Violin, Viola


Bachelor of Music, Violin, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Bachelor of Music, Composition, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Master of Music, Violin, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Master of Music, Composition, Mannes College
Doctor of Musical Arts, Composition, Manhattan School of Music

Performing Experience

Dr. Avner has played with The Binghamton Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble, the Ithaca New Music Collective, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Fairfax Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra. His first solo album of original composition, The Four Seasons of Isolation, releases in November of 2022. You may view his performance of Brahms Violin Concerto Op. 77, 1st Movement – selections, here.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Avner has taught music theory and ear training at Syracuse University, ear training at the Manhattan School of Music, and violin at Opus Ithaca. He is well versed in the Suzuki method, books 1-7.

Teaching Philosophy

“My teaching philosophy is that the child should develop love for music and for learning. I try to make learning a journey of discovery, having my students participate in the process of learning so it may become a habit that will one day make them independent thinkers.
When I teach children in the Suzuki method, I incorporate my teaching philosophy with the ‘mother tongue’ approach, similar to the natural learning of language; children are exposed to the music, learn the basics of violin through games and challenges, and learn by rote, not by note.”

At Levine

Dr. Avner Mordechai Finberg joined our strings faculty for violin and viola in 2022.

“I enjoy being part of this great community of teachers and students. Having a community is really important for me and Levine is a great community for my students too.”


To learn more about Dr. Avner’s career with music for orchestra, choir, opera, chamber music, and solo compositions, visit his personal musician page.