String Instrument Teachers for Revolution of Hope


David France is an active performer, innovative educator, and visionary leader. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program. The fellowship trains passionate socially minded musicians to become leaders in the movement to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the United States. His versatility as a performer is seen in his collaborations with some of today’s most popular artists including Kenny Rogers, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Josh Groban and Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones. Mr. France is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.

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Josh Knowles

Josh Knowles is active violinist and musician with the band 'Nemes' which released its first album late last year

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Kiyoshi Hayashi

Violinist, Kiyoshi Hayashi has performed as a soloist across the mid-west, playing with orchestras such as the West Suburban Symphony and Elmhurst Symphony orchestras. He has performed in masterclasses for many high-profile teachers including Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and Miriam Fried. Aside from solo performances, he has had considerable experience as an orchestral player and has worked with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Hugh Wolf, and Timothy Muffit.

Kiyoshi began playing violin at the age of seven. Private teachers include Nicholas Kitchen, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Thomas Wermuth. He currently studies violin performance at the New England Conservatory of Music where he will complete his BM in May 2016. He is interested in developing unique curriculums and methods of teaching that make learning music accessible to anybody and creates a tight-knit community and support amongst young people.

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