Native to Kansas City, Erik Hassell received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Mizzou while studying violin with Eva Szekely. Since completing his studies, Mr. Hassell has built a thriving violin and viola studio in the KC area. During the school day, he teaches in the Musical Bridges program where private instruction is provided for talented students in need and runs sectionals in the local school string programs. Hassell has performed with the Springfield (MO) Symphony, Topeka Symphony, and Missouri Symphony. He currently performs with the Odyssey Chamber Ensemble, Lee’s Summit Symphony, and Xiphias Trio. He’s enjoyed playing in ensembles for such artists as Evanescence, Lindsey Sterling, and the Transiberian Orchestra.