About Us

          INSTRUCTORS:

Trent Watkins


He has engineered recordings for the Naples Philharmonic, the Tropical Baroque Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Miami International Guitar Festival, the Bergonzi Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, the UM Salsa Orchestra, Glenn Basham Jazz Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, Kurt Elling and Marvin Hamlisch.  He is the founder of SummerPop Records and has a recording studio where he produces and co-writes with many local bands. As a songwriter and performer, he has made appearances playing at the Gibson Showroom, PopRocks, the Colony Theatre, Telemundo, and many others.

 

Contact:  info@southmiamiviolin.com

 

Trent Watkins grew up in Tampa, Florida and studied both classical and folk styles of violin. In 1998 he won first place in the Florida State Fiddle Contest.  He went to the University of Miami where he graduated with a Bachelors degree, double majoring in Music Engineering and English.  While there, he was a member of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, as well as vice president of the Audio Engineering Society.  He works at various South Florida venues as a sound and recording engineer. 

Brett Salminen

Brett Salminen began learning to play classical violin fifteen years ago with the Suzuki Method. Her studies soon included other musical styles with an emphasis on American folk music in particular, and in 2000 she placed first in the Florida State Fiddle Contest. Brett graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2011 where she performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra as well as the Henry Mancini Orchestra. She is certified to teach the Mark O’Conner Violin Method.

 

Contact:   brett@southmiamiviolin.com