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Sakira Harley

Carlos Tarazona

Violin Teachers


Carlos Tarazona


Born in Guayaquil Ecuador, Carlos began playing the violin at the age of 5. At age 14, Mr. Tarazona came to the United States to further his studies in music. Carlos earned a degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky where he studied with Michel Samson. He did summer studies in France, where he studied with acclaimed violinist Ivry Gitlis. Other instructors include soloist Aaron Rosand and Alexander Barantschik concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony.

After graduating college Carlos joined the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, FL where he served as Co-Concertmaster for 

Fun Facts

Playing the violin since: Age 5

Why did you start playing the violin? My mother was a violinist and she introduced me to it.

Violin Heroes: Nathan Milstein, Jascha Heifetz, Ruggiero Ricci.

Favorite piece of music: Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for Violin and piano.

Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, The Chicago Cubs, Soccer.

Sakira Harley

Born in San Jose Costa Rica, violinist Sakira Harley began playing the violin at age 5 with teacher Tetsuo Yagi. At age 14, Ms. Harley was invited to study in the United States with a full scholarship at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL with violinist Cathy Robinson. After graduating high school she went on to study at Indiana University where she earned a bachelors degree as a student of violinist Miriam Fried. Other principal instructors include Linda and David Cerone during frequent summer studies at Encore School for Strings.

Orchestral collaborations include a four year fellowship with the

four seasons under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Carlos has been part of music festivals such as Spoleto USA, Chautauqua, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, The Peace Festival in Bulgaria, and The Beziers Music Festival in France.

Carlos is a member of the Charlotte Symphony where he holds the Third Chair-Second Violin position since joining in 2008. Other orchestral collaborations include contributions with the San Francisco Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Miami Symphony where he served as Concertmaster, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

An avid educator, Carlos enjoys working with the students of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra programs and he is the First Violin coach of the Junior Youth Orchestra since 2007. He has been in the faculty of the Community School of the Arts summer program and the Sizzling Strings music camp.

Carlos is an active participant in the Charlotte Symphony Outreach and Education programs. He coaches the CSO Winterfield Elementary program, and he provides music presentations and coaching to school children and teenagers through out the school system. In addition, Carlos has appeared in performances as part of the Violins of Hope school programming with members of the music faculty of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

Carlos also dedicates his time to teaching in his private violin studio which he opened in 2003.

New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where she performed as co-concertmaster under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She has been part of music festivals such as Spoleto in Charleston, SC and Spoleto Italy, the Schleswig Holstein Academy in Salzau Germany, and she is an alumnus of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in New York City led by Jaime Laredo. Current orchestral collaborations include performances as part of the Charlotte Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

Ms. Harley's chamber music career include collaborations with clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, music director and violist Scott Nickrenz, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler and the Quintet for New Tango. Other chamber music appearances include a series of concerts for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Chamber Music Series in Boston, MA with radio broadcasts on WGBH public radio. International performances include chamber music appearances in Bilbao and Barcelona in Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, and her native Costa Rica. Currently Ms. Harley has appeared in chamber music collaborations in Charlotte, NC as part of the Charlotte Chamber Music Series, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and the Providence Music Series.

Ms. Harley moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004. Since then she enjoys teaching in her private violin studio and she also dedicates her time to performing with the Charlotte Symphony as well as with other professional ensembles in the area. She has been in the faculty of the Community School of the Arts, the Sizzling Strings Music Camp, and the Chamber Music for Teens Summer Workshops. In addition she enjoys educating children and teenagers as a performer in the Charlotte Symphony Education and Outreach Programs with presentations in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system as well as the surrounding areas. 

Ms. Harley is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Fun Facts

Playing the violin since: Age 5

Why did you start playing the violin? My sister started playing the violin a couple years before me and I would sneak in and take her violin pretending to play (she hated it!), and so my mother got me one too :)

Violin Heroes: Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Henryk Szeryng, Miriam Fried, and Hilary Hahn.

Favorite piece of music: Beethoven Violin Concerto, Bach Chaconne from Partita #2.

Hobbies/Interests: Learning to play the guitar, photography, keeping busy with friends and family, and spoiling our three cats.

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