Charmian Stewart is a graduate from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor and Master Degrees of Music and studied with David Updegraff.
She has been a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, and Sacramento Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music experiences include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, string quartet recitals in Australia; Moscow; Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia and as a founding member of Trio Dagoba, which specialized in Contemporary music. She has enjoyed performing with Barry Manilow, Dave Brubeck, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, John Handy, Nancy Griffith, Belle & Sebastian, and the Scorpions.
An active performer, she currently plays with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary
Music in Santa Cruz, the Marin Symphony, "Jardin Gitane" a gypsy jazz band and in a celtic duo with Amanda Craver. Prior to moving to San Anselmo, she taught for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the New England Suzuki Institute as well as private studios in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. She now has 20 students in her San Anselmo Suzuki Strings studio and loves to teach fiddle as well as classical.
When not teaching or playing, she enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and being a mom.