Steve Larson, viola
Violist Steve Larson is both a highly dedicated teacher and one of the most passionate performers of his generation. The Montreal Gazette has praised him for his "singing tone, eloquent phrasing, expressive dynamics and flawless intonation," and Gramophone Magazine calls his playing "riveting." He is a Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School, having served as String Department Chair from 2001 to 2006 and as Chamber Music Chair from 2007-2011. Since 1994 Mr. Larson has been the violist of the Adaskin String Trio, one of the pre-eminent ensembles of its kind in the world. He also performs regularly with his other acclaimed chamber groups, Avery Ensemble and Ensemble Schumann, and has performed as a guest with the Emerson & Miami String Quartets and the Lions Gate & New World Trios. In 1997, Mr. Larson won second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, UK, also receiving the special award for his performance of the commissioned work. He has performed as a soloist internationally and given master classes at numerous conservatories, universities and summer programs. He performs and teaches viola and chamber music each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia. He studied violin with Elman Lowe, Howard Leyton-Brown, and Mauricio Fuks, viola with Jutta Puchhammer and Steve Tenenbom, and chamber music with members of the Emerson and Orford String Quartets.