filling jun’s shoes (take 5)

wowee ~ this weekend another guest concertmaster takes their shot at the job of a lifetime!  sarah kwak currently holds the position of first associate concertmaster with the minnesota orchestra – a title she earned in 1990 after a couple of years with the band.  she was also acting cm for well over a year with the twin cities’ symphony until the fall of 2011 when they finally settled on a permanent concertmaster.  born in boston, ms. kwak was raised in kansas and, at the tender age of 12, began studies at the prestigious curtis institute of music.  [the beaver should tell you she also studied with ivan galamian, a guy whose pupils included pinchas zukerman and itzhak perlman!]  at 15, sarah won a student audition to perform as soloist with the philadelphia orchestra, and she has tackled the role of occasional soloist ever since (including a *major violin concerto with the minnesota orchestra later this season under the baton of carlo rizzi).  just a few of her resume highlights include winning a 2008 mcknight artist fellowship, founding the rosalyra string quartet, and teaching at princeton university.  she has one husband (vali phillips who also fiddles in the minnie orchestra) and two grown offspring (daughter sophia and son peter).  best of luck ms. kwak!


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