SMCO was founded in 2009 by a group of young professionals in search of a more intense, intimate music-making experience. This group of musicians has grown to include those from all over Seattle and neighboring areas of Tacoma and Bellevue, while maintaining a vibrant and energetic performance character. Members of the ensemble have each earned a wide variety of accolades in their own right, including competition wins and performances with other leading ensembles around the world. The musicians of SMCO are committed to giving exciting performances that bring a fresh look to the masterpieces of the baroque, classical, romantic, and modern eras, while discovering new masterworks as well.
“Seattle’s new ambassadors of tight chamber ensemble, elegant phrasing, and deeply considered musicianship are young, poised, and must be heard live!”
-Sean MacLean, 98.1 Classical KING FM
“An exceptionally talented group of musicians.”
-Zach Carstensen, The Gathering Note
“Bold…impressive…an ensemble to watch.”
-Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekl
The Gathering Note and Classical KING FM have hailed Geoffrey Larson as one of Seattle’s foremost young conductors. A native of Seattle, Larson is the founding Music Director of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Larson was named a Fellow at the Bard Conductors Institute as the course’s youngest member in 2007, and was personally selected by George Hurst to be one of four conductors to participate in master classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2008. He counts Peter Eros, George Hurst, Harold Farberman, Alastair Willis, Christian Knapp, Raphael Jimenez, Wolfgang Harrer, Denise Ham, Robert Houlihan, and Rodolfo Saglimbeni among his teachers in conducting.
As a clarinetist, Larson holds a degree from Michigan State University where he was a student of Caroline Hartig. He has given performances with ensembles such as the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington, including a radio broadcast on Seattle’s KING FM. He has also given solo performances in Kanazawa, Japan and Vienna, Austria. Larson performs on clarinet with the Sakura Winds, an award-winning woodwind quintet.