Mia Nardi-Huffman Violin & Viola Faculty
Violinist Mia Nardi-Huffman is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile and dynamic performer of contemporary and chamber music in San Francisco. Raised on the East Coast, Mia studied violin from the age of 8 in Connecticut and New York City before moving to California in 2010 to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mia completed her Bachelors of Music in 2014, and Masters of Music in 2016, at SFCM, under Bettina Mussumeli. She has also studied with Shirley Givens of the Juilliard School, and Akiko Silver, as well as chamber music with Concord Quartet first violinist Mark Sokol. While at SFCM, Mia was the recipient of both the Vincent Costatino and Sergei Barsukov Violin Scholarships, and was a concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra for three years.
Mia’s passion for teaching began in her hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut, at age 15. She has been an assistant violin instructor at the Waterville Valley Music Festival and the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Maine, and has taught through the SFCM Conservatory in the Schools Project. Mia is currently on faculty at both Little Mission Studio and Inspire Music in San Francisco, and loves spreading the joy of music with people of all backgrounds.
An advocate of contemporary music, Mia is a member of the Bay Area-based chamber music group Wild Rumpus, praised as a “fresh young ensemble” by the Wall Street Journal. With Wild Rumpus, she has performed at countless venues in the Bay Area, including The Legion of Honor, Old First Church, and Freight & Salvage, and has won awards from Chamber Music America and New Music USA. Passionate about new music for many years, Mia has premiered upwards of 40 new works to date, including premieres at the Center for New Music, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space.
As a chamber musician, Mia has performed with leading artists including David Kim, Bettina Mussumeli, David Tanenbaum, and Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Her chamber music groups have won numerous awards, and have been featured on The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase on WQXR. Mia has participated in numerous chamber music and orchestra festivals; most recently she was a Fellow at the Mendocino Music Festival and the Round Top Institute of Music.
In addition to classical music, Mia enjoys performing with a wide variety of musical acts in San Francisco, including Mario di Sandro, Gamelan X, and Rivvrs. In her free time, Mia maintains a fashion blog dedicated to the late designer Alexander McQueen.