Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Sarah Pizzichemi

SAA Member


Lynnwood, WA
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Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi has distinguished herself as a versatile artist with international performances as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Sarah’s touring in the United States and Canada have included performances at the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle Washington. Abroad, she has performed at the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China, and Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, China. Recent collaborators in performance include world-class musicians such as the Miró Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, and Marcy Stonikas. Sarah is the concertmaster of the Saratoga Orchestra, member of the League of American Orchestras, and co-concertmaster of Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, a mentorship orchestra focused on diversity in classical music. She is also co-concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute.

Sarah is a founding member and 1st violinist of the Skyros Quartet. Skyros released Introspective Odyssey in 2015, the debut album for the quartet with Parma Recording’s Navona Label, to great acclaim. Gaplegate Classical-Modern Review exclaimed: “To hear all three of these works so well done is a rare treat. The Skyros Quartet makes more of the music than some others have done. They take to each piece with a ravishing, articulate, sonically appealing approach that has passion more than sentiment, fully coherent phrasing and a sort of introspective reading that is true to the album’s title.” Sarah was a member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra 1st violin section while earning her doctorate degree.

Making her solo violin debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2004, Sarah went on to receive a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, and she continued her Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance at UT. Sarah earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as part of the graduate string quartet-in-residence. Her dissertation, Virtuoso Violinist Maud Powell: Enduring Champion for American Women in Professional Music, adds to research literature in the field of women in professional art music. Sarah’s main teachers and mentors include Brian Lewis, Sandy Yamamoto, Hyeyung Yoon, the Miró Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, Sylvia Rosenberg, James Dunham, Earl Carlyss, Joan Tower, and the Penderecki, Muir, American, Takács, Pacifica, and Jupiter String Quartets.

A passionate educator, Sarah has maintained a private studio of violin students since 2001. She was on the teaching faculty as Instructor of Violin at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sarah worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in theory, chamber music, and outreach while at UNL. She taught for the UT String Project, and also for the Chamber Music in Public Schools program in Austin, Texas. She is also a co-artistic director for Chamber Music Madness, a non-profit organization with 5 educational programs in the Seattle area. She co-created and developed the curriculum for ECCHO (Emerald City Chamber Music Organization) an in-school chamber music program through Chamber Music Madness. Sarah received certification of training from the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki Violin and Viola, as well as Early Childhood Education, and has 9 years of extensive training in traditional pedagogy.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, visual art and art history, Hindustani classical music and Celtic music, foreign language, yoga, hiking and sailing, knitting and spinning, plant-based nutrition, and culinary arts. Sarah performs on a 2005 bow by Paul Martin Siegfried, a one hundred year old Emil Max Penzel bow, and a 1778 Ægidius Klotz violin.