Dana Friedli

Dana is a founding member of Suzuki of the Triangle, which sponsors TCI, a summer chamber music institute, and also a prep workshop for local youth orchestra auditions. She was educated at Eastman and Mannes, receiving her Master of Music from Mannes in 1990. Her teachers included Fredell Lack, Sally Thomas, Ani Kavafian, Felix Galimir and Stuart Canin.

Dana lived and freelanced in New York for 12 years, playing music ranging from Bach to Xenakis and everything in between! In 1998 Dana and her violin restorer husband Jerry Pasewicz relocated to Raleigh to open Triangle Strings. Dana taught at Meredith College for 12 years and at UNC Chapel Hill for 7 years. She is a dedicated teacher of 30 years with a thriving Suzuki Studio.

In keeping with her dedication to teaching young children, Dana founded two Montessori pretwinkle programs for 3-6 year-olds- now in year 8! She has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony, Music-on-the-Hill series at UNC’s Memorial Hall, NC Opera, all things choral at Duke Chapel, and with numerous other area groups.

Dana founded Triangle Chamber Institute in 2012, where young chamber musicians receive a week of intensive coaching culminating in a concert. She has also coached chamber music for 2 years and counting with NCCMI.
Triangle Strings presents an instrument exhibition/concert called ” Meritage”, in which Dana performs on fabulous instruments alongside her favorite colleagues. Dana loves to run, do yoga and make silver and dichroic glass jewelry in her “spare time”.

Matt Chicurel

Over 20 years of experience performing and teaching violin & viola

American violist, Matthew Chicurel, has performed in the U.S. and Europe in such halls as New York’s Carnegie, Merkin, Alice Tully, and Lincoln Center. 

Mr. Chicurel performs regularly with the North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet, The North Carolina Symphony, and is a frequent performer for shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). 

He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, under Ulrich Eichenauer, and received a Masters Degree from Mannes College of Music, The New School in New York, under Daniel Panner. 

Mr. Chicurel maintains a strong commitment to arts education, teaching violin & viola, and helped found a children’s violin program at the Richard Rogers School of Arts and Technology (PS166) in NYC. 

His former students have been or are currently enrolled in some of the world’s finest institutions including The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Kaufman Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) in New York, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston Salem. 

Mr. Chicurel resides in Chapel Hill North Carolina, where he is a freelance performer and teacher.



Emi Mizobuchi

Emi Mizobuchi is a violist and music educator from Chapel Hill, NC. Emi earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, graduating with an undergraduate minor in Spanish Language and a graduate concentration in eurhythmics pedagogy. As a freelance musician, Emi has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Opera, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and more. Emi has also been able to perform chamber music with several groups including Arioso Strings and the Lyricosa Quartet. Emi is on faculty at the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, teaches private students on both the violin and the viola, and leads workshops in Dalcroze-inspired eurhythmics.


Contact Dana at dana@tristrings.com to schedule summer lessons with Matt Chicurel and Emi Mizobuchi through suzuki of the Triangle. Once your lessons are scheduled, you will receive an invoice to pay through the website. 

LESSON WEEKS: 6/17-8/16

Matt Chicurel: Monday-Friday , 9-12

Emi Mizobuchi :Monday 3-6, Friday 3-6 (beginning 6/28)












30 Minute Lessons: $44/lesson

45 Minute Lessons: $66/lesson

60 Minute Lessons: $88/lesson