Cellist Lavena Johanson is a commanding performer and a consummate musician. Her passion for chamber music has led to performances with esteemed artists such as Robert McDuffie, Ara Gregorian, Amit Peled, Andres Diaz, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Nicholas Cords. Lavena was a founding member of the Atlas String Quartet, semifinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed new and recent works by Ted Hearne, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caroline Shaw, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series. Lavena has also premiered two pieces written expressly for her by her husband, Judah Adashi, and is only the second cellist to have performed both of Michael Hersch’s Sonatas for Unaccompanied Cello in one night. Most recently, Lavena toured as a cellist with the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, playing to sold-out crowds at the 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), The House of Blues (Cleveland, OH), and Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL). On April 19th, 2017 she released a recording of Judah Adashi’s piece The Beauty of the Protest for singing cellist. A native of Seattle, Lavena holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She plays on a cello made by Jason Viseltear and Robert Young in 2005.