Olivia Cottrell, a native of Southern California, attended Biola University for a B.M.,Violin Performance, where she studied with Elizabeth Larson. At the university she was a member of the honors string quartet from 2010-2012 and was awarded the Presser Scholarship in 2011. In her Junior year she soloed with the Biola Symphony.
She began studying the violin at 4 years old as a Suzuki student and began teaching when she was 15. She previously taught at the Irvine School of Music, Beach City School of Music and as a private violin instructor. She has taken a course on String Pedagogy, which specifically focused on the Suzuki Method. She also teaches theory, note-reading, and fiddle.
She has a wide range of orchestral experience, including playing with the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Pops, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and being an active member of the American Youth Symphony from 2008-2012. She is dedicated to historically informed performance and was a member of the Madison Bach Musicians from 2015-2016 and attended the chamber festivals where she performed baroque violin.
Currently residing in Norfolk VA, she plays frequently with the Virginia Symphony and teaches students of all ages at Ghent Academy and Virginia Beach School of the Arts.