Don Larson

Don L.

Seattle, WA

About Don L.

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Don teaches: Ages 8 and up
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Teaching since: January 1984
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I graduated from Juilliard (BA) and played 3 years with the New Jersey Symphony after which I moved to Europe where I was Principal cellist with a Swiss Orchestra ( Biel ). I teach the Leonard Rose bow arm technique. I believe he had the best bow arm in the business.

I work with the bow arm first with beginners and advanced players to get a better bow grip, bow stroke and bow change. The rudiments are important!

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Bach Sarabande recorded at St Marks in Seattle.


Principal Cellist

Oct 1975 - Jun 1977
Beil Orchestra Switzerland

Principal cellist with this orchestra for about 3 years before moving to England.


Jan 1972 - Jul 1975
New Jersey Symphony

3 rd Chair section cellist in the New Jersey Symphony.


BA Degree

Sep 1967 - Jun 1972

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts Major cello

Sep 1972


Full Scholar ship

Sep 1972
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9 Reviews on Don L.

Jing Jun 9, 2016
Cello · In home
Don is very patient, gentle and caring teacher. My son enjoys the cello lessons . Great cello instructor!
Jema A. Apr 13, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Don is great! Love that he is so particular about the bow hold! It has really made a difference in tone, every piece I play now, I keep in mind all the rudaments Don has taught me. I would recommend him to anyone! But you have to be willing to put in you serious practice time. Check him out on YouTube!
Qilin T. Jan 28, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I have taken two lessons with Mr. Don Larson through FaceTime. Even though there is a 3-hour time difference, he manages to fit my lesson into his schedule. I have not taken private lessons previously, but I was in school orchestra for over two years. He has been correcting my bow hold and bowing, helping me make my cello produce nicer sounds. I really appreciate his focus on the rudiments. Mr. Don is very patient and funny at times.
Colin M. Dec 4, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
How awesome to find Don. Colin had such a great first lesson and can't wait to go back.
Isabel A. Nov 2, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor, very patient and his focus on bow holding is very helpful for someone who has never played before.
Tanner Sep 17, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Has a wide background and heavy focus on rudiments. Great teaching style!
Sara Jul 16, 2015
Cello · In studio
As an adult beginner, I found Don's approach of focusing on the fundamentals key to producing a strong sound and forming good habits when practicing cello. I played violin for six years growing up but in that time never received such great instruction on technique of playing a stringed instrument as I did in a few months of cello lessons with Don. He is a very knowledgeable cellist and quickly recognizes adjustments in technique required for improvement. Additionally, he organizes recitals for his students, giving us a nice opportunity to perform. His knowledge, patience, and gentle manner make him a great instructor.
Greg Jul 14, 2015
Cello · In studio
My son thoroughly enjoyed the cello lessons.. Don a very gentle and patient instructor. With his level of knowledge and experience, I was very confident that my son was receiving the best instruction.

Highly recommended!
Immanuel W. Apr 29, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Don is a gentle, patient, and caring teacher. I am grateful that he chose to first focus on the fundamentals for my son.
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