Fiddle Lessons


Ed Pearlman is internationally known as a teacher and performer. Over the past 30 years, he has focused on fiddle music, especially music from Scotland and Cape Breton, but also New England contra, Irish, French Canadian, jazz, klezmer, Hungarian, musical theater and classical.

Ed's recordings, teaching materials, and writings are available at -- feel free to go there and explore.  If you're not near Portland Maine, feel free to try a lesson via Skype.  Click on "Contact" above to discuss this.

His original training was classical, studying with members of the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, and playing with orchestras and chamber groups at Yale and in Boston.

Ed directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club in monthly workshops for 18 years, directed major concerts and festivals, and recorded a solo album and several with a fiddle orchestra and top soloists. He teaches at Maine Fiddle Camp, and many other camps including Pinewoods, Ashokan, Swannanoa, Rocky Mountain, and 16 summers at the Ohio Scottish Arts School.  In 2005 Ed was a featured performer and teacher at the Blazin' Fiddles music camp near Inverness, Scotland.

Ed performs often as a duo with his son Neil on piano, and with Highland Soles--see for more info and a calendar--featuring Scottish and Cape Breton music and dance with members of his family, including some fusion with other styles.

Ed is the music columnist for Scottish Life magazine.