Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Sarah Kapustin

Violinist/violist Sarah Kapustin’s musical activities have taken her across North America, Europe, and Australia, in performances as both soloist and chamber musician. Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, Orquesta del Festival at Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City, and the Pasadena Symphony. Sarah has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, most recently in February 2005, when she performed the Brahms Double Concerto in Alice Tully Hall as winner of Juilliard’s concerto competition. Sarah has participated in master classes with many distinguished musicians, including Joshua Bell, Midori, Leonidas Kavakos, and William Preucil.
      An avid chamber musician, Sarah participated in the Giverny Hors Les Murs chamber music festival in France during the autumns of 2003 to 2005, where she performed with such artists as Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Barbara Westphal, Michel Strauss, and Vladimir Mendelssohn. In 1999, she competed in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Dubinsky Quartet. The quartet, formed in 1995, also garnered prizes at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. She is currently a member of the Atlas Piano Trio, which made its New York recital debut in November 2005, and she has also performed chamber music at the Sarasota Music Festival, in Boston with the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, and in several concerts with students and faculty at Indiana University and The Juilliard School. Sarah spent last summer at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and she has been reinvited for a second summer in 2006.
      Sarah received a Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann in May 2005. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks, and formerly studied with Mimi Zweig and James Przygocki at the String Academy of Wisconsin. Future engagements include appearances with the Atlas Trio, performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the Brandenburg Ensemble and the Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring 2006.
      Sarah gave two solo recitals on Musica Bella’s 2004-2005 Chamber Music Series, and was involved in several other of our chamber music concerts in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons. She performed the solo violin part in Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto on our December 4 and 5, 2004 All-Bach Concerts. In the 2005-2006 season, she soloed (on viola) in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 plus (on violin) in two Bach arias for soprano and in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 on our December 17 and 18, 2005 All-Bach Concerts, and she was our soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on our January 22, 2006 full-orchestra concert.
      Sarah won a Fulbright Scholarship which enables her to study in Paris. This means she has missed most of our 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 orchestra seasons. We miss her! However, she has been in New York briefly enough times to have made a couple of orchestra concerts, and has also presented two Musica Bella solo recitals during that time.

Musica Bella concerts: February 29, 2004; May 2, 2004; October 24, 2004; December 4, 2004; December 5, 2004; January 30, 2005; May 21, 2005; May 22, 2005; December 17, 2005; December 18, 2005; January 22, 2006; March 26, 2006; June 17, 2006; April 15, 2007; December 1, 2007; December 2, 2007

This bio last updated January 13, 2006.