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Trevor Kazarian was born in Chicago and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. He comes from a family of musicians and began playing cello at ages six. Trevor’s passion for classical music became apparent while attending the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. That experience was the start of a goal and determination to become a professional cellist.

Trevor completed his Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University School of Music. He studied under Stephen Balderston and occasionally had lessons with Brant Taylor and Richard Hirschl, of the Chicago Symphony. During his undergraduate studies, Trevor was Runner-up for the school’s annual concerto competition, resulting in the opportunity to record the Elgar cello concerto with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Cliff Colnot. He was also chosen among his studio to perform for Lynn Harell in the Guest Artist Master Class.

Trevor’s Graduate studies were completed at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of the former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Stephen Geber. He also studied with Mark Kosower, the Principal Cellist of the Cleveland after he graduated from CIM. While a student at CIM, Trevor performed in the “Commodore Quartet” and they were selected to be a part of the INtensive String Quartet Seminar Program. The seminar was directed by the Cavani String Quartet and Cleveland Quartet member Peter Salaff. In 2012, Trevor was selected to be the Assistant Principal Cellist of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckinridge, Colorado, At NRO, he was a featured soloist for a performance of Dvorak’s Rondo in G minor, Op. 94.

Growing up in a diverse city introduced Trevor to various styles and genres of music and this influenced him to start composing. Today, Trevor is the Co-Founder/Cellist of the group IN2ATIVE, with flutist, Kimberly Zaleski. IN2ATIVE was chosen to be on the Artist Roster for Center for Art-Inspired Learning Agency, (CAL). As artists for CAL, they perform weekly and give workshops to students across Ohio.

Outside of CAL, IN2ATIVE was invited to be a Guest Artist for Penn State University’s Annual Flute Day in the fall of 2016, giving a performance and Master Class. Shortly Thereafter, IN2ATIVE had their first interdisciplinary arts collaboration with Cleveland’s renowned dance company, Dancing Wheels (Jan. 2017). The program was entitled, “Bloom” and consisted of dance choreographies set to original and live music of IN2ATIVE. That same year, IN2ATIVE performed on air for Cleveland’s Classical Radio station, WCLV 104.9RM for their First Friday’s Radio feature. A fun fact- when IN2ATIVE first formed, they were audition finalists for the television show, “America’s Got Talent”.

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