Ellen Kogut

Hello! I am a violinist and music educator. I run a Suzuki violin studio in Montreal, Quebec. I am passionate about music and learning, and enjoy guiding students in developing their violin playing, artistry and problem-solving skills.

I work with students of all ages and levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.

My students receive individual instruction, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities with peers, including group classes, orchestra, masterclasses, workshops and summer institutes.

Solo and ensemble concerts are held in beautiful performance spaces in Montreal throughout the year. Concerts allow students to celebrate progress before a supportive audience of family and friends.

Optional Royal Conservatory of Music exams offer students further performance opportunities.

My teaching approach is influenced by each of my own teachers and grounded in the Suzuki philosophy. Shinichi Suzuki believed that every student is capable of developing a high level of musical ability, and that success depends quality instruction, regular practice and a nurturing environment.

Throughout my education and career, I have focused on violin playing and pedagogy. I am actively involved in the Suzuki and greater music teaching communities, and am a believer in lifelong learning.


Ellen Kogut is based in Montreal, Canada and has fifteen years of experience teaching Suzuki violin, as well as prior violin teaching experience. She is an active member and has registered training in Suzuki Books 1-10 plus supplemental literature with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). Ellen has served on the SAA’s Board of Directors since 2018 and is currently completing a doctorate in violin performance at l’Université de Montréal. She holds Master’s degrees in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College and in Violin Performance from McGill University, and is a recipient of the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement, as well as Teacher Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). An active member and past president of Suzuki Musique Montréal, Ellen is also certified as an Advanced Specialist in Violin through the RCM. She has taught at Suzuki programs, institutes and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In addition, she has taught at Cornell University and has been a contributor of violin repertoire guides for the RCM’s Teacher Certification program. She is interested in the connection between yoga and string playing and has recently registered yoga teacher training with the Yoga Alliance. Ellen began Suzuki teacher training as a university student and continues to be inspired by Shinichi Suzuki’s vision of education.

Get in touch

My studio is located near downtown Montreal. I accept lesson inquiries throughout the school year.