Cellist Brian Wharton comes from a musical family in Idaho where both parents play cello and piano professionally. He pursued music in college receiving performance degrees from Western Washington University and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is passionate about teaching and passing on the tradition of excellence in cello playing. His students have won the Washington State solo competition and many have been principal cello of the Tacoma Youth Symphony. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University and currently maintains a large studio in Auburn, Washington teaching students from ages 7 to 80. He has played professionally with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and principal cello with the Auburn Symphony. His passion for chamber music has led him to create the Auburn Symphony chamber series. He produces a wide variety of chamber programs throughout the year at different venues around Auburn including “Sunsets at Mary Olson Farm”. Brian enjoys fishing with his kids, hiking, and touring national parks. He currently resides in Auburn with his wife Melinda and their two children, Hailey and Connor.
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