A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals. Always a versatile violist, Gearman has recently performed with Simple Measures, the Barston Quartet, and the Finisterra Piano Trio at Second City Chamber Music Series. She has won awards at the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions, and has soloed with Cascade Symphony and New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria). A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, Gearman had as her primary teachers Roberto Diaz, Karen Tuttle and Pinchas Zukerman. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts.