Violin and Viola
Violinist and Wisconsin native Beth Larson is a diverse violinist with extensive experience as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. Beth received her Undergraduate Degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied under David Perry.
After completing her degree, Beth moved to Chicago to act as both Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin during her two-year fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She also founded and performed regularly with the Allium String Quartet in recitals and private performances throughout the city. Beth recently traveled to Japan to perform as Concertmaster with the Pacific Music Festival. She has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and studied under Paul Kantor, Steve Rose, and members of the Miami String Quartet while in attendance at these esteemed institutions.
Now residing in Madison, Beth is acting as Associate Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is a member of first violin section of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also performs regularly with The Willy Street Chamber Players and Lucido Felice Quaret. Beth has always been a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and maintains a large private violin and viola studio and enjoys coaching for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra on weekends. Outside of her active performing career, Beth serves as UW-Madison School of Music’s Engagement and Outreach Coordinator.
What is your favorite piece of Chamber Music?
I would die happy if I could play Brahms’ Horn Trio every day for the rest of my life.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I’ve known since I started violin at age 4 that I always wanted to play music, but I didn’t know until I got to college that I wanted to be a professional musician. I started undergrad at UW-Madison as a double major in Music and Biomedical Engineering. My Sophomore year, I couldn’t handle both, and I chose music. Best decision I’ve ever made.
What’s your favorite Madison restaurant and what do you like to eat there?
My favorite restaurant in Madison is probably Graze. I love their Bibimbap and their cheese curds – where else can you get both of those? Also, they have wine on tap. What’s not to love?
What’s playing on your ipod right now?
Right now I’m listening to Mendelssohn’s A minor String Quartet alternating with the Alabama Shakes. It works.
What would have been your career if not music?
Probably an engineer, doctor, or professional mountain-climber. Coin toss.
Where can we find you when you're not at WSCP rehearsals?
When I’m not rehearsing or hanging out with my friends at WSCP, I’m probably working at the UW-Madison School of Music, teaching, or training for the Chicago Marathon.
What’s your favorite part about WSCP?
I love that I get to perform music in collaboration with some of my best friends in the world. Working on music that I love with the people I love to perform it for the city I love… doesn’t get much better.