Born and raised in Urbana, Illinois, Sara Sasaki is a multi-faceted violinist trained in styles of music ranging from the Baroque era to bluegrass fiddle. She recently became a graduate of The University of Texas Butler School of Music with an Artist Diploma, studying primarily with Sandy Yamamoto. Previously she has earned her Master of Music degree from The University of Texas Butler School of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory. While studying at UT, she has held the position of Concertmaster with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dan Welcher, Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin positions with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, and Concertmaster of the Bach Cantata Project under the direction of James Morrow.
While studying at Oberlin Conservatory, Sara was one of the founding members of an all-girls bluegrass band, the Black River Belles, and played bluegrass fiddle extensively. The band went on tour through Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, and recorded two albums during their duration as a band. In 2011 she joined Don't Ask, a five-member klezmer band based in Urbana, Illinois. She played second fidl in the band and learned around 50 klezmer and Swedish tunes.
Ms. Sasaki is the Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber group prismatx ensemble, founded in May 2016 and based in Austin, Texas. She has been a performer, soloist, and fellow at The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, soundSCAPE composition and performance exchange, Heifetz International Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival.
Currently, Sara resides in Dallas, TX and is on faculty at The Dallas School of Music, primarily teaching violin and viola. She lives with her boyfriend Charlie and cat Kikko.
Monday night jam at Mona's in NYC!
Sara has just accepted a teaching job at the Dallas School of Music!
In May, I accepted a teaching job at the Dallas School of Music, and could not be more thrilled about this amazing opportunity!! I will be teaching violin and viola, and have my own private office.
I still have open spots in my studio - I teach all ages and am open to teaching classical, fiddle, or a combination of both! If anyone in the Dallas area is looking for a teacher, please click on the link below and it will direct you to my faculty page on the DSM website.