Lesson Info

D Z Strad believes in developing creativity through music education.  We offer a nurturing learning environment suitable for students of all ages to comfortably explore their musical goals and make lasting progress! 1-on-1 lessons with our teachers are available in violin, viola, cello, and piano. Lessons are held at our shop in White Plains, where our luthiers are available to service your instrument on-site as you learn. We also offer online lessons via Zoom. Lessons with our instructors will incorporate different styles and methods of teaching dependent on the needs of the students. The teachers at D Z Strad have experience in teaching everyone from children to adults, and are ready to make your musical dreams a reality! 








VIOLIN - Heather Bixler

Heather Martin Bixler is a classical violinist and educator whose playing has been described as “emotionally riveting” and “astonishingly musical and sweet.” She is a graduate of Indiana University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Memphis where she received a doctorate degree in violin performance. As a recording artist, Bixler was a featured soloist on the GRAMMY nominated recording, Forty Acres and a Burro. Bixler held first violin positions in the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona and Orquesta Sinfonica de Galícia, and concertmaster positions with South Dakota Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Minería, and Garden State
Philharmonic. She worked as substitute violinist with orchestras including The New York Philharmonic and The New York City Ballet. Pursuing her interest in studying the effect that music has on the brain, Bixler completed Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience at Columbia University in 2021 where she was awarded the Dean Peter J. Awn Scholarship, the Joey O'Loughlin Academic Scholarship, and upon graduation, the Jennifer A. Pack Prize for excellence in the study of neuroscience and behavior as the best student overall in the School of General Studies. After graduation she worked as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, recently completing a two-year, ground-breaking study on neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, she lives in New York, performing and teaching violin.


VIOLIN - Sarah Anne-Fried

Sarah-Anne Fried, violinist from Long Island, NY, began studying the violin at the age of 3 with Suzuki teacher Leslie Fayette. She started participating in NYSSMA at the age of 5 for violin, piano, voice and in her later years clarinet. Sarah performed in many string festivals on Long Island including LISFA, All County and Allstate. In the fifth grade, Sarah was accepted into the Mannes Pre-College program where her love for orchestral and chamber ensemble playing blossomed. Now in her fourth year at Purchase College under the instruction of Deborah Buck, Sarah continues to thrive, performing and making music with others as she recently just performed as a soloist with The Purchase Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys being a studio session musician and plans to further her studies in music arranging and film scoring. Sarah also loves teaching and guiding her violin students to be the best they can be while always having fun. Anything is possible when you put your mind to it and you love what you're doing. 


CELLO - Camille Dietrich

 Described as “…demonstrating a facility with a multitude of musical languages” by British avant-garde music magazine The Wire, cellist Camille Dietrich enjoys a rising career as soloist and chamber musician in New York City. As an alumni of contemporary music education program Face the Music and the Face the Music Quartet, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Baryshnikov Theater, and toured in Washington DC. She is an active chamber musician and founding member of the Madkoi Quartet, has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and (RED) Charity Foundation, and was an artist in residence at Bronx Prep. Camille received her Master of Music and  Bachelors in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music while studying with Julia Lichten David Geber, and world- renowned pedagogue Marion Feldman.

PIANO - Yusuke Akasaka

 Yusuke Akasaka, a native of Japan, has studied classical piano performance at Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY Queens College) for his Bachelor of Music degree and graduated Cum Laude. Yusuke excelled in music theory and had straight A’s in the relevant courses. During college, Yusuke worked as an accompanist in the New York Mixed Chorus. In his career as a piano instructor, Yusuke has taught various students from all the age groups (3 to 65) and different cultural backgrounds at Juliet Music, Piano Verse, and Japanese Children’s Society, Inc.     


Strings (Bass, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello) – Crestwood Music Education  Center

VIOLA - Stefano Piscitelli

Stefano Piscitelli has been playing the viola since the age of 7, coming from a full family of professional musicians. He has been teaching violin and viola since the age of 16 in orchestral, chamber music, and one-on-one settings. Mr. Piscitelli has worked extensively with elementary and middle school level orchestras and has worked as a coach for numerous youth chamber music programs. As a performer, he has played with professional groups such as the American Composers’ Orchestra, the Erehwon Ensemble, and the United Nations Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Piscitelli attended Stony Brook University where he studied with members of the Emerson String Quartet, as well as Matthew Lipman and Nicholas Cords. During his first year at Stony Brook, he won First Prize in the Undergraduate Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Stony Brook University Orchestra, additionally where he sat as principal violist all four years at SBU. As an undergraduate, Mr. Piscitelli was brought into graduate-level chamber/contemporary music groups, the graduate orchestra, and the graduate-level opera program. After graduating from Stony Brook in 2021, he received his Masters in Viola Performance from NYU in 2023, under the tutelage of Karen Ritscher.