She received her Bachelors degree at the University of Oklahoma, studying with Michael Ma, and her Masters of Music from Rice University under Kathleen Winkler. Her summer festival credits include the All American College Orchestra at Disney World, the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West and Loon Lake Live! Larisa’s musical family includes a sister who is Principal Harpist in the Cleveland Orchestra, and her father, who was a violinist in the former Denver Symphony. An avid cyclist, she has ridden twice in the Triple Bypass, and in the bicycle tour of Colorado. She has climbed forty-nine of Colorado’s 14ers, has reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and enjoys exploring the slot canyons of Utah. She lives in Genesee, Colorado with her husband Roger, and husky, Myka.