletta, the First Prize in the Rome Strings International Contest, and the Third Prize in the Ibero-American String Contest

If you want a new outcome, you will have to break the habit of being yourself, and reinvent a new self - Joe Dispenza

Located in

  • Amsterdam

Lesson location

  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam Borneo eiland
  • Online
  • At teacher's location


  • Children
  • Adults


  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish

Fun Violin Lessons!

Mara is a great teacher: not only for the viola and the technical side of things, but for music in the general. She has a great ear for detail and a very wide spectrum of techniques, explanation and excercises to reach the musical approach you want. And most importantly she is very fun to work with and has a great sense of humour, so lessons will always be fun.

My Shyness Faded!

I am an adult student so it was quite of a project to start learning at such life stage. I can definitely say Mara had the most profound impact on my musical trajectory. She is also the reason I actually started taking my music project seriously despite my lack of confidence. My shyness faded as my inspiration grew from her broad passion, deep knowledge and patience. I was looking for someone who could go deep into how to play an instrument properly without making it drudgery, and that is exactly what I found.

She made sure to ask what I was looking for, and where I wanted to take playing the violin. Each lesson that followed has been tailored to add another piece to that foundation. She goes through many aspects of the spectrum, not only bowing but also posture, tone, expression and historical context of the pieces. I feel confident that her excellent level of instruction places me in the development of legitimate frame of advanced playing. She really keeps me interested in playing and that is the master skill! Therefore, I can only enthusiastically recommend Mara to any levels of viola and violin players.

Thumbs Up!

Mara is a wonderfully personal and dedicated teacher who will go outside of the box , to the moon and back , to infinity and beyond, to bring love and knowledge for music in a way that speaks to YOU. thumbs up!

A Great Inspiration!

I was two years with Mara. The experience has been very useful and I am very grateful to take classes with her! Dedicated, with a lot of respect, patience and passion for music, she helped me a lot to overcome many technical difficulties of the instrument and to express myself better. Above all, it has been a great inspiration, giving me the elements to develop my musical personality.

Follow Your Passion!

Music lifts you up, enlightens your mood and gives positive energy. Our music lessons cater to all styles, levels and ages and are entirely focussed around helping you achieve your musical goals in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Be nice to yourself, book your trial lesson today!

Your future, full of music, passion and joy begins now! Just take the first step!