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Leda Dawn Larson, Associate Principal Cello

Leda Dawn Larson joined the Fort Worth symphony orchestra in 1987. Leda won a position as a section player in the FWSO and has held the position of Associate Principal Cello since 2006. During her tenure as a titled player, she served the position as acting Principal Cello for the interval of two years during the 2012-2014 seasons.

Leda received a Master's degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst while also studying at Boston University.

Leda's musical life has allowed her to participate in many music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and Blue Hill Chamber Music Festival. Additionally her travels include performances in Heidelberg, Germany and Switzerland.

Chamber music performances with the Wyeth String Quartet include Cliburn at the Modern, Basically Beethoven Festival, Kimbell Art Museum, Apex Arts League, Arborlawn United Methodist Church, and University of Texas in Arlington.

Some of Leda's former coaches and instructors include Leopold Teraspulsky, Robert Sylvester, Gabor Rejto, Leslie Parnas, Yehuda Hanani, Claus Adam, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, and Gregor Piatigorsky.

Upon graduation from Eastman, Leda performed in the Shelbourne String Quartet, a professional residency program based in Great Falls, Montana. After moving to Texas, Leda served on the faculty of two universities. She taught cello privately and coached chamber music groups at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Leda continues to enjoy teaching privately in addition to her responsibilities with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Wyeth String Quartet.