Gwendolyn Masin is the descendant of a long line of professional musicians from Central and Eastern Europe.

Gwendolyn Masin

That she was inclined to crystallise her ideas through writing is not surprising given the number of gifted story tellers in her ancestry, including her great-great-great-great-grandfather, Zaphir, court jester to Joseph II.

Aged 21, she first penned a manuscript on teaching methods, violin technique, and music theory entitled "Michaela's Music House". Over the following years, Gwendolyn expanded and refined this text after persistent requests from parents of her students for a copy of the original work.

Born in Amsterdam, she began her musical education at the age of three when, inspired by her Hungarian grandmother, she began to play the piano. She took up the violin at the age of five and within her first year of schooling, gave her debut performance in the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Ever since, Gwendolyn has performed extensively both as a solo violinist and chamber musician to international critical acclaim.

Gwendolyn has lived and taught in Cape Town, Budapest, Dublin, Berne and Florence and has been awarded degrees and prizes in South Africa, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

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