Don Larson

Don L.

Seattle, WA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music I played with the New Jersey Symphony for 3 years and then moved to Switzerland where I was Principal cellist with the Beil Orchestra. I have spent 30 years teaching cello with good success. I enjoying helping students getting better. I teach the rudiments of the bow arm, bow grip and how to change the direction of the bow.
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Don delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1984

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!


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


Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts Major cello
Sep 1972


Full Scholar ship
Sep 1972

Photos & Videos

Bach is one of my many favorite composers.  I recorder this among other works here in Seattle.  Don Larson
Bach Sarabande recorded at St Marks in Seattle.
My student Mason Kamb age 13 after 2 1/2 years of lessons at our bi annual cello recital given here in Seattle.
Photo by Don L.

Sam Kuo age 5 at student recital. Fearless Sam loves the stage !

Photo by Don L.


14 Reviews

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Ying Nov 7, 2017
Cello · Online

Very knowledgeable teacher .

michael Jan 18, 2017
Cello · Online

Don went right to the area I knew I needed the most help. Terrific!

Hanna Jan 14, 2017
Cello · Online

It was very much fun. Do is very nice and knows a lot.

M.P. Dec 4, 2016
Cello · In studio

Mr Larson is a very experienced and talented cello teacher.

Anna A. Oct 29, 2016
Cello · Online

It's a pleasure to learn from such a gifted cellist. I enjoy the excellent individual instruction from Don as well as listening to his great stories about famous cellists and their techniques. He makes an amazing sound on his cello and it really helps to motivate me. I always look forward to our lesson.

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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

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!

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Qilin T. Jan 28, 2016
Cello · Online

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.

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Colin M. Dec 4, 2015
Cello · In home

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

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

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.

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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

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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