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    Don LarsonOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I am a native Seattle cellist and graduate of Juilliard where I studied with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro. I perform recitals and teach here in Seattle. Playing the cello should be fun. It can be frustrating when you run into the wall of technique and while there is no one perfect way of playing the cello, understanding the fundamentals can speed up the learning process which makes it more fun. Creating a beautiful phrase with a great tone and making it easy is what I aim to offer every student. I teach cello at all levels and ages. My next recital is on April 24th at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle.More information on this upcoming recital is on my website at www.seattle

    My Teaching Background
    After graduating from Juilliard I spent three years with the New Jersey Symphony and then moved to Switzerland where I was principal cellist with the Beil Orchestra and also a cellist with the Basel Symphony. Over the last three years I have given 10 recitals. My next "recital" is at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on March 28 at 2 PM. I will playing 6 movements from different Bach Suites , a movement from the Dvorak cello concerto and a piece titled "Autonomy" written by Peter Stevens who is a local composer and pianist. Hopefully you can make it to what should be a fun recital with music from the Baroque to the modern era.
    I was very fortunate to study with Harvey Shapiro while at Juilliard. He probably was the very best teacher to teach cello. He taught more technique in one lesson than most teachers hand out in a year. I have also studied with James Kreger ( winner of the Tchaikovsky competition) who was Harvey Shapiro's assistant at Juilliard for 25 years. I also studied with Eric Wilson who is probably the greatest cellist on the west coast. A terrific person and teacher, Eric teaches cello at the University of British Columbia.
    My Teaching Philosophy
    I remember the first time I heard a student ask Harvey Shapiro how he should pull the bow and his reply which was " it depends on the phrase ". He did not ever give up on a student. He kept trying to get each student to understand and be able to play better than they had imagined possible. You could say he was old school in that he was intensely focused on each student and knew the cello literature cold. He was one of those rare persons that is just cannot be replaced. I try to pass along his knowledge of the cello in order to make it possible for my students to extrovert their own temperament and personality.

    Rates And Availability
    I offer lesson at my home for $50.00 for at least an hour and I travel to students homes in the Seattle area. To learn more about my teaching and recitals please visit my website at