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Mikaela Holland , 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”. 

 

Mikaela 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.

 

During 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.

 

Mikaela 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 Vancouver (British Columbia) Kiwanis recognized her with a scholarship for “the most promising violinist whose playing expresses natural sensitivity and feeling”; and at 13 she was honored as 2nd place Winner in the National Finals of the Music Teacher’s Association competition. Acclaimed for 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. 

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