, has been
sculpting her career as a musician since her first public performance at the
age of 5, a year after beginning her violin studies. Audiences and critics
alike have found her remarkable in her “poise; depth of expression; light and fluid
technique; and her beautiful old world sound”.
graduated sigma cum laude from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
at the age of 20. She was accepted to
both the Performer Diploma and Bachelor of Music programs at 15 as a Jacob’s
Scholar, one of a handful of elite students selected each year to receive a
comprehensive merit scholarship for their studies. She earned her B.M. in
Violin Performance under the tutelage of Professor Alex Kerr, former
concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
In the summer of 2009, Mikaela studied and
performed at Master Class series’ with eminent international violinists
including Andres Cardenes, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ida Haendel, and Joel Smirnoff, at
Keshet Eilon, Israel, and Banff, Canada.
From the ages of 11 - 16, Mikaela delighted in spending her summers
studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she
studied with Sylvia Rosenberg, and Dr. Won-bin Yim, amongst others. She also
performed in master classes for Robert McDuffie and Cho-Liang Lin. Prior to attending Indiana University, Mikaela
studied privately with
University of Washington professor
Ronald Patterson, himself a former student of the legendary Jascha Heifetz.
her time at Indiana University, Mikaela consistently excelled as an orchestral
musician, winning concertmaster of Indiana University’s top orchestra for two
consecutive years. As concertmaster, she worked with such conductors as Arthur
Fagen, Kevin Noe, Uriel Segal, and Alex Kerr. She also collaborated on various
projects including the production of Mark Adamo’s Opera “Little Women”. Mikaela
also performed in numerous chamber groups, receiving guidance from Yael Weiss,
of the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio, and Alan DeVeritch.
Mikaela made her solo orchestral
debut at 10, performing Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto. A Seattle native, she has
since made her mark as a compelling soloist with orchestras around the Pacific
Northwest, including the Seattle Symphony for a sold-out audience at Benaroya
Hall, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Bellevue Philharmonic, Coeur d’Alene Symphony,
Sammashish Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Eastiside
Symphony, consistently eliciting resounding standing ovations. Her performance with the Eastside Symphony resulted
in an invitation for a return engagement in which her riveting interpretation
of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto evoked tears of emotion from both audience and
musicians. In July 2007 she gave a dazzling performance of Waxman’s
pyrotechnically difficult “Carmen” Fantasie as a soloist in the Seattle Chamber
Music Society’s “Emerging Artist Recital”.
In May, 2008, she brought the magic of Prokofiev to Louisville audiences
as she performed with the Louisville Orchestra.
holds top prizes from competitions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British
Columbia, Kentucky, and nationally. At
11 years old she performed with The Northwest Sinfonietta, distinguishing her
as their youngest and only winner ever, invited to perform a full-length
concerto. At 12, the
(British Columbia) Kiwanis recognized her with a scholarship for “the most
promising violinist whose playing expresses natural sensitivity and feeling”;
at 13 she was honored as 2nd place Winner in the National Finals of
the Music Teacher’s Association competition.
her eloquence and imaginative artistry, her aspiration to make the beauty of
classical music more accessible to the world has inspired her to perform more
than 100 outreach concerts of her own design, offering both solo and chamber
repertoire for people of all ages and backgrounds.