violin & viola
Sara Rossi is a classically trained violist and violinist. She performed as viola soloist with the New Sussex Symphony in 2016, playing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Ms. Rossi served as a substitute violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2014. She was the first prize winner of the Converse College Young Artist Competition in 2008, and was a member of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra throughout her studies at Converse, serving as assistant principal violist during the 2010-2011 season, under the direction of Sarah Ioannides.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Rossi has been coached by renowned musicians, including members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Miró, Shanghai, Tokyo, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets. She participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2010 and 2011, directed by Jaime Laredo. She has also performed in several music festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival.
Ms. Rossi began her musical studies in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was a preparatory violin student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Carol Ruzicka and Paul Kantor. She holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University, where she received a comprehensive scholarship and fellowship. Ms. Rossi graduated with distinction from Converse College in 2011, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree as a recipient of the Daniel Scholarship. She was named an Outstanding Alumna of Converse in 2014. Her former instructors in viola include Miles Hoffman, Ettore Causa, and Choong-jin Chang, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Euntaek Kim, a pianist and conductor.