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Jared Carlson

Cello

Jared Carlson

Biography

Jared Carlson has been a cellist in the Spokane Symphony since 2011. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University asa student of Professor Janet Anthony and the Masters Degree in Music Performance the University of Oregon as a student of Steve Pologe, where he was awarded the prestigious Graduate Teaching Fellowship. He has studied privately with Peter Howard, former principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and participated in master classes with Zuill Bailey, Lynn Harrell, Matt Haimovitz, Nathaniel Rosen, and Mark Summers.

In the past Carlson has performed as a member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal cellist of the Juneau Symphony, where he performed the Shostakovich Cello concerto as soloist.  He has performed extensively throughout Alaska and the PAC NW as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, Juneau Lyric Opera, and CrossSound Music Festival.

Carlson is currently a Firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department, assigned to Fire Station No. 9 in Fremont. He divides his time between Seattle and Spokane, with strong roots in Juneau, AK and Minnesota.  Non-musical interests include climbing, mountaineering, running, photography and aviation.

ABOUT JARED CARLSON:

With the Symphony since: 2011

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Schools attended: Lawrence University, University of Oregon

I first started to play music when: I started piano at age 5, and cello at age 8.  I continued to play both instruments and considered myself "a pianist who also plays cello" until my senior year of high school, when I decided that I loved being a part of the big sound of an orchestra, and began undergraduate studies in cello at Lawrence Conservatory.

Musical inspirations: My high school orchestra conductor Jerry Jones and my undergrad orchestra conductor Bridget-Michaele Reischl both helped to instill a life-long love of and passion for orchestral playing. Cellistically speaking, Mstistlav Rostropovich, Jacqueline Du Pre, Steven Isserlis and of course, both of my main cello teachers, Janet Anthony and Steve Pologe.

Favorite Composers:  Rachmaninoff was my gateway into classical music, I wore out multiple cassette tapes of his 2nd and 3rd piano concertos. Recently, Prokofiev, Arvo Part, John Adams and Mendelssohn.Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Prokofiev - Sinfonia Concertante, Popper - Elfentanz, Anton Rubinstein - Cello Sonata #1, Mendelssohn - Piano Trio in c minor.

Hobbies:  Running, rock climbing, mountaineering, photography, reading, woodwork, hopefully flying helicopters someday.

Volunteer activities include:  Seattle Mountain Rescue - a technical mountain rescue team serving King County and the surrounding area.

Books I like:  The Hyperion Saga by Dan Simmons, anything by Alastair Reynolds

Favorite bands or performers:  The Spokane Symphony! Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Steven Isserlis, Truls Mork, Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, the bands Muse, Radiohead, M83 and Sigur Ros. 

Favorite things to do in Spokane:  The Reuben sandwich at the Elk Public House is fantastic!  Hiking, running at Riverside State Park/Bowl and Pitcher, skiing at 49 Deg North. 

 

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