Demetria Koninis, cellist, educator, performer and entrepreneur, has a dynamic Suzuki cello studio in the Saratoga Springs, New York. Demetria is a teaching member of The Suzuki Association of the Americas and has extensive training in Suzuki Method. She is also a member of The Suzuki Association of the Capital District and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Her article “Suzuki Summit One Step at a Time” was published in the Suzuki Association of the America’s Journal in fall 2015.
Demetria has received and currently receives long term training with Pamela Devenport master teacher Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has attended Suzuki Institute training with Sally Gross and David Evenchick also of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as faculty from the Manhattan School of Music and Ann Alton (former professor at Skidmore College).
Demetria has a deep love of movement which she has recently combined by practicing yoga and performing at Yoga studios in Saratoga Springs and for Yoga retreats as far away as Costa Rica. She uses a RC-30 Loop Station while improvising and plays on a carbon fiber cello.
In addition to teaching, Demetria enjoys performing for small events including, weddings, anniversary parties, open houses, throughout the Capital Region, Saratoga, Lake George and beyond. Demetria was one half of the Spa City Duo for 13 years.
Demetria first appeared on an album when she played with guitarist and singer/songwriter Jeff Brisbin for his album “Unchartered Waters” in 2009. Her latest project was with Andy Iorio on a his newly released album “Awakenings” in 2019. She has also played in Sage City Symphony in Vermont and Music Company Orchestra in New York.
When Demetria isn’t playing her cello and sharing her joy of music, she can be found skiing down a black diamond at Gore Mountain or instructing others how to do so! Demetria holds a Level 3 certification through PSIA (Professional Ski Instuctors of America) and has trained aspiring skiers for nearly 30 years to learn how to ski and race.