Kayla Yagi-Bacon is a 9th grader at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell, Washington. She began playing the violin at the age of 5 with Cynthia Staruck. Kayla joined the Margaret Pressley Violin Studio and Seattle Conservatory of Music in 2012 where she currently holds a Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholarship. She made her debut with orchestra in 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in F Major for Three Violins with the Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. In that same year, she and five other Starling Violin Scholars made their recital debut in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, presenting a self-directed ‘Violin Virtuosity!’. Kayla has presided as Concertmistress of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s ‘Junior’ Orchestra and Principal Second Violin of the Seattle Youth Symphony. She has won 1st place three consecutive years in the Concerto and Solo divisions of the Performing Arts of the Eastside Competition, a medalist in the Junior Division of Seattle Music Teacher Association’s Simon-Fiset String Competition and was awarded Outstanding Merits of Recognition in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival in 2015. In 2016, Kayla won 2nd Place in the Coeur D’Alene Symphony’s National Young Artists Competition, and made her solo debut in August. Kayla enjoys playing in ensembles through Seattle Conservatory’s Chamber Music Program. Summer camps have included ‘Marrowstone in the City’, ‘Music in the Mountains’ in Durango, Colorado and the ‘Meadowmount School of Music’ in Westport, New York where she has studied the past two summers. She is looking forward to attending Aspen this summer, as she pursues a career as a professional violinist in the future.
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