SHAHAM + CONTRERAS
Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena
Violinist SARA PARKINS is a Grammy award winner for Best Chamber Music Performance of the complete recordings of the Haydn String Quartets with the Angeles Quartet. Sara is a member of the acclaimed Eroica Trio. Along with the trio repertoire, the Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras in North America and Europe.
Sara has a strong interest in contemporary music and is a member of The Eclipse Quartet, which focuses on playing living composers. Her Piano trio, Mojave, performs new music as well as the great traditional works of past centuries. She is an active studio musician and was a member of the Rosetti String Quartet.
In addition, Sara has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City and is currently the principal second violinist with the Pasadena Symphony. Ms. Parkins has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Strings in the Mountains and the Bravo Festival in Vail, Colorado. Internationally, Sara has participated at the Taklos Festival in Zurich, The Wels Unlimited Festival, the Festival Internationale de Cadaques in Spain and in Eisenstadt, Austria. Sara is featured on Phillips Classics, Victo, Avant and Tzadik recording labels. Other international performances include, but are not limited to, Buenos Aries, Ljubljana, Prague, Russia, Austria and Germany as a Chamber Musician and Soloist.
Sara attended the Curtis Institute of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook. She lives in Los Angeles and loves the sunshine despite the traffic!