Prelude, Suite I – J.S. Bach, Mariah Larsen

My teaching career began when I started attending Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts.  I performed alongside the Titan Chamber advanced orchestra under the direction of Jason Bonham, and toured in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Seattle, playing alongside world-renowned musicians such as Mykola Suk, Albert Igolnikov, and Sandra Rivers. During this period I also regularly performed with, and received education training from the past concertmaster of the Southwest Symphony (who is also my darling mother), Bonnie Romkey, and adjudicated for the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival, and was on the board of directors for the Southern Utah String Festival.

After graduating, I decided to pursue a career as a cellist in Seattle, Washington. There, I began my study under Principal Northwest Sinfonietta cellist Mara Finkelstein, and performed in galleries and private venues. I was the lead cello teacher at Kids In Concert, a Suquamish el Sistema program, and worked at the Applebaum Violin Shop, where I restored the cello that I now play on.

In 2018, I auditioned and was accepted to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where I continued my studies with Viviane Spanoghe, and performed regularly throughout Europe. After graduating from the program, I returned to Seattle to continue giving private lessons and performing in the city.

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