Natalya Weinstein is an accomplished violinist/fiddler and teacher in a variety of styles such as old-time, bluegrass and klezmer. She resides in Asheville and performs with her husband, John Cloyd Miller in Zoe & Cloyd, a nationally touring acoustic Americana duo. Natalya comes from a musical family: her father is master jazz pianist and her grandfather, originally from Russia, was a professional klezmer musician. Having performed at many prestigious festivals and events all across the country, Natalya is also a champion fiddler, winning contests in both the North and South. While trained classically in her home state of Massachusetts, she has spent many years fine-tuning her bluegrass and old-time fiddling with some of the country’s top traditional musicians. Now a mentor to many young players, Natalya is a sought after instructor and is in high demand as a teacher and session musician. She recently received an MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University, focusing her thesis on the development of bluegrass fiddling.
“I think Natalya’s fiddling is the prettiest around and it’s a pleasure playing with her. She’s like E.F. Hutton; when she plays, everybody listens!”