With the RPO since: Summer 2008
My favorite time of year in Rochester is fall, because I love the crisp, cool air.
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
What drink are you most likely to order at Java's: Double Espresso
When not performing with the RPO, you can find me jogging, playing chamber music, and watching and attending sporting events.
My first music-related memory is playing the recorder in elementary school.
I decided to be a professional musician when I was able to understand how incredible and exciting a career with the cello could be, thanks to my inspiring teachers.
Favorite travel destination is probably Amsterdam. The people are friendly, the musical culture is vast, and the architecture is very unique.
Influential teachers: Stephen Geber and Loran Stephenson.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip or Chocolate.
What are your other “hidden” talents? I’m a famous arm wrestler!
Do you teach private students? Yes, but not yet in Rochester.
What other orchestras have you performed with? Cleveland, National, and New World Symphony Orchestras. Also, the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
Oddest RPO concert (or rehearsal) memory: Flying in to Vail, Colorado on two days notice to play a dress rehearsal. My chair broke within the first few minutes of rehearsal! Pretty embarrassing for the new guy.
Favorite restaurant in town: I like Cibon - great food and drinks, and nice atmosphere.
What types of music do you like to listen to? Anything but country.
The RPO is essential to Rochester because Rochester has an abundance of artistic, cultural, and musical offerings on a scale of a much larger city. The RPO is one of the artistic cornerstones of this great city.
My favorite part of working in the RPO is being able to express myself as an individual, musically, while contributing to the larger idea of a unified ensemble.
If someone were visiting Rochester , what would you tell them to go see or do? Check out the many restaurants, night life, museums and culture around every corner. And, of course, don't forget to see a concert of the RPO!
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Lars Kirvan joined the RPO as Third Chair Cello, beginning in September 2008. A native of Fairfax, Virginia, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Stephen Geber. Mr. Kirvan has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, and New World Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, and with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.