I began formal violin study at age 16 in Houston and was accepted into The Juilliard School in New York two years later, where I received the Kreisler Scholarship, Gluck Fellowship and Gardner Prize. 

After graduation from Juilliard I studied privately with members of the Guarneri Quartet as well as violinists in the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony.  

I have played professionally as an orchestral musician in the New Jersey Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, Elmhurst and Oak Park Symphony orchestras.  I have also performed as a soloist  and chamber musician, to critical acclaim.  

In recent years I have devoted my time to teaching young people.  I have taught at the Music Institute of Chicago and now have my own studio.  I teach mostly in DuPage County where I’m registered with several school districts, but I also have an international student following via Skype.  


Instruments: Violin & Viola

Musical Genres: Classical

Methods: Galamian, Suzuki

Private Lessons

Steven Maloney, Violinist

Downers Grove, Illinois

(773) 951-9895

Violinlessonschicago@gmail.com Member, ASTA, SAA



 It is a distinct pleasure to recommend violin teacher Steven Maloney.  He is an extremely dedicated and imaginative pedagogue with first-rate training (The Juilliard School) and a wealth of experience both as teacher and violinist.   His unique talent allows him to successfully connect with each of his students in such a way that each learns with optimum efficiency.  The technical and musical development, centered on the particular individual needs of each pupil is a joy to behold.  I have never witnessed such rapid progress in any of our children’s learning endeavors.  In short, I have observed this gentleman’s ability to break down the barrier between teaching and learning, something which leads to an experience which centers on the true joy of music making.  In a word, learning is fun.


Mr. Maloney’s training and experience allow him to effortlessly guide his students even outside of lesson times.  Based on the learning situation of each pupil, he generously suggests certain recordings and points out various musical interpretations in order to deepen the whole experience.  Listening thus takes on new meaning in the educational process. 


Mr. Maloney’s students enjoy learning from him as he makes the process a happy one.  The drudgery so often associated especially with technical development becomes pure joy given the very special methodology employed by this talented teacher. 


Finally, Mr. Maloney’s professional demeanor, communication skills and pleasant style make his students look forward to their weekly lessons with him. 


We feel privileged to have Steven Maloney as our child’s violin instructor.  Without a single reservation and with great praise, we give him our highest recommendation.   




Ritu Ferrao



Steven Maloney - Violinist

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