Soloists this past season...
Aaron Hauser, cello – October 2014

A senior at Seattle University, Aaron Hauser is studying cello with Dr. Kevin Krentz and is a member of the Fellowship String Quartet. The Fellowship Quartet has received invitations to perform all over Northern Washington including the Frye Art Museum, Classical KING FM 98.1, and Benaroya Hall. The quartet was recently invited to be Artists-in-Residence at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival on a generous grant from the Betti Foundation. The Fellowship Quartet also recently won the grand prize in the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle Competition.

Aaron is committed to helping the community by volunteering and performing concerts at Skyline Senior Retirement Center, the AIDS Alliance, and the Seattle Urban League of Young Professionals. He has also performed on an album “Hope for the Holidays” for the benefit of children with type 1 diabetes. Aaron was the first place winner of the 2014 Seattle University Concerto Competition and has performed on the Seattle University Lemieux Performance Series. He has attended the Green Mountain Music Festival, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. He has also performed in masterclasses for James Ehnes, Clive Greensmith, Efe Baltacigil, and members of the Turtle Island, Tokyo, Miró, and Emerson String Quartets. His past teachers include Alison Wells and Clive Greensmith.

Takumi Taguchi, violin – October 2014

Takumi Taguchi, age 13, is an 8th grader at Odle Middle School in Bellevue.
He has been a student of Simon James of the Seattle Symphony and piano collaborator Hiro David at the Coleman Violin Studio, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata. Takumi began violin studies at age 2 with the Suzuki Method in Tokyo, Japan. He won the 2011 and 2013 Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions, as well as the 2013 Suzuki World Convention Concerto Competition, which invited him to perform with a professional orchestra in Matsumoto, Japan. He was also a recipient of the 2013-14 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award by Music of Remembrance.

Takumi has performed in masterclasses for Gerardo Ribeiro, Brian Lewis, David Perry, Koji Toyoda, Kenji Kobayashi, Toby Appel, and Steve Harding. This past summer he attended the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York and studied violin and chamber ensemble with Gerardo Ribeiro and Walter Schwede, respectively. In addtion to music, Takumi enjoys karate and Japanese calligraphy.

Evan Johanson, violin – March 2015

Evan Johanson is in 10th grade at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He has been studying violin since age 5 and is currently a student of Margaret Pressley. He studies music academics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and is an avid player of chamber music. He has been in youth symphony orchestras since age 7 and is currently concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony. For the last three summers he has studied at The Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, where he studied with Jan Mark Sloman. This coming summer he has been selected to be part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States in which he will perform at Carnegie Hall and in a seven-city tour of China.

Evan has performed in masterclasses taught by William Preucil, Jan Mark Sloman, Ivan Zenaty, Walter Schwede, and Steven Rochen. He recently competed in the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Auditions and won an opportunity to perform in the 2015-2016 season with the Seattle Symphony. Evan plans to attend a Conservatory of Music for college study.

George Steward, trumpet – May 2015

George Steward is currently principal trumpet with Everett Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, and Octava Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of Lake Washington Symphony. He was formerly principal trumpet in Elmhurst Symphony (IL), New Philharmonic Orchestra (IL) and Evergreen City Ballet Orchestra, and was assistant principal in Elgin Symphony (IL), Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and Bellevue Philharmonic.

George has soloed with a number of ensembles, including Wheaton Summer Symphony (IL), Central Connecticut State University Chamber Orchestra, Clinton Symphony (IA), as well as other high school, college, and community bands. Locally, he has been a featured soloist with Mukilteo Community Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Skagit Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Wind Symphony, Everett Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Brass Band Northwest, Boeing Employees Concert Band, and KING-FM. Next season he is scheduled to play concertos with Everett Philharmonic and Thalia Symphony.

George earned a Bachelor of Music at Wheaton Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music at Yale School of Music. He has studied trumpet with Terry Schwartz at Wheaton, Ross Beacraft of Chicago Brass Quintet, William Scarlett of Chicago Symphony, and Robert Nagel of New York Brass Quintet and trumpet professor at Yale.

Logan Esterling, oboe – May 2015

A senior at Lake Washington High School, Logan Esterling enjoys playing oboe and baritone saxophone in the school’s ensembles. He began piano lessons at age 7, and at 12 he began studying the saxophone. While playing the baritone saxophone in middle school and early high school years in Alabama, Logan attended more than 20 honor bands throughout the state and also played in his local community band. After relocating to Kirkland, Washington two years ago, he picked up an oboe for the first time and began studying privately with Susan Jacoby. In his junior year, Logan joined the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as the Eastside Symphony. He placed first out of the oboe soloists at the Northlake Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival and went on to compete at the state level. During his senior year, Logan has auditioned and placed in the All-Northwest Orchestra, comprised of the top student musicians from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Logan will be attending the University of Washington in the fall, with plans to double major in Nursing and Music.