SARA CHAZIN / Violin
In 2007, while in Graduate School at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, I was able to play violin in some of the leading orchestras in the United States, including in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, led by conductors such as Edo de Waart, Bernard Haitink, Charles DuToit, and Christoph Eschenbach. Also in the Midwest region, I had wonderful experiences as a regular member of the Madison Symphony and South Bend Symphony. On many occasions, I was able to play with the Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, and Elgin Symphony as well. Since my move to the bay area in 2014, I have been performing on a regular basis with Symphony Silicon Valley, in San Jose, and with the Monterey Symphony.
Some interesting chamber music I have played in includes performances with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, including as the violin soloist for Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. I've been a guest artist with Chamber Music on the Fox in Elgin, Illinois, playing Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, and Steve Ingle's "Reaper". In Chicago, a program of modern and baroque chamber music on WFMT Chicago’s ‘Live from the Studio’ with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley. Another memorable time was a performance of Philip Glass's The Hours, and Golijov's Youth Without Youth: Suite at the Chicago Symphony's new music series, MusicNOW. In New York, I was assistant principal second violin with the New York String Orchestra. On my spare time, I enjoy playing for Classical Revolution, an organization which aims to make classical music more accessible by playing in coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, and other casual settings.
I enjoy learning about the different cultures that make up our world, through their music. As a former member of the Crossing Borders String Quartet, I've explored the music of Haiti, performing the music of Michigan-based Rudy Perrault, Julio Racine, and Werner Jaegerhuber, just to name a few. Collaborations include with Parisa Sabet, an Iranian Bahai composer, performing her "Geyrani" for solo violin. Based in Chicago, CBMC (Crossing Borders Music Collective) presents chamber music written by underrepresented composers from Haiti, Uganda, and Iran, among many others.
My past solo performances include concertos with the La Jolla and Nashville Symphonies, under the auspices of these symphonies' Concerto Competitions. I've also performed the Brahms Concerto with National Academy Orchestra in 2010, and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Academy Orchestra of San Francisco in 2015. I play on a Bellini violin.