Violinist and Violist
“An outstanding talent intoxicating in its brilliance” raved the San Francisco Chronicle at Ms. Larionoff’s solo debut. Since then, she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfónica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City,the Oakland Symphony, the University of Washington Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
A Loomis Scholarship Award winner at the Juilliard School, Ms. Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay, and, upon graduating, was invited by the esteemed Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini to join the violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Larionoff was then appointed Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, where she has been featured as a soloist and leader on numerous occasions, including her critically acclaimed solo performances in the 2011 release of “Scheherazade”. Her 2012 performance of the Vasks Violin Concerto received praise from the New York Times: ..the elegant violinist Maria Larionoff was stunning, incisive and radiant”.
Her unusual versatility as a violist as well as a violinist has led to invitations at many chamber music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, The International Music Festival, the Marrowstone Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Vetta Series in Vancouver, BC. Ms. Larionoff has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Glenn Dicterow. She has worked with some of the world’s leading conductors, among them Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, Kurt Sanderling, Erich Leinsdorf and Kurt Masur.
Ms. Larionoff has served on the faculty of the University of Washington and was the head violin coach for the Seattle Youth Symphony for many years. She maintains a busy private teaching studio in addition to her performing schedule. her CD of the Barber concerto won praise from renowned critic Byron Belt of the Newhouse News: “Miss Larionoff’s solo performance matches the recently deservedly acclaimed Sony Classical recording by Hilary Hahn, with Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.”