Arie Verheul van de Ven
Arie is a classical violist and violinist with modern sensibilities. Arie brings an appreciation for all forms of music making on the violin and hopes to turn it into a social instrument.
Arie is a classically trained violist, and violinist who’s performance is focused on contemporary music and improvisation.
Before studying classical viola and composition at Wilfrid Laurier University, Arie grew up playing klezmer fiddle and traditional Canadian music on the violin. With a vested interest in finding new places for bowed strings to fit and comfort in teaching repertoire from the RCM curriculum to traditional fiddle music – Arie hopes to help each student find the kind of music-making that makes them excited to play. Arie has performed in klezmer bands, string quartets, experimental improvisation ensembles and recorded with singer-songwriters and heavy metal projects.
While teaching important fundamentals of bowed string playing, Arie also works to impart the skills required to make the violin a ‘social instrument’. Violinists can learn to accompany songs and play in groups from the very beginning – just like guitarists and pianists. Students will also learn the fundamental repertoire of their area of interest – whether that is Celtic fiddle music, klezmer, classical, or a mixture of styles.